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10 Facts About Europe

10 Facts About Europe

10 Facts About Europe

Europe is a fascinating continent with a rich history and varied climate and culture. Thus it is no surprise that it is also an area rich with interesting facts. Here we will look at ten facts about Europe – there are many more where these come from and this is just a selection of the fascinating things there are to learn about Europe.

1.    Europe is the second smallest continent in the world and consists of just 4 million square miles.

2.    Europe unlike some continents is designated for political more than geographical reasons.

3.    700 million people live in Europe. However birth rates are relatively stagnant – and has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world.

4.    However despite being low in fertility, Europeans are high in generosity and the ten most generous countries in terms of charities are all European. One of the more positive facts about Europe.

5.    Much of the shape of Europe is a result of World War 1 and 2. The First World War caused the complete alteration or dissolution of four empires – the German, Ottoman, Russian and Austro-Hungarian. World War 2 meanwhile resulted in the death of 2.5 percent of the world’s population.

6.    One of the most interesting facts about Europe is that it is believed that Europe is named originally after ‘Europa’ who was a Phoenician Princess from Greek Mythology.

7.    The smallest country in Europe is The Vatican city – actually only 110 acres in total and with a population of just more than 800. It is located within Rome and is the home of Catholicism. Meanwhile the largest country in Europe is Russia (though Russia is only partially European) with an area of 17,098,242km2. These are also the smallest and largest countries in the world. One of the most interesting facts about Europe then is that it includes the smallest and largest countries in the world.

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8.    Interestingly 80 to 90 percent of Europe was once covered in forest. In the West one of the perhaps sadder facts about Europe is that this number now stands at only 3 percent.

9.    One of the facts about Europe that is up for the most debate is the number of countries comprising the continent which varies slightly by definition. Approximately there are 50 states or ‘self governing political entities). This is not to be confused with the 27 member states of the EU. Interestingly there are around 70 former countries once a part of Europe that no longer appear on maps due to war and changing boarders.

10.    Europe produces slightly over 18 percent of the world’s oil.

21 Comments so far

  1. Mar   June 9, 2011 8:28 am

    I find it odd that they have over 700 million people yet have the lowest fertility rate. Very odd indeed.
    And I never knew that they only produced 18 % of the worlds oil. I would have though it would nave been higher than that.

  2. Bella   August 25, 2011 10:51 am

    It is hard to believe that once the forest covered so much of Europe. To bad that it was all destroyed. And as far as the fertility rates go it is odd. You would think they would be more fertile than anyone since they have so many people living there.

  3. Jasmine   August 28, 2011 5:40 pm

    It is sad to say before Europe was distroyed bye World War 1 and 2. The Sight and Beauty was better then anywere in the world.

  4. rubz   September 6, 2011 2:17 pm

    i find this is a brilliant fact page to tell me about facts for Europe to write in my awesome geography jotter Thankyou to whoever wrote this page of amazing facts x

  5. sarah   September 8, 2011 10:45 am

    this is some good ten facts about europe
    love you lots of goods bye :P

  6. Mercy   October 9, 2011 8:51 am

    These are some 10 interesting facts about Europe. I didn’t know that Europe was named after a Greek princess. This is the most interesting from all these 10 facts about Europe. Thank you for this beautiful article. I’ve learned some interesting things reading it.

  7. raajika   October 23, 2011 10:14 pm

    i just wanted some of the facts of Europe for my geography project ,and these 10 facts were ausum and i didn’t had to look after for any other facts!!!!!!!!!!thnx for the cool and sweet facts of Europe……….

  8. Lara   June 27, 2012 12:12 pm

    Europe is incredible; I from Germany, In Germany we speak not much English. Without EU the world won’t be the same. Europe is the most beautiful place to visit. London is fascinating and places like Paris are also brilliant. Europe is really nice. If you american, or not from Europe, you should visit. It really nice. In Derbyshire in England where I was last year, I saw at least 1000 tourists just in that area. Come to Berlin also. It’s amazing.

  9. Justavisitor.   July 25, 2012 4:06 am

    Honestly Europe is nice for a family vacation.But the problem is that some countries are expensive.But still nice.LoL

  10. shrey   August 8, 2012 6:03 am

    i love u and i have found a europe line please see here

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  11. hi   October 11, 2012 9:35 am

    we are killing trees 80% to 90% used to cover the Europe now 3%

  12. Jovanny   January 7, 2013 4:12 pm

    I find these comments to be interesting, but what I don’t get is how the last fact was that Europe only produces 18 percent of the world’s oil. What good comes from knowing that?

  13. conference tips for executive presenters   February 7, 2013 4:51 am

    Highly useful looking ahead to visiting again.

  14. AntoniA   March 1, 2013 11:45 am

    I want to live in London!!

  15. Jose   May 3, 2013 12:39 pm

    Really good facts lol

  16. Ashley   May 8, 2013 12:44 pm

    Those are some very interesting facts. :P

  17. abhishek chatterjee   May 22, 2013 7:22 am

    nice amazing facts zayada knowlegde nahi mila

  18. suzzan   June 14, 2013 8:18 pm

    really its good to know about europe…..

  19. irique   October 3, 2013 5:06 pm

    it is really good to learn about europe

  20. abdullah sabir   December 15, 2013 10:24 am

    nice facts about europe

  21. Taquisha Brown   September 28, 2014 5:22 am

    give more information on Europe,

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