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North Macedonia gained its independence peacefully from Yugoslavia in 1991 under the name of “Macedonia.” Greek objection to the new country’s name, insisting it implied territorial pretensions to the northern Greek province of Macedonia, and democratic backsliding for several years stalled the country’s movement toward Euro-Atlantic integration. Immediately after Macedonia declared independence, Greece sought to block Macedonian efforts to gain UN membership if the name “Macedonia” was used. The country was eventually admitted to the UN in 1993 as “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,” and at the same time it agreed to UN-sponsored negotiations on the name dispute. In 1995, Greece lifted a 20-month trade embargo and the two countries agreed to normalize relations, but the issue of the name remained unresolved and negotiations for a solution continued. Over time, the US and over 130 other nations recognized Macedonia by its constitutional name, Republic of Macedonia. Ethnic Albanian grievances over perceived political and economic inequities escalated into a conflict in 2001 that eventually led to the internationally brokered Ohrid Framework Agreement, which ended the fighting and established guidelines for constitutional amendments and the creation of new laws that enhanced the rights of minorities. In January 2018, the government adopted a new law on languages, which elevated the Albanian language to an official language at the national level, with the Macedonian language remaining the sole official language in international relations. Relations between ethnic Macedonians and ethnic Albanians remain complicated, however.

North Macedonia’s pro-Western government has used its time in office since 2017 to sign a historic deal with Greece in June 2018 to end the name dispute and revive Skopje’s NATO and EU membership prospects. This followed a nearly three-year political crisis that engulfed the country but ended in June 2017 following a six-month-long government formation period after a closely contested election in December 2016. The crisis began after the 2014 legislative and presidential election, and escalated in 2015 when the opposition party began releasing wiretapped material that revealed alleged widespread government corruption and abuse. Although an EU candidate since 2005, North Macedonia has yet to open EU accession negotiations. The country still faces challenges, including fully implementing reforms to overcome years of democratic backsliding and stimulating economic growth and development. In June 2018, Macedonia and Greece signed the Prespa Accord whereby the Republic of Macedonia agreed to change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia. Following ratification by both countries, the agreement went in to force on 12 February 2019. North Macedonia signed an accession protocol to become a NATO member state in February 2019.

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Macedonia's Most Popular Sights...

Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  

  • Bitola
    • Heraclea Lyncestis ruins
  • Ohrid
    • Ancient Theater of Ohrid
    • Galicica National Park
    • Lake Ohrid
    • St. Jovan Kaneo
    • Tsar Samuel’s Fortress
  • Matka Canyon
  • Mavrovo National Park
    • Sveti Jovan Bigorksi
  •  Skopje
    • Old Bazzar
    • Macedonia Square
    • Millennium Cross
    • Stone Bridge
    • St. Sophia
  • Stobi ruins

 Flag_of_MacedoniaRegions of Macedonia…

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Vardar

 Country Information...
 
Capital Skopje
Largest City Skopje
Government Parliamentary republic
Currency Macedonian denar (MKD)
Area total:25,713 km ranked (148th)
Population 2,100,025 (July 2016 est.)  ranked 146th
Language Macedonian (official) 66.5%, Albanian (official) 25.1%, Turkish 3.5%, Roma 1.9%, Serbian 1.2%, other 1.8% (2002 est.)
Ethnic Groups Macedonian 64.2%, Albanian 25.2%, Turkish 3.9%, Roma  2.7%, Serb 1.8%, other 2.2% (2002 est.)
Religion Macedonian Orthodox 64.8%, Muslim 33.3%, other Christian 0.4%, other and unspecified 1.5% (2002 est.)
Electricity 230V, 50Hz (European plug)
Country code +389
Internet TLD .mk
Time Zone CET (UTC+1) /Summer CEST (UTC+2)
Drives on the Right
Anthem Денес над Македонија    Denes nad Makedonija     Today over Macedonia
President Stevo Pandarovski
Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski
Holidays and Observances in North Macedonia in 2020
Date   Name Type
Jan 1 Wednesday New Year’s Day National holiday
Jan 6 Monday Orthodox Christmas Eve Optional Holiday
Jan 7 Tuesday Orthodox Christmas Day National holiday, Orthodox
Jan 19 Sunday Epiphany (Orthodox) Optional Holiday
Jan 27 Monday St Sava’s Day Optional Holiday
Feb 14 Friday Valentine’s Day Observance
Mar 8 Sunday Mothers’ Day/International Women’s Day Observance
Mar 20 Friday March Equinox Season
Mar 29 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
Apr 8 Wednesday International Romani Day (for Romani community) Optional Holiday
Apr 10 Friday Good Friday Observance
Apr 11 Saturday Easter Saturday Observance
Apr 12 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance
Apr 13 Monday Easter Monday Optional Holiday
Apr 17 Friday Good Friday (Orthodox) Optional Holiday
Apr 18 Saturday Easter Saturday (Orthodox) Observance, Orthodox
Apr 19 Sunday Easter Sunday (Orthodox) Observance, Orthodox
Apr 20 Monday Easter Monday (Orthodox) National holiday, Orthodox
May 1 Friday Labor Day National holiday
May 23 Saturday Vlach’s National Day (for Vlach community) Optional Holiday
May 24 Sunday Eid al-Fitr National holiday
May 24 Sunday Saints Cyril and Methodius’ Day National holiday
May 25 Monday Eid al-Fitr observed National holiday
May 25 Monday Saints Cyril and Methodius’ Day observed National holiday
May 29 Friday Friday before Pentecost Optional Holiday
Jun 20 Saturday June Solstice Season
Jul 31 Friday Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) Optional Holiday
Aug 2 Sunday Republic Day National holiday
Aug 3 Monday Republic Day observed National holiday
Aug 28 Friday Feast of the Assumption of Mary (Orthodox) Optional Holiday
Sep 8 Tuesday Independence Day National holiday
Sep 13 Sunday Fathers’ Day Observance
Sep 22 Tuesday September Equinox Season
Sep 28 Monday First day of Yom Kippur (Jewish community) Optional Holiday
Sep 28 Monday International Bosniaks’ Day (for Bosniak community) Optional Holiday
Oct 11 Sunday Day of People’s Uprising National holiday
Oct 12 Monday Day of People’s Uprising observed National holiday
Oct 23 Friday Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle National holiday
Oct 25 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
Oct 31 Saturday Halloween Observance
Nov 1 Sunday All Saints’ Day Optional Holiday
Nov 22 Sunday Albanian Alphabet Day (Albanian community) Optional Holiday
Dec 8 Tuesday Saint Kliment Ohridski’s Day National holiday
Dec 21 Monday December Solstice Season
Dec 21 Monday Turkish Language Day (Turkish community) Optional Holiday
Dec 24 Thursday Christmas Eve Observance
Dec 25 Friday Christmas Day Optional Holiday
Dec 31 Thursday New Year’s Eve Observance