Sofia is both the capital of Bulgaria
and the centre for administration, economy and politics. Bulgaria lies in the Balkan Peninsula, a region within South-East Europe. As part of the European Union, Bulgaria has access to trade, currency and military support. Several important institutions can be found in Sofia, including Sofia University and New Bulgarian University. The Sofia Province is not the same as the city but is frequently confused, Sofia the Province surrounds the city. There are 24 districts within the city and each has its own elected mayor.
As the crux of the Bulgarian economy, most major Bulgarian companies and International companies that are located in the country are housed here. Large companies including the Bulgarian National Bank and the Bulgarian Stock Exchange can be found here. Two of the busiest districts include Oborishte and Vazrazhdane. Oborishte is at the very heart of the city and where most tourist sites and landmarks are located. The area is known for its Viennese architecture and yellow cobblestones. The majority of the economic activity in the city is centred in the Vazrazhdane district, where banks, trade centres and some small manufacturing companies are located.
Sofia operates an extensive bus, tram, metro and trolleybus network. The metro system includes two lines stopping at a total of 27 stations. The largest train station in Bulgaria is located in Sofia; it is located 1km north of the city centre. Direct trains to Greece
and many other locations throughout Europe can be caught from here. Sofia Airport, a 10-minute drive from the city centre also operates flights to multiple destinations through Europe as well as Dubai
and Tel Aviv