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Blagoevgrad (blägôˈĕvgrät) [key], city (1993 pop. 72,853), SW Bulgaria, is a farming region known especially for its tobacco. The city has one of the largest tobacco-fermentation factories in the Balkans. In Thracian times a settlement was established around the warm mineral springs that still attract visitors to Blagoevgrad. The city is named for Dimiter Blagoev, founder of the Bulgarian Communist party.

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