North Macedonia passport ranking
The Macedonian passport currently ranks on the 44th place according to the Guide visa index. It provides visa-free access to 124 countries. This gives it an overall medium mobility score. Macedonian passport holders have visa-free and visas on arrival access to countries such as Brazil, Israel, Turkey and the entire European Union. This allows almost instant travel worldwide. Macedonian passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 102 destinations in the world. Some of the countries where visa is required are China, Japan and the United Kingdom.
The Republic of North Macedonia is a Balkan country consisting of 8 regions. It is located in South Eastern Europe with neighboring countries Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Kosovo. The most important regions are Skopje, Polog and Pelagonia. The nation has a surface area of 25,713 square kilometers and is therefore one of the smaller countries in the continent. The climate is mainly Mediterranean with cold winters and hot, dry summers. Its terrain is characterized with mountains and deep valleys.
The overall population is over 2 million people. The capital of the country is Skopje, which is also the most populous city, followed by Bitola, Kumanovo and Prilep. The largest airport is Skopje International Airport (SKP) with 2.3 million yearly passengers. This makes it the 16th busiest airport in the Balkans. Skopje airport has excellent flight connections to the entire European Union and beyond.
Macedonian culture is dominated by a mix of languages and historic cultural influences. The main belief is the Macedonian Orthodox Religion. The official language is Macedonian. The legal system is the civil law with judicial review of legislative acts. The government type is a parliamentary republic. The head of government is the elected President Stevo Pendarovski and the Prime Minister is Zoran Zaev. The elections take place every 5 years and the president is elected directly by popular vote.
The official currency of the country is the Macedonian Denar (MKD) with the current exchange rate being MKD 51 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $33 billion. Its citizens have a per capita income of $16,253. Macedonia was able to attract an influx of foreign investment and achieve constant GDP growth. The GDP is mostly made up of 2 key sectors, which are services and industry. Its main goods of export are beverages, textiles, chemicals, grapes, tobacco and vegetables.
Macedonia is filled with a variety of urban and natural tourism destinations and attractions. It is known for its picturesque historic sites and different cultural facets. The country has one UNESCO world heritage site. Some of the major destinations include Mavrovo National Park, Ohrid, Bitola, the capital Skopje, Kratovo, Pelister National Park and Struga. The nation has a total of approximately 1.1 million tourists visiting every year. Most tourists originate from Europe and its surrounding countries making it a very popular destination especially for regional visitors.