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Total country population 7,153,800
Core Jewish population 2,000
Jews per total 1,000 in population 0.27
Population with a Jewish parent 4,000
Enlarged Jewish population 6,000
Law of Return Jewish population 7,500



 

Bulgaria

  • The total population of Bulgaria on 1 January 2016 stood at 7,153,800. Its population declined by 48,400 in 2015, due to an excess of deaths over births together with outward migration. 
  • As of 1 January 2016, the core Jewish population of Bulgaria was estimated to be 2000 (0.03% of the wider population), and the enlarged Jewish population was estimated at 6000 (0.08% of the wider population). 
  • The core Jewish population was estimated to be 5,500 in 1990 (0.03% of the wider population), and has therefore declined by approximately 64% over 25 years during which the wider population declined by approximately 20%. 
  • Between 1990 and 2015, 4582 Bulgarians emigrated to Israel. 
  • An estimated 7,500 Bulgarians qualify for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return. 
  • There are synagogues in Sofia and Plovdiv but most of the Jewish community is concentrated in the capital. The majority of the community are Sephardi Jews. 

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