Skopje is the capital of Macedonia
Inhabitants: 587,000  
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Skopje (Macedonian: Скопје, pronounced [ˈskopje]) is the capital and largest city in the Republic of Macedonia, with more than a quarter of the population of the country, as well as the political, cultural, economic, and academic centre of the country. It was known from the Roman period under the name Scupi. The city developed rapidly after World War II, but this trend was interrupted in 1963 when it was hit by a disastrous earthquake. Today Skopje is a modern city with a wide range of cultural monuments.
Skopje is located at 42°0′N, 21°26′E, on the upper course of the Vardar River and is located on a major north-south Balkan route between Belgrade and Athens. It has 506,926 inhabitants (2002 census), and is a major centre for metal-processing, chemical, timber, textile, leather, and printing industries but has suffered many closures since 1991. Industrial development of the city has been accompanied by development of the trade and banking sectors, as well as an emphasis on the fields of culture and sport.