It is believed that Europe is named originally after Europa, who was a Phoenician princess from Greek mythology. Europe has an estimated population of over 739 million, making up 11% of the total world population.
The largest religion in Europe is Christianity, with 76.2% of Europeans considering themselves Christians, The second most popular religion is Islam (6%)concentrated mainly in the Balkans and eastern Europe. Other religions, including Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism are minority religions. Europe has become a relatively secular continent, the largest secular population in the western worlds with an increasing number and proportion o irreligious, atheist & agnostic people making up 18.2% of its population. It also has the largest number of global migrants at 70.6 million people.
GEOGRAPHY: Europe is bounded by large bodies of water to the north, west and south. On the east is no geographical separation from Asia. It has a higher ratio of coast to landmass than any other continent or subcontinent. Its maritime borders consist of the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Mediterranean, Black, and Caspian Seas to the south Islands are generally grouped with the nearest continental landmass. The lowest point is Volga Delta, Caspian Sea at -28.0 meters, while the highest point is Mt. Elbrus in the European part of Russia at 5,642 m/18510ft followed by Mont Blanc in France-Italy at 4,907m/15,771ft. Yugoslavia broke up into 7 countries, Slovenia, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia.
CLIMATE: The climate of Europe varies from subtropical to polar. The Mediterranean climate of the south is dry and warm. The western and northwestern parts have a mild, generally humid climate, influenced by the North Atlantic Drift. In central and eastern Europe the climate is of the humid continental-type with cool summers. In the northeast subarctic and tundra climates are found. All of Europe is subject to the moderating influence of prevailing westerly winds from the Atlantic Ocean and, consequently, its climates are found at higher latitudes than similar climates on other continents.
CULTURE: Europe's culture is rooted in its Art, literature, philosophy and more. The cuisines of Western countries are diverse by themselves, from Italian pasta to French wine, Spanish paella, Belgian chocolate & English breakfast. Sports is also an important aspect of European life with football/soccer being the major sports.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGY: Roe deer, hedge hog, blue tit, European tree frogs, Reindeer, Pine Marten, Arctic Fox, and Norwegian Lemmings of the cold North, Saiga Antelope and Karakurt spider of the Russian steppe, and wild boars are some of the animals found on the continent.
ECONOMY: Europe is the most economically developed continent, with the European union as the biggest economic and political union in the world. Most of the countries use a single currency Euro. Europe is highly industrialized; the largest industrial areas are found in W central Europe, England, N Italy, Ukraine, and European Russia. Agriculture, forestry (in N Europe), and fishing (along the Atlantic coast) are also important. Coal, iron ore, and salt are abundant natural resources found on the continent. Also oil and gas, found in E Europe and beneath the North Sea & Coal which is used to produce a significant, but declining amount of Europe's electricity.
FUN FACTS: The most visited place in Europe is Disneyland, Paris ~ The airport in Brussels sells more chocolate than any other single location on Earth ~ The Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona is taking longer to build than the pyramids (it was started in 1882 and no, it is not done yet) ~ Only 1% of the items kept at the British Museum are actually on display ~ Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe and it hasn't changed its name since 681 AD ~ Iceland has no mosquitoes at all. Not even one. ~ The escalators in London's underground travel two times the circumference of the Earth every week ~ Europe makes 44% of the worlds wine.
TOURISM: Europe has always been a preferred destination for globetrotters thanks to its numerous places of interest. Take a trip around the continent.
Explore the abandoned ancient greek city of Apollonia in ALBANIA, go skiing on renowned pistes in ANDORRA, attend the Salzburg festival and enjoy classical music in AUSTRIA, tour the fortress of Brest in BELARUS, satisfy your sweet tooth and indulge in the best chocolates in BELGIUM, visit BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA's only beach in Neum, attend the festival of roses in BULGARIA, dive in the ethereal blue grotto in CROATIA, shop for Lefkara lace in CYPRUS, tour Machoca sinkhole in Moravsky kras in CZECH REPUBLIC, take a family trip to Legoland in DENMARK, watch a wife-carrying world championship in ESTONIA, go diving in the crystal clear waters of FAROE ISLANDS, marvel at the architecture in Helsinki FINLAND, Kayak the Gorges du Verdon in FRANCE, marvel at the Caucasian mountains in GEORGIA, experience the Oktoberfest festival in Munich GERMANY, Take a cable car to the the Apes den and enjoy the view of Spain to the north and Africa to the south in GIBRALTAR, head to the birthplace of olympic games in Olympia GREECE, go fishing at river Tisza in HUNGARY, visit the Gullfoss golden waterfall in ICELAND, tour the Killarney national park in IRELAND, explore the remains of Pompeii in ITALY, climb Mountain Gjeravica in KOSOVO, attend the spring restaurant week and try out authentic traditional cuisines in LATVIA, paraglide through the mountains of LIECHTENSTEIN, visit the Amber museum gallery & botanical park in LITHUANIA, visit the village of Schengen where the Moselle marks the meeting of three countries (Luxembourg, France & Germany) in LUXEMBOURG, appreciate the works at the museum of contemporary art featuring pieces by Pablo Picasso, Robert Jacobsen and others in MACEDONIA, visit the megalithic temples in MALTA, sip the national wine on a vineyard visit in MOLDOVA, catch a formula 1 race at the grand prix in MONACO, explore Durmitor national park in MONTENEGRO, indulge in legal marijuana in NETHERLANDS, soak in the surreal beauty of the northern lights in NORWAY, try an authentic dish of pierogi in POLAND, visit the UNESCO world heritage town of Sintra in PORTUGAL, see the Berca mud volcanoes in ROMANIA, go skiing in Krasnaya polyana RUSSIA, watch the sailing regatta in SAN MARINO, visit the Nikola Tesla museum for live demonstrations of his inventions in SERBIA, tour the Andy Warhol gallery in Medzilaborce SLOVAKIA, take a dip in Lake Bled in SLOVENIA, see the palace fortress of Alhambra in SPAIN, play a game of golf in any of the numerous golf courses in SWEDEN, go skiing in St Moritz SWITZERLAND, ride a snowmobile in SVALBARD, cruise the Black sea in TURKEY, tour the city of Odessa in UKRAINE, enjoy a traditional English breakfast in the UNITED KINGDOM & tour the whole of VATICAN CITY, hopefully you get to see the pope during one of his usual appearances.