Plovdiv is a city in the south central region of Bulgaria. With a population of some 340,000, it is the country’s second largest city, behind the capital, Sofia. Stretching across hills of nearly 1,000 feet on both banks of the Maritsa River, Plovdiv is known as "The City of the Seven Hills". It is an ancient and historic city that can trace its roots back to 4,000 BC. Due to its strategic location in the Balkans, it has been fought over and changed hands many times during the course of history. Originally a Thracian city, Plovdiv later became a Greek and then a Roman one. The latter heritage can be seen in the impressive Roman Amphitheater in the city. It then went on to be controlled by the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, before being brought under Bulgarian rule. It has also been an important center for Muslim and eastern Orthodox worship, as can be seen in the centuries-old church of St. Marina. For expats living in Plovdiv, the online international community at InterNations is a great way to learn more about the city today and get in touch with fellow expatriates.
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The city remains a diverse cultural center, with recent investment from Belgian, French and German companies bringing new expatriates into Plovdiv. The city is still an important transport hub, with three pan-European corridors all running through Plovdiv. Major motorways, such as the A1, connect the city with the wider country. It is also an important rail hub and Plovdiv International Airport has international connections to London, Frankfurt and Moscow. Becoming a member at InterNations allows expats moving to Plovdiv to find out vital information on key subjects such as visa and working permits, simply via getting in touch with fellow expats living in Plovdiv or other Bulgarian cities.
Plovdiv has long been an important center for trade and is surrounded by rich agricultural land. The city is a key industrial area, with large food, brewing, tobacco and textile industries. More recently, many manufacturing and electronics plants have relocated to Plovdiv, including the largest electronics factory in the Balkans. The city also has a large retail sector with many modern malls. Plovdiv has six universities and many colleges and the education sector is therefore another large employer. With so many diverse opportunities, it can be difficult for the new expatriate in Plovdiv to keep up to date with developments. That is why InterNations can be an important source of information. On the discussion groups and forums, expats working in Plovdiv can make new connections and uncover opportunities. And our Expat Magazine complements these online resources with many informative articles on a range of expatriation-related topics.