Austria is a landlocked country in Central Europe with a very mountainous terrain. Only 32% of Austria is below 1,640 square feet (500 m). With a high per capita GDP of $49,436, Austrians have a high standard of living. Approximately 47% of the country is covered with forests which gives Austria a lot of greenery. With beautiful waterfalls and meadows, there are many great places to walk or hike. Austria, the birthplace of many famous composers and Nobel Prize winners, is rich in cultural histor

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Belgium meets high standards of living and has a progressive high-income economy. This developed country, according to the Global Peace Index, is rated as one of the most peaceful countries in the world, with a population of approximately 11.3 million. Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is also known as the unofficial capital of the EU. Brussels houses the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, and the European Commission. Belgium’s currency is the Euro as they are part of the Eu

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Linked to nearby Sweden by the Öresund bridge, Denmark is a Scandinavian country made up of the Jutland Peninsula and numerous islands. Copenhagen, its capital city, is home to royal palaces, the Tivoli amusement park and the iconic Little Mermaid statue. Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, best known for his fairy tales, is from the city of Odense. Although Denmark is a relatively small country (it covers an area of 42,924 km2 and has a population of around 5.5 million), its territory includ

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Finland is a small country of a little over 5 million people, sandwiched between Russia and Sweden. Archaeological discoveries suggest that Finland was first inhabited by humans about 125,000 years ago. Some claim that the first Finnish-speaking people settled in the country in the eighth century. Other scholars believe that a form of Finnish has been spoken in Finland as far back as 3000BC. Settlements were firmly established by the stone age around 8500 BC and Archaeologists have since reconst

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France is located in Western Europe and is the third largest country on the continent of Europe. It is also known as the largest country in all of Western Europe. The official language of France is French; however you can also hear English in some of the metropolitan areas. Paris is the capital city of France, and has a total population of 2.2 million people. The entire country of France has a population of 65.3 million, making it the 19th largest country in the world. France does not have an of

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Germany is located in western-central Europe and is home to 80.3 million people. Its capital city of Berlin has a population of 3.3 million people. Germany has the largest population of all of the countries in the European Union, and is considered a major political and economical power in Europe. Its currency is the Euro, which is also used widely across Europe. The official language of Germany is German, and the country does not have an official religion. Although, Christianity is practiced wid

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Greece is located in Southeast Europe, and is comprised of 11 different geographical areas. The country is home to 11 million people, and its capital city of Athens is populated with 3.7 million people. Greece is surrounded by Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey to the north, the Aegean Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The country also has the 11th longest coastline in the world, which is approximately 13,676 km long. Greece’s 11 million cit

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Iceland is a Nordic island country with an intriguing history and spectacular natural attractions that bring many tourists to the island. Volcanically active, much of the land is covered by sand and lava fields, mountain and glaciers. Iceland is a country that has learned how to take advantage of its natural resources while also protecting them, and its geothermal hot springs are hugely popular with residents and tourists alike. Although it has many visitors, Iceland remains the most sparsely po

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Ireland is a beautiful green country located in northwest Europe. It is an island that is separated from Great Britain by the Irish Sea. The island is considered the 20th largest island in the world, and encompasses 84,421 kilometers squared of land. It is home to 6.4 million people, and the capital city of Dublin has a population of 1.273 million people. The island has a hilly geography with numerous plains and rivers cutting through the land. Its currency is the Euro. The country’s official la

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Italy is located in Southern Europe between France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The country is located in the Mediterranean Sea and also governs numerous islands throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Italy and all of its islands are home to 59 million people. Its capital city, Rome, is home to 2.7 million people. Italy’s official language is Italian, and it does not have an official religion. However, Christianity is practiced by 91.6% of Italy’s people and Catholicism is the primary religion

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The Netherlands is a socially tolerant country in northwestern Europe bordered by Germany and Belgium. Dutch people as a whole, tend not to be fans of flashy behavior. If you are making lots of money, it is felt that much of it should be returned to the system for the greater good of society as a whole. It’s not surprising that this country is also a world leader in regard to environmental issues. With a maritime climate, weather can change depending on what is happening with the ocean. Extremel

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The Kingdom of Norway is a country in northern Europe. It is the 68th largest country in the world, covering about 385,000 square kilometres of the Scandinavian peninsula. Its population in 2017 was 5.27 million, most of whom live in its cities, including its capital and largest city, Oslo. The Norwegian Krone is its currency, and it has a very stable, prosperous economy. There are two official languages, Norwegian and Sami. The Church of Norway is a Christian denomination and the country's Stat

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Poland is a country located in Central Europe. The country is the sixth most populous state in the European Union, with a population of over 38 million. The country, in terms of population, is the 34th largest in the world. In terms of area, Poland is 120,726 square miles, making it the 69th largest country by area. Over 94% of people that live in Poland are Polish. The capital of Poland is Warsaw, which is also the country’s biggest city. The country has a unitary parliamentary republic governm

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Portugal is the oldest state on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest European nation-states, having been continuously settled, invaded and fought over since prehistoric times. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Portugal established the first global maritime empire, becoming one of the world's major economic, political and military powers. Today, Portugal is a socially progressive developed country with an advanced economy and high living standards. In addition to the mainland, Port

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Romania – Right at its centre we have the region of Transylvania, famous for its Medieval towns and Castles, birthplace of the fictional Vampire, Count Dracula in the Carpathian Mountains. The country’s name derives from the conquest of Transylvania at Dacia by the Romans in the beginning of the second century AD. The Romanian language has evolved from Vulgar Latin. What can we glean from the country’s chequered and rich history? Here are 50 facts that might surprise you in some cases.

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Scotland is a country in the United Kingdom, in Northwest Europe. Covering an area of 77,933 square kilometres, its mainland is part of the island of Great Britain, and it has 290 other islands. It has a population of about 5.4 million, most of whom live in its cities. Its capital is Edinburgh, but its largest city is Glasgow. Scotland's currency is the Pound Sterling in common with the rest of the UK, and its economy is very varied throughout the country. Its official language is English, and C

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Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is located on the Iberian Peninsula and is part of Southwestern Europe. Spain is a sovereign state and is almost completely surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. To its northeast are France, Andorra and the Bay of Biscay, while to is northwest is Portugal. Spain also has many territories throughout the world. Spanish territories include the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, the cities Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa, Alhuecemas, Velez de la Gomera, Al

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Sweden is located in Northern Europe and is part of Scandinavia. It is bordered by Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark via a land bridge. The country is the third largest country in the European Union by area, but only is home to 9.5 million people, making its population density very low. The country’s capital is Stockholm, and it is home to approximately 871,990 people. The country’s official language is Swedish. The country does not have an official religion, however over 7 million

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Switzerland is a beautiful country that is located in Western Europe. Switzerland borders Germany to the north, Italy to the south, France to the east and Liechtenstein and Austria to the east. The country is completely landlocked, and encompasses an area of 15,940 square miles (41,285 square kilometers). The country’s population is approximately 8 million people, and its capital city of Bern is home to 125,000 people. The country has four main languages, including German, French, Italian, and R

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Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It is the 46th largest country in the world, and the largest completely in Europe. It has land borders with seven other countries and sits on the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov to the south. It has a population of 42.5 million spread over a land mass of 603,628 square kilometres, making it quite sparsely populated by area. Much of its population live in its large towns and cities, including Kiev, its capital and largest city. Ukraine's economy is based on i

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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is located on the continent of Europe, and includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The country is a sovereign state whose capital is London. All of the United Kingdom has a population of 63.1 million people, while London is home to 8.1 million people. Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) is fully surrounded by water, with the Atlantic Ocean on its west, the North Sea on its north, the English Channel to the south and the Irish Sea to the west. The Irish

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Vatican City

Vatican City is an independent city-state surrounded by Rome and is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It is home to the Pope, who is the ex officio Head of State. Vatican City is known for its spectacular art and iconic architecture, which includes ancient Roman sculptures such as 'Laocoön and His Sons', St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, with its famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo. Vatican City is the smallest state in the world by both area and population, with an ar

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