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Depopulation of Bulgaria’s rural areas continues

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The depopulation of the Bulgarian rural areas and the migration to the large cities continues, analysis of Eurostat reads. The share of the urban population increased from 20% in 1950 to 75% in 2016. In the past 65 years some 6 million Bulgarians migrated from the villages to the cities and currently nearly 1.8 million people live in the villages. Meanwhile, nearly 5.2 million Bulgarians live in the cities. Sofia and Varna are the only Bulgarian cities which have been constantly increasing in population in the recent years. The population of Bulgaria’s capital Sofia increased with nearly 30% and the population of the coastal city of Varna increased with nearly 10%.

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