Exploring the Culture of North Macedonia
North Macedonia is a country at the crossroads of cultural fusion – as one of the oldest inhabited regions of Europe, it boasts rich traditions and historical significance between ancient Mediterranean and Balkan civilizations. Combined with the ubiquitous presence of modernity, this country blends many influences both past and present into a fascinating multicultural experience. As one of the most mountainous countries in the world, North Macedonia contains sweeping landscapes and a diverse range of forest vegetation, supporting a variety of wildlife and insect species. Farming is a strong economic focus, and this history of a traditional agricultural lifestyle has molded the Macedonian people to possess many trade skills, as well adaptability and determination when it comes to problem-solving.
Macedonians are considered generous, kind, easy-going people and often spend a lot of time with their families. Unlike some cultures within the US, Macedonians do not value ‘personal space’ and are not afraid to show their emotions; they’ll outwardly display their affection to loved ones and speak their mind when they have an opinion. However, Macedonian youth are also taught the importance of respecting those around them. Due to their complicated history and relatively recent status as an independent nation, Macedonians take great pride in their national unity, as well as their regional identities. Known to be innovative and open-minded, many people in North Macedonia welcome new ideas and development, valuing both their country’s unique history and their commitment to a better future.