Where is Europe located?
Europe is the sixth largest continent in the world. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and Asia to the east. The continent of Europe has varied geographical features and experiences a varied climate.
History of Europe
The continent of Europe has been the home to some of the greatest civilizations of the world—from Ancient Greece to the Roman Empire. It is also known as the birthplace of modern democracy. Europe has been the focal point of two of the biggest wars in the history: World War I and II. Recently, 27 countries of Europe joined hands and formed a common union known as the European Union. This union allows the use of one currency in all the independent European countries and it is also bestowed with the authority to combine the economic and military power of these countries.
16 Interesting Facts About Europe
- It is believed that the continent is named after ‘Europa’, a Phoenician Princess from Greek Mythology.
- The population of Europe is more than 800 million, making it the third most populated continent.
- Europe is made up of more than 40 different countries.
- The continent of Europe covers just 2% of the Earth’s surface.
- There are no deserts in Europe!
- There are three time zones in Europe: Eastern European Time Zone, Central European Time Zone and Western European Time Zone.
- The Vatican City of Europe is the world’s smallest country.
- The currency of Europe is called the Euro.
- London is the most densely inhabited city in Europe.
- The highest point in the continent is the Caucasus Mountains.
- The longest river on this continent is the Volga River.
- It is also sometimes known as ‘the cradle of Western culture’. Most of the events that shaped the modern world took place in Europe.
- The Industrial Revolution took birth in Europe and then spread to the whole world.
- Europe is connected to Asia, and together they are known as Eurasia. It is, however, separated from Asia by the Ural and Caucasus mountains and, to some degree, by the Caspian Sea and Ural River. Russia, the world’s largest country, is partly located in Europe and partly in Asia. World’s largest country, Russia, and world’s smallest country, Vatican City, are both located in Europe.
- There are over 60,000 different species of animals found on the European continent.
- Europe is the wealthiest of all continents in the world.