Essential Info for Macedonia
Population: About 2 million
Capital city: Skopje
Neighbouring countries: Macedonia is a landlocked country and is bordered by Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, Albania to the west and Kosovo to the northwest.
Geography: Macedonia is positioned on a plateau and is segmented by rolling hills and mountains. Though landlocked, the country has three large lakes and a number of rivers.
Political system: Parliamentary republic
Major religions: Orthodox Christianity and Islam
Main languages: Macedonian and Albanian
Money: The Macedonian Denar (MKD), which is not divided into smaller units. Expats should be able to easily open an account at a bank of their choice. ATMs are easy to find and access.
Tipping: Tipping is not expected but is appreciated.
Time: GMT+1 (GMT+2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
Electricity: 230 volts, 50 Hz. European-style plugs with two rounded pins are used.
Internet domain: .mk
International dialling code: +389
Emergency contact: 192 (police), 193 (fire department), 194 (ambulance)
Transport and driving: Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road. Roads are not always in good condition and drivers often ignore pedestrian crossings and red lights. Macedonia has a well-developed bus system, and taxis are also a popular and affordable mode of transport.