Daily life

 

Culture

In most Macedonian cities there are various cultural events on offer as well as interesting cultural and historical monuments of our history and heritage. Please find more information on the following websites:

Religion

The freedom of religious confession is guaranteed. The right to express one’s faith freely and publicly, individually or with others, is guaranteed. Macedonia is a country with a diverse religious community. In Macedonia you can find the Macedonian Orthodox Church, the Islamic Religious Community, Catholic Church, the Evangelical Methodist Church, the Jewish community and other religious communiti es and smaller religious groups. The Consti tuti on of the Republic of Macedonia separates the religious communities in the country from the state, which is secular. This means that the state has no right to interfere in maters of the church, and vice versa.

The most common religion in the Republic of Macedonia is Eastern
Orthodoxy, practiced by most of the ethnic Macedonians. Christianity on the territory of Macedonia dates back to apostolic ti mes. In the V century, Christi an basilicas started to pop up on the the whole territory of Macedonia. In the first half of the X century, spiritual life was being organized by Saints Clement and Naum, the disciples of the holy brothers Cyril and Methodius. They built and organized the monastery and church centers in Ohrid, of which persist to this day St. Clement complex Plaosnik,and the monastery of St. Naum. In March 1945, a resoluti on was adopted to restore the Ohrid Archbishopric as the Macedonian Orthodox Church, which was officially recognized in 1959. Today, the Macedonian Orthodox Church has ten dioceses, seven in what is now the Republic of Macedonia and three in the Diaspora. Most Macedonians belong to the Orthodox faith. In 2001 the Church had about 1,350,000 adherents in Macedonia.

Muslims are the second largest religious group in Macedonia. Islam has had a significant influence in Macedonia since the Ottoman invasions in the 14th and 15th centuries. Almost one third of the population adheres to Islam, mainly from the country’s Albanian minority. The number of mosques in Macedonia reaches 600, the most famous are those from the XV and XVI centuries.

The Catholic Church in Macedonia has been present in this region from the beginning of Christianity in Macedonia. The Macedonian Catholic Church was established in 1918. In Macedonia there are now two churches (dioceses) as follows: for the Roman Catholic rite, Skopje bishops and Catholics of the Byzantine-Slavic rite, Apostolic Exarch, based in Strumica. According to statistics, 1% of the population in Macedonia are Catholic Christi ans, or around 11,266 members.

The Evangelical Methodist Church in Macedonia was established
in 1868. From 1860 to 1890, many evangelical communities were formed in citi es and villages throughout Macedonia. It counts for approximately 6,000 members in Macedonia.It is assumed that Jews set led in the territory of Macedonia in the second century AD. The Jewish community in Macedonia numbers roughly 250 members. In 2010 a new synagogue Beth Jacob – was built, which bears the name of the old synagogue in Skopje. The synagogue was built and arranged according to the customs and traditions of the Sephardic Jews and belongs to a group of Sephardic Orthodox synagogues.

National Holidays

Most major holidays in Macedonia are celebrated for different reasons, but most notably for religious and national significance. However, citizens of the Macedonia who are of different religious beliefs have the right not to work on their respective holidays. This includes Muslims on the days of Ramadan Bayram and Kurban Bayram, and Jews on the days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Catholics on their respective holidays, as well as Roma on theirs.

Date

English Name

1 January

New Year

6 January

Christmas Eve

7 January

Christmas Day

19 January

Baptism of Jesus

March/April

Good Friday

March/April

Easter Monday

1 May

Labor Day

24 May

Saints Cyril and Methodius Day

2 August

Day of the Republic

28 August

Assumption of Mary

8 September

Independence Day

11 October

Revolution Day

23 October

Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle

8 December

Saint Clement of Ohrid Day

Transport

Speed limits: In built-up areas 50 km/h (31 mph), outside built-up areas 90 km/h (55 mph), but 110 km/h (68 mph) on expressways and 130 km/h (80 mph) on motorways, unless otherwise indicated by road signs. If towing a trailer/caravan the speed limit is reduced to 90 km/h (55 mph). All motorists under 24 years of age must not exceed: 80 km/h (49 mph) on normal roads outside built-up areas, 100 km/h (62 mph) on expressways and 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways. Minimum speed on motorways: 60 km/h (37 mph). Further information about driving rules and requirements in FYRoMacedonia can be found here.

Roadside assistance: Automobile Association of Macedonia or shortly in Macedonian AMSM (АМСМ) (www.amsmspi.mk) For calls from Macedonia dial 196 (same is applicable for land lines and mobile) or dial +389 2 3181 196 for roadside assistance if you are outside of Macedonia.

Traffic accidents with a foreign registration vehicle involved: In cases of traffic accidents with a foreign registration vehicle involved, the police officer who investigated the accident scene will issue a vehicle damage certificate to the vehicle owner. This certificate is necessary when crossing the country border. The local police station is not responsible to issue the foreign national any official documents. Such documents will be communicated upon written request. The document which foreign nationals or insurers most frequently request is the Traffic Accident Investigation Record.

Driver’s License and Car Registration: Foreigners who have been granted a temporary stay or permanent residence in FYRoMacedonia, as well as employees of foreign commercial, traffic, cultural and other agencies, may drive a motor vehicle if they have a valid foreign driver’s license for a period of one year following the day of entry into FYRoMacedonia. Foreigners who have been granted temporary stay in FYRoMacedonia and in possession of a vehicle registered abroad (with valid registration documents and insurance), may use their car not longer than three months following the day of entry into FYRoMacedonia, after which period the vehicle should be re-registered in FYRoMacedonia. For more information please visit the website of the Ministry of Interior www.mvr.gov.mk.

Local transport Most cities and urban areas in Macedonia do not have a well-developed local public transport because of the relatively small size of each city. The city of Skopje as the capital and the biggest city in our country does have extensive and well developed public transportation. More information can be found on the following link: www.jsp.com.mk.

Taxis are really cheap in Macedonia. Therefore most people use taxi as a form of transportation, especially in smaller cities and in the city centre of Skopje. The starting cost of a taxi for the first two kilometres is less than 1 euro.

Pets

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When arriving to Macedonia (at any entry point) with your pets please have the following items ready:    

  • A 'Certificate of Origin' giving the health record of the animal

  • A 'Certificate of Health', issued not more than 15 days before the animal's entry into the country, stating that the animal is in good health and that it has been vaccinated against rabies
  • A mircochip in place

 

When arriving to Macedonia (at any entry point) with your best friend – your Dog – please have your dog

  • On a leash
  • Muzzled (have a mask on)
  • Vacination proof against  Distemper, hepatitis and Leptospirosis.

Note: If you are bringing with you a puppy (dog younger than 3 months), you need a passport and the puppy must’ve stayed in the birth place since their birth, without getting into contact with wild animals who are likely to have been exposed to infection or are accompanied by their mothers on whom are still dependent and have passed the test for determining the antibody titre. 

Cats must be vaccinated against Feline Enteritis, Feline Rhinotracheitis and Feline Calicivirus.