Europe is a diversified and sometime complex collection of countries. They are made up of various ethnic peoples and cultures with deep histories for a traveler to discover. Europe’s unique geography also amplifies its natural beauty and wonder.
A little familiarity of the European countries, their cities, history, geography, people, languages and more, will only enhance your travel experience to this continent.
While the United States is more similar to Europe than any other place in the world, they of course do some things differently than we do in America. That is why it is important to have some knowledge of the most common differences. The ability to convert and comprehend that information, while traveling in Europe, will only aid your traveling experience
Climate & Weather
While continental Europe lies at a latitude farther north then that of United States, its climate remains very temperate.
Europe is one of seven continents. It is the second smallest continent in size with only Oceania being smaller. Europe is a large peninsula that extends westerly out from the Eurasia super-continent land mass. Through the centuries the boundaries have shifted, that define Europe from Asia.
Europe’s history is fascinating with events and people that have changed civilization and the world forever. While some have move civilization forward for the better, others have caused great destruction and death. Many conflicts arose over the struggles for power, religion, wealth, commerce and logistics. Europe is an immense history book on many subjects.
Demographics are the criteria about a society that can be broken down into many different fields of information. Population, People, Language, Religion, Politics and more.
There are over 80 languages use in Europe with every country having an official language and some secondary ones. Some of these secondary languages are recognized as regional dialects only. European countries recognize 23 total official languages.
Many forms of governments today originated in European countries. Evolving from the first forms of democracy in Ancient Greece to todays European Union. The political philosophies of ancient Greeks like Plato stimulated the medieval period and Magna Carta.