Interesting facts about Northern Macedonia

Posted on May 13, 2022      174

The small Balkan state of Northern Macedonia is a land with an ancient history. Everyone knows Alexander the Great, right? Healthy people, brave warriors, and skilled city builders lived here. In today’s world, this country does not play a significant role in the international arena, which does not make it any less interesting. Amazing landscapes, colorful cities, ancient fortresses - everything is in abundance here.

Facts about Northern Macedonia

  • This entire country has about 6 times less population than New York.
  • Greece used to call Macedonia “Republic of Skopje” after the name of the Macedonian capital, demanding that the country change its name because Macedonia is called one part of Greece. In 2019, the name of the state was officially changed to North Macedonia.
  • Macedonian refers to the Slavic language, with it being the youngest of them all.
  • The country’s capital, Skopje, was once the capital of Bulgaria.
  • The local currency is called “dear”. No, not “dinar,” but exactly so, with an “e”.
  • Until 1991, the Macedonian territory was part of Yugoslavia.

  • The creators of the Cyrillic alphabet, Cyril and Methodius, were born here.
  • The two-gun “two-handed” shooting was invented by the Macedonian secret service, hence it is called “Macedonian shooting".
  • The insanely beautiful Lake Ohrid, located here, is over 5 million years old.
  • Of all the former Yugoslav republics, only North Macedonia gained independence peacefully, without military action.
  • The Millennium Cross in the local capital is the tallest in the world.
  • For almost five hundred years, Northern Macedonia was part of the Ottoman Empire. The Turkish influence in the local cuisine can still be felt today.
  • Northern Macedonia is the most mountainous country in the world. There are 34 mountains, and they are all higher than two kilometers.
  • Christians make up about 2/3 of all Macedonians. Another 1/3 are Muslims.
  • The local strong drink, rakija, comes in strength from 40 to 60 degrees.
  • There are many more men than women in Northern Macedonia.
  • Here is the oldest observatory in the world, which is about 4 thousand years old. Or rather, what is left of it?
  • A quarter of the entire population of Northern Macedonia lives in Skopje, the capital of the country.

  • The Macedonian language is very similar to Serbo-Croatian. Macedonians can communicate with residents of neighboring states with little trouble. Despite the modest size of the country, the language is divided into many dialects.
  • Many poets from different countries come to Struga, a Macedonian city, every year for the poetry evenings held here.
  • Northern Macedonia is a very sunny country. The sky here is cloudless for about 300 days a year.
  • It is not customary to treat guests here for lunch.
  • The most popular sport is soccer.
  • There is no central heating in local houses, so in winter it can freeze - the temperature can drop below zero. In the street, of course, not in the house.
  • Foreign films in Macedonian cinemas are subtitled, but without translation.
  • Popular in Russia salad “Olivier” in Northern Macedonia is called “Russian salad”.
  • Nodding the head here means “no,” and shaking it from side-to-side means “yes”. This often misleads tourists.
  • More Macedonians live outside of northern Macedonia than in the country itself. Most emigrants and their descendants live in the United States and Western European countries.
  • For some reason, the locals call juice a sweet soda.
  • Dancing on the table during the holidays in Northern Macedonia is no surprise to anyone. And it is not drunk people who dance. You won’t find an alcoholic here in broad daylight.
  • Mother Teresa, famous for her charitable work, is a native of Macedonia.