1,390,000 in Macedonia (1986). Population total all countries: 1,710,670.
North: Kumanovo-Kratovo region; Southeast: Gevgelija, Strumica, and Lake Dojran areas; West: Veles, Prilep, Kichevo, Bitola, and Debar-Galchnik regions. Also in Albania, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Greece (Slavic), Serbia, Slovenia, United States.
1 (National). Statutory national language (1991, Constitution, Article 7(1)).
Northern Macedonian, Southeastern Macedonian, Western Macedonian. Standard dialect recognized in 1944.
Called Slavic in Greece, considered a dialect of Bulgarian [bul] by some in Bulgaria.