North Macedonia Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting

Updated: 2019-06-22.

Republic of North Macedonia | Република Северна Македонија

As of February of 2019, Macedonia is now officially known as North Macedonia, due to an ongoing dispute with Greece.

Where is Macedonia? North Macedonia is located in southeastern Europe in the middle of the Balkan Peninsula. It is completely landlocked, with Bulgaria to its east, Greece to its south, Albania to the west, and Kosovo and Serbia to the north.

North Macedonia had an internationally-recognized name of the “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,” or FYROM (sometimes spelled “FYR Macedonia“). This was also due to the aforementioned ongoing dispute with neighboring Greece over the use of the term Macedonia, as the Greek also have a region called such, as well as an ancient Greek kingdom existing called Macedon.

Skopje is the capital and largest city in North Macedonia, located in the north; about a quarter of Macedonians live in Skopje.

Macedonia is quickly becoming more and more popular as a tourism destination. Travelers coming to the country are currently about 1 million per year and growing, and that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Popular destinations other than the cities include Lake Ohrid and Mavrovo National Park.

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North Macedonia Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of North Macedonia – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Skopje (& largest city)

Population: 2.1 million (2019 estimate)

Language(s): Macedonian & Albanian

President: Stevo Pendarovski

Prime Minister: Zoran Zaev

Currency: Macedonian denar (MKD)

Area: 25,713 km2 (9,928 mi2)

Dialing Code: +389

Time Zone: Central European Time “CET” (UTC+1), DST/Summer Time: Central European Summer Time “CEST” (UTC+2)

Demonym: Macedonian, North Macedonian (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Makedonija (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 112

Drinking Age: 18

Smoking Age: None, 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 16/18

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 230V, 50Hz, Plug Types C / F (define)

ISO Country Code: MK