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Europe is the second-smallest continent of the world, covering an area of 10.18 million square kilometers, which is only 6.8% of the Earth’s land surface or 2% of the total area. It is made up of 50 countries and has a population of 739.2 million.

Europe, which is one of the two continents that make up the super continent Eurasia, is bounded by the Arctic Ocean to its north, the Mediterranean Sea to its south, the Atlantic Ocean to its west, and the Black Sea to its southeast. Its border with Asia includes the Ural River, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Ural Mountain, and the Caucasus Mountain.

Western culture is believed to have originated in Europe, specifically in Ancient Greece. Europe was the place of several important historical events, such as the World War I from 1914 until 1918, the World War II from 1939 until 1945), the Cold War from 1947 until 1991, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. It continues to play an influential role in today’s worldwide affairs.

Majority of the languages spoken in Europe are of the Indo-European languages origin. These are classified into several branches that include Albanian, Baltic, Germanic, Greek, Romance, and Slavic. Other notable branches are the Uralic, Hungarian, Estonian, Finnish, Turkic, Mongolic, Kartvelian, North Caucasian, Baltese, and Semitic languages.

Europe is divided into sub-regions: Western Europe, which include the countries Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom; Eastern Europe, which is made up of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Viro, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine; Southern Europe, which consists of Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, and Vatican City; Central Europe, which includes Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland; and the Nordic Region, where Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark belong to.

Beautiful Helsinki Finland

February 4, 2013

Founded in 1550, Helsinki is the largest city in Finland, and has been the nation’s capital since 1812. Helsinki, the World Design Capital for 2012, sits at the edge of the Baltic. Today, the city retains the feel of a small town, while at the same time being an international metropolis. The nature surrounding the […]

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Bruges Belgium, A Mecca of Beauty

February 1, 2013

Bruges, located in the northern part of Belgium, is a town in Flanders. With charms that are rarely available elsewhere, it is a picture perfect town that looks like the backdrop for a fairy tale.  It is one of best preserved cities in Europe, with medieval overtones and countless historical and architectural wonders. Burges is […]

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Amsterdam, the Heart of the Netherlands

January 31, 2013

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands and country’s largest city, is also its creative, cultural and financial center. The city offers something for the taste of every traveler, whether its culture and history projected in its world-famous museums and architecture or simple relaxing charm with its beautiful canals that crisscross the city. The city of […]

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Paphos – Love and Beauty amid History

January 26, 2013

In the southwestern part of Cyprus, lies a coastal city of great historical importance, the city is  Paphos. The ancient city of Paphos is a land of myth and legend. It has been inhabited since the Neolithic era and still bears several remnants of its glorious past. The island is believed to be the birthplace […]

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Iceland – Alive and Enchanting Wilderness

January 10, 2013

The land of fire and ice boasts of wild beauty and an array of natural wonders. It holds the power to inspire you, astound you, mystify you, excite you and brim you with life. Iceland has a plethora of mighty volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, gushing geysers, hot springs, bubbling mudpots, majestic glaciers and lots of green […]

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Cordoba and La Mezquita

January 4, 2013

Cordoba is a thriving, beautiful city which takes most of its charm from the many historical influences throughout its boarders. Known as one of the original three Moorish cities, there is much religious influence here that can be used to color your travelling experience. Sites are close to each other, so many tourists who have […]

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