Bulgaria

Bulgaria is part of the Balkan Penninsula in Southeastern Europe. Bulgaria is surrounded by Romania, Turkey, Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, and Montenegro (formerly part of Yugoslavia). Its eastern coastline is on the Black Sea and it has a number of beach resorts there, which boosts tourism to the country.

Quick Facts

Population: 6.9 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Bulgarian (76.9%), Turk (8%), Roma (4.4%), other (including Macedonian, Armenian, Tatar, Circassian)(0.7%), other (unknown) (10%)
Languages: Bulgarian (official) (76.8%), Turkish (8.2%), Roma (3.8%), other (0.7%), other (unknown) (10.5%)
Religions: Eastern Orthodox (59.4%), Muslim (Sunni) (7.4%), Muslim (Shia) (0.4%), other (including Catholic, Protestant, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox, and Judaism) (1.7%), other (unknown) (27.4%), none (3.7%)

Bulgarians In Toronto

Bulgarian Population:
In Canada: 27,255
In the GTA: 9,445
In the City of Toronto: 4,995

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Vaughan, City of Toronto, Uxbridge, Georgina

Bulgaria adopted Christianity in the year 865, and Orthodoxy was the state religion until 1945.  Bulgaria came under Communist rule in 1947, and the Communists persecuted  Christians until 1989. Multiparty democracy was instituted in 1990, and since then atheism has declined and there was an increase in the Christian population.  Although Bulgaria today is not a very religious country, most Bulgarians belong to the Orthodox Church and both Christmas and Easter are official holidays.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Settlement.Org

Canadian Bulgarian Association Inc.
8501 Mississauga Road, Suite 200
Brampton, ON
L6Y 5G8
Phone: 647-291-8375

Churches in the GTA

Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of Canada (Directory)

References: 

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Central Intelligence Agency. (2014, June 23). The World Factbook: Bulgaria. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bu.html

Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). Bulgaria. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/geography/Afghanistan-to-Comoros/Bulgaria.html

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - Bulgaria. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/overview-apercu-eng.asp?iso=bg

Mandryk, J. (2010). Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (7th ed.). Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing.

Prayercast. (n.d.). Bulgaria. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
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Statistics Canada. (2011, April 7). 2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations/Ethnic Origin, Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses and
Sex for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample
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