FACTS & FIGURES

Capital City

Capital City

Sofia
Population

Population

7,075,991
Area Km2

Area, Km2

108,560
Language

Language

Bulgarian
Area Code

Area Code

359
Currency

Currency

Lev (BGN)

VISA FREE

169

GDP PPP $

20,948

Time Zone

UTC +2:00

Dual Citizenship Bulgaria

Restricted

Bulgarian citizenship is regulated by the Constitution and the Citizenship law of 1998 as amended in 2018. Citizenship in Bulgaria is mainly based on the principle of ius sanguinis but can also be granted through naturalisation or birth.

Article 12 of the 1998 Law establishes the general regime for naturalisation. Applicants are required to have resided legally in Bulgaria for at least ten years, since one must show that an applicant has been granted permission for permanent residence.

The Constitution also grants citizenship to persons born in Bulgaria- unless they acquire another citizenship by descent- and children born to at least one Bulgarian parent.

Under Bulgarian law dual citizenship is permitted and there is no requirement for release of

previous citizenship for spouses of Bulgarian citizens; citizens of a Member State of the European Union, or a country party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or of Switzerland; for citizens of countries with which Bulgaria has signed treaties which establish reciprocity; or for holders of international protection.

Bulgarian citizens who acquire a second citizenship shall inform the Bulgarian authorities.

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