- Haskovo district
- Dimitrovgrad municipality
- Ivaylovgrad municipality
- Lyubimets municipality
- Madjarovo municipality
- Mineralni Bani municipality
- Svilengrad municipality
- Simeonovgrad municipality
- Stambolovo municipality
- Topolovgrad municipality
- Harmanli municipality
- Haskovo municipality
Haskovo District is located in the central part of Southern Bulgaria and covers 5543 sq. Km. or 5% of the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. The district includes 261 settlements, grouped in 11 municipalities - Haskovo, Dimitrovgrad, Svilengrad, Lyubimets, Harmanli, Madzharovo, Simeonovgrad, Ivaylovgrad, Topolovgrad, Mineralni Bani and Stambolovo. As of 31.12.2008 The population of the district is 259,007 people, which represents 3.41% of the population of the country (70.6% is the urban population of the district). As of 31.12.2008 the economically active population of the district is 125 042 people. The employment rate for Haskovo district is 50.7%. As of 31.06.2009 the unemployment rate in the district is 7.89%. A favorable factor for the region is the presence of a border with two countries - Greece and Turkey. Two key trans-continental roads cross the territory of the district. The first connects Western and Central Europe with Istanbul and Asia, and the second connects Northern Europe with the Mediterranean. The distance from the town of Haskovo to the border with Greece is 70 km, to Turkey - 80 km, and to the capital Sofia - 230 km. Haskovo district is generally characterized by a mild climate, beautiful and clean nature, and diverse flora and fauna. The relief in the area is very diverse. The northern and central part of the region is occupied by the Upper Thracian lowland, and to the south large areas of the district are occupied by the low branches of the Eastern Rhodopes and the western slopes of Sakar Mountain. Industryin Haskovo district is characterized by a well-developed industry structure and established market traditions. Large manufacturing companies are the main driving force of the local economy, while small and medium enterprises contribute to improving the business environment, accelerating economic growth and optimizing the production structure of the regional economy. The sector of small and medium enterprises in Haskovo district has the most reserves for opening alternative employment and new jobs, and in the future, its importance will continue to grow for the overall economic stability of the region. Dominant for the regional economy are the following sectors: chemical industry, wine production, production of food, beverages and tobacco products, clothing and textile industry, construction and machine building for the food industry. Important factors for the development of the local economy are the skilled workforce, the availability of good natural resources, as well as the strategic location of the district as a whole. The relative share of the export industrial production of the companies in the district increases by 5 to 7% every year compared to the previous year. All these factors listed so far predetermine over the years a moderate and stable rate of industrial growth of companies in the region. The relative share of the export industrial production of the companies in the district increases by 5 to 7% every year compared to the previous year. All these factors listed so far predetermine over the years a moderate and stable rate of industrial growth of companies in the region. The relative share of the export industrial production of the companies in the district increases by 5 to 7% every year compared to the previous year. All these factors listed so far predetermine over the years a moderate and stable rate of industrial growth of companies in the region. An indicator of the good investment climate in the district are the foreign direct and domestic investments made. Haskovo District occupies a strategic location in terms of attracting potential investors. Foreign investment in the region is around the national average. The risk of dependence on a small number of large-scale investments in the region has led to a reduction in the volume of foreign direct investment in general. It is a positive fact that a number of large investments and new sites in industry and agriculture have been made in smaller municipalities. This shows that the whole region is an attraction for investors, and not as in many other areas of the country, where investment is mainly in larger cities. Characterizing in general the regional economy and the priorities for industrial development in Haskovo district, it is necessary to emphasize that they are related to the establishment of the region as one of the main centers in the country in terms of machine building for the food industry; preserving the traditions in the field of textile and clothing industry; formation of the district as one of the leading wine regions in the country. Speaking of winemaking it should be noted that Haskovo district has a huge potential in terms of development of the wine industry. The area has long been known for its excellent grapes and the high quality wine produced from it. There are traces of wine production since the time of the Thracians, in the so-called "sharapani" - wine stones near the village of Mineralni Bani. Today, all wine facilities in the district specialize in the production of high quality wines, which are well sold on the international market. As a result of the combination of favorable climatic conditions and the increased technological skills of local winemakers, Merlot wines with a controlled designation of origin and a declared geographical region have established themselves in the region, which with their brilliance, noble bouquet soft and harmonious taste leave a lasting impression on all connoisseurs of elite wines. An important indicator of the prosperity of winemaking in recent years is the creation of many new wineries equipped with state-of-the-art equipment - lines for reception and processing of grapes, vinifiers for white and red wines with control of fermentation processes, vinomatics lines. An extremely positive trend is that as part of their strategy, wine companies rely on planting their own young vineyards with the classic varieties Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as valuable Bulgarian varieties. Apart from wine production, the food industry on the territory of the district is represented by bakery and confectionery, meat processing industry, milk processing and canning industry. In the field of bakery and confectionery in Haskovo district there are many private companies, bakeries and confectionery shops, with relatively modern technological equipment, which produce a diverse range of products. The same is the case with meat and dairy companies. In the region there are many small workshops for processing meat and meat products, dairies for cheese, cheese and butter, equipped with modern equipment and producing products with high capacity and quality that meets modern international requirements. Haskovo District and in particular Haskovo Municipality is one of the main centers of Bulgarian machine building for the food industry. The specialization of the regional town in the field of production of technological lines and machines for the food industry is preserved The importance of this sub-sector in the regional economy is also evidenced by the fact that in the town of Haskovo an Association of Manufacturers of Machines for the Food Industry has been established. The sewing and knitting industries are very well developed in the Haskovo region , where both large companies and many small and medium-sized enterprises operate, located relatively evenly throughout the district. The chemical industry in the district is represented in the face of one of the largest factories - producers of fertilizers. The chemical industry in the district is also the branch with the highest relative share in the general branch structure of the industrial production. Agriculture is one of the leading industries for Haskovo district, which creates employment for a large part of the population in the region. In the area there are extremely favorable soil and climatic conditions for the development of crop production. The temperate-Mediterranean climate, combined with the abundant water resources in the region, are important prerequisites for growing a wide variety of crops. A widespread technical crop for the area is tobacco. It is grown mainly in the lower parts of the Eastern Rhodopes and Sakar Mountains. Haskovo region is famous for the production of watermelons, melons, with its excellent grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers and many other fruits and vegetables. Priority in the development of plant growing is the planting and replanting with young vineyards, increasing the areas, Livestock breeding in the Haskovo region is extremely concentrated in the private sector and is characterized by a high relative share of small farms. Cattle, pigs and poultry are raised in the plains, and sheep and goats in the semi-mountainous areas. The prospects for animal husbandry in the region are related to the consolidation of animal farms in order to increase productivity and to make optimal use of funding under international programs.
Dimitrovgrad Municipality is located on an area of 568 sq. Km. The settlement network in the municipality consists of two cities - Dimitrovgrad and Merichleri and 25 villages, evenly distributed throughout the territory. The geographical location of its municipality determines the location of an important transport junction in Southern Bulgaria. The city is 220 km away. from the capital Sofia, and 18 km. from the regional center of Haskovo. The nearest Bulgarian port is Bourgas - 215 km., And the Greek port of Alexandroupolis on the Aegean Sea is about 260 km. The nearest duty free zone is located in Plovdiv - 78 km., And the nearest border crossing is Kapitan Andreevo - 100 km. The European corridors indicated in the photo and the first-class railway arteries Plovdiv-Sofia - to the west, Svilengrad - to the east, Stara Zagora-Ruse - to the north and Kardzhali - to the south intersect in the municipality. The municipality has mild and short winters, dry and hot summers and insufficient annual rainfall. It is located at 100 meters above sea level. The earth layers in the municipality are rich mostly in limestone and clay. Inert and quarry materials are also extracted. The municipality has a large water resource. Here are the rivers Maritsa, Merichlerska, Martinka, Banska with a total of about 8330 thousand cubic meters of regulated water masses. In the town of Merichleri there are mineral springs with an operating flow of 30 l / sec. and water temperature 35.4 degrees.
Ivaylovgrad Municipality is located in the southeastern part of the Rhodopes. To the east it borders the Hellenic Republic, and its neighbors to the north and west are the municipalities of Lyubimets, Madzharovo and Krumovgrad. It has an area of 814 square kilometers and the population of the municipality is 9,183 people living in 51 settlements. The location of Ivaylovgrad, on the border with Greece, is favorable for the development of cross-border cooperation in various fields of activity, as well as for the influx of foreign tourists in the municipality. The climate of the municipality is transitional-Mediterranean. In general, the municipality of Ivaylovgrad has good natural resources - mild climate, the Rhodope Mountains with beautiful and ecologically clean nature, abundance of water resources - Arda River and Ivaylovgrad Dam, the presence of minerals. On the territory of the municipality there are developed deposits of rock facing materials. The Eastern Rhodopes are one of the regions in the country with the richest biodiversity. In the municipality, there are 84 species of plants from the Red Book and 11 rare species worldwide. The region is of great importance for the protection of birds - 77 species of birds are listed in the Red Book of the country, and 7 species are globally protected. The variety of birds of prey is unique.
Lyubimets Municipality is located in the eastern part of Haskovo region and is located on flat terrain and fertile soils. It occupies an area of 344 square kilometers. and includes 10 settlements with a population of 10,829 people. To the east it borders with the municipality of Svilengrad and the Hellenic Republic, to the south - with the municipality of Ivaylovgrad, to the west - with the municipalities of Madjarovo and Harmanli. The distance to the Greek border is 9 km and to the Turkish border - 12 km. Lyubimets Municipality has an extremely good transport-geographical position. The railway line and the international road E-80 pass through the territory of the municipality and through the town of Lyubimets, which connects Western and Central Europe with Istanbul, the Middle East and Asia. Compared to the neighboring territories, the Mediterranean climatic influence is stronger here. The water resources of the municipality are formed mainly at the expense of the outflow of the Maritsa River and its tributaries. Of the minerals, non-metallic minerals are the most common. There are discovered clay deposits along the Maritsa River.
Madjarovo Municipality is located in southeastern Bulgaria, between the Haskovo hilly region and the slopes of the Eastern Rhodopes and covers an area of 247 sq. Km. or 4.5% of the area of Haskovo district. 3353 people live on the territory of the municipality. The closest border crossings to the municipality of Madjarovo are: Kapitan Andreevo - located 74 km. southeast of the town of Madzharovo and Novo Selo - located 56 km. from the municipal center. The municipality includes 19 settlements. The climate is transitional-continental. The Arda River passes through the territory of the municipality - the largest right tributary of the Maritsa River and the largest river in the Rhodopes. For almost 50 years the soil of Madzharovo has been the subject of frequent geological studies for the presence of zinc and ores of precious metals. On the territory of the municipality there is a significant resource potential of precious metals, which are not well studied. The municipality of Madzharovo falls in the Thracian region of the southern zoogeographical region, with the greatest interest being the avifauna. The Eastern Rhodopes have the largest diversity of birds of prey in Europe. Of the species included in the national Red Book, on the territory of the municipality are found: black stork, bald eagle, imperial eagle, sea eagle, Egyptian vulture, griffon vulture, white-backed and three-toed woodpecker. A very valuable species that is threatened with extinction worldwide is the black vulture. It does not nest in the area, but can be observed. The griffon vulture deserves special attention. The colony near the town of Madzharovo is the only one of its kind in Bulgaria and one of the few in Europe.
Mineralni Bani Municipality is located on an area of 215 sq. Km, in the northern part of the Eastern Rhodopes. This region is characterized by hilly terrain, warm continental climate and moderate rainfall. The altitude in the municipality is from 50 to 500 m. The municipal center Mineralni Bani is located 18 km. from the regional town of Haskovo, 100 km. from the border with Turkey and Greece and 11 km. from the main road E-80 (Sofia - Plovdiv - Istanbul). It is located in a wonderful area, with beautiful forest vegetation and crystal clear air. The municipality covers 12 settlements with a total population of 7,592 people. Mineral water - the most valuable natural resource in the municipality, is hyperthermal (57C) and has a unique chemical composition. It springs from 14 mineral springs with a flow rate of 1500 l / min. It is characterized as sodium sulfate, calcium and fluorine.
Svilengrad Municipality is located in the southeastern part of Haskovo region on an area of 700 sq. Km. The population of the municipality is 25,014 people. Physically and geographically, the territory of Svilengrad municipality includes parts of the Upper Thracian lowlands, Sakar and Rhodope mountains. The climate is mild, transitional-Mediterranean. The Maritsa River passes through the territory of the municipality, there is a wide network of micro-dams and reservoirs. The municipality has the unique gift to be the border of Haskovo region and Bulgaria, with two neighboring countries - Turkey and Greece. This determines its leading role in the future development of European transport corridors connecting Western and Central Europe with the Middle and Far East. Parts of the transport axes on an international road pass through its territory E-80 and the continuation of E-85 to Greece. The railway line Sofia - Plovdiv - Svilengrad - Istanbul, connecting Bulgaria with the European railway network, is categorized as an important highway line suitable for combined transport.
Simeonovgrad Municipality is located in the northernmost part of Haskovo region. It covers an area of 223 sq. Km. To the south it borders with the municipality of Harmanli, to the west with the municipalities of Haskovo and Dimitrovgrad, and to the north of it is the district of Stara Zagora. It is a relatively small municipality with a population of 10,011 people, organized in nine settlements. Simeonovgrad municipality is located in the Upper Thracian lowland (Stara Zagora field), on isolated from each other slightly hilly hills. The climate is characterized by mild winters and hot summers. The Maritsa River and some of its left tributaries pass through the municipality, the most significant of which is the Sazliyka River. There are clay deposits along the Maritsa River, sand and gravel are mined. The location of Simeonovgrad municipality and its remoteness from large industrial enterprises have contributed to the local nature to be preserved ecologically clean and untouched. The main tree species that are distributed in the municipality are black pine, hornbeam, cer and hornbeam, and from the animal world the most common are rabbit, fox, wolf, badger.
Stambolovo municipality is the border between Haskovo and Kardzhali districts. To the south, through the river Arda, it borders with the municipality of Krumovgrad, to the east with the municipality of Madjarovo, to the north with the municipalities of Haskovo and Harmanli and to the west with the municipality of Kardzhali. Stambolovo Municipality is located in the Eastern Rhodope Massif and stretches from the Haskovo Plain to the Arda River, and its relief is characterized by alternating small plains with semi-mountain massifs. The municipality includes 26 settlements with a total population of 13,928 people. The geostrategic position of the municipality is determined by the proximity of the municipal center to the regional town (25 km.) And to the border with Greece and Turkey (70 km.) On the territory of Stambolovo municipality there are mainly non-metallic minerals - limestone, volcanic tuffs, non-traditional rock materials. Typical natural resources for the municipality are: the spring for table mineral water, located in the land of the village of Dolno Botevo and the border river Arda, the use of which offers good opportunities for economic and tourist activities.
Topolovgrad Municipality is located in the southeastern part of Bulgaria. It borders the municipalities of Tundzha, Elhovo, Svilengrad, Galabovo and Radnevo, as well as the Republic of Turkey in the section near the village of Prisadets. The municipality occupies the northern slopes of Sakar Mountain and part of the Tundzha Valley, on an area of 711 sq. Km. It consists of 21 settlements with a total population of 13,560 inhabitants. Apart from the favorable natural-geographical position, the municipality of Topolovgrad is also distinguished by its extremely favorable transport-communication position (the municipality is on the border of three districts - Haskovo, Stara Zagora and Yambol), which has an impact on the economic development of the region. The relief of the municipality is very diverse - low mountain and hilly relief prevails, with an altitude of 100 to 300 m. The bowels of the municipality of Topolovgrad are rich in a number of minerals - uranium, rare metals, lead-zinc ore, marble, granite , precious metals.
Harmanli Municipality is located in the central part of Haskovo region and covers parts of the Upper Thracian Lowland, between the sloping southern slopes of Sredna Gora and the steep northern slopes of the Rhodope Massif. The course of the Maritsa River divides the territory of the municipality into two almost equal parts. The municipality is made up of 25 settlements and has a territory of 695 sq. Km and a population of 29,631 inhabitants. Two trans-continental roads pass through the territory of the municipality / Northern Europe - the Middle East and Central Europe - the Middle East /, as well as the trans-European railway. line Sofia - Istanbul. The climate in the municipality is temperate-continental, which determines the diversity of plant species found in this region - white and black pine, acacia, walnut, cedar, birch, ash. On the territory of the municipality you can see some protected animal species, such as black stork, Egyptian vulture, short-toed hawk, lizard snake and others.
Haskovo Municipality is located in the central part of Southern Bulgaria and occupies the westernmost part of Haskovo District. The geographical location of the municipality is extremely favorable. It is located at the crossroads between Europe, the Middle East, which is a good prerequisite for international, trade and cultural exchange. The main bus and railway pass through its territory. connections to the entry-exit points of Bulgaria, which largely determines the successful trade with Greece and Turkey. Haskovo Municipality has a territory of 740 sq. Km, which represents 13% of the district. 116 667 people live in the municipality, which is 34% of the population of the district. The municipality includes the town of Haskovo and 36 villages. The relief in the municipality is very diverse. The climate has a strong Mediterranean influence. It is mainly expressed by higher average annual temperatures and more sensitive movement of the main precipitation minima and maxima.