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Commenting article: Why Bulgaria Has Image Issues in the Netherlands

By Dirk van Harten, the only Dutch journalist working and living in Bulgaria, specially for the Dutch Survey of (Sofia News Agency).'s interview with Dirk van Harten is available HERE

Reading the Dutch Survey at (Sofia News Agency), it seems that the relations between Bulgaria and the Netherlands couldn’t be warmer. In Dutch media and society, however, the image of Bulgaria can do with some serious polishing.

Your problems are our problems, just like your interests are ours as well, Dutch Ambassador Karel van Kesteren said in an interview for this week, explaining the relationship between the Netherlands and Bulgaria.

DrFaust - 29 Jan 2010 // 11:18:20


I agree, a very good article and it describes very well how Bulgaria is perceived in most EU countries. There is nothing anti-Bulgarian in the article, in the contrary.

PhineasB - 29 Jan 2010 // 11:10:21

Hoi! I’ll give the credit where it’s due--This guy has the balls to write an article that reflects the ground truth despite the danger of been labeled as “undesirable” foreign journalist for his perceived anti-Bulgarian views.

Bulgaria news (Sofia News Agency - is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." (Sofia News Agency - and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria