Difference between revisions of "Republic of Macedonia"

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{{infobox Country
The country is now called [North Macedonia]
|country = North Macedonia
|language = North Macedonian, Albanian
|capital = [[Skopje]]
|map = <map lat='41.5' lng='22' zoom='7' view='0' country='North Macedonia'/>
|pop = 2,038,514
|currency = North Macedonian denar (MKD)
|hitch = <rating country='mk' />
'''North Macedonia''' is a landlocked country in [[Eastern Europe]], surrounded, clock-wise from the north, by [[Kosovo]], [[Serbia]], [[Bulgaria]], [[Greece]] and [[Albania]]. People are extremely friendly here and particularly fascinated by travelers due to the difficulty in obtaining visas into the EU.
== Hitching ==
Just thumbing a direction will produce quick results with people eager to help. There are many truck drivers headed to the border of [[Greece]] but may be reluctant to take you through. This appears to be the same for most borders within the Balkan area. Most of the time they will drive with you to the border, ask you to get out and walk through the border and enter the truck again once both of you are through.
People are usually friendly and ready to help, although most car drivers will not understand the concept of hitch-hiking and private taxi is a major form of public transport due to high level of unemployment. Therefore, make sure before you board a vehicle that the driver is not an informal taxi. Also make sure to keep an eye on the road you are going, if the driver makes a sudden turn around, changes his natural path or takes another direction, it is likely that he is either a taxi driver or that he thinks he is doing good by bringing you to the local bus station. You therefore will have to say, if necessary again and again, that you do 'autostop' all the way.
* ''According to [[User:Rozwal|Rozwal]]'s experience (November-December 2011) after hitchhiking in North Macedonia in all directions, the above problems seemed redundant. He has never come across any hidden taxi nor have had any issues with people not understanding the concept of hitch-hiking. No-one asked for money too. In general, North Macedonia was hitch-friendly and the use of signs with number plates' symbols of cities worked just fine (instead of writing Skopje you can write SK, Prilep: PP, Veles: VE, Bitola: BT, Ohrid: OH, etc.).''
* '' [[User:ChrisHitTheRoad|ChrisHitTheRoad]] had exactly the same experience in July 2014 as [[User:Rozwal|Rozwal]]. He has even been invited to stay for 3 nights with a family in [[Skopje]] and gave him a tour through the city.''
* '' For me North Macedonia is one of the best european countries for hitchiking. Usually I waited only short time, people were very nice and no one wanted to pay for a lift.'' (August 2016)
* '' November 2018 - [[User:Reroll Life|We]] hitchhiked about 260 km in one day from [[Orchid]] to [[Strumica]] by both, car and truck drivers. People where really nice. They invited us for food & drinks and also no one asked us for money''
== Cities ==
* [[Bitola]]
* [[Ohrid]]
* [[Skopje]]
== Border crossing ==
=== Bulgaria ===
* [[Kriva Palanka-Kyustendil border crossing]]
* [[Delchevo-Blagoevgrad border crossing]]
=== Albania ===
* [[Qafë-Thanës-Struga border crossing]]
=== Greece ===
* [[Medžitlija-Níki border crossing|Bitola-Niki border crossing]]
=== Kosovo ===
* [[Hani i Elezit border crossing]]
[[File:100_1400.JPG|200px|thumb|right|Crossing from Albania at Ohrid Lake]]
[[Category:North Macedonia| ]]
[[es:Macedonia del Norte]]
[[fr:Macédoine du Nord]]
[[tr:Kuzey Makedonya]]

Revision as of 15:42, 10 July 2019

The country is now called [North Macedonia]