Discover fascinating facts about modern Bulgaria, including its connection to the founder of Facebook, its high internet speeds, and its unique contributions to technology and science. Uncover lesser-known details such as the longest Bulgarian word, the first woman in the world to participate in a military flight, and the country’s rich history of resorts.
- Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has Bulgarian ancestry and was named after his Bulgarian grandfather, Marko.
- John Vincent Atanasoff, the inventor of the first digital computer, is also of Bulgarian descent, with Ivan Atanasov as his Bulgarian immigrant father.
- Bulgaria has a parliamentary system of government. Find out more information about Institutions in Bulgaria.
- Bulgaria ranks 20th in the world for internet speeds.
- The Bulgarian folk song “Izlel e Delyu Haydutin” performed by Valya Balkanska, was included on the Golden Record, a collection of human artifacts sent into space on board Voyager I as a message for extraterrestrial life.
- Peter Petroff, the inventor of the first digital wristwatch, also has Bulgarian origins.
- The longest Bulgarian word, meaning “do not perform actions against the constitution,” consists of 39 letters.
- The first woman in the world who participated in a military flight was the Bulgarian Rayna Kasabova.
- Bulgaria has 142 resorts, including 26 marine resorts, 56 mountain resorts, and 58 balneological resorts.