Sofia (capital)

Sofia (capital) has the highest GDP per capita in Bulgaria, with a value double the national average and twice that of the district ranking second in this indicator – Sofia district. Its good performance in the indicators for economic development is also manifested in the favorable dynamics of the local labor market. The capital remains the district with the best educational structure of its workforce. It is also the undisputed leader in investment activity. The share of households with access to broadband internet continues to increase. In 2021, the capital was once again the district with the highest local taxes. It has the highest scores in the municipal administration’s self-assessments on the development of e-government and the provision of one-stop shop administrative services.

The pandemic, the shutting down of entire sectors and the opportunities for working from home have affected Sofia’s population size. The capital is once again the leader in the field of education, with a high enrolment rate, a low share of repeaters and dropouts, good student performance and a high number of university students. The number of specialist physicians is the highest in the country. The capital’s poor result and its last place in the country in the public order and security category is a consequence of the heavy workloads of the local judges and the low detection rate. The district’s high level of urbanization accounts for the large share of population with access to public sewerage networks. Sofia remains the district with the most intensive cultural life.

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