Below is a map of Bulgaria; a country which provides the best example of this phenomenon. Click on the map in order to see it more clearly. Each green square is a branch.
Notice how the largest city, Sofia, has several branches organized in it and that branches are scattered fairly evenly throughout the country.
Here are some exciting recent developments of the Church in Eastern Europe.
New Branches in the Baltic States, Eastern Europe and Georgia
Branches have recently (last 12 months or so) been estabished in the following cities.
- Jelgava, Latvia
- Parnu, Estonia
- Shkoder, Albania (see earlier post)
- Kosice, Slovakia
- Tbilisi, Georgia (second branch in city, the Avlabari Branch)
- Alexandria, Romania (last June)
- Pula, Croatia
- Subotica, Serbia
- Kremenchuk, Ukraine
Church Launches New Latvian Website
In the past week or so, the Church has launched a country website for Latvia. It is in Russian and Latvian, and is found at http://www.jezuskristusbaznica.lv/ .
Lastly, I wanted to conclude that the activity rate in these nations are actually not as low as you might think. The LDS Church News stated in the Church Almanac that there are over 1,000 temple recommend holders in Ukraine and the temple has been under construction in Kyiv for the past six months. Furthermore, there are two stakes in Eastern Europe: One in Ukraine and the other in Hungary. The Church is close to organizing stakes in St. Petersburg, Russia ; Kharkiv, Ukraine ; and Donetsk, Ukraine. As for Future missions, Serbia, Romania and Ukraine seem most likely. It will be interesting how soon missionaries will be placed in newly independent Kosovo. I imagine that Kosovo will be included with the mission in Albania, since the majority of the population is Albanian.