The capital city of the Republic of Macedonia, Skopje covers an area of 1.818 sq km and is the largest city in the country. With 506,926 inhabitants it's located at 42°0'N, 21°26'E on the upper course of the Vardar River on a major north-south Balkan route between Athens and Central Europe. One of the popular cities of Macedonia, it developed rapidly after the World War II, becoming a centre for the metal-processing, chemical, textile, timber, leather, and printing industries. Today Skopje is a political, academic, economic and cultural center of Macedonia.
With a population of 55,700 inhabitants Ohrid lies on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. The seat of the Ohrid municipality, it's the most picturesque place among other Macedonian cities with its striking houses and monuments. The origin of the name is said to be entirely Slavic which is derived from the expression 'na hrid' which means 'on a hill', as the town of Ohrid is built on a hill. Fishing, tourism and agriculture provide a livelihood for the population
Known as 'the city under Marko's Towers' because of its closeness to the towers of the legendary King Marko, it covers an area of 1.675 sq km in the northern part of the Pelagonia Plain. With 73,925 citizens Prilep is a center for superior tobacco and cigarettes, metal processing, textiles, electronics, timber, food, and Macedonian 'Bianco Sivec', i.e. pure white marble industries. One of the well-known cities of Macedonia it has been selected as a heroic town.
Situated in the extreme South, close to the border with Greece and with a population of close to 100,000 people Bitola is the second largest town in the country and is also centre of the Bitola municipality. One of the major Macedonian cities, it's an important administrative, industrial, cultural, commercial and educational centre. Surrounded by the Baba and Nidže mountains, it's an important junction connecting the south of the Adriatic Sea with the Aegean Sea and Central Europe. A sort after tourists destination it's also the center of numerous historical events which were milestones in the life and development of the peoples of this region.
The third largest city of Macedonia just after Skopje and Bitola it's 340 m. above the sea-level. One of Macedonia's major cities it's also the seat of the second largest municipality in the country, the Kumanovo municipality. Kumanovo is an important trading, economic and cultural center which includes a city council, mayor and other administrative bodies. The town's prosperity rests upon the tobacco, footwear, metal-processing and textile industries, as well as agriculture.
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