Territory in southeast Europe, ruled since 1991 by the Republic of Bulgaria


Bulgaria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Bulgaria (Bulgarian: България), officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a parliamentary republic in Southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south and the Black Sea to the east. With a territory of 110,994 square kilometres, Bulgaria ranks as Europe's 15th-largest country. Bulgaria's location has defined it as a historical crossroad for various civilisations and the home of some of the world's most ancient cultural artifacts. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Bulgaria | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 80, Political Rights: 2, Civil Liberties: 2
"The coalition government led by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his center-right party, Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB), continued to function relatively effectively in 2015 despite the fallout from a 2014 banking crisis, very modest economic growth, a rising budget deficit, and a migrant crisis along the southern border. GERB easily won local elections held in October."
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 7.86, Rank: 40, Personal Freedom: 8.33, Economic Freedom: 7.39, Democracy Index: 6.36
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.39, Rank: 45