In 2019, the average monthly poverty line for the country is 413.04 BGN average per person. The number of persons who are below this line is 1 586.2 thousand representing 22.6 % of the population.
In the context of state of emergency in the country in April 2020, the NSI business surveys indicate a deterioration of business conjuncture in all observed sectors. The total business climate indicator drops by 41.7 percentage points compared to its level from the previous month, which is with 37.0 percentage points below the long-term average for the last l0 years, and with 4.4 percentage points above the long-term minimum registered in February 1997.
In March 2020, a decline in the trips of Bulgarian citizens abroad and the visits of foreigners to Bulgaria was registered due to the suspension of international flights and the closure of the land borders because of the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
In March 2020, the number of the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad was 230.7 thousand or by 51.8% under the registered in March 2019.
In March 2020, the number of arrivals of visitors from abroad to Bulgaria was 312.8 thousand or by 43.7% less in comparison with March 2019.
Total Producer Price Index in March 2020 decreased by 2.1% compared to the previous month; compared to the same month of 2019 the prices fell by 1.5%. Producer Price Index on Domestic Market in March 2020 decreased by 1.3% compared to the previous month; compared to the same month of 2019 the domestic prices grew by 1.7%.
In February 2020 compared to January 2020 an increase is reported for the production of solid fuels - by 2.6%. During the same period, a decrease is reported for the production of unleaded motor gasoline - by 7.4%, transport diesel - by 1.2%, natural gas - by 16.7% and electricity - by 4.5%. No change for the production of liquefied petroleum gases.
In February 2020 compared to January 2020 an increase is reported for the deliveries of solid fuels - by 2.8%. During the same period, a decrease is reported for the deliveries of liquefied petroleum gases - by 20.9%, unleaded motor gasoline - by 30.0%, transport diesel - by 16.2%, natural gas - by 12.2% and electricity - by 13.0%.
In April 2020, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) has started a monthly inquiry survey of the managers of accommodation establishments to gather accurate and timely information on the state and development of their businesses during the state of emergency. The survey will be conduct monthly until the end of state of emergency in the country.
Main results from the short business survey amongst the non-financial enterprises, aiming at presenting to the society and policy makers information on the economic effects from the declared state of emergency in the country due to COVID-19.
- In the 2019/2020 academic year in kindergartens are enrolled 217.9 thousand children or with 0.4% less in comparison with the previous year.
- In 2019, high school graduates from general and vocational schools are respectively 25.8 and 21.6 thousand students.
- In 2019/2020 academic year, 220.2 thousand persons were enrolled in the different tertiary education levels.
- As of 31.12.2019 for acquiring a ‘Doctor’ educational and scientific degree in the country were trained 6 440 persons, of whom 558 foreign citizens.
The number of minors and juveniles registered in the Child pedagogic rooms for anti-social acts and crimes commitment in 2019 was 9 167. In comparison with 2018, their number increased by 69 or by 0.8%.
In 2019, the government deficit and debt of the EU-27 increased in relative terms compared with 2018. In the EU-27 the government deficit to GDP ratio rose from 0.4% in 2018 to 0.6% in 2019. In the EU-27 the government debt to GDP ratio declined from 79.6% at the end of 2018 to 77.8% at the end of 2019.