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Ruse Province

Ruse Province
Област Русе
Location of Ruse Province in Bulgaria
Location of Ruse Province in Bulgaria
Country Bulgaria
Capital Ruse
Municipalities 8
 • Governor Stefko Burdzhiev
 • Total 2,803.4 km2 (1,082.4 sq mi)
Population (February 2011)[2]
 • Total 235,252
 • Density 84/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
License plate P

Ruse Province (Bulgarian: Област Русе or Rusenska Oblast Bulgarian: Русенска област, former name Ruse okrug) is a province in northern Bulgaria, named after its main city - Ruse, neighbouring Romania via the Danube. It is divided into 8 municipalities with a total population, as of February 2011, of 235,252 inhabitants.[2][3][4]

The Danube Bridge, the only bridge over the Danube in Bulgaria as of 2010, is located in the province. One of the versions of a folk song, inspired by the Ruse blood wedding, can be heard in the province.


  • Municipalities 1
  • Population 2
    • Ethnic groups 2.1
    • Religion 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Municipalities within Ruse Province with their administrative centres

The Ruse province (oбласт, oblast) contains eight 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.[5][3][6]
Borovo Борово 6,699 Borovo 2,330
Byala Бяла 14,962 Byala 9,015
Vetovo Ветово 13,738 Vetovo 4,777
Dve Mogili Две могили 10,341 Dve Mogili 4,342
Ivanovo Иваново 10,339 Ivanovo 880
Ruse Русе 175,210 Ruse 156,509
Slivo Pole Сливо поле 11,635 Slivo Pole 3,169
Tsenovo Ценово 6,220 Tsenovo 1,673


The Ruse province had a population of 266,213 (266,157 also given) according to a 2001 census, of which 48.7% were male and 51.3% were female.[7] As of the end of 2009, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 249,144[2] of which 25.8% are inhabitants aged over 60 years.[8]

The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II:

Ruse Province
Year 1946 1956 1965 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2007 2009 2011
Population 215,361 236,117 273,226 305,722 315,762 290,800 266,213 256,835 253,008 249,144 235,252
Sources: National Statistical Institute,[2] „Census 2001“,[3] „Census 2011“,[4] „“,??

Ethnic groups

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

Total population (2011 census): 235 252[9]

Ethnic groups (2011 census):[10] Identified themselves: 216 612 persons:

  • Bulgarians: 176 413 (81,44%)
  • Turks: 28 658 (13,23%)
  • Gypsies: 8 615 (3,98%)
  • Others and indefinable: 2 926 (1,35%)

Ethnic groups according to the 2001 census, when 266 157 people of the population of 266,213 of Rousse Province identified themselves (with percentage of total population):[11]


Religions in Rousse 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:[12]

Census 2001
religious adherence population %
Orthodox Christians 215,434 80.94%
Muslims 41,997 15.78%
Roman Catholics 567 0.21%
Protestants 482 0.18%
Other 1,596 0.60%
Religion not mentioned 6,081 2.29%
total 266,157 100%

See also


  1. ^ (English) Bulgarian Provinces area and population 1999 — National Center for Regional Development — page 90-91
  2. ^ a b c d e (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. ^ (Bulgarian) Population to 01.03.2001 by Area and Sex from : Census 2001National Statistical InstituteBulgarian
  8. ^ (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Population by age in 2009
  9. ^ (Bulgarian) Population on 01.02.2011 by provinces, municipalities, settlements and age; National Statistical Institute
  10. ^ Population by province, municipality, settlement and ethnic identification, by 01.02.2011; Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (Bulgarian)
  11. ^ (Bulgarian) Population to 01.03.2001 by District and Ethnic Group from : Census 2001National Statistical InstituteBulgarian
  12. ^ (Bulgarian) Religious adherence in Bulgaria - census 2001

External links

  • Ruse Province
  • Ruse municipality
  • Guide Bulgaria - Rousse District
  • Information about the Ruse region
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