After World War II, Bulgaria became a communist state and part of the Eastern Bloc.
In 1990, after the Revolutions of 1989, the Communist party gave up its monopoly on power and Bulgaria transitioned to democracy and free-market capitalism. Currently Bulgaria functions as a parliamentary democracy under a unitary constitutional republic. A member of the European Union since 2007 and of NATO since 2004, it has a population of approximately 7.6 million, with Sofia as its capital and largest city. A drive around the country in a rented car is easy and reveals the history, landscape and people of this unique country.
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