Located in a corner of Southeast Europe, North Macedonia is a country with an idyllic nature, hills, lakes, mountains and a rich history. Alexander the Great, the Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and Communists were all here and shaped this country and its people and left behind rich historical sights. Another characteristic of Macedonia is its people. Openness, friendliness and calmness are the three main characteristics of the Macedonians. Thanks to these qualities time here flows slower. That is why this country is perfect for a pleasant vacation with evening wine tastings and enjoying the beauty of Balkans.
Citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany and other citizens of the EU countries are allowed to stay in Northen Macedonia up to 90 days without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least 6 months.
The national currency is the Macedonian Denar (MZD). One euro is 61,60 lari (Juny, 2020). The money can be exchanged at banks or at exchange offices. Payment by credit or debit card is possible in hotels and restaurants in Skopje, Ohrid and other big cities.
The national cuisine of Northen Macedonia has been formed for many centuries. The Turkish, Bulgarian, Greek, Serbian and other cuisines of the neighboring countries had a great influence. Vegetables, fruits and cheese are widely used in Macedonian cuisine. The most well-known Macedonian specialties are vegetable caviar "Ajvar", salad with vegetables and cheese "Shopska", the soup "Ciorbă", the cake with cheese or meat "Börek" and the meat dish "Kebab".
The official language is Macedonian, which has two writing systems - one based on the Latin alphabet and the other based on the Cyrillic. The Cyrillic alphabet is more common in everyday life. Many residents understand also Turkish and Serbian. In big cities locals speak English (mostly young people).
Most residents of Northen Macedonia (approx. 67%) are committed to Orthodox Christianity. The Macedonian Orthodox Church declared the Archdiocese of Ohrid in 1958 and its independence from the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1967. Islam is the second widespread religion in North Macedonia. It confesses approximately 33% of the population (mainly Albanians).
In cafes and restaurants, if the service charge is not included in the bill, it is recommended to give tips 5-10% of the bill .