Have you recently moved to this mountainous country and now you’re looking to impress the locals with your Macedonian knowledge? If the answer is yes (or you’d just like to swot up on worldly facts), take a look at these 22 facts about Macedonia!
- Macedonia is a landlocked country in the Balkans.
- Once a part of the former Yugoslavia, Macedonia became independent in 1991.
- It is bordered by Kosovo to the northwest, Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south and Albania to the west.
- Would you like to show off Macedonia’s beautiful landscape and stunning mountains to your friends and family? Tell them to meet you by heading for the coordinates of 41.6000° N, 21.7000° E!
- The terrain here is predominantly mountainous with deep basins and valleys.
- The total land area of Macedonia is 9,928 square miles (25,713 square kilometres)…
- …that’s slightly larger than Wales.
- Macedonia’s population was 2.1 million in 2015…
- …which is around 2/3 of the population of Wales.
- Residents here are known as Macedonians.
- Lake Ohrid is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the oldest and deepest lakes in Europe! It is believed to be 4 million years old, 940ft deep and contain around 200 endemic species!
- The capital city is Skopje; it covers an area of 220 square miles (571 square kilometres) and had a population of 503,000 in 2015.
- Macedonians enjoy warm and dry summers, whilst their winters are relatively cold with heavy snowfall.
- Looking to speak the local lingo? Macedonian is the official language of Macedonia, although Albanian and Turkish are also spoken here.
- Mother Teresa was born in Macedonia!
- Macedonian Denar the official currency here.
- Since becoming independent in 1991, Macedonia has actually had two flags! The flag created after independence featured a symbol found on ancient tombstones that were discovered in ‘Greek Macedonia’ and thus Greece claimed they owned the copyright to the use of the symbol. In order to restart trade with Greece, Macedonia removed the symbol from their flag.
- The average life span here is 73 years.
- Macedonia grows rice, wheat, tobacco and corn and they also rear cattle.
- Its industry consists of coal, lead, zinc, metallic chromium, ferronickel and textiles.
- Macedonia also exports food, beverages, tobacco, iron and steel.
- Your friends and family can call you cheaply at any time of day or night, 365 days a year through Cherry Call – click here to find out how to make cheap calls to Macedonia. Don’t forget to use the international dialling code of 00389.
To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Macedonia, head over to the Kurir News Agency website (http://kurir.mk/en/).