Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia has been named the country’s "most liveable city" for 2011 in a poll organised by mass-circulation daily 24 Chassa and Darik Radio.
This was the fifth year the poll was held. It was won by Varna in 2007 and 2008, Sofia in 2009 and Bourgas in 2010.
The awarded was handed to Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandukova at a January 30 ceremony by President Rossen Plevneliev.
The winner was adjudged according to 28 criteria in the poll.
Sofia scored maximum points in the areas of investment infrastructure projects, shop opening hours, and the number of restaurants, cafes and pharmacies. The city also won in the proximity-to-airport category, number of universities, cultural life, employment rate and number of births per capita.
Sofia’s problems were named as lack of parking, congestion and street dogs.
Other cities and towns won in special categories. Stara Zagora was named "Business City", Veliko Turnovo "Cultural City", Velingrad "Green City" and Sevlievo "Prosperous City".
Scoring lowest in the rankings were Kurdjali, Vidin and in 27th place, Montana.