Bulgaria is a land with rich history and ancient culture, situated in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula. It shares a border with Turkey and Greece to the south, Macedonia and Serbia to the west, Romania to the north and the Black Sea to the east.The Balkan Range passing through the country from West to East divides it in North and South Bulgaria and gives the name to the whole peninsula called Balkan Peninsula. The first Bulgarian state on the Balkans was founded 681 by Khan Asparuh, ruler of a part of the ancient Bulgarians The cross-road position of the Bulgarian lands on the Balkans made of them a natural scene for contacts among ancient civilizations.
Their chronological sequence is: Anatolian and Aegean, Thracian, ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, ancient Bulgarian, Slavonic, Christian and Islamic. Christianity was introduced in the IX century, as the country emerged as one of the three most powerful states in Europe together with Byzantium and the empire of Charles the Great. Since then the orthodox Christianity has been invariably Bulgarian official states religion. This fact made the country to be a coveted foreign political partner regionally and worldwide and contributed to a significant growth of the tourists flow to it.
Nowadays Bulgaria is a NATO member state and gets closer and yet closer to its definitive admission in the European Community, which may become reality in the early 2007. These prospects, along with the political and ethnic stability determine a redirection towards Bulgaria of new investment flows what will contribute to a fast economic growth in near future.