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Sofia named ‘most livable city in Bulgaria’ in annual contest

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Mon, Jan 30 2012 2 Comments, 2264 Views
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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.
 

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      judith Rating: 8
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      #2 03, 16, Tue, Jan 31 2012

      For an able bodied American, Sofia is a wonderful place to visit but is it liveable? Certainly not for anyone who has eyesight problems, there are a million "traps" and for someone disabled...may god help them as the city doesn't.

      I wonder why Plovdiv isn't on the list? I visit it only from time to time but it seems lovely...or am I just in the finer parts?

      Actually, I have some strange love affair with Sofia...but also anguish.

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      Чор Rating: 923
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      #1 16, 27, Mon, Jan 30 2012

      this must be a mistake, or sarcasm!

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