Expatriates are drawn to the cosmopolitan feel of Ruse in Bulgaria and the city is often referred to as “little Vienna.” Expats living here have easy access to Bulgaria’s extensive train and bus networks that can take them to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which is around 300 km southwest, and to the coastal city of Varna to the east. Ruse is a popular tourist destination due to its Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture. Like much of Bulgaria, Ruse has a vibrant history involving many invading countries and cultures which has given it a diverse range of citizens and historical sites. Of particular interest is the Roman fortress of Sexaginta Prista, which was built in AD 70 and housed 600 soldiers, and the Sveta Troista church built in 1632. However, Ruse is also an incredibly modern city which is well connected by bus and tram networks. And expats living in Ruse can also enjoy several annual festivals such as the March Music Days and the Ruse Carnival.
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Ruse is incredibly close to the Romanian border so a large number of people moving to Ruse choose to fly into Bucharest rather than a Bulgarian airport. However, this method does involve crossing the border, a process which can add some time to your journey. You can also move to Ruse via rail or road as the city is well connected to the rest of Europe with decent highways and rail tracks. There are a growing number of expatriates moving both to Ruse and to the surrounding rural areas, making networking with fellow internationals fairly easy. Moving to a foreign country where you don’t necessarily speak the language can be stressful and being part of an active expatriate community can make the transition into Bulgarian life much easier. InterNations helps to connect expatriates in Ruse and around the world through its extensive network of online forums and discussion groups.
As well as the international feel of the city, expatriates are also drawn to the employment opportunities in Ruse’s industrial center. The machinery and shipbuilding industries are well established and the city hosts one of the world’s leading yacht design companies, Vripack. There are also thriving tailoring, textile, and food processing industries and several companies that produce paints and motor oils. Expats planning on working in Ruse will also find that the tourism industry is also a large source of employment within the city. InterNations can help you navigate your new home and address some of the concerns you may encounter whilst relocating. Our Expat Magazine, for example, includes articles that discuss culture shock, personal experiences, living abroad and cross-cultural communication and much more.