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.

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