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Bulgarians Least Interested in Science News across EU

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | December 5, 2007, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: 2404 | Comments: 18
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Bulgarians ranked at the bottom of a survey, exploring attitudes to science news in European Union member states.

Three quarters of Bulgarians claim to have little or no interest in the subject, shows a new "Eurobarometer" survey. At the other end of the scale is Sweden, where 80% of the people say are interested in scientific research.

More than 62% of the public in the old 15 member states are interested in scientific research, compared with only 38 % in those member states that joined the bloc in 2004 and after, the survey says.

Europeans are generally satisfied with the presentation of science in the media, with more than a half expressing their contentment.

The majority of them consider the scientific information they get from the media to be reliable (65 %), objective (63 %) and useful (60 %).

At the same time there are complaints that the issues are difficult to understand (49 %), far from their concerns (45 %) and not entertaining (51%).

Television is the most popular (61 %) and most trusted (47 %) medium for information about science, shows the survey, which was launched at the First European Forum on Science Journalism in Barcelona, Spain.
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#18
CJB - 11 Dec 2007 // 12:58:19

What I meant was that the same kind of people who visited Yugoslavia as tourists also came to BG. This is starting to change, because the Germans and Austrians pretty much took over Croatia. Brits seem to prefer BG's Black Sea coast, rather as they like the Costa del Sol...

#17
DP - 11 Dec 2007 // 03:13:57

"I take it you don't like random sex with perfect strangers then?;))"

LOL Very perceptive if I may say so;-))))))

#16
Kolega - 11 Dec 2007 // 03:07:16

George,
I wouldn't waste reason on this excrement.
He is good for insults and little more;)

Why do you think he doesn't tell us about his nationality?
So that he can insult BG without us being able to analyze his little paradise which he's chosen to leave.
Very "civilized" debating skills...

#15
Kolega - 11 Dec 2007 // 03:01:40

"Anyway, to each his/her own! ;-)"

I take it you don't like random sex with perfect strangers then?;))
Can't get that in the mountains....

#14
Kolega - 11 Dec 2007 // 02:51:18

So what?

#13
PrettyLady - 11 Dec 2007 // 01:28:52

Bulgarians are not interested in anything, except themselves. Sad but true.

#12
DP - 10 Dec 2007 // 22:10:43

“Don't forget that Westerners also visited Bulgaria as package tourists in the 1980s, also Yugoslavia. You forget that tourism, as with the trade in "luxury" goods, was a way for BG government and Commie crooks to earn hard currency.”

How can I forget it, CJB! I kept in touch! Only the Westerners that visited BG then were the ones that couldn’t afford anything better, mainly English, Scots and some Scandinavians. But those were mostly older folks that had little left to spend besides their fare. The Yugoslavians did not come in large numbers for they had their Opatia, Dubrovnik, Budva and so, on.

“Many Bulgarians still spend vacations in tents and caravans. Maybe they like the fresh air and mosquitoes?”

Or may be they are too dumb? It freaks me out to hear everybody talking about going to “morentseto”—every summer--like going on some sort of a pilgrimage. Phew…I rather roam the mountains….Ah…

Anyway, to each his/her own! ;-)

#11
CJB - 10 Dec 2007 // 21:37:45

"Another Tato inspired policy? You call the organized groups of poor East Germans, Polish, Czechoslovakians and variety of bewildered peasants of the former USSR republics descending on our shores, spending their measly currency on cheaply build austere looking hotels with surly waitress and the proverbial kebaptche menu an industry?"

Don't forget that Westerners also visited Bulgaria as package tourists in the 1980s, also Yugoslavia. You forget that tourism, as with the trade in "luxury" goods, was a way for BG government and Commie crooks to earn hard currency. So yes, it was an industry, whose legacy Bulgaria still lives with today: surly staff; cheaply built, austere looking hotels; "mixed grill" still on the menu. Plus ca change!

"Wonder how old are you and did you ever had been to any of those vacation complexes for most of the Bulgarians spent their vacations in tents and caravans. Have you seen the signs in front of some better hotels in Sunny Beach: "No Bulgarians allowed"?"

Many Bulgarians still spend vacations in tents and caravans. Maybe they like the fresh air and mosquitoes?

#10
DP - 10 Dec 2007 // 19:53:02

“About the only industries left from the Communist era are small arms manufacture and mass tourism (another Tato inspired policy).”

Another Tato inspired policy? You call the organized groups of poor East Germans, Polish, Czechoslovakians and variety of bewildered peasants of the former USSR republics descending on our shores, spending their measly currency on cheaply build austere looking hotels with surly waitress and the proverbial kebaptche menu an industry? Wonder how old are you and did you ever had been to any of those vacation complexes for most of the Bulgarians spent their vacations in tents and caravans. Have you seen the signs in front of some better hotels in Sunny Beach: "No Bulgarians allowed"?

Ah, don’t get me wrong. The view of the see vista then was even better than now, for it was not crowded and less kitchy than now. And Tato (not mine in any case ) had nothing to do with that!

#9
CJB - 10 Dec 2007 // 18:58:42

"We in Bulgaria lost the geeks!
We lost the ordinary white collar, family, science/technology interested folks.
BG will have to go trough that and eventually things tend to even out."

You have Bey Tosho to thank for this aberration. If it wasn't for those nifty little 'Pravets' PCs that Zhivkov cooked up in the 80s there would have been no real IT / geek crowd in BG, the ones who left for Silicon Valley during the dot-com boom of the 90s just as BG's economy was in meltdown.

About the only industries left from the Communist era are small arms manufacture and mass tourism (another Tato inspired policy).

It's not surprising the geeks left really. Choose between 1,000% inflation, kow-towing to local "feudals" and mutri; or earning 50 grand plus, surfing babes, and a Lexus... Tough decision!

#8
George Zheliazkov - 6 Dec 2007 // 20:27:01

Now Furian, tell me what’s your purpose around here?

I really don’t have the time to go in deep analysis over all your postings, but is perfectly clear to anybody in this forum that you have the so called love/hate relationship with Bulgaria and your opinions vary in a rather wide angle from 0 to 180 degrees.
You insult Bulgaria and pretty much everything Bulgarian, and in your mind this criticism triggers some feeling/momentum of satisfaction, secretly hoping that you are helping Bulgaria. Guess what? Your spineless cowardly approach doesn’t really work and hiding like a chicken on this forum under the “Furian” nickname will not help Bulgaria. The high probabilities of you being Bulgarian are obvious and if that’s the case you should try a different approach, which basically is getting real. Yes leaving that forum and getting involved in politics or in whatever you think your strengths for improvement are. If you are not Bulgarian your pitiful attempts to “pick up on the small guy and kick it when down” is pathetic!
By staying in this forum and addressing/criticizing/demonizing the %99 of the Bulgarian population/government, which by far doesn’t even speak English, will not improve the present conditions in Bulgaria.
Contrary to your believe Bulgaria is getting better and there are plenty of scientists, doctors, architects and engineers handling the countries present needs. The future needs will be gradually leveled in time with the constantly changing science and technology.

BTW I HATE “chalga” and other similar perversities from the regional influence!

#7
furian - 6 Dec 2007 // 00:55:57

Friends or relatives do not change the fact that 3 of 4 Bulgarians are not interested in science. The primitive peasant society is not a discrimination of Bulgaria, but an observation made by many foreigners and Bulgarians. I agree with Kolega- the nineties drained Bulgaria for intellectuals and highly skilled workers and professionals. It happened and we see the result today when Bulgarian businesses and authorities report a shortage of educated and professional workers.
It is also a sad fact that Bulgaria has no Nobel Prize winners in scientific disiplines. It might be a coincidence, but it is also an indication that Bulgarian Universities and politicians have a long way to go to establish good conditions for scientists and research. Facts are facts , and our emotions or feeling for a country do not change reality. I see no reason to withdraw the "primitive" characteristic. Bulgarian politics mixed with heavy corruption and mafia activities deserves to be called primitive. There is nothing wrong with peasants, but to govern a modern state in a complicated and changing world means other challenges than those in a peasant village in rural Bulgaria. Just make a comparison and find out how many Bulgarian politicians/MPs and officials have graduated from universities, and then look to countries like f.ex Sweden. Chalga is popular in Bulgaria and this primitive subculture does not exactly encourage people to get higher education. I would say on the contrary.

#6
LarzBGR - 5 Dec 2007 // 20:11:30

Idiot. Leave my country immediately. You are not welcome there. Spread your hatred somewhere else.

#5
Kolega - 5 Dec 2007 // 20:09:04

Furio and Taro are Bulgarian for sure.
Such bitterness can't come from a scantly interested party.
The odds are on deeper involvement with the country, so much of this personal obsession is probably little more than interesting case study for social science.

Idiots blame pop culture for the decline of civilization, since the ancient Greeks. People who read about have broader perspective and the benefit of history.

It isn't surprising at all that fewer Bulgarians are interested in Arts and science.
The vast majority of that type, simple left the country in the mutra dominated 90's.
Bulgaria probably experienced something a-typical in a way of outward immigration then.
Usually the immigrant class is either day labor type with no education, or the adventure, business minded type for who's ambition the mother country just gets too small.

We in Bulgaria lost the geeks!
We lost the ordinary white collar, family, science/technology interested folks.
BG will have to go trough that and eventually things tend to even out.

#4
snafu - 5 Dec 2007 // 19:08:19

It'd be interesting to see the rankings for other countries too--maybe Bulgaria's still too poor to worry about higher things like science, and those who care have left the country.

Don't blame it all on chalga--hip-hop and rap are similar (fundamentally foreign--and sketchy--origins among a poor and crime-ridden population, lyrics sometimes of poor quality and even violent and intensely sexual, provocative accompanying dances) but aren't scapegoated in America for all its problems.