The impressive building of the University of Sofia is situated in the heart of Sofia.



The Sofia University is the first school of higher education in Bulgaria.

Its history is an embodiment and a continuation of centuries of cultural and educational tradition in this country.

"Nordica" library

The library was officially opened on 19th November 1998 by the former rector of the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" Prof. Ivan Lalov and the ambassadors of Sweden and Denmark. Since the founding of our department in 1992/1993 the Scandinavian embassies in Bulgaria have expressed their support and engagement with the department by donating books, textbooks and periodicals. The idea of establishing a library, which would gather books and preserve Scandinavian literature as a part of the University library net was realized due to the efforts of Prof. Vera Gancheva, Ph.D., Prof. Boris Parashkevov, Prof. Geljazko Stoyanov and directors of the UL, Ph.D., now head of the University Library. The embassies of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of Iceland provided substantial financial support. Along with serving its academic functions the Scandinavian Studies Library has also turned into a real information centre which spreads knowledge about the history, culture and contemporary life in the Nordic countries among the general public in Bulgaria.
The unique book stock of Bibliotheca Nordica was collected and is being accumulated through valuable gifts from institutions and individuals from all Nordic countries and from different parts of Bulgaria. Today it comprises more than 6500 books in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Icelandic language. The collection includes a wide range of books on various topics: encyclopaedias and reference books, dictionaries and textbooks, literature and linguistic works, fiction, audio - and video - cassettes, CD's etc. Most of the books have been listed and are already part of the electronic catalogue of The University library.


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The fund of the Nordic Library lists more than 6500 volumes. The library is decorated with the hand redrawn copy of Carta Marina. Drawn by Olaus Magnus (1490 – 1557), this is the first map depicting the Scandinavian peninsula in details with remarkable for the time precision.

. . . When you ask the question “Where have you studied?” and the answer is “At the University”, noone asks more questions because for any Bulgarian the University is one – with a capital letter – and that one is Sofia University “St.Clement Ohridski” . . .

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