We list 46 European countries for reference in Europe Traveler Guide. The largest being European Russia to the smallest the Holy See – Vatican City. Parts of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakstan overlap into what is considered by geographers continental Europe. We may include them in the future. Also now omitted are Kosovo, who has declared its independence, Crimea’s alliance as a part of the Russian Federation and Transnistria the breakaway state of Moldova. At this time the UN as well as most countries have not recognized their autonomous status.
European Union Member Countries
While these European microstates are not members of the EU, they include use of the Euro and other areas of cooperation
Non-European Union Countries
Bosnia & Herzegovina
These areas are are Dependancies of the United Kingdom
British Overseas Territory
Isle of Man
The following table shows a quick snapshot of important information all European countries, excluding those mentioned above.
|Country||Capitol||Area (mi2)||Population||Symbol||Currency||EU||Schengen||Time Zone|
|ANDORRA||Andorra la Vella||179||74,794||AD||EUR – €||No||No||CET|
|AUSTRIA||Vienna||32,386||8,857,960||A||EUR – €||1995||1995||CET|
|BELARUS||Minsk||80,155||9,477,100||BY||BYN – Br||No||No||MSKS|
|BELGIUM||Brussels||11,787||11,449,656||BE||EUR – €||1952||1985||CET|
|BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA||Sarajevo||19,772||3,511,372||BA||BAM – KM||No||No||CET|
|BULGARIA||Sofia||42,858||7,000,039||BG||BNG – лв||2007||No||EET|
|CROATIA||Zagreb||21,831||4,105,493||HR||HRK – kn||2013||No||CET|
|CYPRUS||Nicosia||2,276||864,200||CY||EUR – €||2004||No||EET|
|DENMARK||Copenhagen||16,640||5,837,213||DK||DKK – kr||1973||1996||CET|
|ESTONIA||Tallinn||17,505||1,328,976||EE||EUR – €||2004||2004||EET|
|FINLAND||Helsinki||130,666||5,522,015||FI||EUR – €||1995||1996||EET|
|FRANCE||Paris||210,026||67,076,000||FR||EUR – €||1952||1985||CET|
|GERMANY||Berlin||137,903||83,122,889||DE||EUR – €||1952||1985||CET|
|GIBRALTAR||Westside||2.6||34,003||GI||GIP – £||No||No||CET|
|GREECE||Athens||50,949||10,768,193||GR||EUR – €||1981||1992||CET|
|GUERNSEY||St. Peter Port||25||62,792||GG||GBP – £||No||No||EET|
|HOLY SEE||Vatican City||.17||799||VA||EUR – €||No||No||CET|
|HUNGARY||Budapest||35,919||9,771,000||HU||HUF – Ft||2004||2004||CET|
|JERSEY||St. Heller||46.2||103,267||JE||GBP – £||No||No||EET|
|ICELAND||Reykjavik||39,682||342,773||IS||ISK – kr||No||1996||GMT|
|ISLE of MAN||Douglas||221||84,069||IM||GBP – £||No||No||EET|
|ITALY||Rome||116,336||60,390,560||IT||EUR – €||1952||1990||CET|
|KOSOVO||Pristina||4,203||1,806,279||XK||EUR – €||No||No||CET|
|LATVIA||Riga||24,928||1,921,300||LV||EUR – €||2004||2004||EET|
|LITHUANIA||Vilnius||25,212||2,794,090||LT||EUR – €||2004||2004||EET|
|LUXEMBOURG||Luxembourg City||998||626,108||LU||EUR – €||1952||1985||CET|
|MALTA||Valletta||122||514,564||MT||EUR – €||2004||2004||CET|
|MOLDOVA||Chișinău||13,067||2,681,735||MD||MDL – L||No||No||EET|
|MONACO||Monte Carlo||.78||39,419||MC||EUR – €||No||No||CET|
|MONTENEGRO||Podgorica||5,333||622,359||ME||EUR – €||No||No||CET|
|NETHERLANDS||Amsterdam||16,033||17,417,600||NL||EUR – €||1952||1985||CET|
|NORTH MACEDONIA||Skopje||9,928||2,075,301||MK||EUR – €||No||No||CET|
|NORWAY||Oslo||125,013||5,323,933||NO||NOK – kr||No||1996||CET|
|POLAND||Warsaw||120,728||38,433,600||PL||PLN – Zł||2004||2004||CET|
|PORTUGAL||Lisbon||35,556||10,276,617||PT||EUR – €||1986||1992||GMT|
|ROMANIA||Bucharest||92,043||19,523,621||RO||RON – lei||2007||No||EET|
|RUSSIA||Moscow||3,992,500||108,949,694||RU||RUB – ₽||No||No||*(1)|
|SAN MARINO||San Marino||24||33,407||SM||EUR – €||No||No||CET|
|SERBIA||Belgrade||29,913||6,963,764||RS||RSD – Дин||No||No||CET|
|SLOVAKIA||Bratislava||18,933||5,445,087||SK||EUR – €||2004||2004||CET|
|SLOVENIA||Ljubljana||7,827||2,070,050||SI||EUR – €||2004||2004||CET|
|SPAIN||Madrid||195,364||47,733,038||ES||EUR – €||1986||1992||CET|
|SWEDEN||Stockholm||173,860||10,319,601||SE||SEK + kr||1995||1996||CET|
|TURKEY||Ankara||302,535||83,154,997||TR||TL – ₺||No||No||EET|
|UKRAINE||Kyiv||232,820||41,660,982||US||грн – ₴||No||No||EET|
|UNITED KINGDOM||London||93,788||66,796,807||GB||GBP – £||No||No||GMT|
Country Prosperity Index
The Legatum Prosperity Index is an annual ranking developed by the Legatum Institute, an independent educational charity founded and part-funded by the private investment firm Legatum.
As of the 2021 rankings, 167 countries and territories were ranked, and Denmark topped the list at number 1 with a 83.86 score, followed by Norway in second and Sweden third. The United States ranked 20th and the South Sudan was in last place at 167th.
Top 50 Countries
The list below shows all countries and their overall ranking in the world. The micro-state countries below were not ranked in the report. Andorra , Holy See. Liechtenstein, Monaco.
8 New Zealand
13 United Kingdom
18 Hong Kong
20 United States
29 South Korea
39 Costa Rica
41 United Arab Emirates
These European Countries did not rank in the top 50
60 North Macedonia
Only European countries are listed in the categories of prosperity pillars below. If you wish to view all country rankings by pillar profiles go to Legatum Institute Prosperity Index 2021 for the complete report.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security is an integral component of prosperity. Citizens’ well- being is dependent on having personal safety, where their person and property are free from violence and theft. A secure and stable environment is necessary for attracting investment and sustaining economic growth. In short, a nation can prosper only in an environment of security and safety for its citizens. The United States ranked 69, the South Sudan is ranked last at 167.
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Personal Freedom captures the extent to which the population of a country is free to determine the course of their lives without undue restrictions. This includes freedom from coercion and restrictions on movement, speech and assembly. Central to this is the level of agency an individual experiences, and their freedom from discrimination. The United States ranked 22, Eritrea is ranked last at 167.
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Governance measures the extent to which there are checks and restraints on political power and whether govern- ments operate effectively and without corruption. The nature of a country’s governance has a material impact on its prosperity. The rule of law, strong insti- tutions and regulatory quality contrib- ute significantly to economic growth, as do competent governments that enact policy efficiently and design regulations that deliver policy objectives without being overly burdensome. The United States ranked 23, Venezuela is ranked last at 167.
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Social Capital measures how cohesive a society is in terms of people trusting, respecting and helping one another, and the institutional structures they inter- act with. A person’s wellbeing is best provided for in a society where people trust one another and have the support of their friends and family. Societies with lower levels of trust tend to experience lower levels of economic growth and social wellbeing. Thus, the word “capi- tal” in “social capital” highlights the contribution of social networks as an asset that produces economic returns and improves wellbeing. The United States ranked 13, Afghanistan is ranked last at 167.
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Open Economies encourage innovation and investment, promote business and trade, and facilitate inclusive growth. This domain captures the extent to which the economies of each country embody these ideals.
Investment Environment – Enterprise Conditions – Market Access and Infrastructure – Economic Quality
Living Conditions measures whether a reasonable quality of life is extended to the whole population, which is necessary for a nation to be prosperous. This includes several key areas — in addition to material resources, people must also have access to adequate shelter and a healthy diet, basic services such as electricity, clean water and sanitation, safety at work and in their lived environment and the ability to connect and engage in core activities in society. The United States ranked 27, Central African Republic is ranked last at 167.
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Health measures the extent to which people are healthy and have access to the necessary services to maintain good health. Those who enjoy good physical and mental health report high levels of wellbeing, whilst poor health provides a major obstacle to people fulfilling their potential. The coverage and accessibility of effective healthcare, combined with behaviours that sustain a healthy life- style, are critical to both individual and national prosperity. The United States ranked 68, Japan is ranked 1, Central African Republic is ranked last at 167.
Education is a building block for prosper- ous societies; the accumulation of skills and capabilities contributes to economic growth. Education provides the opportu- nity for individuals to reach their poten- tial, and a more fulfilled and prosperous life. A better-educated population also leads to greater civic engagement and improved social outcomes — such as better health and lower crime rates. The United States is ranked 20, Singapore is ranked 1, the South Sudan is ranked last at 167.
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Natural Environment captures the parts of the physical environment that have a direct effect on people in their daily lives and changes that might impact the prosperity of future generations. A well-managed natural environment benefits a nation by yielding crops, material for construction, wildlife and food, and sources of energy, while clean air leads to a higher quality of living for all. The United States ranked 23, Pakistan is ranked last at 167.
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