1. The EU’s Europe Day should not be confused with the Europe Day of the Council of Europe, which falls on May 5.
2. Europe is named after the Phoenician princess Europa of Greek myth who was seduced by Zeus disguised as a bull.
3. Europa climbed on to his back and he carried her off into the sea and took her to Crete.
4. Europe covers 3.93 million square miles, which is roughly eight per cent of the Earth's surface.
5. The whole of Europe is only two per cent larger in area than Canada.
6. Britain became an offshore island of Europe only 10,000 years ago when the North Sea formed.
7. About 733 million people, which is 11 per cent of the world’s population, live in Europe.
8. It has been estimated that one in 10 Europeans is conceived in an Ikea bed.
9. The largest country entirely in Europe is Ukraine.
10. Geographically, Europe is not a continent. Its boundary with Asia was a Greek idea to name the two sides of the Hellespont (now the Dardanelles)