UK in North Macedonia

A blog about the work of the British Embassy in North Macedonia

30th September 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia

Rachel Galloway

Her Majesty's Ambassador to North Macedonia

A hidden gem in the Pelagonia region

Two years into my posting as British Ambassador to North Macedonia, September was my first month working for the recently merged Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the whole team coming back fully into the Embassy and adapting to the “new normal”. With my Embassy team, we have been working remotely and in groups from the […]

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7th July 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia

Dragana Drndarevska

Legal adviser, Coalition Margins

Despite all the obstacles the fight for LGBTI equality continues

Last year, a Pride Parade took place in Skopje for the first time. The Parade was a protest and shall remain so until LGBTI people are able to enjoy all human rights and society is fully liberated. However, last year there were several reasons to celebrate. The Law on Prevention and Protection against Discrimination was […]

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20th May 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia

Arijeta Hadzi-Hamza Ismaili

Executive Assistant to Her Majesty's Ambassador and Deputy Head of Mission

Local traditions during the holy month of Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan is about to end and I would like to send my very best wishes to all who are Muslims, who like me observed this special time of the year. Keeping yourself and loved ones well during Ramadan this year will mean adapting usual religious and cultural practices. Traditionally Ramadan is […]

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17th May 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia

Dominic Otway

Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Skopje

Inclusion in uncertain times – IDAHOBIT

Two things struck me when I was asked to write this week’s blog marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 17 May.  First, it reminded me how much the world has changed since February. I’m thinking of then because it was the last public event I hosted, the day before the first […]

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16th April 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia

Mare Janevska

Manager and Chef at British Residence

Local traditions and recipes for Orthodox Easter

My name is Mare Janevska and I am the Manager and Chef of the British Residence in Skopje. It was an honour to be chosen for this position that I have been working in for 13 years now. I am working on both positions in parallel but the role as Chef at the Residence is […]

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7th March 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia

Natasha Dimitrovska

Gender Specialist and Chevening Scholar

International Women’s Day of solidarity and unity!

The past year was very eventful for women’s rights and feminism. On a global level, among other events, the #metoo movement has been growing stronger, bringing down some very privileged and powerful men, a feminist song originated in Chile spread across the globe, pointing the finger at the systemic violence women endure around the world, […]

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6th March 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia

Kristina Hadzi Vasileva

Managing Director at Strategic Development Consulting and Chevening Scholar

8 March – How far have we come?

The first week of March is always so intense for me. Not that there are no such other weeks during the year (family birthdays, new years’, vacation preparations..). Yet during the first week of March everyone and anyone suddenly remembers us, women. Flowers are sold on improvised stalls of cardboard boxes on every corner, presents […]

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13th December 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia

Zaneta Trajkoska

Director of the Institute of Communication Studies

For better environment: Don’t Ignore! React!

“All of us should be persistent in our commitment to a cleaner and healthier environment, through self-criticism and timely and rapid response, towards addressing the effects of climate change. As President, I shall commit myself for policies for environmental protection and protection of the national biodiversity, and will support all civic initiatives that promote the […]

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3rd December 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia

Besart Ljachi

Chevening Scholar

Greening the Macedonian environmental behaviour: Let’s try a proven approach

It is that time of the year again. The air gets foggy and our vision blurry, but ironically, this is the time when we can clearly see (and smell) our most critical issue. According to the World Health Organization, around 2,574 deaths annually can be attributed to the air pollution. In addition, the World Bank […]

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28th November 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia

Frosina Antonovska

Chevening Scholar

Greening Western Balkans’ Environmental Behaviour

When it comes to tackling any of the environmental threats that humanity is faced with today, the first key challenge is to raise the awareness of the problem and the need for change of behaviour. This is a worldwide quest, and definitely not unique to the Western Balkan region. However, it is evident that Western […]

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