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Sofia
София
National Assembly Square in central Sofia Eagles' Bridge detail
National Assembly Square in central Sofia Eagles' Bridge detail
Flag of Sofia
Flag
Coat of arms of Sofia
Coat of arms
Motto: Расте, но не старее
(Grows but Does not Age)
Position of Sofia in Bulgaria
Country  Bulgaria
Province Sofia-Capital
Settled by Thracians 7th century BC
Area
 • City 1.349 km2 (0.521 sq mi)
Elevation 550 m (1,800 ft)
Population (Census 2011 (City and Urban),
Forecast for 2012 (Metro))
 • City 1,270,284
 • Density 944/km2 (2,440/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,359,520
 • Metro 1,380,000 (Metro area)
1,495,000 (Metro region)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 1000
Area code(s) (+359) 02
Website www.Sofia.bg

Sofia is the capital and the largest city of Republic of Bulgaria. It has 1.3 million people. It is the 15th largest city of the European Union. Sofia is in the west of Bulgaria. It has a humid continental climate (Dfb in the Köppen climate classification).

Sofia is one of the oldest capital cities in Europe; the history of Sofia dates back to the 8th century BC.

Many of the major universities, cultural institutions, and businesses of Bulgaria are concentrated in Sofia.

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