Not so long ago, Bulgaria was a little known holiday destination for Britons, and for that reason only a handful of UK citizens had even considered removals to Bulgaria. However, tourism from the UK grew steadily in the 70’s and 80’s, and now Bulgaria is rated as a top holiday destination. Not only is it a popular tourist draw, but thousands of British people have bought a holiday home in Bulgaria, or have settled in the country permanently, with the majority moving to the rural areas.
If you are joining the estimated 9,000 British expats who have settled here, you will want a company you can rely on for your European removals. Greens are a UK based worldwide removals and storage company specialising in removals to Europe, including removals to Bulgaria and the cities of Sofia, Bankya, Rousse, Provdiv and Veliko Tarnovo; the winter resorts such as Bankso, Borovets and Pamporovo; and the summer resorts, including Tsarevo, Riviera and Golden Sands.
With Greens Removals you can rest assured you are in safe hands as we are British Association of Removers (BAR) registered for overseas moves and have four decades of experience of carrying out UK, European and international household and office moves.
At Greens, we believe in putting our customers first and offer high value, competitively priced, full or part load removals to Bulgaria. We provide an extensive range of services to suit your requirements and these can include any of the following: packing and unpacking (or the supply of strong boxes and other packing materials), short and long term storage, removals insurance and air freight.
Moving to Bulgaria: Why Move to Bulgaria
Bulgaria enjoys great diversity in landscape, from beautiful beaches to dramatic ski resorts and lively cities, so it’s easy to see why people choose to move here. The country attracts a mix of UK citizens including the retired, top executives, families and people who have met and married a Bulgarian national. While some expats move to the capital, Sofia, others settle in picturesque coastal resorts by the Black Sea, or live in the scenic mountainous regions to enjoy skiing, trekking and snowboarding in their leisure time. A number of Britons also live in the area around Veliko Tarnovo, which is a cultural city with some fascinating architecture and was once the capital of Bulgaria.
Wherever you choose to settle, if you have found your perfect home and are organising removals to Bulgaria, one of the top tips from expats is to learn the language, if you can, as this will make it easier to get out and about, find employment and integrate with the local community. Past expats have set up charities, formed community groups and learned the local customs, such as folk dancing, which have all helped make a positive contribution to their host country.
Bulgaria offers a variety of opportunities for job seekers: while some expats have taken up jobs for international companies in the capital, others have set up their own businesses, such as establishing a property rental company. There are also some who have opted for a complete life-style change, instead choosing to move to some of the more remote and isolated areas to work in agriculture, or run a farm – and have not regretted their move for a moment!
Bulgaria is an EU country which enjoys a rich and interesting history. If you are settling there permanently or buying a holiday home, it offers some wonderful places to visit including: ancient monasteries, such as the Rila Monastery, the country’s largest monastery which is situated in the Rila Mountains; fortresses, such as the incredible Tsarevets Fortress; stunning scenery; sandy beaches and natural wonders such as the amazing 90 sq meter Belogradchik Rocks, which is famous for its unusual shape that has been sculpted over millions of years and has inspired many local tales.
If you are moving house to Bulgaria for business, or to enjoy the culture, there are some drawbacks, however, and among the biggest complaints from the people that live there are the bureaucratic hurdles to face. This can create difficulties at all sorts of levels from applying for residency, ID cards, schools and driving licences. So, it is important to fully investigate the process beforehand, so you can obtain all the information you need and know what to expect.
Moving to Bulgaria: Local Customs and Etiquette
If you are attending business meetings in Bulgaria, these are generally formal and will normally be chaired by the highest ranking person at the table. They will also take some time as the agenda will be covered in detail.
When you meet other business associates, do greet them with a firm handshake and good eye contact and always address them by using their job title, or their title, followed by their surname. Another must is to exchange business cards, if you have them, but avoid writing on the card as this won’t be seen in a good light.
If you are invited to a person’s house for dinner it would be usual to bring a gift, such as a bottle of spirits for the host, and flowers for the hostess. However, do bear in mind that it is customary to only give flowers with an odd number of stems.
At the dinner table, the napkins are generally left folded on top of the table, but they will be placed in the lap on more formal occasions. If you are unsure where to position your napkin, the best thing to do is to take the lead from your host.
Greens Removals believe in putting the customer first and provide high quality removals to Bulgaria. If you have any questions, or would like a removals quotation, feel free to give us a call or click on the links below.
Moving to Bulgaria Information