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
AurelianAurelian
09 September 0214
Emperor

Hristo StoichkovHristo Stoichkov
08 February 1966
Football Player

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

BelisariusBelisarius
0500 AD
Military Commander

Kristalina GeorgievaKristalina Georgieva
13 August 1953
Managing Director of the IMF
Stefka KostadinovaStefka Kostadinova
25 March 1965
Olympic athlete

Hristo BotevHristo Botev
06 January 1848
Bulgarian Revolutionary

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

Peyo YavorovPeyo Yavorov
01 January 1878
Poet
Elin PelinElin Pelin
08 July 1877
Writer

Dora GabeDora Gabe
26 August 1886
Poet

Georgi IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
02 July 1940
Cosmonaut

Zlatina JekovaZlatina Jekova
17 April 1992
Blogger

Tsvetana PironkovaTsvetana Pironkova
13 September 1987
Tennis player
Dimitar BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
30 January 1981
Association football player

Grigor DimitrovGrigor Dimitrov
16 May 1991
Tennis player

Kubrat PulevKubrat Pulev
04 May 1981
Boxer

Boyko BorisovBoyko Borisov
13 June 1959
Prime Ministe
Georgi MarkovGeorgi Markov
01 March 1929
Writer, Journalist

DeciusDecius
0201 AD
Emperor
Ahmed IIIAhmed III
30 December 1673
Sultan

Boris III of BulgariaBoris III of Bulgaria
30 January 1894
Military Officer

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

Stiliyan PetrovStiliyan Petrov
05 July 1979
Association football player
GaleriusGalerius
0250 AD
Emperor

Todor ZhivkovTodor Zhivkov
07 September 1911
Politician

Valeri BojinovValeri Bojinov
15 February 1986
Association football player
Walther FunkWalther Funk
18 August 1890
Journalist, Banker, Economist, Politician

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Simeon I of BulgariaSimeon I of Bulgaria
0864 AD
Emperor
Georgi DimitrovGeorgi Dimitrov
18 June 1882
Politician

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
15 March 1975
Chess player

Ahmed DoganAhmed Dogan
29 March 1954
Politician

KrumKrum
0755 AD
Ruler
Giovanna of ItalyGiovanna of Italy
13 November 1907
Princess
Vasil LevskiVasil Levski
18 July 1837
Revolutionary

Martin PetrovMartin Petrov
15 January 1979
Association football player

Boris I of BulgariaBoris I of Bulgaria
0825 AD
King

Tzvetan TodorovTzvetan Todorov
01 March 1939
Non-fiction writer, Historian, Semiologist,
Ivelin PopovIvelin Popov
26 October 1987
Association football player

Halil MutluHalil Mutlu
14 July 1973
Weight lifter

Kaloyan of BulgariaKaloyan of Bulgaria
1172 AD
Emperor of Bulgaria

Christian RakovskyChristian Rakovsky
13 August 1873
Politician

Aleksandar TonevAleksandar Tonev
03 February 1990
Association football player
Ivan Asen II of BulgariaIvan Asen II of Bulgaria
1196 AD
Emperor

Irina BokovaIrina Bokova
12 July 1952
Diplomat, Politician, General director
Rosen PlevnelievRosen Plevneliev
14 May 1964
Politician, Engineer, Entrepreneur

Georgi ParvanovGeorgi Parvanov
28 June 1957
Politician, Historian

Zhelyu ZhelevZhelyu Zhelev
03 March 1935
President
Ivan VazovIvan Vazov
27 June 1850
Poet

Omurtag of BulgariaOmurtag of Bulgaria
Ruler of Bulgaria
Stefan StambolovStefan Stambolov
31 January 1854
Politician

Jules PascinJules Pascin
31 March 1885
Painter

Alexis WeissenbergAlexis Weissenberg
26 July 1929
Pianist

Andrey LukanovAndrey Lukanov
26 September 1938
Politician

Aleksandar TsankovAleksandar Tsankov
29 June 1879
Politician
Valko ChervenkovValko Chervenkov
06 September 1900
Statesman

Nicolai GhiaurovNicolai Ghiaurov
13 September 1929
Opera Singer

RusevRusev
25 December 1984
Wrestler

Petar StoyanovPetar Stoyanov
25 May 1952
President
Ivan Asen I of BulgariaIvan Asen I of Bulgaria
Emperor

Boris ChristoffBoris Christoff
18 May 1914
Opera singer
Antoaneta StefanovaAntoaneta Stefanova
19 April 1979
Chess grandmaster

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

Vasile LupuVasile Lupu
1595 AD
Nobleman
Georgi Sava RakovskiGeorgi Sava Rakovski
1821 AD
Revolutionary

Ghena DimitrovaGhena Dimitrova
06 May 1941
Opera singer
Stanimir StoilovStanimir Stoilov
13 February 1967
Association football player, Association football

Ljuba WelitschLjuba Welitsch
10 July 1913
Soprano

Lyuben KaravelovLyuben Karavelov
1834 AD
Writer
Samuil of BulgariaSamuil of Bulgaria
0958 AD
Former Tsar of Bulgaria

Petko SlaveykovPetko Slaveykov
17 November 1827
Poet
Yordan YovkovYordan Yovkov
09 November 1880
Writer

Konstantin StoilovKonstantin Stoilov
23 September 1853
Politician

Euthymius of TarnovoEuthymius of Tarnovo
31 October 1325
Political figure

Anna-Maria Ravnopolska-DeanAnna-Maria Ravnopolska-Dean
03 August 1960
Bulgarian harpist
Sergey StanishevSergey Stanishev
05 May 1966
Prime Minister
Filipp KirkorovFilipp Kirkorov
30 April 1967
Singer

Aleksandar VezenkovAleksandar Vezenkov
06 August 1995
Basketball player

Naim SuleymanogluNaim Suleymanoglu
23 January 1967
Weightlifter

Neli BotevaNeli Boteva
09 May 1974
Badminton player
Diogenes ApolloniatesDiogenes Apolloniates
Philosopher

Pencho Petkov SlaveykovPencho Petkov Slaveykov
27 April 1866
Author

Andrei LiapchevAndrei Liapchev
30 November 1866
Prime minister

Ivan Evstatiev GeshovIvan Evstatiev Geshov
20 February 1849
Politician

George Morris BakerGeorge Morris Baker
01 April 1931
Actor
Aleksandŭr StamboliyskiAleksandŭr Stamboliyski
01 March 1879
Political leader

Petar Toshev MladenovPetar Toshev Mladenov
22 August 1936
Politician

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.