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Welcome To Macedonia
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180
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An Introduction to Macedonia

The first three words of the rather odd title of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are the result of a dispute with Greece, whose northern edge consists of a substantial province called Macedonia - the latter actually includes the capital cities of the'ancient Macedonian state and Empire, made famous by all-conquering Alexander the Great - see Wikipedia for Alexander and for the various Macedonias ancient and modern. See full country profile.

Latest Research News from Europe (Other)

Mar 15
Digital media measurement, data and analytics platform DoubleVerify (DV) has appointed long-time Ebiquity exec Laetitia Zinetti as Regional Vice President for Southern Europe (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece), leading the company's growth across the region. Mar 15 2023
Mar 9
Online panel provider Intra Research has expanded into eighteen new territories, bringing the total number of European countries it covers to 34. Mar 9 2023


10 current Other European jobs including:

EnTrust Programme Doctoral Researchers - Agri-Data Management, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Salary - EU Funded PhD Programme - (posted Mar 14 2023)
Technical Support Engineer, Sofia, Bulgaria (WFH possible), EUR competitive - (posted Feb 8 2023)
Custom Survey Programmer, Sofia, Bulgaria, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Remote), EUR competitive - (posted Feb 7 2023)
Product Designer, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, $ competitive - (posted Nov 21 2022)


Fast Facts
Map of Macedonia
CAPITAL: Skopje
GOVERNMENT: Parliamentary Republic
AREA: 25,713 sq km
POPULATION: 2,055,004 (June 2010 est.)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: Official Language: Macedonian
Museum overlooking Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
Museum overlooking Lake Ohrid, Macedonia


Eel Be Back Macedonia's Lake Ohrid, described by Wikipedia as a relict of an earlier era, contains fish and snails similar only to those found in Russia's ancient ecological oddity Lake Baikal. Ohrid is also home to the European eel, which arrives there all the way from the fantastically remote Sargasso Sea, and lurks in the depths for ten years, before returning to the Caribbean to spawn and die.

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Macedonia in Profile

The first three words of the rather odd title of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are the result of a dispute with Greece, whose northern edge consists of a substantial province called Macedonia - the latter actually includes the capital cities of the'ancient Macedonian state and Empire, made famous by all-conquering Alexander the Great - see Wikipedia for Alexander and for the various Macedonias ancient and modern.

The current state of Macedonia seceded peacefully from the fast-dismantling Yugoslavia in 1991. Like much of the Balkan region, the area was Roman, Byzantine and then Ottoman, taking it up to the end of the First World War. It then became part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and after WW II, one of the six republics of the socialist Yugoslav federation.A rugged and landlocked region, the Republic is home to bears and lynxes, but some of its most remarkable life is found in its three artificial lakes (see below). Economically, it has established an open economy with a flat tax system and steady growth - however high unemployment, corruption and difficult transport links are problems, and a high proportion of families struggle with poverty.

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $21.3 billion (2011 est.); $10,366 per capita

Religions Orthodox Christian 64.7%; Muslim 33%; other 2.3%

Currency: Macedonian denar; $US 1 = 49.6 MKD

Telephone Code: + 389

Research Industry

No association that we know of. Regional industry stats to appear here soon.

Overview of Trade and Industry

This was the poorest republic in the Yugoslav federation, and when it lost subsidies and protected markets in 1991 things looked bleak. Worker remittances and foreign aid have helped to light the gloom, and between 2002 and 2008 GDP grew on average 6% a year. Successful privatizations in 2000 and continuing reform with free trade and regional integration have helped, although a Greek embargo following the naming dispute has not.

The global crisis has had little impact because Macedonian's banks are tightly controlled: it maintains a low debt-to-GDP ratio and has seen a recent investment boom from countries including Germany, France and Austria.

Exports totalled $4.07 bn in 2011 and centre around food, beverages, tobacco, textiles, iron and steel - Serbia and Montenegro are the largest partners, taking 20.1%, with Germany (15.1%), Greece (12.3%) and Bulgaria (9.9%) also important. Imports totalled $6.39 bn the same year with Germany providing 13.2%, Greece 12.3%, Bulgaria 9.8% and Serbia and Montenegro 6.9%.

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