Electricity in Bulgaria
The power plugs here are all EU standard. Electricity is 220V.
If you are coming on a trip from the USA or UK, it's easy to find switchers from your plugs to ours, and they don't cost much. Don't expect to find them in every hotel however.
Electricity supply is relatively stable in the big cities and power shuts are mostly an exception. I smaller towns and especially villages the power is interrupted more often. Villages often shut the power down in case of storms. There are many small villages where the voltage is lower than 220 V and the power supply is very unreliable. If you plan to come here and live in a village it's best to not count only on electricity for all your needs (heating and hot water), because power shuts in the winter are frequent.
When buying a home here you also need to carefully check how the electricity supply is handled, especially in rural areas. Don't buy home which is not connected to the grid unless going off-grid is your goal. If the home is not connected, this is a sure sign there is a problem. If you want to buy a plot of land, it's normal to have no elecricity supply on the plot. But you need to check whether connecting is possible and how much it will cost. The minimum you are going to spend is about &eur;400. The amount can go up tremendously if there is no power pole near the plot. The existence of a power pole is no guarantee either - it's always possible that they'll tell you the local supply is not enough for a new home.
Have in mind that when renting a house or a flat here, the cost of electricy, water and central heating is usually not included in the rent.
This is roughly all you need to know unless you plan to work as electrician here ;)
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