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

Kristalina GeorgievaKristalina Georgieva
13 August 1953
Managing Director of the IMF

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

BelisariusBelisarius
0500 AD
Military Commander

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
Hristo StoichkovHristo Stoichkov
08 February 1966
Football Player

Dora GabeDora Gabe
26 August 1886
Poet

Georgi IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
02 July 1940
Cosmonaut

Zlatina JekovaZlatina Jekova
17 April 1992
Blogger

Kubrat PulevKubrat Pulev
04 May 1981
Boxer
RusevRusev
25 December 1984
Wrestler

Dimitar BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
30 January 1981
Association football player

Grigor DimitrovGrigor Dimitrov
16 May 1991
Tennis player

Naim SuleymanogluNaim Suleymanoglu
23 January 1967
Weightlifter
Boris III of BulgariaBoris III of Bulgaria
30 January 1894
Military Officer

DeciusDecius
0201 AD
Emperor
Samuil of BulgariaSamuil of Bulgaria
0958 AD
Former Tsar of Bulgaria

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
15 March 1975
Chess player

Boyko BorisovBoyko Borisov
13 June 1959
Prime Ministe
Ahmed IIIAhmed III
30 December 1673
Sultan

Georgi MarkovGeorgi Markov
01 March 1929
Writer, Journalist
Stiliyan PetrovStiliyan Petrov
05 July 1979
Association football player

George Morris BakerGeorge Morris Baker
01 April 1931
Actor

GaleriusGalerius
0250 AD
Emperor
Julia KristevaJulia Kristeva
24 June 1941
Philosopher, Writer, Feminist

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Todor ZhivkovTodor Zhivkov
07 September 1911
Politician
Blagoy IvanovBlagoy Ivanov
09 October 1986
Mixed martial artist

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

Georgi DimitrovGeorgi Dimitrov
18 June 1882
Politician

Filipp KirkorovFilipp Kirkorov
30 April 1967
Singer
Valeri BojinovValeri Bojinov
15 February 1986
Association football player
Simeon I of BulgariaSimeon I of Bulgaria
0864 AD
Emperor

Giovanna of ItalyGiovanna of Italy
13 November 1907
Princess

KrumKrum
0755 AD
Ruler

Vasil LevskiVasil Levski
18 July 1837
Revolutionary
Tsvetana PironkovaTsvetana Pironkova
13 September 1987
Tennis player

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

Boris I of BulgariaBoris I of Bulgaria
0825 AD
King

Martin PetrovMartin Petrov
15 January 1979
Association football player

Aleksandar VezenkovAleksandar Vezenkov
06 August 1995
Basketball player
Kaloyan of BulgariaKaloyan of Bulgaria
1172 AD
Emperor of Bulgaria

Ahmed DoganAhmed Dogan
29 March 1954
Politician
Antoaneta StefanovaAntoaneta Stefanova
19 April 1979
Chess grandmaster

Christian RakovskyChristian Rakovsky
13 August 1873
Politician

Ivelin PopovIvelin Popov
26 October 1987
Association football player
Nikola SpasovNikola Spasov
15 December 1958
Football player

Irina BokovaIrina Bokova
12 July 1952
Diplomat, Politician, General director
Sergey StanishevSergey Stanishev
05 May 1966
Prime Minister

Aleksandar TonevAleksandar Tonev
03 February 1990
Association football player

Aleksandŭr StamboliyskiAleksandŭr Stamboliyski
01 March 1879
Political leader

Halil MutluHalil Mutlu
14 July 1973
Weight lifter

Ivan VazovIvan Vazov
27 June 1850
Poet
Omurtag of BulgariaOmurtag of Bulgaria
Ruler of Bulgaria

Rosen PlevnelievRosen Plevneliev
14 May 1964
Politician, Engineer, Entrepreneur

Alexis WeissenbergAlexis Weissenberg
26 July 1929
Pianist

Petar Toshev MladenovPetar Toshev Mladenov
22 August 1936
Politician
Aleksandar TsankovAleksandar Tsankov
29 June 1879
Politician

Zhelyu ZhelevZhelyu Zhelev
03 March 1935
President
Georgi ParvanovGeorgi Parvanov
28 June 1957
Politician, Historian

Valko ChervenkovValko Chervenkov
06 September 1900
Statesman

Stefan StambolovStefan Stambolov
31 January 1854
Politician
Ivan Asen II of BulgariaIvan Asen II of Bulgaria
1196 AD
Emperor

Andrey LukanovAndrey Lukanov
26 September 1938
Politician
Jules PascinJules Pascin
31 March 1885
Painter

Nicolai GhiaurovNicolai Ghiaurov
13 September 1929
Opera Singer

Diogenes ApolloniatesDiogenes Apolloniates
Philosopher
Ivan Asen I of BulgariaIvan Asen I of Bulgaria
Emperor

Volen SiderovVolen Siderov
19 April 1956
Photographer, Journalist, Writer, Politician
Petar StoyanovPetar Stoyanov
25 May 1952
President

Georgi Sava RakovskiGeorgi Sava Rakovski
1821 AD
Revolutionary

Vasile LupuVasile Lupu
1595 AD
Nobleman

Stanimir StoilovStanimir Stoilov
13 February 1967
Association football player, Association football
Boris ChristoffBoris Christoff
18 May 1914
Opera singer
Christo PopovChristo Popov
08 March 2002
Badminton player

Ghena DimitrovaGhena Dimitrova
06 May 1941
Opera singer

Lyuben KaravelovLyuben Karavelov
1834 AD
Writer

Gabriela StoevaGabriela Stoeva
15 July 1994
Badminton player
Pencho Petkov SlaveykovPencho Petkov Slaveykov
27 April 1866
Author

Stefani StoevaStefani Stoeva
23 September 1995
Badminton player

Petko SlaveykovPetko Slaveykov
17 November 1827
Poet

Andrei LiapchevAndrei Liapchev
30 November 1866
Prime minister

Yordan YovkovYordan Yovkov
09 November 1880
Writer
Ljuba WelitschLjuba Welitsch
10 July 1913
Soprano

Ivan Evstatiev GeshovIvan Evstatiev Geshov
20 February 1849
Politician
Konstantin StoilovKonstantin Stoilov
23 September 1853
Politician

Euthymius of TarnovoEuthymius of Tarnovo
31 October 1325
Political figure
Amvrosius ParashkevovAmvrosius Parashkevov
09 June 1942
Bishop
Anna-Maria Ravnopolska-DeanAnna-Maria Ravnopolska-Dean
03 August 1960
Bulgarian harpist

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.