Continent: Europe

Region: Southeast Europe

Area: 9,928 square miles (ranked 149th)

Capital: Skopje

Population: 2,063,893 as of 2011

Main Language: Macedonian, Albanian

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Fun Facts

  • Officially called the Republic of Macedonia, the country is landlocked surrounded by Kosovo to the northwest, Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, and Albania to the west.

  • The country was formerly a part of Yugoslavia and did not gain independence from the kingdom until 1991. The independence was recognized two years later in 1993.

  • The traditional food of Macedonia is called ajvar. It contains roasted red peppers and eggplant mashed together with garlic, oil, and salt.

  • Sidewalks are used for driving and parking, not for walking.

  • Denar is the currency of Macedonia. $1 equals approximately 44 Denar.

  • Macedonians do not use cents. Everything is rounded up to the nearest Denar.

  • Macedonia is rich in natural beauty. It has around 50 lakes and numerous mountains. At least 16 mountains in Macedonia have an altitude higher than 2000 meters.

  • Alexander the Great, a pivotal figure in ancient history, hails from the land of Macedonia.