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Capitol: Skopje 

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General Information*

: "International recognition of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (F.Y.R.O.M.) independence from Yugoslavia in 1991 was delayed by Greece's objection to the new state's use of what it considered a Hellenic name and symbols. Greece finally lifted its trade blockade in 1995, and the two countries agreed to normalize relations, despite continued disagreement over F.Y.R.O.M.'s use of "Macedonia." F.Y.R.O.M.'s large Albanian minority, an ethnic Albanian armed insurgency in F.Y.R.O.M. in 2001, and the status of neighboring Kosovo continue to be sources of ethnic tension. "

-- CIA World Factbook

Location: Southeastern Europe, north of Greece

Map references: Europe

Area: total: 25,333 sq. km
land: 24,856 sq km
water: 477 sq km

Capitol: Skopje

Area - comparative: slightly larger than Vermont

Land boundaries: total: 766 km
border countries: Albania 151 km, Bulgaria 148 km, Greece 246 km, Yugoslavia 221 km

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Climate: warm dry summers and mild wet winters. The springs are rather short and cool, the autumns longer and quite warm.

Terrain:  Macedonia is a mountainous country. About 80% of its territory is mountainous and 20% is lowland.

Natural resources: chromium, lead, zinc, manganese, tungsten, nickel, low-grade iron ore, asbestos, sulfur, timber

Waters: The rivers and lakes are rich in wild life. The rivers abound in fish such as trout, perch, bream and barbel.

Geography—note: landlocked; major transportation corridor from Western and Central Europe to Aegean Sea and Southern Europe to Western Europe

Government type: emerging democracy

Population: 2,041,467 (July 2000 est.)

Nationality: noun: Macedonian(s)
adjective: Macedonian

Ethnic groups: Macedonian 66.6%, Albanian 22.7%, Turkish 4%, Roma 2.2%, Serb 2.1%, other 2.4% (1994)

Religions: Macedonian Orthodox 67%, Muslim 30%, other 3%

Languages: Macedonian 70%, Albanian 21%, Turkish 3%, Serbo-Croatian 3%, other 3%

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A Little of Slavic History

Slav Origin
"Little is known of  the origins of  Slavs. Philologists and archaeologists theorize that the Slavs settled very early in the Carpathian Mountains or in the area of present-day Belarus. By A.D. 600, they had split linguistically into southern, western, and eastern branches. The East Slavs settled along the Dnepr River in what is now Ukraine; then they spread northward to the northern Volga River valley, east of modern-day Moscow, and westward to the basins of the northern Dnestr and the western Bug rivers, in present-day Moldova and southern Ukraine. "

-- The Library of Congress  Country Studies

Early Macedonian History
"In its earliest history, Macedonia was ruled by the Bulgars and the Byzantines, who began a long tradition of rivalry over that territory. Slavs invaded and settled Byzantine Macedonia late in the sixth century, and in A.D. 679 the Bulgars, a Turkic steppe people, crossed into the Balkans and directly encountered the Byzantine Empire. The Bulgars commingled with the more numerous Slavs and eventually abandoned their Turkic mother tongue in favor of the Slavic language. The Byzantines and Bulgars ruled Macedonia alternately from the ninth to the fourteenth century, when Stefan Dusan of Serbia conquered it and made Skopje his capital. A local noble, Vukasin, called himself king of Macedonia after the death of Dusan, but the Turks annihilated Vukasin's forces in 1371 and assumed control of Macedonia. "

--The Library of Congress/Country Studies

Country Studies/Yugoslavia (former):  see:  Macedonia

Macedonia From the Settlement of the Slavs to the Ottoman Empire
[ Council for Research into South-Eastern Europe ]

Line Reference Sources:
The Library of Congress Country Studies
The CIA World Factbook 2002 and The Library of Congress


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