Macedonia is a landlocked Balkan nation of mountains, lakes and ancient towns with Ottoman and European architecture. The capital, Skopje, is known for its sprawling Old Bazaar quarter and historic buildings turned museums, including the National Gallery of Macedonia, housed in a 15th-century Turkish bath complex. The southern city Ohrid, on a lake of the same name, has a medieval townscape and hilltop castle.
Languages: Macedonian, Albanian
Ethnic Groups: Macedonian 64.2%, Albanian 25.2%, Turkish 3.9%, Roma (Gypsy) 2.7%, Serb 1.8%, other 2.2%
Belief Systems: Christianity, Islam
Population: 536427 people (World Rank: 173rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 537 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 64th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.27 %/yr (World Rank: 102nd) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 80.5 years (World Rank: 28th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 38.9 years (World Rank: 31st) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of Macedonia
Cartographic Division of the United Nations
Travel Info for Macedonia
in Washington D.C.
Macedonian Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger