TV remains the main source of information and entertainment for many Bulgarians, a new poll from Alpha research shows. 2.4 million Bulgarian families are subscribers to a paid cable service, which means that the electoral campaign is still very much a TV campaign. Yet greater numbers are streaming online and if you want to see more about the economic promises of the main parties, look here.
It's official: partial end of the lockdownSome current measures have only been in place for a week but today the government decided to drop certain restrictions accompanying the last lockdown. Open-air restaurants and bars, theaters, large stores and gyms at 30% capacity will be allowed to open from 1 April. Kindergartens will also open on 5 April, and certain grades will return to schools from 12 April.
All of this has been decided without a visible drop in cases, however, and amidst a rise in hospitalizations and deaths which makes its viability uncertain.
Business outlook up again
For the third month in a row, businesses in Bulgaria report growing optimism. The business climate poll of the National Statistical Institute shows better attitudes in all the sectors 2.1 points higher than the last month overall. It is highest in construction, while lowest in industry. This is understandable, given the uncertainty in Europe. The climate started improving at the beginning of 2021, after dropping considerably in the last months of 2020.
DHL opens a new base in Sofia
The German logistics company is opening up a 12 thousand sq. meters base near Sofia airport. The 4.5 million euro investment of DHL logistics is expected to open at the end of this year and will be the second new base of the international courier group in Sofia in the last 2 years. The first was opened in 2018 and is operated by another branch of DHL - "DHL Express Bulgaria".
Together, the two DHL branches in the country have revenues of more than 65 million euros for the last available year - 2019 and over 500 employees.