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Macedonia’s tourist potential

Macedonia Posted on Sun, November 15, 2015 19:52:06

Macedonia’s foreign
tourist arrivals rise 23% y/y in September

November 12, 2015, 4:28pm GMT

The number of foreign tourists visiting Macedonia
increased 22.9% y/y to 60,461 in September, accelerating from a 20.8% y/y
growth in August, data from the statistics office showed. Most tourists came
from Turkey (11,660), the Netherlands (6,096), Serbia (4,744), and Poland

The number of foreign tourist overnights grew 24.3%
y/y to 131,864 in September, and stays of domestic tourists increased 3.8% y/y
to 52,398. The total number of overnights thus rose 17.7% y/y to 184,262.

In January-September, the total number of tourists
climbed 11.2% y/y to 672,286, and their overnight stays went up 9.1% y/y to
2.08mn. The number of foreign tourists rose 15.4% y/y to 396,371, and their
overnights grew 13.4% y/y to 860,057.

Source: Bne

Agricultural investment in Macedonia available

Macedonia Posted on Sun, March 23, 2014 13:19:17

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Macedonia is looking for a foreign company who would be interested in construction of a modern plant nursery for the production of seedlings for agricultural plants. Those interested find more information from Invest in Macedonia here.

Sweden and Macedonia in the Lonely Planet top 10 list of countries to visit in 2014

Macedonia Posted on Tue, February 25, 2014 21:19:55

The Swedes are a travelling lot but most of us have our favorite destinations in Thailand, Spain and a few other countries. Our curiousity, however, is now taking us to new interesting places, one of them Macedonia in the Balkans, as we reported not long ago here. Now Macedonia has climbed the ladder of popularity amongst international travellers even further and joins Sweden and some other spectacular destinations in Lonely Planet´s top ten list of countries one should not miss to visit in 2014.
Furthermore Macedonia has also managed to get in to the top ten of the Rough Guide together with Bulgaria.
Picture from Lake Ohrid in Macedonia.

Are you a Swede interested in doing business with Southeast Europe? Or someone in that region having business relations with Sweden? Then you are very welcome to join our web forum here.

Meet reliable textile suppliers from Macedonia

Macedonia Posted on Thu, January 23, 2014 19:00:37

The international office
of INVEST MACEDONIA from Stockholm would like to invite on a B2B textile event
all Swedish textile companies that are interested to meet Macedonian suppliers.
event will take place in Copenhagen on 29th Jan, just one day before the start
of CIFF, Copenhagen International Fashion Fair 2014.

This is a unique
opportunity for the Swedish companies to meet 8 selected Macedonian garment
producers mostly focused on CM/CMT production for ladies’ and men’s wear. During the event, the Swedish
and Macedonian companies will establish important business relation via company
presentations and individual meetings. Click here for venue and programme details.

Svenssons nya turistmål?

Macedonia Posted on Wed, November 06, 2013 13:49:01

-Det är svårt att inte bli förälskad i det vänliga, lite rufsiga och mycket välsmakande Makedonien, till ytan strax mindre än Småland. Det känns som att alla man möter vill prata – många pratar engelska eller tyska – och vill veta vad man tycker om landet och om man har blivit vänligt bemött. Detta står att läsa i en reseskildring i Svenska Dagbladet nyligen.
Turismen växer förhållandevis snabbt. Ett populärt resmål är den lilla staden Ohrid i sydvästra Makedonien som är upptagen på Unescos världsarvslista, med vackra badstränder och dramatiska klippor vid Ohridsjön – en av Europas äldsta och djupaste sjöar, med Albanien som en avlägsen grön bergssilhuett i fonden. Staden klättrar på sluttningarna och i gränderna samsas butiker, verkstäder, restauranger, kaféer – och kyrkor. De sägs vara 365 stycken, en för varje dag. Staden är trivsamt lågsäsongssömnig, men på sommaren råder högt tryck.
Turismen har exploderat de senaste tio åren. Kanske ett nytt resmål för svenskar och andra nordbor sugna på omväxling från Kanarieöarna och Thailand. Speciellt som Wizair m fl börjat med lågprisflyg till Skopje.
Sannolikt bara en tidsfråga innan en resebyrå arrangerar charter till Makedonien. Vem blir den förste?
Läs mer vad SvD skriver här.

Highest economic freedom in Macedonia!

Macedonia Posted on Mon, April 29, 2013 12:06:20

tops the region in the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, annually compiled by The
Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation. Macedonia ranks in 43rd place out of 177 countries listed
in the index.
Even most countries in Southwestern europe are behind Macedonia. To mention a few, Spain is number 46, France 62, Italy 83 and Greece at 117th.
Sweden ranks as number 18th Before countries like Norway, Denmark but after Finland, USA and UK.
The index measures ten components of economic freedom, assigning a grade to
each using a scale from 0 to 100, where 100 represents the maximum freedom.
The components are: property rights, freedom from corruption, fiscal freedom,
government spending, and business, labour, monetary, trade, investment and
financial freedom.

Worldwide, Hong Kong tops the ranking for the 19th year, followed by Singapore,
Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland. (News from Balkan Insight)

You can read more about the Index here.

International leaders address Macedonian students in webinar

Macedonia Posted on Fri, April 19, 2013 14:54:07

On May 14, Macedonia 2025 will host the first Webinar, part of its educational programs. The main purpose of these webinars is to give Macedonian students the unique opportunity to listen to the success stories of renowned business leaders and internationally acknowledged educators.
The first speaker is Mr. Mike Zafirovski, Chairman of the Macedonia 2025 Board of Directors. Mr. Zafirovski is Executive Adviser to Blackstone and since 2004, he has served on the Board of directors of Boeing. Mr. Zafirovski has a long and stunning career and he will share his story in front of the young Macedonian professionals.
The registration will soon be opened here.

Stockholm Skopje without a stop

Macedonia Posted on Thu, March 07, 2013 11:05:53

Wizz Air’s will begin operate flights between Skopje and Stockholm from May 3rd. Twice a week, Mondays and Fridays.

Join our Chamber of Commerce at the Macedonia Investment Summit in Ohrid

Macedonia Posted on Fri, October 12, 2012 10:06:59

Macedonia has implemented a number of efforts to improve the business climate and stimulate foreign investments. As a result, a number of successful companies from the USA, Germany, UK, Russia, Turkey ond India have alreedy chosen Macedonia as their most preferred investment destination. Macedonia 2025 contributes to the efforts aimed at positioning Macedonia as an attractive destination for foreign investors, and promoting Macedonian industries in the markets. This year, for the first time the Macedonia Global Investment Summit will be organized, which strives to make a major step forward towards integrating the Diaspora in the Macedonian economy, by promoting trade, investments and economic growth.
The summit will consist of working panels ond networking opportunities to discuss and explore information which will stimulote joint cooperation among Macedonian and foreign companies in various sectors. The summit will be a great location, to explore new investment projects, meet Mocedonian export oriented businesses, promote business opportunities ond share experiences and knowledge.
Click on this link for more information and join our Chairman at this important event in Ohrid.

Macedonia beat China and India when Swedish company chose IT outsourcing partner

Macedonia Posted on Wed, August 15, 2012 14:22:25

iBuyWeSell, is the first company to
offer businesses and consumers a free service through which they can create,
publish, search and manage classified ads directly via mobile phone devices.
It´s free mobile app now reaches over 600,000 downloads – a success the
company´s founder and CEO Bob Ilievski
credits to his hardworking team of Macedonian contractors.

“It’s just
great”, Ilievski says in this exclusive interview. “The quality of work I’m
getting from my Macedonian team is just what our company needs to get things
running smoothly,” says Ilievski. iBuyWeSell, which had only recently
celebrated its 2nd anniversary, continues to grow and develop despite having
gone through some minor setbacks itself, particularly with previous efforts at
outsourcing to different contractors.

“At first
we worked with some private contractors from some other countries like India
and China, but we weren’t really that happy with the results,” said Ilievski.
“The problems with communication led to a weak relationship between us, which
in turn resulted in a rather poor quality of work,” he added.

iBuyWeSell benefits from having IT Specialist and Senior Project Manager Dragan
Velkov, as well as Innovation Expert and current eBusiness Manager Tanja
Velickovska – both from Macedonia – at the forefront of their operations.
“Working with Tanja and Dragan has been a smoother experience for the company,”
said Ilievski of his Macedonian team members, adding that “communication is
much more efficient, making project implementations much faster.”

Apart from
its diverse and professional team, iBuyWeSell owes its success largely due to
its main feature; mobile support through its free downloadable mobile app under
the same name. It´s giving sellers the assurance that posting on their website
will ensure them of more than half a million mobile users as potential buyers,
without even counting the massive ad exposure on their website which syncs ads to keep both mobile
and online users informed.

company’s relationship with its Macedonian contractors, as well as its other
employees, is definitely one of the foundations of our continued success,” says

In December
2010, the company was honoured with the ‘Simplest and Best Application’ Award
in the Samsung Global Developer Challenge.

(iBuyWeSell CEO Bob Ilievski pictured below)

Macedonian PM addressed large audience at Business Forum in Stockholm

Macedonia Posted on Fri, June 15, 2012 12:38:38

The economic team of the
Government of the Republic of Macedonia, headed by the Prime Minister Nikola
Gruevski last week attended a Business Forum in Stockholm at which the economic
and investment potentials of the Republic of Macedonia were presented before
representatives of around 60 Swedish companies.

The Business Forum was opened by the Minister of
Trade of Sweden, Ewa Bjorling, who highlighted that the continuous improvement
of the business climate in Macedonia had stimulated an enhancement of the
economic cooperation between the two countries and underscored the clear
Swedish support for the integration of the Republic of Macedonia into the
European Union.

PM Gruevski stressed that for
the achieved results, the Republic of Macedonia had been ranked among the top
three reformers, according to the World
Bank´s Doing Business Report for 2012, and that Macedonia had been at the 22nd
position and had had the highest ranking compared to any other transitional
economy in Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe.

He noted that the Macedonian economy, for several
years in continuity had been characterized by a pronounced macroeconomic
stability and average inflation rate of 2.5%, while regarding public finance, a policy of low budget
deficit and careful indebting had been pursued, thus the government debt had
been 26%, low and flat tax of 10% had been introduced, retained earnings had
been completely tax exempt and social contributions had been gradually reduced
by a third.

Click here for a comprehensive presentation of the
Busieness Climate and Investment Opportunities in Macedonia

Photo: Prime Minister Gruevski addresses the audience
at the Macedonian Business Forum in Stockholm.

The President of Macedonia will attend Business forum in Stockholm

Macedonia Posted on Mon, May 28, 2012 21:27:54

On June 4th a Business Forum is organized on the occasion of the visit to the Kingdom
of Sweden of H.E. Mr. Nikola Gruevski, President of the Government of the
Republic of Macedonia. Members of our Chamber of Commerce can download the invitation and programme here.

Register a company in 4 hours only – in Macedonia

Macedonia Posted on Sun, May 13, 2012 21:36:09

Macedonia’s central business register has taken the top spot in Europe for a second year in a row and is ranked sixth in the world according to the World Bank. Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, claimed the country has “managed to prove that a firm doesn’t have to be registered in 48 days, it can be registered in 4 hours… We’ve proved that Macedonia can be one of the best in the world according to the conditions for starting a business.” (bne May 2012)

Happy Birthday Macedonia…

Macedonia Posted on Thu, September 08, 2011 07:05:08

…on your 20th anniversary of the indepence.

Sweden phasing out support to Macedonia

Macedonia Posted on Tue, May 03, 2011 22:34:34

Sweden will phase out their support to Macedonia and end it by December 2012 according to a report published by the Swedish Government Office. The report covers the phase out strategy. More information and copies of the report can be obtained from the Foreign Ministry of Sweden.

Macedonia Invites Concessionaires for 44 Small Hydro Power Plants

Macedonia Posted on Thu, March 03, 2011 00:19:23

According to, Macedonia called an international tender to award a design-build-operate-transfer (DBOT) concession on 44 small hydropower plants, the Economy Ministry said.

The power plants, to be located on the rivers Vardar, Strumica and Crn Drim, will have an installed capacity of between 64 kilowatts (kW) and 3,200 kW each, the ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Friday.
Interested bidders can bid for more than one site. The deadline for submitting bids expires on May 30. The bids will be opened on following day.
The concessions will be awarded as part of the government’s plans to increase domestic hydropower generation. The government plans to build a total of 400 small hydropower plants, an investment worth an estimated 300 million euro ($413 million), the Economy Ministry said earlier.

East Capital of Sweden buys 9.25 % of Macedonia’s Komercijalna Banka

Macedonia Posted on Sun, February 27, 2011 12:28:15

East Capital Explorer Investments of Sweden has acquired a stake of 9.252% in FYRMacedonia’s Komercijalna Banka for 927.5 million denars ($20.5 million/15.1 million euro), thus increasing its holdings to 12.327%, the bank said on Thursday. (BNE 25 Feb)

The dispute goes on…

Macedonia Posted on Mon, April 19, 2010 14:02:46

Earlier this month western media quickly reported that the 19 year old name conflict between Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece could be solved shortly. This followed after Greece had accepted that the new name could be “Northern Macedonia”. However, not all media reported the full extent of the Greek statement. It added that the name ‘Northern Macedonia’ should be used in Skopje’s “relations with everyone,” thus rejecting the notion that the name ‘Republic of Macedonia’ for internal use could be kept.
Read more about this seemingly never ending story here.

Macedonia´s name dispute with Greece can be settled next year

Macedonia Posted on Tue, December 01, 2009 23:25:19

The dispute between Greece and Macedonia about the use of the word Macedonia in the country´s name has for the first time been lifted to the highest level, as the two prime ministers were meeting last Friday on the Greek side of the border.

Both PM:s came out smiling after the meeting and mr Papandreou told the press that “we wanted to give the negotiations a new dynamic”, according to Deutsche Welle. who also reported that Greece now can be prepared to accept the word Macedonia, if “North” is added to it.

Because of the dispute, Greece is blocking Macedonia´s accession to both NATO as well as EU. There are now hopes that the dispute could be resolved already next year..

Svenskt bistånd kan ruinera makedonska bönder enligt reportage i Sv. Radio

Macedonia Posted on Mon, October 26, 2009 22:34:44

Sveriges radio har i några granskande reportage anklagat svenska statens biståndsföretag Swedfund till att ha medverkat till att småbönder i Makedonien riskerar att förlora allt de äger. Bönderna levererade mjölk till det svenskkontrollerade mejeriet Swedmilk, men många fick aldrig betalt för mjölken. Makedonska myndigheter misstänker att brott kan ha begåtts i Swedmilk. Mejeriet, där svenska statens biståndsföretag Swedfund var näst största ägare, gick i konkurs i mars i år. En åklagare i Makedonien ska nu besluta om det blir åtal. Enligt uppgifter till Sveriges Radio rör misstankarna bland annat bedrägeri och förfalskningar av företagsdokument. Mejeriet Swedmilk i Makedonien byggdes delvis upp med svenska skattepengar. Statliga biståndsföretaget Swedfund var mejeriets näst största ägare. Lyssna på och läs mer i SR;s reportage här.

Macedonia and Kosovo settle long-running boarder dispute

Macedonia Posted on Fri, October 23, 2009 17:25:00

The EU’s Javier Solana has welcomed the decision by Macedonia and Kosovo to settled a long-running border dispute. It paves the way for the two Balkan countries to establish full diplomatic ties. Parliamentarians in Kosovo and Macedonia on Saturday ratified an agreement ending an eight-year dispute over a border region that was used by Albanian guerrillas during Macedonia’s rebel Albanian insurgency in 2001. The deal demarcating the 150-kilometer frontier comes after months of negotiations under the auspices of the European Union and the United States.
Details of the agreement were not immediately available, but Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said that it respected “the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and the peaceful settlement of disputes.”He also said the deal would make it easier for Kosovans who own land in Macedonian territory to cross the border.
Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said the agreement would bring greater stability to the region. “I’m deeply convinced that this is a great success for Macedonia, because we are closing the border issue that for years nobody could solve,” Gruevski said.
Javier Solana, the EU’s foreign policy representative, hailed the agreement as a “a welcome sign of maturity, responsibility and mutual respect.” Sweden, which currently holds the EU presidency, welcomed the news as “an encouraging sign of responsibility and maturity” in the relationship between the two governments.
Macedonia recognized Kosovo’s independence in 2008, but refused to establish diplomatic relations with the new state before a satsifactory agreement was reached to resolve the border dispute. (Deutsche Welle).