Monthly rent, unfurnished 2-br luxury apartment:
Lunch for one at a nice restaurant:
One liter of gas, unleaded 95 octane:
Beer, local brand:
Cup of coffee, including service:
The national government and parliament are based in Skopje, Macedonia's capital. There are two Technological-Industrial Development Zones, which offer incentives for development, just outside the city, according to the country's Agency for Foreign Investments and Export Promotion
. Macedonia has suffered from decreased foreign direct investment, lowered credit, and a large trade deficit in the downturn, according to the CIA World Factbook
. The national unemployment rate has stayed above 30 percent for several years.