GDP for the South-Eastern region (2011): 8 475 mil. BGN

Area of the city of Burgas: 253.6 km2 (97.9 sq mi)


Population (2012): 200,271

  • Density: 55.8 people/sq. m2


Labour Market

  • Employees under labour contract in Burgas as of 2011: 118 975
  • Average annual wages and salaries of the employees under labour contract in Burgas as of 2011: 7 359 BGN
  • Average annual wages and salaries of the employees under labour contract in the South-Eastern region as of 2011: 7 518 BGN
  • Employed population of 15 – 64 years of age in Burgas as of 2012: 164 200; for the whole South-Eastern region: 422 200
  • Employment rate of population of 15 – 64 years of age in Burgas as of 2012: 46.8%
  • Unemployed population of 15 – 64 years of age in Burgas as of 2012: 21 200
  • Unemployment rate of population aged 15 – 64 years in Burgas of as of 2012: 11.6%
  • Unemployed population of 15 – 64 years of age in the South-Eastern region as of 2012: 57 100
  • Unemployment rate of population aged 15 – 64 years in the South-Eastern region as of 2012: 12.1%




Regional Specialization

 The following sectors are particularly developed in the region:

  • Coke, petrochemical industry & petroleum refining
  • Production of automobiles, trailers and semi-trailers (4 companies, 2 070 employees)
  • Vehicle production excl. automobiles (7 companies, 640 employees)
  • Metallurgy
  • Food & wine industry
  • Mining
  • Woodworking
  • Chemical products
  • Plastic products
  • Shipbuilding



  Development Potential

  • The strategic location of the region and the highly available transport infrastructure (roads, railroads, the International Port of Burgas and the six smaller ports, the International Airport of Burgas and several smaller airfields) create possibilities for businesses settling in and for coastal tourism growing bigger. Building the Black Sea motorway will improve service delivery to the Black Sea coast. It will also connect our country with neighbouring littoral countries and will create an adequate environment for developing combined transport through the international ports of Burgas and Rousse, i.e. using Pan-European transport corridors 7 and 8. The completion of the Trakia and Black Sea motorways will help tap into the local development potential more fully and efficiently. There are possibilities for intermodal air, sea and land transport.
  • This region has the potential to develop crossborder, interregional, and transnational cooperation and to create better conditions to communicate with the countries in Central and Western Europe and Asia. Further development of Pan-European transport corridor 8 and its extension to the east where it transitions into TRACECA (the transport corridor connecting Europe, the Caucasus, and Asia) creates possibilities to penetrate emerging markets on the east coast.
  • Nature is well preserved and very beautiful with lots of protected areas, large biodiversity and rich cultural heritage. It all helps develop a strong tourist sector including traditional seaside holidaymaking, yachting, as well as cultural, nature or rural tourism. The region possesses unique features and resources, such as the Strandzha Nature Park, underwater archaeology, winemaking and traditional agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, sea water and mineral water, sea salt, lye and curative mud, that may help go beyond recreational seaside holidaymaking in the high season and ensure all-year-long occupancy of hospitality venues.
  • This region has a fairly good demographic potential. It is in a favourable position compared with the other level 2 regions in terms of demographic development and structure.
  • Being the urban hub of the region, Burgas has the potential to become an important commercial, economic and administrative centre. Burgas has national/transnational importance according to the European classification of Functional Urban Areas (FUAs). Alongside Varna, it plays a counterbalancing role in relation to Sofia and gives weight to the eastern part of the country.


Foreign Direct Investments in non-financial enterprises in Burgas (as of 2011): 1 811 907.3 (thousand EUR)



The section of road Е-87 between Burgas and Varna is part of Pan-European transport corridor 8 connecting the Adriatic Sea with the Black Sea, and plays a key role for the integration of, and provision of transport services to the coastal regions.

The railroad connecting Plovdiv, Zimnitsa, Karnobat, and Burgas is included in the European Agreement on Important International Combined Transport Lines and Related Installations (AGTC).

Maritime transport is well developed in the South-Eastern region. The International Port of Burgas is the biggest sea port in the country and an important transport hub handling 59% of Bulgaria’s imports and exports. It has a leading role in the overall development of the national and local economy.

Air transport is represented by the international airport of Burgas and the small aircraft airfield in Primorsko, used for tourism purposes. The Airport of Burgas is strategically located on the border between Europe and Asia. One of its greatest benefits is that intermodal air, sea and land transport is made possible.


The Educational System is represented by three universities and specialized schools of higher learning (in Burgas and Stara Zagora) and 61 vocational schools whose graduates acquire levels 2 and 3 professional qualifications. There are 16 056 students in universities and specialized schools of higher learning in the South-Eastern region, representing 6.3% of the entire student population in Bulgaria.




Cultural Heritage

There are 4 270 pieces of immovable cultural heritage, some of them are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, such as the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak and the Old Town of Nessebar.  There are many archaeological reserves: the archaeological reserve of Kabile, Augusta Traiana-Verea in Stara Zagora; Deltum in Debelt; several period towns such as Zheravna, Kotel, Katunishte, Brashlian; the tombs and mounds near the city of Kazanlak known as the Valley of the Thracian Kings.

There are 29 museums and 9 art galleries the South-Eastern region. Theatre houses in Burgas and the Opera House in Stara Zagora are of great significance. There are many cultural events. Burgas is famous for being the city of festivals. It hosts the Burgas and the Sea Song Festival, an international folklore festival, a beer festival, the Rock Explosion music festival, a Blues festival, the By the Sea theatre festival, the Autumn Festival of Literature and Music, etc. The Sea Garden park hosts the Flora-Burgas International Flower Exhibition. The town of Sozopol is the host of the Apollonia festival of arts. The folklore of the Strandzha area has many traditional customs and rituals. The town of Kazanlak is the host of the annual Festival of Roses. Yambol is the host of the national festival of masks.


  • Burgas is the largest city in South-East Bulgaria, hosting the biggest cargo harbor and one of the biggest airports in the country
  • The city is a major petrol and chemical industry center providing for 5.22% of the country’s GDP
  • 10 km to Burgas Airport
  • 4 km to Burgas harbor
  • 2 km to a Turkey-bound highway


  • Electricity
  • Water and sewerage
  • Telecommunication network

  • Total area: 238 000 sq.m
  • Industrial plots ranging from 2 000 to 30 000 sq.m
  • Density – 60%
  • Maximum height of construction – up to 20 m
  • Construction Intensity Coefficient – 2.0

  • A first-class location with transport links in the immediate vicinity and well-developed infrastructure
  • Informational services
  • Administrative services
  • Investment incentives
  • State support for priority investment projects
  • Financial support for vocational training of employees
  • Complete infrastructure to the borders of the project site
  • Preferential treatment upon acquisition of real estate – private state or municipal property
  • Concentration of interrelated activities gathered in one place and overall efficiency increase
  • Doing business in a business environment with focus on financial, manufacturing and human resources
  • Improved access to international distribution channels and technology


  • Industrial premises for sale or rent
  • Assistance in the issuance of all required documents and permits for the project implementation
  • Shortened administrative procedures
  • Professional attendance and consultations

Stage I – completed

  • Road network and sidewalks with a total length of 1 750 m;
  • 4 power substations and an electricity line with 2 MW electrical supply capacity
  • 2 500 m electricity cable lines from the power substations to the individual plots;
  • Water supply pipeline with 27 extensions and shafts – a total of 2 000 m;
  • Sewerage system – 1 800 m;
  • Telecommunication lines – 2500 m;
  • Street lighting, green areas, fencing etc.;
  • Consolidation, drainage, water discharge

Stage II – to be completed by the end of 2015:

  • Road network with fortified foundation and sidewalks – total length of 3 000 m
  • 5 power substations;
  • Power cables from the power substations to the individual plots – 3 500 m;
  • Water supply pipeline with 30 extensions and shafts – a total of 3 400 m;
  • Sewerage system and waste water discharge – 3 100 m;
  • Telecommunication lines – 3 500 m;
  • Street lighting, green areas, fencing etc.