Europe has been the home to some of the Earth's greatest civilizations from Ancient Greece to the Roman Empire. It is also the home to the birth of democracy. Europe has been the central point of two of the biggest wars in modern history: World War I and World War II. Recently Europe has united under the common union called the European Union. This union allows independent European countries to have a single currency and to combine their economic and military power.
Population: 738,199,000 (Source: 2010 United Nations)
Area: 3,930,000 square miles
Ranking: It is the sixth largest and third most populous continent
Major Biomes: temperate forest, grasslands
Major Rivers and Lakes: Danube River, Elbe River, Loire River, Po River, Rhine River, Volga River, Ladoga Lake, Onega Lake, Lake Geneva, Lake Como
Major Geographical Features: Alps, Ural Mountains, Pyrenees, Carpathian Mountains, Apennines, Massif Central plateau, North European Plain, the islands of Great Britain and Ireland, Iberian Peninsula
Countries of EuropeLearn more about the countries from the continent of Europe. Get all sorts of information on each country from Europe including a map, a picture of the flag, population, and much more. Select the country below for more information:
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Fun Facts about EuropeEurope is home to the smallest country in the world, the Holy See or the Vatican. It is the smallest country both in size and population.
The tallest mountain in Europe is Mount Elbrus in Russia.
Europe is home to the birthplace of democracy and Western culture in the ancient civilizations of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.
Most of Europe now uses the same currency called the Euro.
The area of Russia that is west of the Ural Mountains is usually considered part of Europe. The area to the west of the Urals is considered part of Asia.
The Industrial Revolution began in Europe in Great Britain.
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