Kingdom of Spain
Diplomatic relations were established on May 8, 1910. The relations are close, without controversial or unresolved issues, and Spain is an important partner of Bulgaria in the EU and an ally in NATO. There is a desire to deepen cooperation on issues on the European and Euro-Atlantic agenda, as well as in the fields of investments, trade, culture, education and science.
In recent years, the following visits have been paid at high and top level: of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva (Madrid, November 6, 2017); of the Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (Sofia, May 15, 2018). The political dialogue at all levels continues to develop dynamically.
There are traditionally good trade and economic relations with the potential to deepen and balance the visible trade.
According to official data, there are 200 468 Bulgarian permanent residents in Spain, and according to unofficial data they are between 200 000 and 250 000 persons. 52 Bulgarian Sunday Schools are registered in Spain, more than 50 Bulgarian and mixed associations, three Bulgarian Orthodox Municipalities with centres: city of Denia, Valencian Community, city of Segovia, Castile and Leon Community, and city of Barcelona, Catalonia Community.