The Stara Zagora Region is located in the central part of Southern Bulgaria with an area of 5147 square km and a population of 390,000 in eleven municipalities. The City of Stara Zagora is in the heart of the Region with a population of 180,000. The Region has nine towns and a population density of 76 people per square kilometer, exceeding the national average. In the northern part of the Region stands the majestic Balkan Mountain Range / Stara Planina. Just below the Balkans lay the Sredna Gora Mountains. The Upper Thracian Plain occupies the central and southern parts of the Region.

The location of the Stara Zagora Region is a major advantage to trade with transportation routes providing easy access to Sofia in the west (230 km); Bourgas' Black Sea Port in the east (180 km); Rousse's Danube Port at the Romanian Border in the north (235 km); and the Greek Port Alexandrupolis, in the south (300 km).

Stara Zagora serves as the central hub of an efficient train system connecting the Region with all Bulgarian cities as well as cities in Eastern and Western Europe.
The rich soils of the Region make it ideal for productive agriculture and food processing. Forests are one of the Stara Zagora Region's most valuable natural resources offering ideal opportunities for logging, wood processing, hiking, hunting, and tourism. The Maritza-East Basin supplies lignite coal for electrical power plants that provide 30% of the electrical power for Bulgaria. The Region is rich in thermal mineral springs with a large number of spas and health centers to facilitate the use of the healing waters. Pavel Banya boasts an international reputation for healing those afflicted with arthritic and orthopedic conditions. Starozagorski Mineralni Bani, with thermal waters and fresh mountain air, is an important healing center for respiratory and other ailments. The eastern part of the Region hosts the world famous Valley of the Roses. This rose growing area produces seventy percent of the world's attar - extract of roses. Considering that perfumiers pay more than $45 million a year for attar, it is not surprising that the roses are known as "Bulgaria's Gold."

Economic Yearbook of the Stara Zagora Region

Year 2010, Year 2009, Year 2008, Year 2007