North Macedonia (FYR Macedonia): Doing business & staying in touch

Doing business in North Macedonia (FYR Macedonia)

Suits and ties are correct attire for men, with skirt, blouse and tights the accepted attire for women. English, French and German are spoken in most business circles.

Office hours

Mon-Fri 0730-1530.


The North Macedonia’s (FYR Macedonia’s) economy has improved over the years. Its low tax rates and free economic zones also help to attract foreign investment.


US$5.6 billion (2006).

Main exports

Steel, iron, textile products, tobacco, food and beverages.

Main imports

Machinery and equipment, automobiles, chemicals, fuels and food products.

Main trading partners

Serbia and Montenegro, Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Italy and Russia.

Keeping in Touch in North Macedonia (FYR Macedonia)


All telecommunications services are generally working normally.

Mobile phone

Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is mostly good.


There are a few Internet cafes in the main towns.


Services work normally.


The constitution guarantees freedom of speech and access to information.


• The main daily newspapers are Dnevnik, Utrinski Vesnik, Nova Makedonija and Vecer (an evening paper).
• Weekly papers include Focus and Aktuel.
• The Macedonian Times comes out monthly in English and Macedonian.


State-owned MTV operates three national networks and a satellite network.
• Private channels include A1 and Kanal 5.


• Macedonia Radio is state owned.
• Kanal 77 and Antenna 5 are private national stations.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.