BULGARIA

Growth to slow but consumer spending remains robust

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MEDIUM RISK for entreprise

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  • Business environment risk

  • Political risk

  • Commercial risk

  • Financing risk

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GDP USD65bn (World ranking 74, World Bank 2018)
Population 7.02mn (World ranking 104, World Bank 2018)
Form of state Parliamentory Democracy
Head of government Boyko BORISOV (Prime Minister)
Next elections 2021, legislative
  • EU membership and good international relations
  • Relatively low systemic political risk
  • Currency board has withstood global turbulences since 2008 and BGN is currently not overvalued
  • History of prudent fiscal policies
  • Current account surpluses since 2013
  • Generally adequate business environment
  • Slow progress on EU-required judicial reform and anti-corruption measures
  • Public discontent about living standards
  • High external debt burden
  • Markedly rising corporate insolvencies since 2018 (+9% in 2018, +10% in January-August 2019)

Trade structure by destination/origin

(% of total)

Exports Rank Imports
Germany 12%
1
12% Germany
Romania 9%
2
9% Russia
Italy 9%
3
9% Turkey
Turkey 7%
4
7% Italy
Greece 6%
5
7% Romania

Trade structure by product

(% of total)

Exports Rank Imports
Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, n.e.s. 9%
1
9% Petroleum, petroleum products and related materials
Non-ferrous metals 9%
2
6% Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, n.e.s.
Petroleum, petroleum products and related materials 7%
3
6% Road vehicles
Articles of apparel & clothing accessories 6%
4
5% Metalliferous ores and metal scrap
Cereals and cereal preparations 5%
5
4% Medicinal and pharmaceutical products

Euler Hermes

Economic Research Team

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Manfred Stamer

Senior Economist for the Middle East and Developing Europe

manfred.stamer@eulerhermes.com

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