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Stereotypes about Bulgaria – True or False?

# 1
Dear expats, visitors, and friends of Bulgaria,

What do you think are the major stereotypes about Bulgaria that you as foreigners or Bulgarians have encountered around the world, among the public or among international media? Have you found those to be generally true or generally false?

Are the stereotypes the key to Bulgaria's generally bad image abroad?
Please share your views and stories on this excitingly controversial and controversially exciting topic!

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24 July 2012 02:09:46 Reply Quote
# 2
Kevin Owen
there are stereotypes in every country. I recently had to set a Bulgarian straight about the stereotypical "Brit" being a beer swilling, ill educated, drunken lout! I believe we left most of that back with the Xenophobes in the UK!
26 July 2012 23:38:18 Reply Quote
# 3
#Kevin: "the stereotypical "Brit" being a beer swilling, ill educated, drunken lout.."

It may be uncomfortable but it IS a truth nonetheless that a fair few Brits over here do indeed closely match that "photo-fit"

I've been lucky enough not to have encountered any of them in Sofia so far (perhaps because we move in mainly Bulgarian circles) but there's no shortage of such people in many of the "Brit Villages" in Bulgaria.

That said, I've also met many of them in France, Greece and Spain....and sadly you don't have to be ill-educated to be an ignorant, boorish drunk.
27 July 2012 13:50:29 Reply Quote
# 4
John Dixon
Well... from my personal experience I can only say that I didn't know a thing about Bulgaria before visiting it on a business assignment in 2011.

So the problem for me wasn't that I had any prejudice based on stereotypes but that I knew nothing about it.

I think for a country such as Bulgaria being largely unknown is a much greater problem than being associated with any kind of negative stereotypes...

On the other hand, while in Bulgaria I learned that Americans have a pretty unpleasant image with the general public;

from what I understand Bulgarians generally tend to think of Americans as uneducated/dumb/ignorant, and fat. It was just sad to see so many Bulgarians sticking to this generalization....
27 July 2012 16:26:22 Reply Quote
# 5

"from what I understand Bulgarians generally tend to think of Americans as uneducated/dumb/ignorant, and fat"

No way - that's what they think about Brits - only with "drunk" added to the list.
27 July 2012 17:24:13 Reply Quote
# 6
Maybe add 'Loudmouthed' and 'Self opinionated' to the Yank bit.
18 September 2012 09:57:01 Reply Quote
# 7
hello , i have an apartment in a village , been back 6 times the the last 2 years , there not an American living in the village i live , no brits , and the locals are great ,help me brings all my things to the 7th floor apartment , and spend time in sofia walking the streets , americans don't know were bulgeria is ! why all the bad talk on Americans, strange , steve
21 June 2015 07:28:10 Reply Quote