Serbs in Bulgaria
|313 ethnic Serbs and 569 Serbian citizens in Bulgaria (2011)|
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- According to the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues by the Bulgarian Government, there are 313 Serbs in the country, most of whom are emigrants.
- According to the Bulgarian government, the total number of Serbian citizens, who were permanent residents in Bulgaria in 2006 was 422.
- 2011 Bulgarian census registered 569 Serbian citizens living permanently in Bulgaria.
During the Byzantine rule in Bulgaria, the Serbs invaded Byzantine territory in 1149. Emperor Manuel I Komnenos (1143-1180) forced the rebellious Serbs to vassalage (1150–52) and settled some Serbian PoWs around Sofia. They founded the villages Mala Crkva (Srbsko selo) near Samokov and the former village Popovo (Srbski Samokov) near Pernik.
Two villages in today Bulgaria had carried till 1934 the name Srbinovo, as local legends claim they were founded during the early Ottoman times by Serbian settlers. These are the present-day villages Brezhani and Srebrinovo. Other places of possible Serbian settlements include part of Apriltsi (Srabska mahala) and the villages of Malki Varshets (Srabe) and Yavorets (Sarbegli). The village Brakevtsi was settled also by Serbs in late Ottoman times, after the local population had emigrated to Bessarabia. In 1919 Brakevtsi was ceded to Serbia.
19th century Bulgaria
In the 1880 Bulgarian census, in which native language was registered, 1894 Serbs were counted with the following Districts having a notable number of Serbian-speakers:
- Vidin District: 1260, 1.2% of the total
- Sofia District: 258, 0.2%
- Sofia Subdistrict: 243, 0.5%
- Đoko Rosić (b. 1932), Serbian-born Bulgarian actor. Serbian father and Bulgarian mother.
- Zlatomir Zagorčić (b. 1971), naturalized Bulgarian former footballer, now coach. Played for the Bulgarian national team 1998–2004.
- Predrag Pažin (b. 1973), naturalized Bulgarian former footballer, now coach. Played for the Bulgarian national team 2000–2004.
- Zoran Janković (b. 1974), naturalized Bulgarian former footballer. Played for the Bulgarian national team 2002–2007.
- Ivan Čvorović (b. 1985), naturalized Bulgarian footballer, playing for the Bulgarian national team
- Majstor Miro (Майстор Миро), chef.
- Bulgarians in Serbia
- Bulgarian-Serbian relations
- Serbian diaspora
- Serbs of the Republic of Macedonia
- Serbs in Romania
- Serbs in Greece
- Serbs in Albania
- Национален съвет за сътрудничество по етническите и интеграционните въпроси. Етнически малцинствени общности.
- 2011 Population census in the republic of Bulgaria, p.23
- Ethnic minority groups
- Hungary and the Fall of Eastern Europe 1000-1568. Osprey Publishing. 1988. pp. 16–. ISBN 978-0-85045-833-6.
John Comnenus also settled Serbian prisoners as stratioti military colonists around Izmit, while Manuel Comnenus similarly settled Serbs around Sofia.
- Езиковедско-етнографски изследвания в памет на академик Стоян Романски, Българска академия на науките. Отделение за езикознание, литературознание и етнография, Владимир Георгиев и колектив, 1960, стр. 417.
- Енциклопедия Пирински край, том I. Благоевград, Редакция „Енциклопедия“, 1995. ISBN 954-90006-1-3. с. 111.
- Поибрене. Произход и развитие на поибренските родове и още нещо. Недельо Стоянов, Издателска къща "Оборище", 2012, стр. 79.
- Mestnite nazvania ot Sevlievsko, Nikolaĭ P. Kovachev, Bŭlgarska akademia na naukite, 1961, str. 91.
- Антон Страшимиров, "Книга за българите" София, Библиотека "Вечни книги на България", Изд-во "Сибия", 1995, София, стр. 30.
- General results of the population census of 1 January 1881, Statistics of the Principality of Bulgaria, p.11 (Bulgarian) (French)
- Final results of the population census of 1 January 1881, Statistics of the Principality of Bulgaria, pp.198 and 286 (Bulgarian) (French)
- Ekonom:east Media Group, 09. June 2010, Sreckovic on status of Serbs in Bulgaria