January 23, 2010

BULGARIA: More centenarians in villages than in cities

. SOFIA, Bulgaria / FOCUS / Society / January 23, 2010 Centenarians in villages are more than in cities: national statistics By Vesela Baramova, Focus News Agency Out of all 347 centenarians in Bulgaria as of 2008, 166 live in cities and 181 – in villages. Out of all 226 women centenarians 105 live in cities and 121 – in villages. 61 out of 121 men who are older than 100 years of age live in cities and 60 – in villages. Yordan Kalchev, head of Demographic Statistics Department in the National Statistical Institute, said this in an interview with FOCUS News Agency. He says the district of Sofia, which is the most populous one, has the highest number of centenarians – 44. It is followed by the districts of Plovdiv (24 centenarians), Blagoevgrad (23), Pleven and Varna (21 each), and then Haskovo, Pazardzhik and Vratsa (between 10 and 19 centenarians). Kalchev says many factors influence life expectancy. “On the one hand, cities offer better and accessible healthcare, but probably the conditions, diet, daily way of living in villages play a role too,” he said. The least populous districts in Bulgaria have the smallest number of centenarians – Yambol, Lovech, Targovishte. [rc] © 2009 FOCUS Information Agency