The United North American Trade Association

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In the 7th century, a central Asian Turkish tribe joined with the local Slavic community to create the first Bulgarian State. This state quickly fell to the Ottoman Empire, struggling to fight for independence for centuries until 1908 when autonomy was finally achieved. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) took over Bulgaria in 1949, and it wasn’t until 1990 that the country was an independent nation again. Since the fall of communism Bulgaria has been working towards democracy and a free market economy, though they are often hindered by object poverty and corruption, as this essay will further discuss later. Despite these negative aspects the country managed to join the North American Trade Association (NATO) in 2004 and the…show more content…
The other ethnic groups: Turkish with 8.2% of society, Roma with 4.4%, and others with about 11% tend to have kids earlier, thus breaking the mold (CIA). The official language of Bulgaria is Bulgarian; about 77% of the country speaks it. 8.2% speak Turkish, 3.8% speak Roma, and about 11% speak other languages. When it comes to religion almost 60% of the country claims to be Eastern Orthodox, 7.8% are Muslim, 3.7% claim no religion, 1.7% follow a western Christian faith, and a massive 27% claim some unspecified or alternative religion (CIA). Though there are multiple languages and religions practiced in Bulgaria, it is clear that there are majorities and minorities to each. This situation where one group is so much larger than another can easily lead to hostilities and discrimination, two things which Bulgaria has seen much of in modern history. This essay will go into more detail about the discrimination faced by the Roma later. The Republic of Bulgaria is a modernizing European nation in terms economy. Only 6.7% of the population practices agriculture while a shocking 30.2% are employed in the industry sector and 63.1% work in the service fields (CIA). One of the biggest driving factors in the economy is industry. As a residue from the Soviet Era the country is outfitted with countless steel mills, petroleum refineries, chemical factories, nuclear fuel producers, and so on (CIA).
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