Territory in southeast Europe, ruled since 1991 by the Republika Makedonija


Republic of Macedonia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Macedonia (Macedonian: Македонија), officially the Republic of Macedonia (Република Македонија, transliterated: Republika Makedonija), is a country located in the central Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. It is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence in 1991. It became a member of the United Nations in 1993 but, as a result of a dispute with Greece over its name, it was admitted under the provisional reference of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, sometimes abbreviated as FYROM. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 7.32, Rank: 55, Personal Freedom: 7.42, Economic Freedom: 7.22, Democracy Index: 5.9
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.22, Rank: 65
Macedonia | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 57, Political Rights: 4, Civil Liberties: 3
"The political and security situation in Macedonia declined markedly in 2015. In February, Zoran Zaev, head of the opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), alleged that the government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski had sponsored an enormous wiretapping program carried out by the country's secret service. Under the program, more than 20,000 people may have had their private conversations illegally recorded."