Bulgaria: physical activity policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national physical activity policy actions in Bulgaria. Compare Bulgaria with other European countries in our MOVING policy index.

> Read the MOVING snapshot for Bulgaria in English or Bulgarian

Bulgaria implements policy actions in 5 out of the 6 policy areas of the MOVING framework. The highest assessment achieved was fair which was received for initiatives that promote physical activity in schools, community and recreation (M), and increasing physical activity through public communication which builds behaviour change skills (N).

Weaknesses were found throughout the framework but particularly in policies on access to open public spaces (V), road safety actions (I) and public information campaigns on physical activity (N). Gaps were identified with a lack of physical activity outside of the classroom and community initiatives (M) in addition to a lack of public awareness campaigns on physical activity guidelines (N).

No policy was identified on physical activity opportunities in the workplace and training (O) therefore, implementation in this policy area should be prioritised. Much more needs to be done to improve all areas of the active environments domain, such as active design guidelines (V) and the promotion of public and active transport (I).

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Bulgaria’s results (pdf, English)

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the MOVING policy index for Bulgaria. Full index results are outlined in the MOVING policy brief (pdf), which compares Bulgaria with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the MOVING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Bulgaria, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our MOVING database.

Overview of physical activity policy status in Bulgaria

Bulgaria MOVING overview

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