Welcome to the 14th Balkan Congress of Human Genetics
and 9th Rare Disease SEE Meeting

Skopje, North Macedonia

5-7 October, 2023

Good to know

Cell Phones

Participants are kindly requested to turn off or switch their cell phones to silent mode in the meeting rooms where scientific sessions are held.


The official currency of the Republic of North Macedonia is the Macedonian Denar = македонски денар (MKD = ден). International credit cards for example are accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants, and shops. Exchange offices and ATM machines are easily available throughout the city and at the Skopje International Airport. You can find the official exchange rates on the website of the National Bank of the Republic of North Macedonia.

Macedonian language

Even though the majority of the hotels, shops, and restaurants in Skopje are English spoken, we include a few basic Macedonian words and sentences that can be useful during your stay in Skopje.
Hi = Здраво
Hello = Добар ден
Good evening = Добра вечер
Good night = Добра ноќ
How are you? = Како сте?
I am fine = Јас сум добар
Thank you = Благодарам
Thanks = Фала
Please = Те молам
How much is it? = Колку е ова?
Beer = Пиво
Wine = Вино
Food = Храна
Would you like to go for a beer? = Дали сакаш да излеземе на едно пиво?
One = Еден
Two = Два
Three = Три


The Republic of North Macedonia uses a 230-volt 50 Hz system. Sockets are the standard European type (two-prong round pin plugs with a hole for a male grounding pin are standard). To use electric appliances from your country you may need a special voltage converter with an adapter plug.

Important Telephone Numbers

112 – General Emergency (The European Standard number)
192 – Police
193 – Fire Department
194 – Ambulance


The organizers can accept no liability for personal injuries or loss or damage to property belonging to the Conference participants, either during or as a result of the event. Participants are advised to take out proper travel and health insurance before departing from their home country


Smoking in the BCHG 2023 area is not allowed.

Official language

The official language of the BCHG 2023 is English. Translation services will not be provided.

Program Changes

The organizers cannot assume liability for any changes in the program due to external or unforeseen circumstances.


Most shops in Skopje are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Shops in the city center and malls are usually open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Sunday.

Time Zone

The Republic of North Macedonia is on Central European Time – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. From April to October is summer time, i.e. GMT +2 hours.


Service is usually not included in the bill in bars and restaurants, tips are welcome. If you consider the service good enough to warrant a tip, we suggest about ten percent.
The abstract book is available for download!