Bulgaria and the Northwest Planning Region
According to the EU Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS), Bulgaria is divided into 6 planning regions (NUTS II level): there are three regions in the Northern part of the country – Northwestern, North Central and Northeastern, as well as three in the Southern part – Southwestern (incl. the capital Sofia), South Central and Southeastern.
The Northwest planning region comprises 5 districts – Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven and Lovech and covers a total area of 19,070 sq. km. The Northwest planning region is well connected by water and road. A second bridge over the Danube river is now under construction (near the town of Vidin), which shall provide the shortest terrestrial connection between Southern Europe and Central/Western Europe in 2012.
Source: National Statistical Institute