The capital on the Vardar River

Skopje Statistical Region consists of the City of Skopje, Aračinovo, Čučer-Sandevo, Ilinden, Petrovec, Sopište, Studeničani, and Zelenikovo.


The City of Skopje is the largest urban center and the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. The city territory was inhabited for at least 6,000 years. Through history, Skopje was a part of the Roman Empire; Byzantine Empire; Serbian Empire; Ottoman Empire; Kingdom of Serbia; Bulgaria; Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes; and Yugoslavia.


Between WWII and 1963, the city experienced a major development and economic boom. On July 26, 1963 an earthquake with a 6.1 magnitude killed over 1,070 people and destroyed nearly 80%  of the city. Over 200,000 people were left homeless.


With its metal-processing, chemicals and textile industries, Skopje is the economic center of the country. Some of the major companies based in this region are Alkaloid, Skovin Winery, ArcelorMittal and Titan cement plant. 


Regional stories

Is Balkan Becoming A Europe's Top Outsourcing Destination?
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

The struggling economy of the Balkans is looking up, but far from the EU's standard. Salaries in some of the regions of the Balkans are more than 10 times lower than salaries in some of the EU countries. According to the national statistical offices of Serbia, Bulgaria and Macedonia, in 2013 the region of the capital of Bulgaria - Sofia had the highest average salaries in the region - nearly 750 $US. Average monthly salaries are highest in the regions of the capitals as well - Belgrade (635 $US) and Skopje (554 $US).  ...

Macedonian Migrant Crisis in Numbers
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 rarely choose to stay there because of the ongoing economic crisis. Most of the refugees are hoping for a final stop in Germany, Nederland or Sweden.  

The massive influx of refugees fleeing from...

A Brief Guide to Macedonian Wine
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 produced in 2014 across the country, of which around 80% red wine.

Some of the red varieties are...

Key Migration Trends in Macedonia
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 country illegally.

        Macedonian emigration can be roughly classified into two groups: permanent family emigration, followed by ”brain-drain" and temporary economic emigration. In addition to...