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One-third of the territory is forested, and one-third is more than 2,000 feet (600 meters) above sea level.Major mountain ranges include Rila, Pirin, Balkan (Stara Planina), and Rhodope.The dominant national culture is that of the ethnic Bulgarians, and there is little sense of shared national culture among the three main ethnic groups.Turks usually do not self-identify as Bulgarians, whereas Gypsies often do.It was famously used to assassinate Bulgarian defector Georgi Markov in 1978, after a pellet of ricin was concealed in a modified umbrella which then injected the poison into his bloodstream. Following his note that he needed a 'pet to murder', police also found Ali had searched online for local pet shops and animal sanctuaries, and looked up rabbits, rodents, and chinchillas as well as 'pocket sized pets'.
The 1992 census did not include a category for Pomaks (Bulgarian Muslims), who are often identified as one of Bulgaria's four main ethnic groups and constitute an estimated 3 percent of the population.In his defence, Ali told jurors the show had left him with 'ricin in my mind' but that he had only wanted to test the boundaries of the Dark Web.He also claimed he had been unaware the toxin was illegal.For geographic reasons, Sofia was named the capital in 1879, after Bulgaria gained independence.Situated in an upland basin near the western border, Sofia was on the crossroads of major trade routes between the Aegean Sea and the Danube and between Turkey and central Europe.
The names "Bulgar", and "Bulgarian" most likely derive from a Turkic verb meaning "to mix." Ethnic Bulgarians trace their ancestry to the merging of Bulgars (or Proto-Bulgarians), a central Asian Turkic people, and Slavs, a central European people, beginning in the seventh century in what is now northeastern Bulgaria.