Birthplace of Mother Teresa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner whom the Roman Catholic church posthumously declared a saint for her charitable work, Skopje is the capital city for the Republic of Macedonia.
Macedonia is located on Southeast Europe’s Balkan peninsula. Albeit one of Europe’s poorest countries, Macedonia has made progress in developing an open market economy.
Case in point is Macedonia’s export sales which totaled US$4.8 billion in 2016. Highest-value Macedonian exports include chemicals, clothing, iron or steel and electrical equipment.
Capital Facts for Skopje, Macedonia: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Macedonia Square, Millennium Cross, Memorial House of Mother Teresa, Church of St. Panteleimon, Mustafa Pasha Mosque, St. Clement of Ohrid, Holy Savior Church, Memorial Plaque of Mother Teresa’s birth house and the Stone Bridge
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Skopje, Macedonia:
- Mother Teresa, religious leader (born Aug. 26, 1910)
- Katarina Ivanovska, model (born Aug. 18, 1988)
- Pero Antic, professional basketball player (born Jul. 29, 1982)
- Elena Risteska, pop singer (born Apr. 27, 1986)
- Mesut Kurtis, Islamic music singer (born Jul. 31, 1981)
- Jovan Jovanov (Jay Jay), singer-songwriter & producer (born May 27, 1981)
- Jana Nikolovska, Olympic Alpine skiier (born Sep. 12, 1979)
- Stefan Kozlov, professional tennis player (born Feb. 1, 1998)
- Dragan Lukovski, professional basketball player (born Mar. 21, 1975)
- Aleksandra Vojnevska, Olympic sprinter (born May 2, 1981)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Macedonia: Macedonian
Population: 515,000 (Skopje)
Density: 14,714 people per square mile (5,681 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,100,025 (Macedonia)
Density: 214 people per square mile (83 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$30.13 billion in 2016 (for Macedonia, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $14,500
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Skopje were unavailable.
Official currency used in Skopje: Macedonian dinar
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 15, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 15, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 1, 2017
Official Government Website, Official Portal of the City of Skopje. Accessed on January 15, 2017
The World Factbook, Europe: Macedonia, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 15, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 15, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Mother Teresa. Accessed on January 15, 2017
Wikipedia, Republic of Macedonia. Accessed on January 15, 2017
Wikipedia, Skopje. Accessed on January 15, 2017
Including municipal city limits plus nearby communities, Skopje’s built-up urban land area measures 35 square miles (91 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 515,000 people in 2015.
Macedonia’s national borders contain a total land area of 9,820 square miles (25,433 square kilometers). The country’s population count was 2.1 million at July 2016.
Population density is much higher within Macedonia’s capital city Skopje with an average 14,700 inhabitants per square mile (5,700 per square kilometer).
At the country level, density drops to an average 214 people per square mile (83 per square kilometer) for Macedonia overall.
Registered voters endorsed Macedonia’s independence from Yugoslavia on September 8, 1991. Macedonians celebrate each September 8 as a public holiday called National Day or alternatively Independence Day.