Skopje (native: Скопје) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia, as well as its political, cultural, economic, and academic centre. 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 also known as a birthplace of Mother Teresa.
Skopje is located at an elevation of 225 m. above sea level. The city's land area is 1.854 km². According to the 2002 census, the population of Skopje was 506.926 people. The main ethnic groups are Macedonians - 338.358, who make 66.75% of the population.
The city experiences an altered Mediterranean climate, which is in the transposition to the continental climate.