Relations between Türkiye and Bulgaria

Political Relations :

Türkiye and Bulgaria are two friendly, neighborly and allied countries. Transition of Bulgaria to democracy and free market economy relations have developed, high level visits between the two countries have increased.

Türkiye has supported the integration of Bulgaria with the Euro-Atlantic institutions. Bulgaria joined NATO in March 2004 and became member of the EU as of 1 January 2007.

- Last visit at the level of Presidents was the visit of President Rumen Radev to Istanbul on 9 December 2022.

- Vezhdi Rashidov, Speaker of the Bulgarian National Assembly, paid an official visit to Türkiye between 18-20 December 2022.

- The most recent official visit to Bulgaria at the level of the Minister of Foreign Affairs was held on 30-31 January 2020.

- Foreign Minister Svetlan Stoev visited Antalya to attend the SEECP Summit held in Türkiye on 17 June 2021.

One of the most important elements of our relations is the presence of our kinsmen in Bulgaria.

Economic Relations:

Bilateral Trade Figures:




















Source: TÜİK (million Dollars)

Primary Export Products : Mineral fuels, copper, plastic, electrical machinery and equipment, other machinery, metal extracts, iron and steel

Primary Import Products: Mineral fuels, mineral oils, copper, iron and steel, oily seeds, fruit, electrical machines and equipment, tree, wooden goods, plastic and bullet

Türkiye is among the top 5 trade partners of Bulgaria representing an 8% trade share in the overall foreign trade of the country.

Turkish investments in the country amount up to 2,5 billion Dollars. In addition to two Turkish capital based banks, there are close to 1500 small-medium and large Turkish firms operating in Bulgaria. Projects completed and underway by Turkish construction companies amount up to 1.2 billion Dollars.

Turkish-Bulgarian Businessmen Associations Union which brings together under its umbrella the three distinct Turkish-Bulgarian Trade and Industry Chambers in Sofia, Filibe and Şumnu was established in 29 October 2012.

The last Joint Economic Commission meeting was held on 24-25 January 2007 in Sofia, co-presided by the Custom and Trade Minister Bülent Tüfenkçi.

In 2022, 2.882.512 Bulgarian tourists visited our country.

Cultural Relations:

There is no Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Center (YETKM), TIKA office or Turkish Maarif Foundation educational institution in Bulgaria.