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BG41 - Bulgaria Югозападен (Yugozapaden)

Regional website

Total population (2019): 2,102,205

Population per km² (2019):  104

Proportion population older 65 year % :19,39%

Innovation Performance group (2021): Emerging innovator +


Yugozapaden Planning Region (Southwest Planning Region) is a planning region in Bulgaria. It is the biggest and best performing region in Bulgaria in terms of GDP and innovation. The region also has the highest intensity of R&D expenditures in the country. The region hosts almost half of the universities in the country, as well as the two biggest public R&D performers – the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Agricultural Academy.

Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities? 

Yes, Horizon 2020 - Work Program 2018-2020 Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation.

Regional Strategy for Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation (RIS3)

Membership status

  • Danube MacroRegion

  • 1M+Genome initiative - country level member

Image attribution - By Nikki080 - Self made, based on File:Bulgaria location map.svg., CC BY-SA 4.0,

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