Today, the Republic of Macedonia plays a key role in the stability of the entire Balkan Region. Macedonia was the only country to leave Yugoslavia without war in 1991, and has remained the symbol of peace in the region. Macedonia has greatly strengthened it's relationship with both neighboring countries and the west, and has been able to maintain a strong cooperation in all spheres of society. From joint military exercises to mutual exchanges of information and experiences, the countries of the region have always been able to count on Macedonia to provide an environment where peace and prosperity can exist.
In 2011, according to a prominent annual World Bank Study, Macedonia was ranked as 3rd in the world in terms of reforms achieved in the 'doing business' index. In the list of best 'doing business' nations, Macedonia is ranked 22nd in 2012, just behind Japan and Germany, which are the 3rd and 5th largest economies in the world.
In 2005, Macedonia became the first nation in the world to have Wi-Fi Access available across the entire country. This was complementing a project named "A computer for every child", whose goal was to provide a computer for every student in the country, from primarily school to high-school, regardless of the location, whether it be in a big city or in a small village in the mountains. Both projects were a huge success, and Macedonian citizens quickly took the top spot in the regional ranking for internet and computer usage and literacy. The introduction of computers in primary school ensures that young Macedonian students will be more competent and competitive in the world-scale when they enter the job market in later years. Students in Colleges and Universities also qualify to purchase a computer or laptop with a large discount, due to government sponsorship as well.