Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Macedonia
  • Macedonia gained its independence peacefully from Yugoslavia in 1991
  • Macedonia became a member of the United Nations in 1993, but as a result of a dispute with Greece over its name, it was admitted under the provisional reference of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”
  • Macedonia has over 50 lakes and 16 mountains higher than 6,562 feet
  • Macedonia is a member of the Council of Europe
  • Macedonia is a candidate for joining the EU and NATO
  • Macedonia is divided into 84 administrative municipalities
  • Climate: warm, dry summers and autumns; relatively cold winters with heavy snow fall
  • Ethnic Groups: Macedonian 64.2%, Albanian 25.2%, Turkish 3.9%, Roma (Gypsy) 2.7%, Serb 1.8%
  • Languages: Macedonian (official) 66.5%, Albanian (official) 25.1%, Turkish 3.5%, other 4.9%
  • Religions: Macedonian Orthodox 64.7%, Muslim 33.3%
  • Population: 2.08 million
  • The capital of Macedonia is Skopje
  • Literacy rate: 96.1%
  • GPD per capita: $10,366
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Parliamentary Republic

  • President: Gjorge Ivanov
  • Prime Minister: Nikola Gruevski
  • Speaker of the Parliament: Trajko Veljanovski

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 75.36 years
  • Maternal mortality rate: 9 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Infant mortality rate: 8.32 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Physicians Density: 2.546/1,000 population
  • Over 18% of the rural population and 8% of the urban population have unimproved sanitation facility access
  • Population with HIV/AIDS: less than 0.1%
  • There is a high occurrence of Hepatitis A or immune globulin
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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