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    Municipality of Razlog, Bulgaria

    The Municipality of Razlog is situated in the hills of Rila, Pirin and Rhodops Mountains and and the whole area is known as the Razlog valley. The magnificent of its nature is expressed by the two of three national parks – “Rila” and “Pririn” The importance of the Pirin National Park has been declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

    Razlog Municipality covers the town of Razlog and the 7 villages - Banya, Gorno Draglishte, Dolno Draglishte, Dobarsko, Bachevo, Godlevo and Eleshnitsa.The total population of the Municipality of Razlog is 19 967. 11 590 inhabitants live in the town of Razlog and the other 8 107 in the remaining settlements. The Municipality of Razlog and the whole Razlog valley possess rich inheritance of cultural monuments from different ages and civilizations.

    Tourism is a priority key sector for the growing and developing of the economy in the region. The professional golf court with 18 holes in the territory of the municipality has transformed the region into a first-class touristic destination. Razlog has great potential in the development of winter sports due to its proximity to the world ski center “Bansko” and the availability of its own ski area “Kulinoto”.

    The Municipality of Razlog is famous for its natural mineral springs, which are successfully used for spa tourism and wellness.

    A priority and fast-growing sector is the production of agricultural crops and essential oils. Razlog is popular with its good taste of dairy products, meat products, forest fruits,  mushrums and lavender oil.

                 Based on the Municipal Development Plan the priority measure is stimulating the food industry and providing support for the new established SMEs and increasing the capacity of existing ones in the agro-food sector aimed to improving the economy. Increasing resource efficiency and the introduction of technological and organizational innovation in enterprises, along with the provision of services in support of business are the main guidelines for the strengthening of small and medium businesses in the municipality. Based on the potential of growing the number and improving the capacity of the farms in the area, the region favors raising livestock and increasing bio production.
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