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Bulgarian in spoken by roughly 7.8 million people, in at least 13 territories. After Bulgaria, the largest populations, numbering in the hundreds of thousands are found in the Republic of Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine.

Bulgarian is closely related to Macedonian; the distinction is as much political as linguistic.

Territory size shows the proportion of all people who speak Bulgarian as a first language that live in that territory.

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