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Constitutional name: Republic of Macedonia
Location: South East Europe, central southern part of Balkan Peninsula
Neighboring countries: Serbia and Montenegro to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south and Albania to the west
Climate: Transitory, from temperate continental climate on the north to Mediterranean climate on the south
Area: 25.713 km2
Political system: Multi-party Parliamentary Democracy
Population: 2,1 million
Residents: Macedonians (64.18%), then Albanians (25.17%), Turks (3.85%), Roma (2.66%), Serbs (1.78%), Bosnians (0.84%), Vlachos (0.48), and others (1.04%)
Capital: Skopje (600,000 inhabitants)
Major cities: Kumanovo (104,300 inhabitants)
Bitola (87,600 inhabitants)
Prilep (74,000 inhabitants)
Tetovo (71,600 inhabitants)
Veles (57,800 inhabitants)
Ohrid (54,800 inhabitants)
Gostivar (49,600 inhabitants)
Stip (48,100 inhabitants)
Strumica (45,200 inhabitants)
Official Languages: Macedonian (also other language which is spoken by at least 20% of the citizens)
Alphabet: Cyrillic
National currency: Denar (1 MKD)
Exchange rates: 1 EUR = 61.17 MKD  (as of September 06, 2006)
1 US$ = 47.75 MKD  (as of September 06, 2006)
Local time: GMT + 1
Country Dialing Code: ++ 389 (Skopje city code 02)
Weights & linear measures: Metrical system
Electric power: 220V / 50 Hz
Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00 – 16:00
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00 – 20:00, Saturday 8:00 – 14:00
Credit cards: Eurocheques and major credit cards (VISA, Diners Club, MasterCard, American Express) are generally accepted
Holidays: 1st and 2nd January (New Year),
7th January (Orthodox Christmas),
Orthodox Easter (the date is changing every year),
1st and 2nd May (Labor day),
2nd August (uprising against Turkish rule and first Macedonian Republic),
8th September (Independence Day),
11th October (Antifascist uprising)

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