Macedonia ( Macedonian Македонија, Albanian Maqedonia, officially the Republic of Macedonia / Republika e Maqedonisë) is a landlocked country in southeastern Europe. Because of the name dispute with Greece is he as Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (English Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia shortly FYROM) refers. Macedonia was in 1946 when southern republic of socialist Yugoslavia, in 1991, somewhat later than the other Federation members Croatia and Slovenia, their independence proclaimed. Since December 2005, Macedonia has the status of a candidate to the EU.
Macedonia offers the right blend of Mediterranean and Continental climates. Weathers contrast due to the mountain barriers surrounding the place. The Mavrovo National park offers the best example of this. It is the largest national park in Macedonia covering 192000 acres. It is the home to the tallest peaks of Macedonia and thronged by tourists in winter for skiing. The best months to visit this park is from April to November. During summer the snow melts and the park is surrounded by lush greenery. Boating and swimming are popular sports during the summer. The monastery in this park contains the relics of St. John, the Baptist. The ancient wood carvings and stone architecture of this monastery reveal numerous biblical scenes. There are numerous other monasteries like St. Naum in Macedonia. A small place called Ohrid is surrounded by many ancient monasteries. Skopje is the capital of Macedonia. Visiting Skopje can make us understand the transformation of Macedonia from ancient riches to a modern European way of life. Click over here to know full details. Macedonia has strong links with history. Visiting Bitola will make us realize it easily. The remains of ancient structures, amphitheaters, etc. in this place remind us about Phillip II who was the father of Alexander the Great. Macedonia has an interesting offering for nature lovers too. They can admire canyon Matka. Boats can be hired here to visit as many as 10 caves and numerous rock formations. The place is also popular for kayaking and houses nearly 70 species of butterfly. It is surrounded by numerous eateries offering local cuisine. The food of Macedonians is as rich as its language.
The mother tongue of the majority of the population is Macedonian, the language with the second largest number of native speakers of the Albanian. In addition, regionally is also Turkish, Serbian and Romani spoken. Many Roma have however adopted the language of the residential area.