There are fifty internationally recognized sovereign states in Europe, of which 44 have their capital city within Europe. Germany, France, Great Britain, Sweden, Scandinavia, are a few of the major European countries. Germany shares borders with nine countries, the highest number of any other country. Germany borders Switzerland, Poland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium, and Austria.
Europe is the world's second smallest continent by surface area, covering about 10,180,000 square kilometers (3,930,000 square miles). Of Europe's approximately 50 states, Russia is the largest by both area and population, while the Vatican City is the smallest. Europe is the third most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of 733 million, a total of 11 percent of the world's population.
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- Europe is named for Europa, a figure in Greek mythology. Europa was a Phoenician princess who was kidnapped by Zeus after he transformed himself into a white bull to lure her away.
- Paris is the largest city in Europe with a population of about 10 million.
- Other major cities in Europe include London, Istanbul, and Moscow
- There are no deserts on the European continent
- The Ural Mountains are a natural boundary that separates Northern Asian from Northern Europe
- There are five peninsulas in Europe. The Iberian Peninsula contains Spain and Portugal; the Balkan Peninsula has Albania and Greece; the Scandinavian Peninsula has Norway and Sweden; the Jutland peninsula has Denmark and Germany; and the Apennines peninsula that contains San Marino and Italy.
Last Updated on : March 28, 2013
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