Skopje, North Macedonia.  Editorial credit: boris zhrchvich /

North Macedonia

North Macedonia is a parliamentary republic. A left-leaning government has calmed tensions in the wake of a 2017 parliamentary crisis that paralyzed normal political activity. North Macedonia continues to struggle with corruption, and while the media and civil society participate in vigorous public discourse, journalists and activists face pressure and intimidation.

Volunteers clean up the rubbles from a destroyed residential building in Borodyanka. Following the recapture of Borodyanka by the Ukrainian forces, the city was heavily devastated and turned into ruins under intense fighting and shelling.

Nations in Transit — North Macedonia Country Report

North Macedonia is categorized as a Transitional or Hybrid regime in the Nations in Transit 2023, Freedom House's annual study on the state of democracy in the region stretching from Central Europe to Central Asia.

Iranian people in Izmir protest the death of Mahsa Amini by the morality police in Iran.

Freedom in the World — North Macedonia Country Report

North Macedonia is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.