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Republic of North Macedonia

Republic of North Macedonia


Last update: 26 December 2023

The main decision – making processes regarding youth policy is being made by the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia. The Agency of Youth and Sport (AYS) is a governmental entity designated to work on youth related issues. It is thus the leader of any youth policy process, and in charge of coordinating ministries’ actions and inputs related to youth.

At the local level, the Local Self-Government is responsible for decision making. The decision making is based on the existence of Local Youth Strategies (where adopted). Most of the Local Self-Governments integrated Local Youth Councils as an advisory body within the municipalities. 

North Macedonia has a National Youth Policy document, the National Youth Strategy (2023-2027) followed by an Action PlanThe Agency for Youth and Sports is responsible for activities relating to young people in the Republic of North Macedonia, also is responsible for the implementation of the youth strategy. The Strategy aims to improve the social and economic situation of young people as well as to create an environment that will enable youth to fulfill their rights, needs and interests in 8 key areas:

  • Youth participation

  • Youth information

  • Youth work

  • Education

  • Culture

  • Health

  • Entrepreneurship and pre-employment support

  • Security (violence).

The country currently is an Erasmus+ Programme Country and entitled to participate in all the actions of the programme.

Ratio of young people in the total population on 1st January

Ratio of men and women in the youth population

Statistic references


Ratio (%) of young people in the total population (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_020 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].

Absolute number of young people on 1 January for the age group 15-29 (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_010 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].

Ratio (%) of men and women in the youth population (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_020 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].

Young immigrants from non-EU countries (2016): Eurostat, yth_demo_070 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].