Bulgaria is a country in southeastern Europe bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south and the Black Sea to the east. With a population of 7 202 198 inhabitants it is the sixteenth most populous member state of the European Union. According to the 2011 census Bulgarians are the main ethnic group in the country comprising 84,8% of the population. The main ethnic minority groups are represented by Turks and Roma comprising 8,8% and 4,9%. Other minority groups include Russians, Armenians, Vlachs, Macedonians, Greeks, Ukrainians, Jews, Romanians, Tatars and Gagauz. The dominant confession of the country is Eastern Orthodoxy, as more than three-quarters of inhabitants subscribe to it. The second-largest community are Sunni Muslims who constitute 10 per cent of the religious makeup. In general coexistence of minorities is more or less peaceful, but there are some alarming issues which deserve closer attention. In the media and on Internet, expressions of racism and xenophobia against foreigners, Turks and Muslims are commonplace, as is abusive language when referring to Roma. There is also a significant amount of hate speech targeting sexual orientation. Unfortunately the authorities rarely voice any counter-hate speech message to the public. Racially motivated attacks are still perpetrated against Roma, Muslims, Jews and non-traditional religious groups and their property without any adequate reaction from the autorities. On the other hand Bulgarian authorities have taken some effective actions towards better protecting the rights of persons belonging to minorities. A National Roma Integration Strategy striving for better inclusion and integration of Roma people was approved as well as a National Strategy on Migration, Asylum and Integration. Moreover, funding of projects in schools, kindergartens and municipalities which focus on providing equal access to quality education for children from ethnic minority groups still continues.