- Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria
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Haskovo Government - Mayor Stefan Dimitrov Elevation 125 m (410 ft) Population (Census February 2011) - City 38,015 - Urban 52,541 Time zone EET (UTC+2) - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3) Postal Code 6400 Area code(s) 0391
Dimitrovgrad (Bulgarian: Димитровград) is a town in Haskovo Province, South-central Bulgaria, located close to the province capital - Haskovo. It is a newly founded settlement, built in the end of the 1940s. and named after the communist leader Georgi Dimitrov. The town is the administrative centre of the homonymous Dimitrovgrad Municipality. As of February 2011, it has a population of 38 015 inhabitants (Municipality Population - 52 541).
The city was built in 1947 by the Communist government of the time and the brigades organized with that purpose. On the 2 September 1947 the town's establishment was officially announced, but its construction and expansion continued intensively for several more years, as the three villages (Rakovski, Mariyno and Chernokonyovo) that existed at the place were merged to form Dimitrovgrad. The main practical reason behind the new city was to create a modern industrial centre. Of course, there was also an ideological foundation for building it.
In 1970 the celebration of the national poetry feast named Penio Penev was set and that tradition continues up to the present. Since 1980 the beginning of biennial of Bulgarian theatrical poster were laid. In 1987 the museum – house Penio Penev was opened
Dimitrovgrad is remarkable for its stylish architecture which met the standards of the Roman Empire, with spacious streets and large parks. It is one of the most green cities in Bulgaria. There are three large parks with about 15 lakes, dozens of species of rare trees, shrubs and flowers, sculptures, gazebos and water cascades.
The population of Dimitrovgrad during the first decade after its foundation was about 34,000. Since then it started growing, mostly because of the migrants from the rural areas, reaching its peak in the period 1985-1992 exceeding 50,000. After this time, the population has started decreasing rapidly in consequence of the poor economic situation in the Bulgarian provinces during the 1990s that lead to a new migration in the direction of the country capital Sofia and abroad.
Dimitrovgrad Year 1887 1910 1934 1946 1956 1965 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2009 2011 Population --- --- --- --- 34,162 41,816 45,595 53,804 50,677 45,918 42,840 41,810 ?? Highest number ?? in ?? Sources: National Statistical Institute, „citypopulation.de“, „pop-stat.mashke.org“, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
- Official website of Dimitrovgrad municipality
- Forum website of Dimitrovgrad (English language supported)
- Portal website of Dimitrovgrad
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