Pros and cons of moving to Bulgaria.
Once we made an important decision about changing the country of residence. The question of moving and choosing the country was discussed on family councils for a single day. All the pros and cons were weighed. As a result, the beautiful Bulgaria lured us into her Black Sea networks and did not let her go. To that we are sincerely glad. If you are still only carrying the idea of moving or an escape plan - our article is for you.
Pros of immigration to Bulgaria.
1. Opportunity to conduct business in the European country with the lowest taxation.
Since 2007 Bulgaria is a member of the European Union, which opens an excellent opportunity for doing business in Europe. In Bulgaria, the profit tax is one of the lowest in Europe & # 8212; 10%. It's no secret to anyone that taxes in European countries, to put it mildly, are draconian. Take at least the countries neighbors: Serbia & # 8212; 14%, Romania & # 8212; 16%, Greece & # 8212; 20%, Hungary & # 8212; 20%, not to mention Germany with its 45%.
2. Cheapness of life.
Bulgaria & # 8212; one of the cheapest countries for living in Europe.
3. The most affordable residence permit.
To date, Bulgaria offers the most real and affordable for the registration of the status of residence permit.
4. Inexpensive housing.
In Bulgaria, cheap property & # 8212; it is a fact. This is not just an invention of real estate agencies to attract another client, but a pleasant reality. According to the National Institute of Statistics of Bulgaria for January 2014 price of 1 square. m. in the country starts from 440 euros. Bulgaria is a resort pearl year-round. Therefore, buying property in this country is also an excellent investment. Do you want & # 8212; rent a month on a studio on the coast, you want to let the tourists to the apartments in the mountains. This is an attractive and tempting offer for those wishing to have a source of additional passive income.
5. Safety of life.
Bulgaria is one of the quietest countries in Europe in terms of crime. After living here for several years, I finally stopped looking around, walking in the evening through the winter streets.
Our district is regularly patroled within 24 hours. At night there is always a car on duty with the police, which carries the watch.
I also want to say about the safety of doing business. Here you can safely work and not think that tomorrow some uncle will not like it or vice versa. your business, and he decides to assign it.
5. All European countries in transport accessibility.
Living in Bulgaria you can travel to Europe at least every weekend. There would be a desire and finances. You can fly to any country in Europe by plane, by bus or by private car. The latter is most attractive.
6. Friendly society.
In Bulgaria, they are friendly to foreigners, in particular to Russian speakers. The first thing that pleasantly surprises is & # 8212; the attitude of the attendants in shops, pharmacies, institutions, taxis. Let's recall the expressions of our cashiers' faces in grocery supermarkets & # 8230; and try to forget. In Bulgaria, unfamiliar people smile and wish each other a pleasant day, good mood, happy holidays and weekends. For me personally this is a huge plus.
7. Higher education in Bulgaria.
Students from the former CIS countries in Bulgaria are attracted by the ratio of the level of education received, which is quoted in Europe, and its relatively inexpensive price.
The best universities and institutes in Bulgaria:
American University in Bulgaria, Sofia University & # 171; Clement of Orchid & # 187; Technical University in Sofia Medical University in Sofia.
8. Picturesque nature.
Not every country can boast such a rich and incredibly beautiful nature. The territory of Bulgaria is small, but there is a wide variety of terrain: hills and plains, high mountain ranges, gorges and hollows. In Bulgaria, there are many natural parks and protected areas, some of which are protected by UNESCO (National Park & Pirin & # 187;). The Balkan mountains await all supporters of rest in the mountains in the winter and in the summer.
Having moved to Bulgaria, lovers of seascapes will be able to enjoy endlessly the sunrises and warm sunsets on the Black Sea coast. The dream of having a house by the sea is easy to realize just in this country. And the sea is there, and houses at affordable prices more than enough.
One third of the country's territory is occupied by mountain ranges: Rila, Rhodopes, Pirin. In Bulgaria there are about 70 lakes. The most famous: Seven Rila Lakes, Srebarna Nature Reserve, Burgas Lake.
9. Warm climate and good ecology.
The climate in Bulgaria is mild. Conventionally, Bulgaria can be divided into two zones: in the northern mountainous region winters are colder, in the southern part the Mediterranean climate prevails. In winter, the average temperature is -2 .. + 2 � C, but in the north of the country it can drop to -15. In summer, the average temperature is in the region from +20 � C to +28 � C in the northern regions and up to + 30 � C on the coast.
Since Bulgaria is a tourist country, the government is properly trying to maintain a favorable ecological situation in the country. For the ecology of Bulgaria, the euro is also monitored by the commission. The country regularly receives financial assistance from the European Union for the implementation of purification projects.
10. Lack of language barrier.
Bulgaria & # 8212; Slavic country, which in many ways is similar in culture to Russia. The population of Bulgaria is quite hospitable to Russian-speaking tourists and immigrants, perhaps because tourism is the lion's share of the country's economy. The Russian-speaking population does not experience language barriers here. The older generation in Bulgaria perfectly speaks and understands Russian (some time ago Russian was an obligatory subject in Bulgarian schools). In the resort towns and tourist places the staff also understands perfectly in Russian. And for further permanent life, there are no language barriers here & # 8212; The Bulgarian language is quite easy to learn.
11. Beautiful balneology.
In addition to its sea and ski resorts, Bulgaria is famous for its balneological rest places. Not many people know that it is possible and necessary to go to this country for health. The tradition of balneological treatment appeared here in the time of the Thracians.
Today in Bulgaria there are more than 540 mineral springs.
The most popular balneological resorts: Hisar, Sandanski, Sapareva Banya, Sliven Bani, Kyustendil, Pomorie. Living in Bulgaria, you can arrange mineral tours almost every weekend. After all, each region is famous for its sources: cold or hypothermal waters (up to 36 o C) predominate in many areas, homothermal or warm. Bankya, Varshets, Pancharevo, Gorna Banya, Knyazhevo; hyperthermal or hot (more than 37 oC) & # 8212; Hissar, Bath, Starozagorsky Baths. The highest temperature in the springs in the area of Sapareva banya & # 8212; 102 � C.
12. The dimension of life.
In Bulgaria, no one is in a hurry. Life here is calm and measured, as if one solid siesta.
13. Thracian gold.
Perhaps not everyone knows the fact that the territory of Bulgaria in the past was part of Ancient Thrace. The Thracians developed a cult of the dead. The tomb of the deceased ruler turned into a real treasure chest, which was filled with gold, clothing with precious stones, weapons. There are rumors that not all Thracian tombs have been found and unearthed. Move to Bulgaria & # 8212; gold is enough for all 🙂
The disadvantages of living in Bulgaria.
1. High unemployment.
This is an acute problem for many EU countries. In the list of & # 171; unemployed & # 187; The first places are occupied by such countries as Greece, Spain and Slovakia. Bulgaria did not bypass this problem. Vacancies and decent salaries are not enough even for the local population. Under the legislation of Bulgaria, foreign nationals with the status of residence permit do not have the right to work officially in the country. Therefore, immigrants can rely solely on their business or their means.
2. High utility bills.
Despite the fact that real estate in Bulgaria is much cheaper than in Russia, utility bills here bite. In Bulgaria, as in all of Europe, electricity is expensive. For example, for an apartment in a new house of 70 sq.m., in the heating season you have to pay an average of 100-150 euros per month.
After the first bills we received, we gasped, gasped, sighed and resented, where it is seen to pay such money. But the person is a creature that, as it is, can get used to and adjust to the new mode of communal payments. Now we erase at night (since the night rate is two times cheaper) and we try to use technology and household appliances more intelligently.
3. Expensive fuel.
Fuel in Bulgaria is two times more expensive than in Russia. But among the EU countries in Bulgaria the cheapest gasoline. For example, the popular petrol A95 in Bulgaria is sold at an average of 1,274 euros, in second place for cheap petrol - Poland, there is one liter of A95 gasoline costs 1.283 euros. Here a minus smoothly passes in uncertain plus.
Therefore in Bulgaria gas installations on the car are so popular, after all the price for gas is much cheaper.
4. Impossibility of free movement across Europe.
Many immigrants from Russia and the countries of the former CIS, who plan to move to Bulgaria, mistakenly believe that the status of residence permit gives them the right to freely travel to European countries. However, it is not. Bulgaria has not yet joined the Schengen area, and therefore for trips around Europe you still have to open a visa. But the process of obtaining visas is much faster and easier than in Russia (from personal experience: if all documents are available, the Hungarian semi-annual Schengen is opened for 1 day).
We do not see this as a minus or a problem, but many people are worried about this topic, so I could not remain silent. There are gypsies in any country and in Bulgaria too. I personally do not know where they would be. Maybe in Australia or New Zealand, except that 🙂 Personally, I have not met with them once for all the time spent in Bulgaria. More precisely, I know where they territorially live in Sofia, where they settled in Varna, every day I see how they beg in the areas of markets or circle on their chariots. around the city in search of junk. But it does not affect my life and the life of my loved ones. Maybe someday all of them will be put together and resettled to the ends of the earth 🙂
Here perhaps all the main pluses and minuses of moving to Bulgaria. With pleasure we will answer all the questions that arise in the comments.
Ravil July 7, 2015, 11:16.
Good afternoon. I want to clarify where the most territorially felt stay of the Russian-speaking population in Bulgaria.
Daniil Sophia July 10, 2015, 14:18.
The greatest density of the Russian-speaking population is & # 8212; this is Varna and Burgas.
Victor November 6, 2015, 6:40 am.
Zdravsvuyte! Tell me please, does buying a car cheaper than in Russia?
Pavel July 3, 2016, 11:33.
Good day! Tell me, what is the real amount of living in Varna for rubles per month for permanent residence? My wife and I are retired, we would like to know the specific figures of 2016, for some reason on all sites the old pre-crisis information 2011-2013.
Pros and cons of moving to Bulgaria.