Discover North Macedonia
Macedonia is located in Southeast Europe, in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula. It has a position of a strategic crossroad and some kind of a bridge between Europe and the nearby countries of Asia and North Africa. Republic of North Macedonia belongs to the group of countries from the so-called Western Balkans. It is surrounded by the following neighbours – Serbia and Kosovo to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, and Albania to the west.
Macedonia as a state is part of the contemporary international political scene since gaining independence from the Yugoslav Federation and is its active subject both on a bilateral and multilateral level. But when it comes to conditions and data imposed by history and culture, it can be said that Macedonia is one of the older European and world civilizations within the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire.
Extending on over 25,713 square kilometres, Macedonia is a territory inhabited by almost two million inhabitants. It’s capital is Skopje with about half a million inhabitants. It is a multi-ethnic and multicultural society with different religions. In Republic of North Macedonia, apart from Macedonians, there are also many ethnic groups – Albanians, Turks, Serbs, Vlachs, Roma and others. Two thirds of the population are Orthodox Christians, others are Muslims, Catholics, and so on. The official language is Macedonian. The flag of Macedonia is red with a golden-yellow sun with eight arms crossing along a diagonal, horizontal and vertical, and the currency is Denar (1 Euro – 61,5 Denars).
With a Constitution adopted on 17 November 1991, the Republic of North Macedonia is a sovereign, independent, democratic and social state. The referendum on independence and autonomy, or more precisely separation from the Yugoslav federation, was held on 8 September 1991. The political system is a parliamentary democracy with a president who leads and represents the state at home and abroad.
The president of the state, according to the Constitution, is also the commander of the army forces and is the president of the Security Council. The president of the state is elected in general, direct elections. He/she has a mandate of five years and he/she cooperates with the executive power, more precisely with the Government in building, defining and implementing foreign policy. The Government, on the other hand, proposes laws to the Assembly. It defines and proposes the budget, conducts the country’s internal and foreign policy and determines and organizes it. It also monitors the operation of the state administration bodies and the state administration.
Republic of North Macedonia was built as a unitary republic. The social component, freedom, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights for all citizens of all ethnic communities are among the main and highest values of the constitutional order. The political system of the Republic of North Macedonia as a parliamentary democracy is based on the principle of the division of power into three branches – legislative, executive and judicial. The Macedonian Assembly is unicameral with 120 MPs elected at direct parliamentary elections every four years. The Assembly elects its own president, who holds a second position in the political hierarchy of the state.
Population and customs
On the territory of Republic of North Macedonia there are about 35 smaller and bigger cities with their own history and culture. The majority of the population lives there and about 1,600 inhabited villages and rural areas, where one third of the total population lives. In the larger places, the country’s industrial capacities and state administrative institutions and organizations are predominantly located. In smaller and rural areas, the population is usually engaged in agriculture, cattle breeding and traditionally craft-work. Therefore, Macedonia, among other things, is also known for the production of healthy food, organic production of fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products and other everyday necessary food products. Macedonia has been known for decades in the world for the production of quality rakia and quality varietal wines.
Did you know !?
- Did you know that Mother Teresawas born in Skopje?
- Did you know that Kokinois 4th on the list of oldest megalithic observatories in the world?
- Did you know about the Iconostas of Monastery St. John the Baptist (Bigorski)?
- Did you know that Pesna Cavehas the biggest entrance in the Balkan?
- About the Bay of bonesin Ohrid Lake?
- About the Saints Cyril and Methodius?
- About the Archaeological site Stobi?
- About the Mustafa Kemal Ataturk?
- About the Kursumli an?
- About the Fortress Kale?
- About the Church of Sveti Spas?
- About the Mustafa Pasha Mosque?
- About the Bezisten?
- About the Suli an?
- About the Skopje Bazaar?
- About the Murat-Pasha Mosque?
- About the Kapan-an?
- About the Daut Pasha amam?
- About the Church St. Dimitrija?
- About the Stone bridge?
- About the Ohrid – City of light?
- About the Naum Ohridski (of Ohrid)?
- About the Canyon Matka?
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- Currency: Macedonian Denar (MKD), Fluctuating rate against EUR – 61.31 (may vary)
- Time zone: UTC +2
- Temperature in October: 5 – 17 degrees Celsius
- Safety: Skopje is a safe city for the most part and solo female travellers should feel at ease walking around the centre at night. The biggest hassle you’re likely to experience is children begging, which is persistent around the touristy Ploštad Makedonija. (source: Lonelyplanet)
- Official langiages: The main two languages are Macedonian and Albanian. English (people speak English very well)
- Population: 2 mio
- GDP per capita: 5 200 $
Source and additional information: Wikipedia