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Alfatar Municipality (Bulgarian: Община Алфатар) is a small municipality (obshtina) in Silistra Province, Northeastern Bulgaria, located in the Danubian Plain, in the area of the South Dobrudzha geographical region, about 15 km south of Danube river. It is named after its administrative centre - the town of Alfatar.

Alfatar Municipality

Община Алфатар
Alfatar Municipality within Bulgaria and Silistra Province.
Alfatar Municipality within Bulgaria and Silistra Province.
Coordinates: 43°55′N 27°17′E / 43.917°N 27.283°E / 43.917; 27.283Coordinates: 43°55′N 27°17′E / 43.917°N 27.283°E / 43.917; 27.283
Country Bulgaria
Province (Oblast)Silistra
Admin. centre (Obshtinski tsentar)Alfatar
Area
 • Total248.57 km2 (95.97 sq mi)
Population
 (December 2009)[2]
 • Total3,324
 • Density13/km2 (35/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

The municipality embraces a territory of 248.57[1] km² with a population of 3,324 inhabitants, as of December 2009.[2]

The main road "7" crosses the area from north to south, connecting the province centre of Silistra with the city of Shumen and the eastern operating part of Hemus motorway.

Contents

SettlementsEdit

Alfatar Municipality includes the following 7 places (towns are shown in bold):

Town/Village Cyrillic Population[3][4][5]
(December 2009)
Alfatar Алфатар 1,714
Alekovo Алеково 578
Bistra Бистра 367
Chukovets Чуковец 287
Kutlovitsa Кутловица 77
Tsar Asen Цар Асен 191
Vasil Levski Васил Левски 110
Total 3,324

DemographyEdit

The following table shows the change of the population during the last four decades.

Alfatar Municipality
Year 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2007 2009 2011
Population 6,373 5,454 4,630 3,990 3,629 3,451 3,324 ...
Sources: Census 2001,[6] Census 2011,[7] „pop-stat.mashke.org“,[8]

Ethnic groupsEdit

Ethnic Bulgarians constitute the majority of the population of Alfatar Municipality, followed by ethnic Turks and Roma people in Bulgaria.

Ethnic groups in Alfatar Municipality (2011 census)
Ethnic group Percentage
Bulgarians
73.6%
Turks
15.1%
Roma
11.0%
others and indefinable
0.3%

ReligionEdit

According to the latest Bulgarian census of 2011, the religious composition, among those who answered the optional question on religious identification, was the following:

Religious composition of Alfatar Municipality [9]
Orthodox Christianity
68.8%
Catholicism
0.0%
Protestantism
0.1%
Islam
20.2%
No religion
4.9%
Prefer not to answer, others and indefinable
6.0%

Vital statisticsEdit

Population Live births Deaths Natural growth Birth rate (‰) Death rate (‰) Natural growth rate (‰)
2000 4,313 38 91 -53 8.8 21.0 -12.3
2001 3,927 29 92 -63 7.4 23.4 -16.0
2002 3,813 18 90 -72 4.7 23.6 -18.9
2003 3,725 26 95 -69 7.0 25.5 -18.5
2004 3,655 23 80 -57 6.3 21.9 -15.6
2005 3,629 18 85 -67 5.0 23.4 -18.5
2006 3,544 18 91 -73 5.1 25.7 -20.6
2007 3,451 19 74 -55 5.5 21.4 -15.9
2008 3,390 20 68 -48 5.9 20.1 -14.2
2009 3,324 34 80 -46 10.2 24.1 -13.9
2010 3,241 10 64 -54 3.1 19.7 -16.7
2011 3,020 23 64 -41 7.6 21.2 -13.6
2012 2,952 15 74 -59 5.1 25.1 -20.0
2013 2,892 14 64 -50 4.8 22.1 -17.3
2014 2,812 18 79 -61 6.4 28.1 -21.7
2015 2,761 13 65 -52 4.7 23.5 -18.8
2016 2,704 21 69 -48 7.8 25.5 -17.8
2017 2,690 23 64 -41 8.6 23.8 -15.2
2018 2,655 15 77 -62 5.6 29.0 -23.4

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b (in Bulgarian)Characterization of Silistra Province
  2. ^ a b (in English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian provinces and municipalities in 2009 Archived November 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ (in English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian towns in 2009 Archived November 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ (in English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian villages under 1000 inhabitants - December 2009
  5. ^ (in English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian Settlements 1000-5000 inhabitants - December 2009
  6. ^ National Statistical Institute - Census 2001[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ „pop-stat.mashke.org“
  8. ^ "Population of Bulgarian divisions". Pop-stat.mashke.org. 2011-02-01. Retrieved 2012-03-28.
  9. ^ "Religious composition of Bulgaria 2011". pop-stat.mashke.org.

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