Strumica (Macedonian: Струмица, Latinic: Strumitsa) is a town situated in the south-east of the Republic of Macedonia (close to the Novo Selo-Petrich border crossing with Bulgaria). The population is close to 55,000 with an absolute Macedonian majority (90%). There are all together about 150,000 people living in the region surrounding the city. The city is named after the Strumica river which runs through it. The city of Strumica is a seat of the Strumica municipality.
In present days Strumica is the main agricultural center in the Republic of Macedonia, has many textile factories and developed trade network. Large percent of the goods produced in Strumica are used for export in other cities in the Republic of Macedonia as well as in some European Union countries. Strumica is therefore one of the richest area in the Republic of Macedonia. Strumica is developing into modern city and expanding its infrastructure in the last few years. The improvement of infrastructure is also determined by Strumica's geographic position (some 20 kilometers from Bulgaria and 45 kilometers from Greece).
The population of Strumica mainly consists of Macedonians (about 93%), Romas (about 2%), Turks (about 3%) and others (about 2%).
The city of Strumica has 4 primary schools, 3 high schools, 1 faculty (Agricultural faculty that is a part of Sts. Cyril And Methodius in Skopje).
The new local council and mayor was elected in 2004. The current mayor of Strumica is Mr. Zoran Zaev.
Strumica is the home town of talented football player Goran Pandev who is currently playing for SS Lazio from Rome, Italy.
Strumica is also famous for its night life and international events called Strumica Carnival and AsterFest (Festival of SEE Film Authors) with his artistic director Mr. Goran Trenchovski.
Main football clubs are Belasica and Tiverija. There are also large number of basketball fans in Strumica. Main basketball club today is KK Strumica 2005 with its Sport Director Mr. Mile Milanović and President Mr. Panajotis Karapiperis.
There are 3 private local TV stations operating in Strumica: TV kanal VIS, INTEL Televizija and TV Strumica and also 1 Cabel TV operator - KABEL-NET