Bulgaria, a country in southeastern Europe, boasts of having one of the richest folk heritages in the world. The history, culture and heritage of the country has been influenced by a number of ancient civilizations, including the Thracians, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Ostrogoths, Slavs, Varangians and especially Bulgars. Owing to their rich heritage, Bulgarians have played a major role in influencing the development of European arts and culture, and have made immense contributions to humanity, especially over the past two centuries. One of the earliest known composers of Medieval Europe was Yoan Kukuzel who reformed the entire Byzantine musical writing system.

Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
09 January 1989
Actress
Hristo StoichkovHristo Stoichkov
08 February 1966
Football Player

Kristalina GeorgievaKristalina Georgieva
13 August 1953
Managing Director of the IMF

AurelianAurelian
09 September 0214
Emperor

Simeon Saxe-Coburg-GothaSimeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
16 June 1937
Former Prime Minister of Bulgaria

BelisariusBelisarius
0500 AD
Military Commander
Hristo BotevHristo Botev
06 January 1848
Bulgarian Revolutionary

Stefka KostadinovaStefka Kostadinova
25 March 1965
Olympic athlete

Krisia TodorovaKrisia Todorova
01 April 2004
Singer
Yane SandanskiYane Sandanski
18 May 1872
National Hero in Bulgaria

Georgi IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
02 July 1940
Cosmonaut
Peyo YavorovPeyo Yavorov
01 January 1878
Poet

Elin PelinElin Pelin
08 July 1877
Writer

Dora GabeDora Gabe
26 August 1886
Poet

Zlatina JekovaZlatina Jekova
17 April 1992
Blogger

Kubrat PulevKubrat Pulev
04 May 1981
Boxer
Dimitar BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
30 January 1981
Association football player

Grigor DimitrovGrigor Dimitrov
16 May 1991
Tennis player

DeciusDecius
0201 AD
Emperor

Georgi MarkovGeorgi Markov
01 March 1929
Writer, Journalist
Vasil LevskiVasil Levski
18 July 1837
Revolutionary

Julia KristevaJulia Kristeva
24 June 1941
Philosopher, Writer, Feminist
Blagoy IvanovBlagoy Ivanov
09 October 1986
Mixed martial artist

Boris III of BulgariaBoris III of Bulgaria
30 January 1894
Political figure

Boyko BorisovBoyko Borisov
13 June 1959
Prime Ministe
Ahmed DoganAhmed Dogan
29 March 1954
Politician

Valeri BojinovValeri Bojinov
15 February 1986
Association football player
Stiliyan PetrovStiliyan Petrov
05 July 1979
Association football player

GaleriusGalerius
0250 AD
Emperor

Ahmed IIIAhmed III
30 December 1673
Sultan
Todor ZhivkovTodor Zhivkov
07 September 1911
Politician

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Walther FunkWalther Funk
18 August 1890
Journalist, Banker, Economist, Politician
Constantine VConstantine V
0718 AD
Emperor

Georgi DimitrovGeorgi Dimitrov
18 June 1882
Bulgarian Politician

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
15 March 1975
Chess player

KrumKrum
0755 AD
Ruler
Simeon I of BulgariaSimeon I of Bulgaria
0864 AD
Emperor
Tzvetan TodorovTzvetan Todorov
01 March 1939
Non-fiction writer, Historian, Semiologist,

Nikephoros INikephoros I
0760 AD
Emperor

Martin PetrovMartin Petrov
15 January 1979
Association football player

Boris I of BulgariaBoris I of Bulgaria
0825 AD
Ruler
Christian RakovskyChristian Rakovsky
13 August 1873
Military physician, Politician, Diplomat,

Nicolai GhiaurovNicolai Ghiaurov
13 September 1929
Opera Singer

Kaloyan of BulgariaKaloyan of Bulgaria
1170 AD
Emperor

Irina BokovaIrina Bokova
12 July 1952
Diplomat, Politician, General director

Tsvetana PironkovaTsvetana Pironkova
13 September 1987
Tennis player
Ivan Asen II of BulgariaIvan Asen II of Bulgaria
1196 AD
Emperor

Ivelin PopovIvelin Popov
26 October 1987
Association football player
Aleksandar TonevAleksandar Tonev
03 February 1990
Association football player

Ivan VazovIvan Vazov
27 June 1850
Poet

Rosen PlevnelievRosen Plevneliev
14 May 1964
Politician, Engineer, Entrepreneur
Halil MutluHalil Mutlu
14 July 1973
Weight lifter

Omurtag of BulgariaOmurtag of Bulgaria
Ruler of Bulgaria
Georgi ParvanovGeorgi Parvanov
28 June 1957
Politician, Historian

Jules PascinJules Pascin
31 March 1885
Painter

Boris ChristoffBoris Christoff
18 May 1914
Opera singer

Zhelyu ZhelevZhelyu Zhelev
03 March 1935
President

Aleksandar TsankovAleksandar Tsankov
29 June 1879
Politician
Antoaneta StefanovaAntoaneta Stefanova
19 April 1979
Chess grandmaster

Andrey LukanovAndrey Lukanov
26 September 1938
Politician

Volen SiderovVolen Siderov
19 April 1956
Photographer, Journalist, Writer, Politician

Petar StoyanovPetar Stoyanov
25 May 1952
President
Stanimir StoilovStanimir Stoilov
13 February 1967
Association football player, Association football

Ghena DimitrovaGhena Dimitrova
06 May 1941
Opera singer
Samuil of BulgariaSamuil of Bulgaria
0958 AD
Former Tsar of Bulgaria

Aleksandar VezenkovAleksandar Vezenkov
06 August 1995
Basketball player

Anna-Maria Ravnopolska-DeanAnna-Maria Ravnopolska-Dean
03 August 1960
Bulgarian harpist
Filipp KirkorovFilipp Kirkorov
30 April 1967
Singer

Sergey StanishevSergey Stanishev
05 May 1966
Prime Minister
Naim SuleymanogluNaim Suleymanoglu
23 January 1967
Weightlifter

Diogenes ApolloniatesDiogenes Apolloniates
Philosopher

Petar Toshev MladenovPetar Toshev Mladenov
22 August 1936
Politician
Aleksandŭr StamboliyskiAleksandŭr Stamboliyski
01 March 1879
Political leader

George Morris BakerGeorge Morris Baker
01 April 1931
Actor

Filip Kutev, a 20th century composer is credited to have established a new Bulgarian choral tradition. Bulgarians are also famed for their artistic abilities, especially in the creation of frescoes, murals and icons. Equally renowned for their architectural abilities, architects such as Victoria Angelova Vinarova and Andrey Damyanov were considered pioneering master-builders of their times. Modern day Bulgarians are proudly taking forward the rich legacy of their forefathers and are making important contributions to the fields of arts, literature, sports, science and technology, politics, and economics. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Bulgarians.