Severoiztochen Planning Region
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|Severoiztochen Planning Region
Североизточен район за планиране
|• Total||14,487.4 km2 (5,593.6 sq mi)|
|• Density||68/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|GDP per capita (PPS)||€9,400 (2008)|
Severoiztochen Planning Region (North-East Planning Region) is a planning region in Bulgaria.The region includes four provinces: Silistra Province, Varna Province, Shumen Province and Dobrich Province.
Largest cities are Varna (360,000 - city proper; 500,000 - metro area), Dobrich (105,000 - city; 115,000 - agglomeration), Shumen (95,000), Silistra (42,000 -city; 52,000 - agglomeration). The agglomeration of Varna includes the towns of Provadya (14,000), Devnya (10,000), Aksakovo (7600 - fastest growing town in area) and others. The agglomeration of Silistra includes the largest villages in Bulgaria - Aydemir (7800) and Kalipetrovo (4700).
One of richest regions of Bulgaria, Severoiztochen is important for the national economy. Its economy is service-oriented and includes tourism. Severoiztochen is the second region most-visited region by foreign tourists after Yugoiztochen. Notable resorts include Golden Sands, Albena, SS Constantine and Helena. Interesting places are the towns of Balchik, Kavarna, Cape Kaliakra - on the sea, Madara - nearby Shumen, Srebarna Nature Reserve - nearby Silistra; Shumen boasts the Monument to 1300 Years of Bulgaria. Silistra Province and Dobrich Province form Southern Dobruja - the Bulgarian breadbasket. The port of Varna is the largest port in Bulgaria and the third largest on the Black Sea. The port of Balchik is a small fishing town. On the Danube, important ports are Silistra - fourth largest on the river, and Tutrakan. Varna is Bulgaria's second financial capital after Sofia; the city produces electronics, ships, food and other goods. Other important industrial centers in the region are Shumen - production and repair of trucks; Dobrich - big food-producing city, unofficial capital of Dobruja; Silistra - electronics, food; Devnya - big chemical center (cement and nitric fertilizer); Tutrakan - food and fishing boat.