The 1992 census did not include a category for Pomaks (Bulgarian Muslims), who are often identified as one of Bulgaria's four main ethnic groups and constitute an estimated 3 percent of the population.Through emigration, ethnic Turks have decreased as a share of the population since Bulgaria's 1878 independence.Regional cultural variation sometimes reflects occupational specialization associated with local environmental conditions (e.g., fishing, animal husbandry), along with the influence of other cultural groups. Bulgaria's population was 8,230,371 on December 31, 1998.
Smaller groups include Russians, Armenians, Vlachs, Karakachans, Greeks, Tatars, and Jews. Join our site and meet single Bulgaria men and single Bulgaria women looking to meet quality singles for fun and dating in Bulgaria. The names "Bulgar", and "Bulgarian" most likely derive from a Turkic verb meaning "to mix." Ethnic Bulgarians trace their ancestry to the merging of Bulgars (or Proto-Bulgarians), a central Asian Turkic people, and Slavs, a central European people, beginning in the seventh century in what is now northeastern Bulgaria.During the socialist period, ethnicity data were not made public, and there were efforts to assimilate Muslim minorities.This makes discussion of historical trends difficult, and some people may have self-identified on the census differently than they might in other contexts. The national language is Bulgarian, a South Slavic language of the Indo-European language family, which uses the Cyrillic script.