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

AurelianAurelian
09 September 0214
Emperor

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

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

Krisia TodorovaKrisia Todorova
01 April 2004
Singer

Yane SandanskiYane Sandanski
18 May 1872
National Hero in Bulgaria

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

Georgi IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
02 July 1940
Cosmonaut
Dora GabeDora Gabe
26 August 1886
Poet

Zlatina JekovaZlatina Jekova
17 April 1992
Blogger

Grigor DimitrovGrigor Dimitrov
16 May 1991
Tennis player
Dimitar BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
30 January 1981
Association football player

Kubrat PulevKubrat Pulev
04 May 1981
Boxer
BelisariusBelisarius
0500 AD
General

Blagoy IvanovBlagoy Ivanov
09 October 1986
Mixed martial artist

DeciusDecius
0201 AD
Emperor
Martin PetrovMartin Petrov
15 January 1979
Association football player

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

Stiliyan PetrovStiliyan Petrov
05 July 1979
Association football player

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

Boyko BorisovBoyko Borisov
13 June 1959
Prime Ministe
Todor ZhivkovTodor Zhivkov
07 September 1911
Politician
GaleriusGalerius
0250 AD
Emperor

Ahmed IIIAhmed III
30 December 1673
Sultan

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

Valeri BojinovValeri Bojinov
15 February 1986
Association football player
Constantine VConstantine V
0718 AD
Emperor

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Georgi DimitrovGeorgi Dimitrov
18 June 1882
Bulgarian Politician

Simeon I of BulgariaSimeon I of Bulgaria
0864 AD
Emperor

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
15 March 1975
Chess player

Nikephoros INikephoros I
0760 AD
Emperor
Boris I of BulgariaBoris I of Bulgaria
0825 AD
Ruler

Christian RakovskyChristian Rakovsky
13 August 1873
Military physician, Politician, Diplomat,
Tzvetan TodorovTzvetan Todorov
01 March 1939
Non-fiction writer, Historian, Semiologist,

Ivelin PopovIvelin Popov
26 October 1987
Association football player

Ahmed DoganAhmed Dogan
29 March 1954
Politician
Irina BokovaIrina Bokova
12 July 1952
Diplomat, Politician, General director

Kaloyan of BulgariaKaloyan of Bulgaria
1170 AD
Emperor
Tsvetana PironkovaTsvetana Pironkova
13 September 1987
Tennis player

Aleksandar TonevAleksandar Tonev
03 February 1990
Association football player

Omurtag of BulgariaOmurtag of Bulgaria
Ruler of Bulgaria

Rosen PlevnelievRosen Plevneliev
14 May 1964
Politician, Engineer, Entrepreneur

Zhelyu ZhelevZhelyu Zhelev
03 March 1935
President
Krum of BulgariaKrum of Bulgaria
0750 AD
Khan of Bulgaria

Georgi ParvanovGeorgi Parvanov
28 June 1957
Politician, Historian

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

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

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.