Macedonian is North Macedonia's official language. It's a Balto-Slavic language and part of the Indo-European language family. Compared to other languages in the family, it's a minority language and was only recognized as a separate spoken language after World War II. After the codification of its standardized version in 1945, modern literary works using Macedonian were developed.
The Russian and Turkish languages influenced the Macedonian language, especially its vocabulary. It's mutually intelligible with Bulgarian, too. It has over three million native speakers, most living in North Macedonia and the Balkan region. It's also a native language in diaspora communities throughout Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Albania, and Serbia.