Stories

09/16/2015
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

According to the National Statistical Institute of Bulgaria 660 people were killed and 8639 injured in total of 7018 road accidents in 2014 on the Bulgarian roads. NSI is claiming that the number of people killed increased by 9,8% from 2013 to 2014. July and September were the deadliest months with 13% and 11,2% deaths of the year's total.

Most car accidents (1,299) happened in the capital city - Sofia. The second and third place on the list of regions with the most accidents are regions of the Bulgarian biggest...

09/01/2015
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

Rural medicine is an interdisciplinary field of health care in rural areas. It incorporates a number of fields such as sociology, midwifery, nursing and economics.

Health care and need of the rural population differs from urban in many ways. Rural residents are usually pooper than the urban, and more likely to live under the poverty level line. This directly affects their lifestyle. Also, rural population usually consists of fewer working-age population. The health care needs of the children and the elderly...

08/26/2015
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

When the European Migrant crisis arose in Spring 2015, only a few could have foreseen declaring a state of emergency in Macedonia, on 20th August. Macedonia closed its' 45 km long border to Greece, and left a thousands of refugees stranded on the no man's land. Police turned violent and used tear gas and stun grenades on migrants. Several people were injured.

Macedonia became a major stop on the so-called Black Route leading across the Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia to the European Union countries. Although Greece is a part of the EU, migrants...

08/18/2015
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

Macedonia has been producing wine since the early Roman times. Today, with it's a little over 2 million residents, Macedonia accounts for 3-4% of world's wine production. 

State Statistical Office of Macedonia published data according to which nearly 200 000 tonnes were produced in 2014. Around 86 million vines produced an average of 2 kg per vine. 48 000 agricultural holdings grow grapes on more than 22 000 hectares. It is estimated that nearly 19 millions liters of wine were...

08/11/2015
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

We live in the era of information. Internet has become a part of almost every aspect of modern human life. Internet Live Stats says 37.9% of the world population were using internet in 2013. Internet World Stats is claiming that 70,5% of Europeans were using the internet in 2014. 

According to the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute and State Statistical Office of Macedonia total of 36 regions of the Republic of Macedonia and...

07/30/2015
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

Although Yugoslavia (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) fell apart a couple of decades ago, many links still bind Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. Yugonostalgia is a well-known phenomenon in the Balkans, and refers to nostalgic feelings for the former union of the Balkan nations. The Economist even coined the term Yugosphere to describe the complicated cultural, economical & the linguistic similarity of the six Ex-Yugoslavian nations. 

After the Yugoslav wars and painful...

06/03/2015
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

The Balkan Peninsula is the European region known for its persistent negative population growth. Beside the largest number of deaths versus births, migration is one of the reasons for decreasing number of residents of the Balkans.

Some of the main demographic indicators related to population quantity are natural increase rate and population change. Natural increase rate is the difference between the number of births and deaths per 1,000 residents. Population change is the difference between the population number in two periods, divided by the earlier one. Population change is...

05/13/2015
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

Amongst the many regions of the Patchwork Balkan (NUTS3 regions of Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia) with numerous historical landmarks and major economic impact, Bulgarian seaside regions were the most visited regions by foreigners in 2013. 

Bulgarian coastline is 378 km long. Sandy beaches constitute 130 km of that number. The Balkan Mountains are dividing a coastline into a southern and northern part. The southern part is more popular due to its wide sandy beaches. Two out of four biggest cities in the country are located on the coastline - Burgas and Varna. Besides being tourist destinations, Burgas and Varna are also a major...

03/13/2015
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

 

The State Statistical Office of the Republic of Macedonia defines migration as one of the main trends affecting the natural growth of the country's population, because it significantly changes the demographics of age and sex. According to the European statistic agency (Eurostat), around 230,000 people left Macedonia to live abroad legally in the period between 1998 and 2011. In these 14 years, more than 10 percent of the country's population has been drained by emigration. The real number of emigrated citizens is probably much higher when counting Macedonians who fled the...

Employment growth in Serbia between 2011 and 2013
05/28/2014
By Marko Vladisavljevic, Jefferson Institute

Until changes in the labour code and social system occur, it seems that the simultaneous recovery of both total and informal employment in Serbia is ‘good news’ and not a reflection of a flight to last-resort employment. Under the current system that discourages employers from formal hiring and discourages employees from taking formal jobs, employment growth will necessarily include a rising share of those who are working informally.

Employment and informal employment rates in Serbia between 2008 and 20131 (%)

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