North Macedonia: No Longer Unthinkable

Take your curiosity from A-Z to learn a lot about a little country with a big personality

Matthew Murrie
11 min readMar 27, 2022


Arial view of a windy road in North Macedonia
Photo by Petar Avramoski on Unsplash

After the North Macedonia soccer team beat Italy in a World Cup qualifying playoff match, the National Public Radio tweeted that the “unthinkable” had happened and included an article that went on to drill down into the “unthinkable” that happened to Italy, paying little mind to the incredible that North Macedonia had just pulled off.

The unthinkable happened in Palermo on Thursday as the Azzurri were beaten 1–0 by North Macedonia following a last-gasp goal by Aleksandar Trajkovski in their playoff semifinal.

Italy to miss World Cup again after loss to North Macedonia

What if North Macedonia’s football team isn’t the only unthinkable thing to come out of North Macedonia?

What if North Macedonia is no longer a place not to think about?

What if, this is just the start of you hearing about North Macedonia because North Macedonia got started a while back?

What if you learn about North Macedonia by taking your curiosity from A-Z on North Macedonia?

North Macedonia Curiosity A-Z

Curious about new places like North Macedonia but not sure where or how to start turning that curiosity into valuable learning and actions? What if it’s as easy as going from A-Z? What if the most effective way to turn an unknown into a known is to ask more questions and share more thoughts? After you read this Curiosity A-Z on North Macedonia, I encourage you to create your own Curiosity A-Z on North Macedonia from what you learned and then start a new Curiosity A-Z on another new place or people you’d like to discover.

A — Alphabet

The Macedonian alphabet has 31 letters and uses Cyrillic letters, so one part of learning more about North Macedonia is learning more about the letters they use — but in order to truly learn about North Macedonia, don’t stop at the Macedonian alphabet! The co-official language of North Macedonia is Albanian… which has 36 letters in its alphabet!



Matthew Murrie

Author of The Book of What If…?, Founder of What If Curiosity, and Creator of Curiosity-Based Thinking and Curiosity-Based Learning, turning ideas into actions.