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Commenting article: Sofia's Application for 2019 European Capital of Culture - Ambition or Reality?

Article by Malina Edreva, Chairman of the of the Standing Committee on Education and Culture to the Sofia Municipal Council, Delegate Committee of the Regions to the European Parliament, for the "International Survey: Bulgaria-Italy" of (Sofia News Agency)


Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria and the 17th biggest city in the European Union, is a fascinating combination of old and new.

ankle - 3 Jun 2011 // 19:02:48

believe in Sofia's competitive advantages. Sofia is one of the greenest cities in Europe with its numerous parks and the Vitosha mountain.—

Sofia has one of the worst levels of pollution in the EU i.e. 209.27 milligrams of dust particles per cubic metre of the air, while the norm is 50 milligrams.

Sofia is a colourful mixture of different cultures, ethnicities and religions, resulting in the cultural asset of a highly diverse and creative population and enormous potential for cultural diplomacy.

Two weeks ago Nationalist thugs attacked praying Muslims in Sofia and burnt the mats they use to pray with.

The active participation of the citizens of the capital in the preparation for the candidacy of Sofia, inspires the creative forces of the city and enhances their creative potential, and this will lead to winning the title for 2019.

Good luck in getting the residents of Sofia motivated in your project, it might take a lot of persuading that Sofia stands a chance !!

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