Name Issue

Update: in February 2019, constitutional amendments were made that, amongst other matters, agreed on a change of name to North Macedonia. That being said, visitors to the region may still benefit from reading the summary below as the agreement is strongly disliked by people on both sides of the border and, as one would expect, people are bound to continue to use old names.

 

We also need to work through the website and change the name, so you may see fYR of Macedonia and MK in these pages.

 

 

After the fall of Yugoslavia, the federal Yugoslav state of Macedonia became an independent country and chose the 'Republic of Macedonia' as its official name. This choice of name is strongly contested by many in Greece. The UN was long involved in the resolution of this dispute and until a solution was agreed upon in summer 2018, the country was recognised by the UN as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. People visiting Greece may hear or see this abbreviated to FYROM.

 

Users of this website can use Wikipedia and other sources to find out more information, but keep in mind that whatever you read may be contested by people from the region. The internet is often full of opinions, as well as historical studies. And even professional historians can have bias.

 

As a British company that has friends in both countries, we are caught in the middle. 

 

We now use North Macedonia in our written materials. Our website also uses text boxes, which can be very small. In such boxes, we use AL, GR and NM to denote the countries. 

 

By using North Macedonia and NM we are not expressing our opinion on what the country is or should be called. As we write this in Spring 2019, we recognise that this usage could annoy people, but we would ask that readers understand that we are using the country's official name.  

 

Finally, foreign visitors sometimes arrive in the region and imagine that the name issue is not a serious matter.

 

It is.

 

People on both sides of the border feel very strongly about it.  We ask visitors to keep this in mind when talking to people in either country.

 

 

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