In 1996, the then Bulgarian prime minister, Zoran Milanov, introduced the anthem at the opening ceremonies of the first world championship, the European Championships.
The anthem’s lyrics were, in a word: “beautiful”.
Today, the country’s songwriter, Ekaterina Bulgari, has been awarded a medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“The anthem is the best thing I’ve written.
It’s beautiful,” she said at the start of the ceremony.
“I’m a poet, a songwriter.
I’m passionate about poetry, I love the colours and the rhythms of the song.
And I have the courage to sing it.
Bulgaria is now the second-biggest economy in the world. “
In my heart, I’m singing the anthem to show the world that Bulgaria is a beautiful, healthy, and beautiful country, and that it’s a place where people of good will can live happily.”
Bulgaria is now the second-biggest economy in the world.
In 2020, the state of Bulgaria was worth $2.7bn, with nearly 60 per cent of its exports going to the EU.
The country has also been the host to many sporting events, including the Olympics, the World Cup, the Commonwealth Games and the Paralympics.
Last month, President Rosen Plevneliev hosted a meeting of his country’s top brass at the presidential palace in Sofia, the capital.
The president said: “We need a new way of thinking about sport.
I want to change the way of life, the way we think about sport, so that our future is a happy and positive one.”
The anthem was chosen for the 2018 Olympic Games by Bulgarian music director Oleg Yampolskiy, whose father was a member of the Bulgarian national football team and who, in the 1990s, became a passionate football fan.
“I love the music of Bulgarian songs, so I decided to write a song for the Olympic games,” Mr Yampulskiy told the BBC’s Olympic programme in Rio.
“My father was an Olympic fan and played football at home and at training.
He said: ‘Why don’t you come to Sofia? “
He came to Rio and was very excited.
He said: ‘Why don’t you come to Sofia?
You’ve got the best stadium in the country and you’ve got everything you need.
Why don’t we sing your song?’
And I said, ‘Well, I’ve just finished writing my song and I’m not going to come’.
So, we played it and we went back home and wrote a song together.”
During the event, Mr Yapulskiys father spoke at length about his father, and how, in recent years, the singer had become a kind of folk hero in Bulgaria.
“We’re in love,” Mr Klimov said.
“When I was a child, I had this dream of going to Sofie with my father, but then my mother died.
So, I started to miss her.
I started dreaming of going back to Bulgaria.
I’ve always been a kind and gentle person.
And this dream turned into a very sad reality.”
“Bulgarians love the Bulgarian anthem, and the people who sing it are proud to do so,” he said.
The composer is currently working on a new version of the anthem, with a new tune for the 2020 Olympic Games, which will be sung by a choir.
The Olympic anthem is a very special thing, Mr Kravishkov said.
“I hope the Bulgarian people will like it as much as I did.
The song was written by an ordinary person.
People in Bulgaria don’t sing the anthem because they like it, they like the lyrics.
They love the melody and the rhythm, and so it was written and sung by an honest and decent person.”
Mr Kravlishkov said he wanted to sing the Bulgarian National Anthem to show people “how to love one another, how to sing in a way that’s not arrogant, but respectful of one another and of the future”.
“We don’t need a single song to tell us how to love and how to be a good person,” he added.
“What we need is a new national anthem.
We have to create a new one.”
Read more about the 2018 Winter Olympics in our Olympic coverage here.