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Building Permits Issued and Construction of New Buildings Started in the Fourth Quarter of 2022

Friday, 3 February 2023 - 11:00

In the fourth quarter of 2022, the municipal authorities issued building permits for the construction of 1 911 residential buildings with 10 203 dwellings, 18 administrative buildings/offices and 1 183 other buildings.

The issued building permits for new residential buildings and other buildings increased by 0.1% and 1.0% respectively as compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. The issued building permits for administrative buildings have shown a drop of 45.5%.

The construction of 1 252 residential buildings with 6 627 dwellings, 14 administrative buildings/offices and 555 other buildings was started.

The number of started new residential buildings and other buildings decreased by 5.1% and 8.6% respectively as compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. The number of started administrative buildings was unchanged.

Fertility and reproductive behavior (Sample survey accompanying Census 2021)

Monday, 30 January 2023 - 17:00

In 2021 also, the two-child family model is the reproductive ideal of women aged 15 - 49 and men aged 15 - 59 in our country (63.3%). In second place in the distribution is the opinion that the family should have three children (17.1%), followed by the family with one child (7.9%). In 2021, 9.4% of persons of reproductive age cannot estimate how many children a family should have in Bulgaria. The multi-child model of a family with four or more children is a priority for 2.0% of people.

To some extent, people's attitudes echo their ideal of family. Leading is the desire for two children in the family (61.9%), followed by the preference for three children (14.9%). The one-child family model is desired by 12% of individuals, and the multi-child family model, with four or more children, by 2.3%. 7.9% of people of reproductive age do not yet know how many children they would like to have, and 1.0% are categorical that they do not wish to have children.

People's reproductive ideals and intentions very often differ from the actual number of children in families. Analyzing the three indicators only for persons over the age of 45, for whom reproduction has conditionally ended, we can draw the following conclusions:

  • the share of persons without children is extremely large (17.8%) compared to those who have this ideal (0.1%) or prefer this family model (1.4%);
  • the share of persons who remain with one child (31.9%) is significantly higher compared to the ideal of a one-child family (6.9%) and those who wish to have one child (13.5%);
  • the ideal (64.7%) and desire (64.3%) for two children in the family are not actually realized. 44.4% of persons over 45 years of age have two children;
  • three children is an ideal for 17.1%, reproductive intentions for 13.9%, but it is actually realized by a much smaller share of persons at the end of their reproductive period, only 4.7%.

Business Conjuncture, January 2023

Monday, 30 January 2023 - 11:00

In January 2023, the total business climate indicator preserves approximately its December 2022 level. An increase of the indicator is registered in industry and retail trade, while in construction and service sector is observed a reduction.

The uncertain economic environment continue to be the main factor limiting the activity in all sectors.

Statistical domain

Producer Price Indices in Industry, December 2022

Monday, 30 January 2023 - 11:00

The Total Producer Price Index in Industry increased by 3.4% in December 2022 compared to the previous month. Higher prices were registered in the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply by 14.3%, and in the mining and quarrying industry by 0.9%. The prices fell in the manufacturing by 2.1%.

The Producer Price Index on the Domestic Market increased by 6.0% in December 2022 compared to the previous month. The domestic prices went up in the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply by 15.0%, and in the mining and quarrying industry by 3.7%. The prices decreased in the manufacturing by 2.2%.

The Total Producer Price Index rose by 23.2% in December 2022 compared to the same month in 2021. Significant growth was seen in the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply by 39.3%, in the manufacturing by 16.1%, and in the mining and quarrying industry by 3.7%.

The Producer Price Index on the Domestic Market went up by 28.5% compared to December 2021. Prices rose in the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply by 37.6%, in manufacturing by 21.1% and in the mining and quarrying industry by 11.5%.

Production and Deliveries of Energy Products, November 2022

Monday, 30 January 2023 - 11:00

In November 2022, compared to October 2022, an increase is reported for the production of: electricity - by 31.1%, and solid fuels - by 9.3%. A decrease is reported for the production of: unleaded motor gasoline - by 13.0%, and transport diesel - by 6.4%. No change for the production of liquefied petroleum gases and natural gas.

In November 2022, compared to the same month of the previous year, during which planned repairs of production installations were carried out, the production of liquefied petroleum gases, unleaded motor gasoline and transport diesel increased significantly. A decrease is reported for the production of: natural gas - by 50.0%, electricity - by 5.0%, and solid fuels - by 4.2%.

In November 2022, compared to October 2022, an increase is reported for the deliveries of: natural gas - by 56.3%, electricity - by 12.1%, and solid fuels - by 10.6%. A decrease is reported for the deliveries of: liquefied petroleum gases - by 10.9%, unleaded motor gasoline - by 9.5%, and transport diesel - by 6.0%.

In November 2022, compared to the same month of the previous year, an increase is reported for the deliveries of: transport diesel - by 28.1%, and liquefied petroleum gases - by 2.5%. A decrease is reported for the deliveries of: natural gas - by 21.6%, unleaded motor gasoline - by 19.1%, solid fuels - by 6.3%, and electricity - by 3.7%.

Statistical domain

Trips of Bulgarian Residents Abroad and Arrivals of Visitors from Abroad to Bulgaria in December 2022

Friday, 27 January 2023 - 11:00

In December 2022, the number of the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad was 604.7 thousand or 9.7% above the registered in December 2021.

The trips with other purposes (as a guest, education and visiting cultural and sports events) in December 2022 composed the greatest share of the total number of trips of Bulgarian residents abroad - 45.3%, followed by those with holiday and recreation purpose - 32.5%, and with professional purpose - 22.2%.

In December 2022, the number of visits of non-residents to Bulgaria was 761.9 thousand, or 60.3% more in comparison with December 2021. An increase in the trips with all observed purposes was registered. Transit passes through the country were 37.8% (287.6 thousand) of all visits of non-residents to Bulgaria.

Statistical domain

Health status of the population as of September 7, 2021

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 - 10:30

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities defines that ‘persons with disabilities include persons with permanent physical, mental, intellectual and sensory impairments which, in interaction with their environment, could hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others’. This definition requires the availability of statistical data not only on the number and different socio-demographic characteristics of people with disabilities in accordance with national legislation, but also a wider set of data. Therefore, during the census, information was collected on three main characteristics of the health status of the population: self-assessment of health, presence of limitations in daily activities due to a health problem (persons with limitations) and people with disabilities.

Self-assessment of health

As of September 7, 2021, the largest is the number and relative share of persons who self-define their health as good - 2 700 039 (45.7%), followed by very good - 1 558 163 (26.4%), and satisfactory - 1 086 981 (18.4%). 221 988 and 46 819 people, or 3.8 and 0.8%, rate their health as bad and very bad, respectively. The persons who indicated that they could not determine were 77 354 (1.3%). 211 764, or 3.6% of respondents, answered ‘I do not want to answer’.

Self-assessment of health largely depends on the gender and age of individuals. Men are more positive and more often define their health as very good and good (74.8%) compared to women (69.7%). As age increases, the number and correspondingly the share of the population with good or very good health decreases, while the number of persons who rate their health as satisfactory, poor and very poor increases.

Persons with limitations

As of September 7, 2021, 153 242 people, or 2.6% of respondents, had been severely limited in their usual activities due to a health problem in the past six months or more. Limited, but not severely, were 381 805, or 6.5%. 4 795 642 people, or 81.2%, were not limited. 220 500 people, or 3.7%, cannot determine, and 351 919, or 6.0% of the people do not want to answer the question.

People with disabilities

As of September 7, 2021, 654 547 persons have recognized permanently reduced working capacity or degree of disability. Of these, 22 248 are children, and 632 299 are persons aged 16 and over. The intensity indicators are respectively 27 per 1 000 children and 124 per 1 000 people aged 16 and over.

The distribution of children by degree of disability shows that the most numerous is the group of those with 50 to 70% type and degree of disability - 8 984, or 40.4% of children with disabilities. The group from 71 to 90% follows - 5 931 children, or 26.7%. With the most severe disabilities - over 90%, there are 4 992 children, or 22.4%, and the smallest group of children with up to 50% type and degree of disability - 2 341, or 10.5%.

Among persons aged 16 and over in the structure by degree of permanently reduced working capacity/type and degree of disability, the largest number and, accordingly, the relative share of persons in the group from 71 to 90% - 225 342, or 35.6% of persons with disabilities for which information is available on this matter. Next comes the group from 50 to 70%, in which 218 038 persons, or 34.5%, apply. The group with the most severe disabilities - over 90%, includes 135 137 persons aged 16 and over, or 21.4% of persons with disabilities in this age group. The share of persons with up to 50% permanently reduced working capacity/type and degree of disability is the smallest - 53 782, or 8.5%.

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Deaths in the Fourth Quarter of 2022 (preliminary data)

Friday, 20 January 2023 - 11:00

The number of deaths in the fourth quarter of 2022 (40th - 52nd week) is 26 078 and the crude mortality rate - 15.3‰. Mortality among males (16.4‰) is higher than among females (14.3‰). Compared to the same period of the previous year, the number of deaths has decreased by 20 305, or 43.8%.

Inflation and consumer price indices in December 2022

Monday, 16 January 2023 - 11:00

In December 2022, the monthly inflation rate, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), was 0.9% compared to the previous month, and the annual inflation rate in December 2022 compared to December 2021 was 16.9%.

In December 2022, compared to the previous month, the highest price increase was registered for Recreation and culture (+8.5%), Health (+2.2%), Miscellaneous goods and services (+1.6%), Restaurants and hotels (+1.4%). The decrease was recorded in the prices for Transport (-2.3%) and Clothing and footwear (-1.2%).

In December 2022, the monthly inflation rate, measured by the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP), was 0.8% compared to the previous month, and the annual inflation rate in December 2022 compared to December 2021 was 14.3%.

Trade in goods of Bulgaria with Third Countries in the Period January - November 2022 (preliminary data)

Friday, 13 January 2023 - 11:00

The exports of goods from Bulgaria to third countries increased by 38.0% compared to the same period of 2021 and amounted to 29 003.8 million BGN, while the imports of goods from third countries grew by 62.8% and added up to 44 835.7 million BGN.

Тhe most notable growth in the exports of goods to third countries compared to the same period of 2021 was recorded in the sections ‘Mineral fuel, lubricants and related materials’ (224.6%) and ‘Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes’ (195.8%). A fall was reported in the section ‘Crude materials, inedible (except fuel)’[1] (4.6%). The largest growth in the imports of goods from third countries was recorded in the sections ‘Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes’ (525.5%) and ‘Mineral fuel, lubricants and related materials’ (140.8%). The data are by the Standard International Trade Classification.

The total value of all exported goods to third countries and the EU amounted to 87 460.4 million BGN in the period January - November 2022, which is 40.2% more than the same period of the previous year, while the total value of all imported goods from third countries and the EU added up to 99 985.3 million BGN and grew by 44.1%.

 

[1] The section includes following divisions: raw hides, skins and furskins; oil-seeds and oleaginous fruits; crude rubber; cork and wood; pulp and waste paper; textile fibres and their wastes; crude fertilizers and crude minerals; metalliferous ores and metal scrap; crude animal and vegetable materials, n.e.s.

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