Targovishte Municipality

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Targovishte Municipality
Община Търговище
Targovishte Municipality within Bulgaria and Targovishte Province.
Targovishte Municipality within Bulgaria and Targovishte Province.
Coordinates: 43°14′N 26°33′E / 43.233°N 26.550°E / 43.233; 26.550Coordinates: 43°14′N 26°33′E / 43.233°N 26.550°E / 43.233; 26.550
Country  Bulgaria
Province (Oblast) Targovishte
Admin. centre (Obshtinski tsentar) Targovishte
 • Total 872 km2 (337 sq mi)
Population (December 2009)[1]
 • Total 60,497
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Targovishte Municipality (Bulgarian: Община Търговище) is a municipality (obshtina) in Targovishte Province, Northeastern Bulgaria, located in the transition between the Danubian Plain and the area of the so-called Fore-Balkan. It is named after its administrative centre - the city of Targovishte which is also the capital of the province.

The municipality embraces a territory of 872 km² with a population of 60,497 inhabitants, as of December 2009.[1] The Hemus motorway is planned to cross the area north of the main city.


(towns are shown in bold):

Town/Village Cyrillic Population[2][3][4]
(December 2009)


The Church of the Holy Trinity in Vabel, Targovishte.

The following table shows the change of the population during the last four decades. Since 1992 Targovishte Municipality has comprised the former municipalities of Dralfa and Makariopolsko and the numbers in the table reflect this unification.

Targovishte Municipality
Year 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2007 2009 2011
Population 62,069 66,502 70,355 60,890 62,188 61,458 60,497 57,264
Sources: Census 2001,[5] Census 2011,[6] „pop-stat.mashke.org“,[7]

Ethnic composition[edit]

According to the 2011 census, among those who answered the optional question on ethnic identification, the ethnic composition of the municipality was the following:

Ethnic group Population Percentage
Bulgarians 33229 62.4%
Turks 14883 28%
Roma (Gypsy) 3902 7.3%
Other 594 1.1%
Undeclared 602 1.1%


The religious composition, among those who answered the optional question on religious identification, according to the 2011 census, was the following: 58,8% is a member of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, which makes Bulgarian Orthodox Christians the largest religious group in the municipality. The second largest religious group, with 30,1% of the total population, is the Muslim minority (Islam in Bulgaria). Around 7,5% preferred not to answer and a further 2,8% had no religion. [9]

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