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Varna

Administration
Full nameVarna
Official nameVarna
Native nameВарна
Country 
ProvinceVarna
MunicipalityVarna
Government
MayorKiril Yordanov
Geography
Total Area91.9 sq mi (238 km2)
Elevation262.5 ft (80 m)
Demography
Total Population(+) 334,870 (Census February 2011)
Density (pop.)1718/km2 (4449.6/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)(+) 343,704
Metro (pop.)(+) 416,603
Other information
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
- Summer (DST)EEST (UTC+3)

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Varna ( , pronounced -mkˈvarnɐ) is the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and third-largest in Bulgaria after Sofia and Plovdiv, with a population of 334,870 inhabitants according to Census 2011. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous province and Varna Municipality.

Commonly referred to as the marine (or summer) capital of Bulgaria, Varna is a major tourist destination, business and university centre, seaport, and headquarters of the Bulgarian Navy and merchant marine, as well as the centre of Varna Province and Bulgaria's North-Eastern planning region (NUTS II), comprising also the provinces of Dobrich, Shumen, and Targovishte.

In April 2008, Varna was designated seat of the Black Sea Euro-Region (a new regional organization, not identical to the Black Sea Euroregion) by the Council of Europe.


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