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Edmund Taylor

"What makes InterNations really special is its great member base. All truly global minded people willing to support you."

Annabelle Molenaar

"At my first Sofia Get-Together I already met other Dutch women to chat with. InterNations makes the expat life so much easier."

Discover Sofia's Friendly Expat Community!

Здравей, and a warm welcome to the InterNations expat community in Sofia! Our platform offers a variety of resources for expatriate travelers planning to settle in Bulgaria's capital city, helping you to get to grips with the hurdles and complications that often accompany the process of relocating to a new city. Many expats living and working in Sofia have made use of our platform already, so why not add your voice to theirs by joining InterNations and sharing your experiences? You'll find the answers to any questions you might have about life in Sofia, such as the best districts to invest in property, rental rights in Bulgaria, and how to adapt to local customs and business etiquette. You'll also have the opportunity to connect with fellow global minds who have made Sofia their home, providing an open door to Sofia's fast-growing international community. A relaxed and welcoming city with a distinct blend of old Soviet influences and west-influenced outlooks, Sofia offers a fascinating mix of experiences to new arrivals and long term residents alike, from the stunning parks and carefully tended gardens to the lively nightclubs of Vitosha Blvd.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Hong Kong or Singapore.

Join Our Exciting Events in Sofia

Attend our monthly events and activities for Sofia expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Find More Information in Our Sofia Expat Guides

  • Moving to Sofia

    Moving to Sofia will raise various questions for you. How to deal with the local authorities? Is a visa needed to live in Sofia? How best deal with the cold winters? Our guide gives all the answers to your questions about moving to Sofia, from administrative matters to the local climate.
  • Living in Sofia

    Are you getting ready for your new expat life in Sofia? Wondering about healthcare or education options, or simply how to get around town? The InterNations Expat Guide to living in Bulgaria’s capital city provides you with vital info on a variety of these topics.
  • Working in Sofia

    Working in Sofia means working in Bulgaria’s major business hub. A lot of new opportunities are being opened up for expats in the city. The InterNations Expat Guide to working in Sofia provides you with information on employment, work permits, taxation, and more.

Exchange Tips about living in Sofia

Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Sofia expat forums.

What to Expect from Expat Life in Sofia?

Sofia may not be the largest or wealthiest of the European capitals, but the city has seen considerable growth and development since the end of communism in the 1990s. Located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain, near Bulgaria's western borders with Serbia, the city offers an intriguing blend of influences, with Ottoman mosques sharing a skyline with imposing Soviet-era tower blocks and sleek modern hotels and malls. Many expats are drawn to the city for its affordable property — indeed, Bulgaria as a whole is considered one of the world's foremost property hotspots. Tourism and services are also major growth industries for the city, and many leading electronics, manufacturing and communications companies also have operations in the country. Due to the relatively low cost of living, a significant number of western retirees also travel to Bulgaria to invest in property or to make their savings go further than they might at home. Whatever your reasons for visiting the city, you'll find a warm welcome and a diverse, forward thinking culture in this jewel of the Balkan region.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Riyadh or Shanghai, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Get Involved with Our Sofia Community

At InterNations, we host a member-driven community of expatriates united under the guiding principles of trust, honesty and being welcoming to people of other cultures. Our platform is your space to interact with fellow global minds in a safe and welcoming environment. Don't hesitate to pose any questions you might have about living in Bulgaria, from practical concerns like accessing healthcare, enrolling your children in an international school or finding an English-speaking legal advisor, to networking and social activities such as organizing wine tasting events, forming a ten pin bowling team or finding a personal trainer. At InterNations, we also arrange larger events for our members, in which you can mingle with fellow expat Sofia residents over a friendly drink in a fantastic local venue.

Edmund Taylor

"What makes InterNations really special is its great member base. All truly global minded people willing to support you."

Annabelle Molenaar

"At my first Sofia Get-Together I already met other Dutch women to chat with. InterNations makes the expat life so much easier."

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