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Macedonia

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Macedonia, officially the Republic of Macedonia is a country in the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. It is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence in 1991. The country became a member of the United Nations in 1993, but, as a result of an ongoing dispute with Greece over the use of the name Macedonia, was admitted under the provisional description the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (sometimes abbreviated as FYROM and FYR Macedonia), a term that is also used by international organizations such as the European Union, the Council of Europe, and NATO. 

A landlocked country, the Republic of Macedonia has borders with Kosovo to the northwest, Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, and Albania to the west. It constitutes approximately the northwestern third of the larger geographical region of Macedonia, which also comprises the neighbouring parts of northern Greece and smaller portions of southwestern Bulgaria and southeastern Albania. The country’s geography is defined primarily by mountains, valleys, and rivers. The capital and largest city, Skopje, is home to roughly a quarter of the nation’s 2.06 million inhabitants. The majority of the residents are ethnic Macedonians, a South Slavic people. Albanians form a significant minority at around 25 percent, followed by Turks, Romani, Serbs, Bosniaks, Aromanians and others.

Good to Know

Country
Macedonia
Visa Requirements
Visa in not needed for EU citizens.
Languages spoken
Macedonian
Currency used
Macedonian denar
Area (km2)
25,713 km2

Municipalities

The municipalities are the first-order administrative divisions of the Republic of Macedonia.In February 2013, the Republic of Macedonia was reorganised into 80 municipalities  10 of the municipalities constitute the City of Skopje (or Greater Skopje), a distinct unit of local self-government and the country’s capital.Most of the current municipalities were unaltered or merely amalgamated from the previous 123 municipalities established in September 1996; others were consolidated and their borders changed. Prior to this, local government was organised into 34 administrative districts, communes, or counties.In 2004 they were reduced to 84, and in 2013, the following municipalities were merged into Kičevo Municipality.