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

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

Dora GabeDora Gabe
26 August 1886
Poet

Georgi IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
02 July 1940
Cosmonaut

Zlatina JekovaZlatina Jekova
17 April 1992
Blogger

Maria BakalovaMaria Bakalova
04 June 1996
Actress
RusevRusev
25 December 1984
Wrestler

Grigor DimitrovGrigor Dimitrov
16 May 1991
Tennis player

Dimitar BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
30 January 1981
Association football player

Baba VangaBaba Vanga
31 January 1911
Mystic
Kubrat PulevKubrat Pulev
04 May 1981
Boxer

DeciusDecius
0201 AD
Emperor
Naim SuleymanogluNaim Suleymanoglu
23 January 1967
Weightlifter

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

Ahmed IIIAhmed III
30 December 1673
Sultan
Stanislav IanevskiStanislav Ianevski
16 May 1985
Actor

Stiliyan PetrovStiliyan Petrov
05 July 1979
Association football player
Boyko BorisovBoyko Borisov
13 June 1959
Prime Ministe

Blagoy IvanovBlagoy Ivanov
09 October 1986
Mixed martial artist

Julia KristevaJulia Kristeva
24 June 1941
Philosopher, Writer, Feminist
Georgi MarkovGeorgi Markov
01 March 1929
Writer, Journalist

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Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
15 March 1975
Chess player
GaleriusGalerius
0250 AD
Emperor

Philipp KirkorovPhilipp Kirkorov
30 April 1967
Singer

Georgi DimitrovGeorgi Dimitrov
18 June 1882
Politician

George Morris BakerGeorge Morris Baker
01 April 1931
Actor
Valentin YordanovValentin Yordanov
26 January 1960
Wrestler
Todor ZhivkovTodor Zhivkov
07 September 1911
Politician

Walther FunkWalther Funk
18 August 1890
Journalist, Banker, Economist, Politician

Vasil LevskiVasil Levski
18 July 1837
Revolutionary

Valeri BojinovValeri Bojinov
15 February 1986
Association football player
Tsvetana PironkovaTsvetana Pironkova
13 September 1987
Tennis player

Victoria GeorgievaVictoria Georgieva
21 September 1997
Singer

Maria PopovaMaria Popova
28 July 1984
Writer

Simeon I of BulgariaSimeon I of Bulgaria
0864 AD
Emperor

Samuil of BulgariaSamuil of Bulgaria
0958 AD
Former Tsar of Bulgaria
Giovanna of ItalyGiovanna of Italy
13 November 1907
Princess

Maya ManolovaMaya Manolova
04 May 1965
Politician
Anjela NedyalkovaAnjela Nedyalkova
02 March 1991
Actress

Martin PetrovMartin Petrov
15 January 1979
Association football player

KrumKrum
0755 AD
Ruler
Aleksandar VezenkovAleksandar Vezenkov
06 August 1995
Basketball player

Kyril, Prince of PreslavKyril, Prince of Preslav
11 July 1964
Prince
Kardam, Prince of TurnovoKardam, Prince of Turnovo
02 December 1962
Prince

Tzvetan TodorovTzvetan Todorov
01 March 1939
Non-fiction writer, Historian, Semiologist,

Julian KostovJulian Kostov
25 August 1989
Actor

Boris I of BulgariaBoris I of Bulgaria
0825 AD
King

Kristian KostovKristian Kostov
15 March 2000
Singer
Jared HomanJared Homan
06 March 1983
Basketball player

Kotoōshū KatsunoriKotoōshū Katsunori
19 February 1983
Wrestler

Slavi TrifonovSlavi Trifonov
18 October 1966
Musician

Tervel PulevTervel Pulev
10 January 1983
Boxer
Iliana IotovaIliana Iotova
24 October 1964
Vice President

Serafim TodorovSerafim Todorov
06 July 1969
Boxer
Kaloyan of BulgariaKaloyan of Bulgaria
1172 AD
Emperor of Bulgaria

Princess Marie Louise of Bourbon-ParmaPrincess Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma
17 January 1870
Princess of Bourbon-Parma

Ahmed DoganAhmed Dogan
29 March 1954
Politician
Christian RakovskyChristian Rakovsky
13 August 1873
Politician

Aleksandar TonevAleksandar Tonev
03 February 1990
Association football player
Hristo ShopovHristo Shopov
04 January 1964
Actor

Mira AroyoMira Aroyo
11 July 1977
Musician

Dan KolovDan Kolov
27 December 1892
Wrestler
Adrian AndreevAdrian Andreev
12 May 2001
Tennis player

Poli GenovaPoli Genova
10 February 1987
Singer
Mariya GabrielMariya Gabriel
20 May 1979
Politician

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

Dee BostDee Bost
12 October 1989
Basketball player

Maria FilippovMaria Filippov
20 June 1973
Ice dancer
Korneliya NinovaKorneliya Ninova
16 January 1969
Politician
Aleksandŭr StamboliyskiAleksandŭr Stamboliyski
01 March 1879
Political leader

Priest LauderdalePriest Lauderdale
31 August 1973
Basketball player

Darius AdamsDarius Adams
17 April 1989
Basketball player

Princess Nadezhda of BulgariaPrincess Nadezhda of Bulgaria
30 January 1899
Princess
Sergey StanishevSergey Stanishev
05 May 1966
Prime Minister

EdelweissEdelweiss
01 September 1977
Actress

KameliaKamelia
10 January 1971
Singer

Antoaneta StefanovaAntoaneta Stefanova
19 April 1979
Chess grandmaster

Lili IvanovaLili Ivanova
24 April 1939
Singer
Alexis WeissenbergAlexis Weissenberg
26 July 1929
Pianist

Ivelin PopovIvelin Popov
26 October 1987
Association football player
Albert PopovAlbert Popov
08 August 1997
Alpine skier

Dimitar KuzmanovDimitar Kuzmanov
28 July 1993
Tennis player
Ivan VazovIvan Vazov
27 June 1850
Poet
Omurtag of BulgariaOmurtag of Bulgaria
Ruler of Bulgaria

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.