Pray for: Bulgaria

Flag for Bulgaria

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Europe
Capital: Sofia
Population: 6,618,615
% Urban: 76 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 14.7 %
Official Language: Bulgarian
Languages: 16
Literacy Rate: 98 %
Life Expectancy: 71.8 yrs (136/236)
HDI Ranking: 68 / 189
% Christian: 79.9 %
% Evangelical: 1.9 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 79.9 %
People Groups: 30
Least Reached People Groups: 7
% Unevangelized: 6 %


Title: Bulgaria

Tier: 1

Type: country

Bulgaria suffered under Communist rule from 1947 to 1989, and troubles remain. Corruption, crime networks, and poverty affect many lives. Abortion, while less than in the past, is still widespread, and divorce is common. The populace continues to age even as its overall numbers have been steadily declining since 1986. Many young people leave Bulgaria (one of the poorest EU countries) to find work and opportunity in other nations. Pray for the Church to demonstrate God’s love in this country where racial tensions are strong and hope is rare.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.