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From the Caucasus's rugged peaks and Riga's cobblestone alleys to Iceland's wild and beautiful lava landscape. Lavender-scented archipelago in Croatia and the Mediterranean that clings to Greek island pearls, mythical places where the sirens live... And so Tuscany that attracts with wine fields and wonderful food culture. Almost like home - but always strangely new: Europe.

Area: 10 million km≤

Number of inhabitants: 740 million

Largest country (by population)

  • Russia - 140 million
  • Germany - 81 million
  • Turkey - 80 million
  • France - 65 million
  • UK - £ 63m

Europe

2012 EuropeContrary to the gut feeling of most Europeans, experts disagree about whether Europe can be called a continent at all. Strictly speaking, Europe is only a peninsula to Asia, and the perception of Europe as an independent continent depends more on culture and tradition than on strict geological principles. For the same reason, there is also no fixed, logical boundary between Europe and Asia, but most of them pull it through the Ural Mountains and down through the Bosphorus, which means that only a small part of Turkey belongs to Europe. A similar confusion applies to Greenland which is politically European but geographically belongs to North America.

Geography

Geographically, Europe, or the Asian Peninsula, can be likened to a kind of skateboarding ramp with mountains in the northern and southern regions and a large, fertile plain in the middle. The current view of Europe as a fairly smooth and continental continent is not entirely justified. For example, the mild climate that Northern Europe has been blessed with in relation to latitudes is a rather extreme phenomenon. In Iceland and Italy there are volcanoes and in the Swiss Alps, in Iceland and Greenland you will find extensive glaciers. In addition, here are the Norwegian fjords that cut into the steep mountain sides, and which belong to some of the world's longest and deepest. 90 percent of Europe has been covered by forests, but the vast majority of the natural forest stock has long since been given the place for cultivation and pasture lands.

Past and present

However, human impulse has not only had negative consequences: Europe was also the place where the idea of ​​democracy originated. Included in European history are also less pleasant phenomena such as crusades and missionary work, and in the 15th century a real boom of exploration journeys across much of the world began. In this way, almost all European countries became colonial powers and could benefit greatly from the trade of goods from the colonies. More recently, the history of Europe has been marked by world war, and most recently by new members of the European family as a number of countries in Central and Eastern Europe have become independent states.

Traveling across Europe

The European countries can meet most people's needs for an adventurous holiday. Based on population statistics done by Countryaah, northern Europe is perfect for different nature experiences and trips focusing on wildlife. In Southern Europe, unique cultural and bathing vacations await, while the vast forests and wide rivers in Eastern Europe encourage river cruises. The fact that you do not have to travel to distant parts of the world for special holiday experiences, is discovered when you face a calving glacier in Greenland, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Alhambra in Andalusia or almost get lost in the countless halls and comforts of the Winter Palace in Sankt. Petersburg.

Countries in Europe
  1. Aland
  2. Albania
  3. Andorra
  4. Austria
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Croatia
  10. Czech Republic
  11. Denmark
  12. Estonia
  13. Faroe Islands
  14. Finland
  15. France
  16. Germany
  17. Greece
  18. Hungary
  19. Iceland
  20. Ireland
  21. Italy
  22. Kosovo
  23. Latvia
  24. Liechtenstein
  25. Lithuania
  26. Luxembourg
  27. Malta
  28. Moldova
  29. Monaco
  30. Montenegro
  31. Netherlands
  32. Northern Macedonia
  33. Norway
  34. Poland
  35. Portugal
  36. Romania
  37. Russia
  38. San Marino
  39. Serbia
  40. Slovakia
  41. Slovenia
  42. Spain
  43. Sweden
  44. Switzerland
  45. Ukraine
  46. United Kingdom
  47. Vatican City

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