Macedonia’ s official name is the Republic of Macedonia. It is located in Southern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula. It was once a part of Yugoslavia, but now it is an independent state. Macedonia borders Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Albania.
Macedonia is a landlocked country. The capital of the country is Skopje. The area of the country is around 25,000 km2, and a population of around 2 million people. There are around fifty lakes and also sixteen high mountain peaks in Macedonia.
Macedonian is the official and major language here. Other than that, people also speak Turkish, Romani, Albanian, and Serbian.
The official currency is Macedonian Denar. Euro is the easiest currency to exchange. There is a very limited acceptance of credit cards.
Taxis are a cheap and easy way to get around cities. However, if you want to hire a car, you can do it through numerous international and local companies. Cars drive on the right here, but road conditions are variable and driving standards are not always great.
In Macedonia, they use electric sockets of types C and F, as almost everywhere in Europe. The standard voltage is 230V.
Tourism is a large sector of Macedonia’s economy. The large abundance of natural and cultural attractions makes it a popular tourist destination. Approximately 800 thousand people visit the country every year. Also, the majority of visitors come from Turkey, Serbia, Greece and Netherlands.
There are three national parks in the country and 33 natural reserves, with abundant flora and fauna. For example, the largest and most popular are Mavrovo, Pelister, Galičica, Ezereni Bird Sanctuary, Tikveš Strict Natural Reserve, and Lokvi-Golemo Konjari Strict Natural Reserve.
Macedonia’s cultural heritage is rich in art, literature, music, and cinema. There are also various ancient religious sites here, as well as various Byzantine ancient paintings in the country.
The most popular destinations in Macedonia are Skopje, the capital, and also the largest city, Ohrid, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bitola, the second largest city in the southern part of the country, and Štip, the largest city of the Vardar River. Other cities and towns, such as Kratovo, Kruševo, Prilep, Strumica, and Struga, also attract many tourists.
The cuisines here have Greek and Turkish influences. There are wide varieties of dairy products, wines, beverages, and other such drinks. Also, mastika is the national drink of Macedonia.
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