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Top 15 Must-Know Facts About Europe

Heading to Europe and looking to find out some of its top facts? Look no further…below you’ll find the top 15 most interesting facts about the continent, it’s geography, population, best sites, and more.

  1. The city with the highest population in Europe is Istanbul, Turkey.

Istanbul has a population of a whopping 14.6 million people. Additionally, while the city is considered to be in Europe, it actually straddles two continents: the eastern part lies in the continent of Asia while the western part lies in the continent of Europe.

  1. The most visited place in Europe is Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris, originally named Euro Disney Resort, opened in 1992. In the 25 years that it’s been open, over 320 million people have visited the park. To keep it clean, no store in Disneyland Paris sells gum to ensure the sidewalks stay clear.

  1. Bulgaria is Europe’s oldest country.

Since 681 AD, Bulgaria has had the same name. Unlike many other European countries whose names and boundaries have changed many times over the last century, Bulgaria has remained constant which makes it Europe’s oldest country.

  1. The Danube is the most important commercial waterway in Europe.

It is also the second longest river in Europe after the Volga River. It flows through the most countries (at a total of 10!) of any river in the world. Some of its most important cities include Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, and Belgrade.

  1. Greenland is considered part of Europe.

When’s the last time you thought about Greenland? Greenland is an autonomous state, yet a Danish dependent territory. While they have home rule, they maintain close ties with their former colonizer: Denmark. Greenland’s nominal head of state is the Danish monarch and they use their currency: the Danish krone.

  1. The majority religion in Europe is Christianity.

Approximately 3 in 4 Europeans identify themselves as Christian. Judaism and Islam are also common religions practiced on the continent.

  1. There are 5 transcontinental countries in Europe.

These countries include Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Turkey. These 5 countries are not only in Europe but also straddle Asia as well. It is often widely debated which continent that Russia, in particular, lies in. The “official” border, according to geographers, is the Ural Mountains. This makes cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg officially part of Europe.

  1. Roughly 10-12 percent of the world’s total population lives in Europe.

With over 730 million people inhabiting this continent, Europe accounts for only a small portion of the world’s total population. That said, it possesses only 7 percent of the world’s landmass, so proportionally there are more people than there is land.

  1. There are 16 landlocked countries in Europe.

Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Vatican City are all the countries that do not have access to water or a port! While Bosnia and Herzegovina are commonly listed as a landlocked country, it does indeed have access to the water. The country Croatia is split around Bosnia and Herzegovina’s access to its port.

  1. Europe’s highest point is Mount Elbrus.

At 18,510 feet above sea level, Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe. It is located in Russia, close to Georgia near the transcontinental line.

  1. Europe makes 44 percent of the world’s wine.

The top producing companies are Germany, Portugal, Romania, and Hungary. They each produced 8.1, 6.6, 5.3, 2.9 volume in million hectoliters respectively.

  1. Europe is the second smallest continent in the world.

Australia comes in at number one! Europe is a mere 4 million square miles compared to the landmasses of Africa, North America, South America, Asia, Antarctica. The largest continent in the world is Asia which covers roughly 30 percent of Earth’s landmass.

  1. More than 250 distinct languages are spoken in Europe.

Among these 250 languages, Greek is one that has been spoken for more than 3,000 years. This milestone makes it one of the oldest languages used in Europe today.

  1. Vatican City is the smallest country in Europe.

The Vatican City is not just the smallest country in Europe but the smallest country in the world. It measures just 0.2 square miles and is landlocked by Italy. It is home to the Pope and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church as a whole.

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