Theme Week Macedonia – Kumanovo

25 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

City Square © MacedonianBoy/cc-by-sa-3.0

City Square © MacedonianBoy/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kumanovo is a city and the seat of Kumanovo Municipality which is the largest municipality in the country. Municipal institutions include a city council, mayor and other administrative bodies. Kumanovo is situated in the northeastern part of the Macedonia, near the capital city of Skopje and is surrounded by the Karadag part of Skopska Crna Gora mountain on its western side, Gradištanska mountain on its southern side, and Mangovica and German mountain on the Eastern side. Kumanovo has a temperate climate. Skopje “Alexander the Great” Airport also serves Kumanovo.   read more…

Theme Week Macedonia – Gostivar

24 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Center of Gostivar © Fazlijah/cc-by-sa-3.0

Center of Gostivar © Fazlijah/cc-by-sa-3.0

Gostivar is located in the upper Polog valley region. It is one of the largest municipalities in the country with a population of 81,000, and the town also covers 1.341 square kilometres (331 acres). Gostivar has good road and railway connections with the other cities in the region, such as Tetovo, Skopje, Kičevo, Ohrid, and Debar. A modern freeway was built in 1995, from Gostivar to Tetovo, 24 km (15 mi) long. Gostivar is the seat of Gostivar Municipality. Gostivar is a merchant city. From the second half of the 19th century, many merchants started moving in and opening stores. There is also a market day, Tuesday. Merchants from Kruševo, Kičevo, Tetovo and Veles were the founders of the Gostivar merchant centre at that time. But today they have become electricians, mechanics workers. Today Gostivar is a modern city. An important fact is that the 20,000 Expatriate citizens who are a key source of income in the municipality economy. It is calculated that each year between June and August, approximately 500,000 euros are brought into the city when they return.   read more…

Theme Week Macedonia – Strumica

23 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

World map fountain on Goce Delčev Square © Тиверополник/cc-by-sa-3.0

World map fountain on Goce Delčev Square © Тиверополник/cc-by-sa-3.0

Strumica is the largest city in eastern Macedonia, near the Novo Selo-Petrich border crossing with Bulgaria. About 100,000 people live in the region surrounding the city. It is named after the Strumica River which runs through it. The city of Strumica is the seat of Strumica Municipality. The town is first mentioned in the 2nd century BC with the Hellenic name Astraîon by Ptolemy and Pliny. It was later known as Tiveriopolis; it received its present name from the Slavic settlers of the Middle Ages. In modern Greek the town is known as Strómnitsa, and its name in Turkish is Ustrumca. Strumica is the main agricultural center in Macedonia. It has food industry, textile factories and a developed domestic and international trade network.   read more…

Theme Week Macedonia – Bitola

22 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Clock tower © Zdravevski/cc-by-sa-3.0

Clock tower © Zdravevski/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bitola is a city in the southwestern part of Macedonia. The city is an administrative, cultural, industrial, commercial, and educational centre. It is located in the southern part of the Pelagonia valley, surrounded by the Baba, Nidže and Kajmakčalan mountain ranges, 14 kilometres (9 miles) north of the Medžitlija-Níki border crossing with Greece. It is an important junction connecting the south of the Adriatic Sea with the Aegean Sea and Central Europe. It has been known since the Ottoman period as “the city of the consuls”, since many European countries have consulates in Bitola. According to the 2002 census, Bitola is the second largest city in the country. Bitola is also the seat of the Bitola Municipality. Bitola is one of the oldest cities on the territory of Macedonia. It was founded as Heraclea Lyncestis in the middle of the 4th century BC by Philip II of Macedon. During the Ottoman rule the city was the last capital of Ottoman Rumelia.   read more…

Theme Week Macedonia – Tetovo

21 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Radica Pavleska/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Radica Pavleska/cc-by-sa-3.0

Tetovo (Albanian: Tetova) is a city in the northwestern part of Macedonia, built on the foothills of Šar Mountain and divided by the Pena River. The municipality of Tetovo covers an area of 1,080 km2 (417 sq mi) at 468 meters (1,535 ft) above sea level, with a population of 53,000. The city of Tetovo is the seat of Tetovo Municipality. The home of multiple ethnic Albanian political parties and a population in which Albanians form a majority, Tetovo has become the unofficial capital and centre of a predominantly Albanian region which extends in an arc from Tetovo to Struga. The city also has a multi-ethnic background which consists of Albanian, Macedonian, and Turkish elements. Just outside of Tetovo is the South East European University, Macedonia’s third largest university after Skopje and Bitola. Tetovo is also home to the State University of Tetovo.   read more…

Theme Week Macedonia

20 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Ohrid and Lake Ohrid © flickr.com - Михал Орела/cc-by-2.0

Ohrid and Lake Ohrid © flickr.com – Михал Орела/cc-by-2.0

Macedonia is a country located in the central Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. It is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence in 1991. It became a member of the United Nations in 1993. Macedonia is a member of the Council of Europe. Since December 2005 it has also been a candidate for joining the European Union and has applied for NATO membership. The country has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants. It constitutes approximately the northwestern third of the larger geographical region of Macedonia, which also comprises the neighbouring parts of northern Greece and a smaller portion in southwestern Bulgaria.   read more…

Skopje, capital of Macedonia

17 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

National Artgallery of Republic of Macedonia © Svilen Enev/GFDL

National Artgallery of Republic of Macedonia © Svilen Enev/GFDL

Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia with about a third of the total population. It is the country’s political, cultural, economic, and academic centre. It was known in the Roman period under the name Scupi.   read more…

Ohrid in Macedonia

8 October 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region © PMK1

Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region © PMK1

Ohrid is a city in the south-western part of Macedonia and the seat of Ohrid Municipality. It is the largest city on Lake Ohrid and the eighth-largest city in the country with over 42,000 inhabitants. The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments, and tourism is predominant. It is located southwest of Skopje, west of Resen and Bitola, close to the border with Albania. There is a nearby airport, Ohrid Airport (now known as Apostle Paul Airport) that is open all year round. In 1979 and in 1980, Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were accepted as Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In fact, Ohrid is one of only 28 sites that are part of UNESCO’s World Heritage that are both Cultural and Natural sites.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Theme Weeks In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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