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The municipalities are the first-order administrative divisions of North Macedonia.
In February 2013, North Macedonia was reorganised into 80 municipalities (Macedonian : општини, opštini; singular: општина, opština); 10 of the municipalities constitute the City of Skopje (or Greater Skopje), a distinct unit of local self-government and the country's capital.
Most of the current municipalities were unaltered or merely amalgamated from the previous 123 municipalities established in September 1996; others were consolidated and their borders changed. Prior to this, local government was organised into 34 administrative districts, communes, or counties (also opštini).
In 2004 they were reduced to 84, and in 2013, the following municipalities were merged into Kičevo Municipality:
In turn, North Macedonia is subdivided into eight statistical regions (регион, regioni), based on the prior municipal/county framework;
Map of the municipalities of North Macedonia, with the city of Skopje indicated on the map as 1. The map shows the rural and the urban municipalities. The numbers of the map correspond with the numbers of the municipalities indicated to the left of the municipality name in the table below the maps, the second one is a map of the City of Skopje municipalities, the numbers of this municipalities are shown as 1, x, where "x" is the number of the appropriate municipality.
| Eastern Statistical Region |
(Источен регион - Istočen region)
|39||Berovo (Берово)||Berovo (Берово)||597||13,941|
|28||Češinovo-Obleševo (Чешиново-Облешево)||Obleševo (Облешево)||133||7,490|
|26||Delčevo (Делчево)||Delčevo (Делчево)||423||17,505|
|29||Karbinci (Карбинци)||Karbinci (Карбинци)||231||4,012|
|24||Kočani (Кочани)||Kočani (Кочани)||357||38,092|
|25||Makedonska Kamenica (Македонска Каменица)||Makedonska Kamenica (Македонска Каменица)||189||8,110|
|38||Pehčevo (Пехчево)||Pehčevo (Пехчево)||208||5,517|
|23||Probištip (Пробиштип)||Probištip (Пробиштип)||326||16,193|
|31||Štip (Штип)||Štip (Штип)||583||47,796|
|27||Vinica (Виница)||Vinica (Виница)||432||19,938|
|30||Zrnovci (Зрновци)||Zrnovci (Зрновци)||52||3,264|
| Northeastern |
(Североисточен регион - Severoistočen region)
|21||Kratovo (Кратово)||Kratovo (Кратово)||375||10,441|
|20||Kriva Palanka (Крива Паланка)||Kriva Palanka (Крива Паланка)||482||20,820|
|17||Kumanovo (Куманово)||Kumanovo (Куманово)||432||105,484|
|7||Lipkovo (Липково)||Lipkovo (Липково)||270||27,058|
|19||Rankovce (Ранковце)||Rankovce (Ранковце)||240||4,144|
|18||Staro Nagoričane (Старо Нагоричане)||Staro Nagoričane (Старо Нагоричане)||515||4,840|
| Pelagonia Statistical Region |
(Пелагониски регион - Pelagoniski region)
|71||Bitola (Битола)||Bitola (Битола)||790||95,385|
|70||Demir Hisar (Демир Хисар)||Demir Hisar (Демир Хисар)||480||9,497|
|51||Dolneni (Долнени)||Dolneni (Долнени)||418||13,568|
|72||Krivogaštani (Кривогаштани)||Krivogaštani (Кривогаштани)||88||6,150|
|52||Kruševo (Крушево)||Kruševo (Крушево)||190||9,684|
|73||Mogila (Могила)||Mogila, North Macedonia (Могила)||255||6,710|
|74||Novaci (Новаци)||Novaci (Новаци)||755||3,549|
|50||Prilep (Прилеп)||Prilep (Прилеп)||1,198||76,768|
|69||Resen (Ресен)||Resen (Ресен)||549||16,825|
| Polog Statistical Region |
(Полошки регион - Pološki region)
|59||Bogovinje (Боговиње)||Bogovinje (Боговиње)||141||28,997|
|12||Brvenica (Брвеница)||Brvenica (Брвеница)||164||15,855|
|60||Gostivar (Гостивар)||Gostivar (Гостивар)||375||81,042|
|9||Jegunovce (Јегуновце)||Jegunovce (Јегуновце)||174||10,790|
|61||Mavrovo and Rostuša (Маврово и Ростуша)||Rostuša (Ростуша)||856||8,618|
|10||Tearce (Теарце)||Tearce (Теарце)||137||22,454|
|11||Tetovo (Тетово)||Tetovo (Тетово)||262||86,580|
|58||Vrapčište (Врапчиште)||Vrapčište (Врапчиште)||157||25,399|
|2||Želino (Желино)||Želino (Желино)||201||24,390|
| Skopje Statistical Region |
(Скопски регион - Skopski region)
|1.3||Aerodrom (Аеродром)||Aerodrom (Аеродром)||—||72,009|
|75||Aračinovo (Арачиново)||Aračinovo (Арачиново)||38||11,597|
|1.6||Butel (Бутел)||Butel (Бутел)||—||36,154|
|1.4||Čair (Чаир)||Čair (Чаир)||53||64,773|
|1.1||Centar (Центар)||Centar (Центар)||9||45,412|
|8||Čučer-Sandevo (Чучер Сандево)||Čučer-Sandevo (Чучер Сандево)||215||8,493|
|1.2||Gazi Baba (Гази Баба)||Gazi Baba (Гази Баба)||92||72,617|
|1.9||Gjorče Petrov (Ѓорче Петров)||Gjorče Petrov (Ѓорче Петров)||63||41,634|
|6||Ilinden (Илинден)||Ilinden (Илинден)||97||15,894|
|1.8||Karpoš (Карпош)||Karpoš (Карпош)||21||59,666|
|1.5||Kisela Voda (Кисела Вода)||Kisela Voda (Кисела Вода)||43||57,236|
|16||Petrovec (Петровец)||Petrovec (Петровец)||222||8,255|
|1.10||Saraj (Сарај)||Saraj (Сарај)||230||35,408|
|3||Sopište (Сопиште)||Sopište (Сопиште)||223||5,656|
|4||Studeničani (Студеничани)||Studeničani (Студеничани)||276||17,246|
|1.7||Šuto Orizari (Шуто Оризари)||Šuto Orizari (Шуто Оризари)||6||22,017|
|5||Zelenikovo (Зелениково)||Zelenikovo (Зелениково)||177||4,077|
| Southeastern Statistical Region |
(Југоисточен регион - Jugoistočen region)
|46||Bogdanci (Богданци)||Bogdanci (Богданци)||114||8,707|
|41||Bosilovo (Босилово)||Bosilovo (Босилово)||143||14,260|
|47||Gevgelija (Гевгелија)||Gevgelija (Гевгелија)||484||22,988|
|45||Dojran (Дојран)||Star Dojran (Стар Дојран)||129||3,426|
|36||Konče (Конче)||Konče (Конче)||233||3,536|
|42||Novo Selo (Ново Село)||Novo Selo (Ново Село)||257||11,567|
|37||Radoviš (Радовиш)||Radoviš (Радовиш)||502||28,244|
|43||Strumica (Струмица)||Strumica (Струмица)||311||54,676|
|44||Valandovo (Валандово)||Valandovo (Валандово)||331||11,890|
|40||Vasilevo (Василево)||Vasilevo (Василево)||231||12,122|
| Southwestern Statistical Region |
(Југозападен регион - Jugozapaden region)
|63||Centar Župa (Центар Жупа)||Centar Župa (Центар Жупа)||107||6,519|
|62||Debar (Дебар)||Debar (Дебар)||85||19,542|
|67||Debarca (Дебарца)||Belčišta (Белчишта)||423||5,507|
|55||Kičevo (Кичево)||Kičevo (Кичево)||838||56,734|
|13||Makedonski Brod (Македонски Брод)||Makedonski Brod (Македонски Брод)||875||7,141|
|68||Ohrid (Охрид)||Ohrid (Охрид)||392||55,749|
|53||Plasnica (Пласница)||Plasnica (Пласница)||54||4,545|
|65||Struga (Струга)||Struga (Струга)||469||63,376|
|66||Vevčani (Вевчани)||Vevčani (Вевчани)||35||2,433|
| Vardar Statistical Region |
(Вардарски регион - Vardarski region)
|14||Čaška (Чашка)||Čaška (Чашка)||727||7,673|
|48||Demir Kapija (Демир Капија)||Demir Kapija (Демир Капија)||312||4,545|
|33||Gradsko (Градско)||Gradsko (Градско)||291||3,760|
|49||Kavadarci (Кавадарци)||Kavadarci (Кавадарци)||998||38,741|
|35||Negotino (Неготино)||Negotino (Неготино)||414||19,212|
|34||Rosoman (Росоман)||Rosoman (Росоман)||133||4,141|
|22||Sveti Nikole (Свети Николе)||Sveti Nikole (Свети Николе)||483||18,497|
|32||Lozovo (Лозово)||Lozovo (Лозово)||166||2,858|
|15||Veles (Велес)||Veles (Велес)||518||55,108|
In March 2013, the following municipalities merged with Kičevo:
(Центар на Општината)
|64||Drugovo (Другово)||Drugovo (Другово)||383||3,249|
|56||Oslomej (Осломеј)||Oslomej (Осломеј)||137||10,420|
|54||Vraneštica (Вранештица)||Vraneštica (Вранештица)||109||1,322|
|57||Zajas (Зајас)||Zajas (Зајас)||161||11,605|
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^ Municipal areas are summations of component areas. As of the 2002 census, area figures for Aerodrom and Butel municipalities are unavailable and included in those of other municipalities in Skopje region
^ Municipalities, 10 in total, forming the City of Skopje (Град Скопје)
^ Hierarchical Administrative Subdivision Codes (HASC)
^ The boundaries for Debar municipality in the Southwestern region were revised in 2004 to include some territory of Rostuša municipality, the predecessor of Mavrovo and Rostuša municipality, in Polog region
^ Total area includes 577 km2 (223 sq mi) of inland water not distributed by municipality/region
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