In New North Macedonia, Some Things Still Macedonian

March 7, 2019

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — The newly-renamed North Macedonia’s government says 136 state-funded institutions will adjust their names in the next four months under an historic deal the country formerly known as Macedonia struck with neighboring Greece, but not all.

Greece’s ruling anti-nationalist Radical Left SYRIZA leader and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struck the deal to end a nearly 28-year-long name feud that changed the name of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) but gave away the name of the ancient Greek province of Macedonia.

While the name is North Macedonia, the country’s national anthem which calls itself Macedonia won’t change as it’s part of the country’s national heritage and culture, government spokesman Mile Boshnjakovski said.

The state orchestra, TV and news agency will have the word “Macedonian” replaced by “National” in their names but the Macedonian National Theater won’t change, being a cultural institution.

Among the institutions to be renamed is the central bank, which will become the National Bank of the Republic of North Macedonia. Macedonian Rail will be renamed to North Macedonia Rai but The Macedonian Institute of Literature name will stay.


(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)


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