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Pleven Province

Pleven Province
Област Плевен
Location of Pleven Province in Bulgaria
Location of Pleven Province in Bulgaria
Country Bulgaria
Capital Pleven
Municipalities Belene, Gulyantsi, Dolna Mitropoliya, Dolni Dabnik,
Levski, Nikopol, Iskar,
Pleven, Pordim,
Cherven Bryag, Knezha
 • Governor Ralitza Dobreva
 • Total 4,334 km2 (1,673 sq mi)
Population (01.02.2011 Census [1])
 • Total 269,752
 • Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
License plate EH

Pleven Province (Bulgarian: Област Плевен or Plevenska Oblast Bulgarian: Плевенска Област, former name Pleven okrug) is a province located in central northern Bulgaria, bordering the Danube river, Romania and the Bulgarian provinces of Vratsa, Veliko Tarnovo and Lovech. It is divided into 11 subdivisions, called municipalities, that embrace a territory of 4,333.54 km² with a population, as of February 2011, of 269 752 inhabitants.[1][2][3][4] The province's capital is the city of Pleven.

Municipalities within Pleven Province with their main towns


  • Naming 1
  • Geography 2
  • Municipalities 3
  • Population 4
    • Ethnic groups 4.1
    • Languages 4.2
    • Religion 4.3
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The following Bulgarian terms may be used:

  • Плевенска област (Plevenska oblast)
  • Област Плевен (Oblast Pleven)
  • Плевенски окръг (Plevenski okrag), obsolete
  • Окръг Плевен (Okrag Pleven), obsolete


The province is part of the central Danubian Plain. It is crossed from south to north by the rivers Iskar, Vit and Osam (in west-east order); the river valleys are separated by limestone plateaus.


The Pleven province (oбласт, oblast) contains 11 municipalities (Bulgarian: singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: oбщини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and Cyrillic, the main town (in bold) or village, and the population of each as of December 2009.

Municipality Cyrillic Pop.[2][3][4] Town/Village Pop.[3][5][6]
Belene Белене 10,908 Belene 8,905
Gulyantsi Гулянци 13,561 Gulyantsi 3,432
Dolna Mitropoliya Долна Митрополия 21,304 Dolna Mitropoliya 3,303
Dolni Dabnik Долни Дъбник 14,438 Dolni Dabnik 4,761
Levski Левски 21,487 Levski 10,571
Nikopol Никопол 10,602 Nikopol 3,892
Iskar Искър 7,717 Iskar 3,622
Pleven Плевен 138,095 Pleven 111,426
Pordim Пордим 7,114 Pordim 2,117
Cherven Bryag Червен бряг 30,524 Cherven Bryag 13,856
Knezha Кнежа 14,839 Knezha 11,191


As of February 2011, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 266 144 [1] of which 28.4% are inhabitants aged over 60 years.[7]

The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II:
Pleven Province
Year 1946 1956 1965 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2007 2009 2011
Population 347,299 358,270 366,347 394,734 382,634 365,254 311,985 305,025 297,928 290,589 269 752
Sources: National Statistical Institute,[2] „Census 2001“,[3] „Census 2011“,[1] „“,[4]

Ethnic groups

Ethnic groups in Pleven Province (2011 census)
Ethnic group Percentage
others and indefinable

Total population (2011 census): 269 752 [8]

Ethnic groups (2011 census):[9] Identified themselves: 240 265 persons:

  • Bulgarians: 219 612 (91,40%)
  • Gypsies: 9 961 (4,15%)
  • Turks: 8 666 (3,61%)
  • Others and indefinable: 2 026 (0,84%)

A further 30,000 persons in Pleven Province did not declare their ethnic group at the 2011 census.

According to the 2001 census, the population of the province was 312,018, of which Bulgarians constitute an overwhelming majority of 280,475. 16,931 signed as Turks (though this number very likely also includes Muslim Gypsy) and 9,777 as Gypsy.


According to the 2001 census 283,626 people specified Bulgarian as their mother tongue, 14,947 declared to speak Turkish at home, while the native speakers of Gypsy were 8,861.


Religions in Pleven Province (2001 census)
Religious group Percentage
Orthodox Christian
Roman Catholic Christian
Protestant Christian
others and indefinable
Religious adherence in the province according to 2001 census:[10]
Census 2001
religious adherence population %
Orthodox Christians 275,112 88.18%
Muslims 15,681 5.03%
Roman Catholics 7,065 2.26%
Protestants 548 0.18%
Other 1,301 0.42%
Religion not mentioned 12,278 3.93%
total 311,985 100%

See also


  1. ^ a b c d (English) Census 2011
  2. ^ a b c (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian provinces and municipalities in 2009
  3. ^ a b c d (English) „WorldCityPopulation“
  4. ^ a b c „“
  5. ^ (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian towns in 2009
  6. ^ „“
  7. ^ (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Population by age in 2009
  8. ^ (Bulgarian) Population on 01.02.2011 by provinces, municipalities, settlements and age; National Statistical Institute
  9. ^ Population by province, municipality, settlement and ethnic identification, by 01.02.2011; Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (Bulgarian)
  10. ^ (Bulgarian) Religious adherence in Bulgaria - census 2001

External links

  • Pleven Province
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