Sofia is the capitol and largest city in Bulgaria with a history spanning 2400 years. The city is located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain in the western part of the country which looms over the city. It occupies a strategic position at the center of the Balkan Peninsula.
1.3 million (about the same as Dallas, Texas)
As the seat of Bulgaria’s government, the city hosts the recent protests against the corruption within the judiciary and other branches. Aggrieved by relative poverty, air pollution, and oligarchic tendencies, they seek a more transparent government.