ABOUT MACEDONIA

Macedonia is unbelievably green; its people are hospitable and welcoming.

Much of Macedonia is a plateau between 600m and 900m (1970ft and 2950ft) high. The Vardar River cuts across the middle of the country, passing the capital, Skopje, on its way to the Aegean Sea near Thessaloniki, Greece. Lakes Ohrid and Prespa in the south-west drain into the Adriatic via Albania. These lakes are among the largest on the Balkan Peninsula, and Lake Ohrid is the deepest. In the north-west, the Sar Planina marks Macedonia's border with Kosovo; Titov vrh (2750m/9010ft) in this range is Macedonia's highest peak. The country's three national parks are Pelister (west of Bitola), Galicica (between Lakes Ohrid and Prespa) and Mavrovo (between Ohrid and Tetovo).

Skopje is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. As largest city in the country, it is a political, economic, and cultural center of Macedonia. It lies on the upper course of the Vardar River and is located on a major north-south Balkan route between Belgrade and Athens.

The first impression of a visitor to Skopje is invariably the same: it is a new and modern city. It is a trading center for the cotton, tobacco, grains, and livestock produced in the surrounding region. The city also has manufacturing facilities for iron and steel, electrical machinery, chemicals, textiles, carpets, and foods.

Here is the seat of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts , the Sts. Cyril and Methodius University , the Macedonian Parliament, the National and University Library , the Macedonian National Theater, the Archives of Macedonia, the Skopje Historical Archives, the University Hospitals and the Medical School, the Museum of Macedonia , the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National History Museum, the National Art Gallery, the Culture Gallery, the Natural Sciences Museum of Macedonia, the Macedonian Tourist Information Center, the Macedonian Orthodox Church , as well as many foreign embassies and representative offices .