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Bulgaria Business Report

General information
Source: The World Factbook - Central Intelligence Agency
7,057,504 (July 2018 est.)
$153.5 billion (2017 est.)

Bulgaria is former communist country. The economy has grown so much over the last 20 years, and entered the European Union in 2007.

GDP growth rate
3.6% (2017 est.)

High and quite stable growth

GDP (PPP) per capita
$21,800 (2017 est.)

Medium in absolute terms, however it is the lowest among European Union members

Local currency
Leva (BGN)

Pegged to the EUR (1€ = 1,95583 lev)

Financial stability (Public debt)
23.9% (2017 est.)

Very low public debt and stable

1.2% (2017 est.)

Still low but recovering from deflation

Bulgarian (official)

English is spoken especially in urban and touristic areas. Turkish is also spoken by 8% of the population

Corruption perception index (Source: Transparency International)
Rank 77/180

Very high level of corruption. The most corrupted country in the European Union

Duties and tax
Source: PwC World Tax Summaries 2017-2018
20% standard VAT rate
Reduced rates apply: 9% (certain tourist services), 0% (including certain land transactions; leasing of residential property to individuals; financial, insurance, gambling, educational, listed food, and health services)
Corporate Tax
10% standard tax rate
Different rates are applicable in some cases (including gambling, maritime shipping, and telecommunication service)

EU custums duties apply to the import of goods from outside the EU

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