The publication „Regional Profiles: Indicators of Development” aims to provide objective, timely and comprehensive information on the development of Bulgarian regions, both in static and dynamic terms. The publication aims to paint as complete a picture as possible, covering both the economic and social aspects of life in the regions. Regions are subjected to overview at the level of administrative districts (oblasti); and this division was largely determined by the available data. Going down to the municipal level and preparing 264 profiles would not only be an enormous task but also quite impossible since much of the data is either not available or does not make much sense at the municipal level.
The profiles of Bulgaria‘s 28 districts cover eight categories, each of which is related to the quality of life and the level of development of those regions, including: demographics, economy, business environment, infrastructure, health, environment, education and social environment. You will find all about these categories, indicators and sources of information in the description of the methodology applied during this survey, and at the end of the booklet you will find some of the main source data.
This survey is a part of the IME‘s long-term effort, so in the coming years, new editions of the Regional Profiles will follow. Much more complete, up-to-date and interactive information than the data ontained in the print edition is available on the specialised website for the project at http://www.regionalprofiles.bg.