Slovenians in North Macedonia
According to the census of the population from 2002, there are 365 Slovenians living in North Macedonia.
After the disintegration of former Yugoslavia, Slovenians in North Macedonia felt the need and desire to be more organized, to meet and socialize in their new country. Thus, on 30th September 1994, a Slovenian Society was registered, and then on 10th January 1999 renamed in Slovenian Association »France Prešeren« in Skopje. The association, which today counts around 160 members from all over North Macedonia, has it's own status, program goals, tasks and an annual work program. It is opened to all Slovenians and their descendants, relatives and anyone else who feels any link with Slovenia and its culture. It is a non-governmental, apolitical and non-profit organization, with a goal to preserve and axpand the cultural and scientific values of the Slovenian nation, language, culture and folklore in North Macedonia, while not ignoring the values of the Macedonian nation, it represents a bridge between nations. President of the Association is Mrs. Anastazija Ribarski.
In the end of 2007, Slovenians from Bitola established the second Slovenian association in North Macedonia under the name Triglav. At the meeting of the Management Comittee held in early 2007, elected for president was Mrs. Tanja Franc. The Association encourages socializing, cares about social and cultural ties with Slovenia, organizes learning of Slovenian language, customs, traditions and cultural heritage and historical values. At the same time provides various forms of assistance and information, organizes cultural and scientific meetings.
On November 26, 2010, a third association of Slovenes in Northern Macedonia was founded, named the Slovenian Center from Skopje. In its regular activities, it strives for numerous activities, goals and tasks, among which are the preservation of Slovenian consciousness and the promotion of culture. Sasha Stojkovski was elected president.
Web links of the associations:
Mrs. Anastazija Ribarski, president
Mrs. Tanja Franc, president
Mr. Sašo Stojovski, president
Supplementary Slovene language lessons
Organized by the Ministry of Education and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, a supplementary Slovenian language and culture lesson is held in Skopje, led by teacher Sonja Dolžan.
More info: http://www.slovenci.si/ucenje-slovenscine/
Studying the Slovene language
At the Faculty of Philology Blaže Koneski in Skopje under the direction of Assoc. prof. dr. Lidija Arizankovska is available a Bachelor's Degree Program in Slovene as a major / first study, a Bachelor's Degree Program in Slovenian as a Secondary Study, an optional subject as a foreign language, a compulsory or elective course in the study of Macedonian and South Slavic languages, and of Macedonian literature and South Slavic literatures.