DEFINITION Ethnicity or ethnic group is a socially defined category based on common culture or nationality.
Area: 111,000 square km Population: 7 385 367 Religion: Bulgarian Orthodox 82.6%, Muslim 12.2%, Catholic 0.6%, other 4.6% (Jewish, Protestant, Gregorian-Armenian)
ETHNIC GROUPS: BULGARIAN 83.9%, TURKISH9.4%, ROMA 4.7%, OTHER 2% (ARMENIANS,JEWS, GREEKS, RUSSIANS)
The Bulgarians are a South Slavic ethnic group native to Bulgaria . The Bulgarians have descended from three main tribal groups, which mixed themselves and formed a Slavic-speaking ethnicity in the First Bulgarian Empire. MostBulgarians live in Bulgaria, where they are around 6 million, constituting 85% of the population.
Bulgarian Turks are the largest ethnic minority in Bulgaria. They are mostly concentratedin the northeastern provinces and in the south. TheTurkish community became an ethnic minority when the Principality of Bulgaria was established after the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. Islamic identity remain strong and over 95% of the Turkish ethnic group profess this religion.
The Roma or the Gypsies constitute one of ethnic minorities in Bulgaria. In Bulgaria, the Roma are most commonly referred to as Tsigani.Roma in Bulgaria are not a unified community in terms of culture and lifestyle. There are Bulgarian and Turkish Gypsies .
OTHER MINORITY GROUPS IN MY COUNTRY ARE THE JEWISH PEOPLE, RUSSIANS,GAGAUZ,GREEKS,KARAKACHANS -ALL OF THEM DIVERSE BUT UNITED- SHARING ONE LANGUAGE AND ONE COUNTRY