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Interesting Tidbits About
Europe by Richard Monk
Playing such a large part in
the history of mankind, detailing key aspects of Europe is large task indeed.
Nonetheless, here we go.
Geographically, Europe is
the western most section of the Eurasia continent. Historically, however,
it has always been considered a separate content due primarily to political
influence and a certain tinge of arrogance.Under the myth of this theory,
the eastern most boundary of the European continent is the Ural Mountain
in Russia with an imaginary line extending south from there. There is no
geological basis for this boundary.
Europe is the second smallest
continent covering roughly 4 million square miles. It has, however, the
second largest human population with roughly 700 million people or a little
over ten percent of all humans on the planet. Interestingly, the population
is no longer increasing with death and birth rates a statistical match
over the last 20 years.
The origin of Europe as a
name for the landmass is somewhat debated. Most scholars accept that the
name comes from Europa, a Phoenician Princess in Greek mythology.
Bridge, London, England, United Kingdom Photographic Print
To say there are an absolute
ton of historical facts about Europe is just a slight understatement. Much
of modern western civilization is based on the events that took place in
Europe. Significant events include the establishment and influence of the
Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic Church, the colonization of much of the
known world by European powers, the two World Wars, near constant conflicts
between France and England, the plague and so on. Europe has also been
the home of some of the great artist through times.
With a vague eastern border,
there is much controversy regarding whether particular countries are part
of Europe. The following countries are generally accepted as such.
spots in Europe include:
Albania, Andorra, Austria,
Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland,
Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia,
Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Russia, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vatican City.
Canal, Venice, Italy Photographic Print
Europe can be summarized
as relatively small landmass that has dominated much of the modern world.
Even with its colonization efforts ended, the economic and military power
of Europe is remarkable compared to larger continents such as North America
and Eastern Asia. With the creation of the European Union, Europe should
continue to be an influential force in the world for many years to come.
Reykjavik is one of the most
beautiful cities in Europe, offering everything from stunning natural landscapes
to rich culture. As the world’s most northerly capital city the city has
a unique charm that tempts visitors back to its snow covered mountain backdrop.
Visitors can enjoy fine dining, a lively nightlife and plenty of fantastic
sightseeing attractions during a holiday in Reykjavik; make sure you do
not miss out on this fantastic destination.