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North Macedonia: Landlocked republic in the Balkans
North Macedonia, officially the Republic of North Macedonia, is a country in the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. It gained its independence in 1991 as one of the successor states of Yugoslavia. A landlocked country, North Macedonia has borders with Kosovo to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, and Albania to the west. It constitutes approximately the northern third of the larger geographical region of Macedonia. The capital and largest city, Skopje, is home to roughly a quarter of the country's 2.06 million inhabitants. The majority of the residents are ethnic Macedonians, a South Slavic people. Albanians form a significant minority at around 25%, followed by Turks, Romani, Serbs, Bosniaks, and Aromanians.

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Croatia orders quarantine of arrivals from four Balkan states after COVID-19 outbreak [Video]

Croatia orders quarantine of arrivals from four Balkan states after COVID-19 outbreak

Travellers from Serbia, Bosnia, North Macedonia and Kosovo will have to self-isolate upon arrival in the country.View on euronews

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