Macedonia is a republic that has a population of a little over 2 million people. Located in southern Europe in the Balkan Peninsula, Macedonia is bordered on the north by Kosovo and Serbia, the east by Bulgaria, the south by Greece, and the west by Albania. Slightly larger than the state of Vermont in the USA, Macedonia’s mountainous terrain has a size of 25,710 sq km (9,925 sq miles). The tectonic plates of Africa, Asia, and Europe collide and overlap in Macedonia, causing some of the earth’s most diverse landscapes. Macedonia has two major lakes, Prespa and Ohrid, and its one main river, Vardar, empties into the Aegean Sea. The biggest industry in Macedonia is textiles, and agriculture is also very active. Macedonians average about 250 Euros ($300) per month in salary, and unemployment is a big problem.