Countries in Europe

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Europe generally has a temperate climate. It is milder than other areas of the same latitude due to the influence of the Gulf Stream that makes Europe's climate warmer and wetter than it would be otherwise.

The culture of Europe can be described as a series of overlapping cultures, between West and East, between Christianity and Islam, and other fascinating cultural mixes exist across the continent.



Albania is a country in South Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo[a] to the northeast, the Republic of Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south and southeast. It ... READ MORE

Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean appears to be the second youngest of all five oceans. Evidence indicates that it did not exist prior to 130 million years ago, when the continents that formed from the breakup of th ... READ MORE


Austria is a diverse country, rich in culture, with spectacular scenery and an enormous variety of holidays to offer throughout the winter and summer seasons. Whether it's a break to the magical citie ... READ MORE


Belgium features stunning architecture decorating quaint cobblestone squares and is known all over the world for its cuisine and mouthwatering chocolates. Often called the Essence of Europe, Belgium i ... READ MORE

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina countryside is incredibly beautiful but towns are horribly scarred by the war. There is a small strip of land on the beautiful Dalmatian coast with sails bobbing in serene azure ... READ MORE


Bulgaria is a country bordering the Black Sea in Southeastern Europe. Its history can be traced back to the most distant antiquity (1st millennium BC). Bulgaria is a land of curious rock formations an ... READ MORE


Croatia is a small country situated in Mediterranean along the coast of the Adriatic Sea offering variety of cultural and natural attractions. The Eastern Adriatic coast is considered to be the most b ... READ MORE


Cyprus, an ancient island of legends that has seen civilizations come and go and the likes of Alexander the Great and Cleopatra stake their claim. Aphrodite made her home on Cyprus, and travellers thr ... READ MORE

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is located at the very heart of Central Europe. This small nation boasts a host of spectacular cultural treasures and a varied, rich tapestry of natural wonders. ... READ MORE


Denmark was once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power. Today, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation even though it is one of the smallest in Europe. Great d ... READ MORE


Estonia has an extensive coastline stretching 3,794 kilometres, including over 1,500 islands in the Baltic Sea. Since the last Russian troops left in 1994, Estonia has been free to promote economic an ... READ MORE


Finland’s seasonal contrasts and pristine natural environment provide the setting for a dazzling and inspiring variety of adventures and new experiences. Around Midsummer in northern Finland, the su ... READ MORE


France is a destination for those who enjoy history, culture and the art of living well. This taste for life is evident from the chic boulevards of Paris to the sparkling ski slopes of the Alps. A vis ... READ MORE


Georgia is a country in the Caucasus of southeastern Europe, bounded north by Russia, east by Azerbaijan, south by Armenia and Turkey, and west by the Black Sea. ... READ MORE


Germany is an amalgamation of different regional princedoms, earldoms, monarchies and states. Therefore each major city in Germany has its own unique character and attractions. In addition to top-qual ... READ MORE


Gibraltar is a tiny British colony lying on the southern coast of Spain. With its strategic location on Strait of Gibraltar that links the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar was rel ... READ MORE


Greece is a holidaymakers paradise. The mainland is a mountainous peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean Sea spilling into an archipelago of about 2,000 islands. Greece has over 13,000 kilometres of ... READ MORE


Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat), the world's largest island, is a land of clear Arctic air, icebergs of all shapes and sizes, dramatic glaciers and the world's second largest ice cap. Vikings reached Gre ... READ MORE


Hungary offers all the luxury of Western Europe with a Magyar twist and half the cost. Experience the legendary Hungarian hospitality in graceful Budapest. The capital city has a lively arts, cafe and ... READ MORE




Ireland has undergone major cultural, social and economic changes in recent decades. The relatively dismal, repressed, and depressed Ireland of the past has been replaced by a young vibrant and boomin ... READ MORE


Italy is a distinctive boot-shaped peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea. Italy is a feast for the senses ... Surrounded by water on three sides, Italy's 5,345 miles of coastline offe ... READ MORE


Latvia is an ancient link between west and east. Prior to occupation by the Soviet Union, Latvia was one of the most dynamic parts of Europe. Since the collapse of the Soviet system, Latvia has been s ... READ MORE


Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence from the USSR and it has since been smartening up its image. Capital city, Vilnius, has seen its grand old baroque buildi ... READ MORE


Malta is a Mediterranean island archipelago that lies south of Italy. Only the three largest islands of the archipelago are inhabited: Malta, Ghawdex or Gozo, and Kemmuna or Comino. Malta is a pretty ... READ MORE


Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova is a landlocked state in Eastern Europe, located between Romania to the West and Ukraine to the North, East and South. It declared itself an independent sta ... READ MORE


Monaco is a fairytale independent principality occupying the choicest coastline along the French Riviera. The Genoese built a fortress on the site of present-day Monaco in 1215. The current ruling fam ... READ MORE


Montenegro is a country located in Southeastern Europe. The country's name originates from the Venetian term monte negro, meaning "black mountain". Montenegro has some of the most rugged mountainous t ... READ MORE


The Netherlands (or Holland) lies in coastal lowland on the edge of Europe. Much of the land is below sea level, and the Dutch are famous for their reclaimed land. One polder, De Beemster dating back ... READ MORE


Norway is known as the 'Land of the Midnight Sun': from mid-May to the end of July the sun never sets. High plateaus, glaciers and rugged mountains are broken by fertile valleys. Norway has one of mos ... READ MORE


Poland is a flat country in Central Europe lying on the coast of the Baltic Sea. It is an intriguing mix of old and new. From ancient cities to those painstakingly rebuilt from the rubble of World War ... READ MORE


Portugal is a relaxed wonder of Europe. The world-renown Algarve coast offers highly developed stretches of beach while Lisbon is known as Europe’s laid-back and affordable capital city. Its feature ... READ MORE


Romania is a unique country that captures the imagination: from medieval towns in Transylvania, painted monasteries, and traditional villages to the magnificent architecture of Bucharest. Transylvania ... READ MORE

San Marino

San Marino is an enclave in central Italy. The third smallest state in Europe (after the Holy See and Monaco), San Marino also claims to be the world's oldest republic. According to tradition, it was ... READ MORE


Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to t ... READ MORE


Serbia is bordered by Hungary to the north; Romania and Bulgaria to the east; the Republic of Macedonia and Albania to the south; and Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro to the west. The co ... READ MORE


Slovakia is a land-locked country in Europe bordering the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south with a population of of over five mi ... READ MORE


Slovenia borders Italy on the west, the Adriatic Sea on the southwest, Croatia on the south and east, Hungary on the northeast, and Austria on the north. The capital and largest city of Slovenia is Lj ... READ MORE


Spain is more than bullfights, flamenco dancers and crowded beaches. It is a spectacular and diverse country. Its tremendous history is reflected in its prehistoric cave paintings, Moorish palaces, cr ... READ MORE


Sweden is a vast land stretching from the Baltic Sea in the south, right past the Arctic Circle in the north. It offers a variety of beautiful landscapes, extensive forests and crisp, clear lakes (alm ... READ MORE


Switzerland is a land of spectacular mountain landscapes and dramatic lakes in Central Europe. The Alps dominates the landscapes and Switzerland has some of the highest elevations in the Alps. This ma ... READ MORE


Turkey is a land with one foot in Europe and one in the Middle East. Turkey's capital Istanbul was the end point of the Silk and Spice roads. Browse the Spice Bazaar or cruise along the Bosphorus whic ... READ MORE


The Ukraine coastline is 2,782 kilometres long and offers a variety of landscapes washed by the Black Sea and Azov Sea. The coastline begins at the Danube river delta on the Romanian border. From ther ... READ MORE

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain includes England, Scotland, and Wales and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom (or UK) lies only 35 kilometres away from the European mainland and is linked to Fran ... READ MORE


Wales is a country in the United Kingdom bordered by England, the Irish sea and the Bristol channel. The capital is Cardiff, and the country has retained a distinct cultural history, even though it cl ... READ MORE

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