1. Europe is the second smallest continent in the world and consists of just 4 million square miles.
2. Europe unlike some continents is designated for political more than geographical reasons.
3. 700 million people live in Europe. However birth rates are
relatively stagnant – and has one of the lowest fertility rates in the
4. However despite being low in fertility, Europeans are high in
generosity and the ten most generous countries in terms of charities are
all European. One of the more positive facts about Europe.
5. Much of the shape of Europe is a result of World War 1 and 2.
The First World War caused the complete alteration or dissolution of
four empires – the German, Ottoman, Russian and Austro-Hungarian. World
War 2 meanwhile resulted in the death of 2.5 percent of the world’s
6. One of the most interesting facts about Europe is that it is
believed that Europe is named originally after ‘Europa’ who was a
Phoenician Princess from Greek Mythology.
7. The smallest country in Europe is The Vatican city – actually
only 110 acres in total and with a population of just more than 800. It
is located within Rome and is the home of Catholicism. Meanwhile the
largest country in Europe is Russia (though Russia is only partially
European) with an area of 17,098,242km2. These are also the smallest and
largest countries in the world. One of the most interesting facts about
Europe then is that it includes the smallest and largest countries in
8. Interestingly 80 to 90 percent of Europe was once covered in
forest. In the West one of the perhaps sadder facts about Europe is that
this number now stands at only 3 percent.
9. One of the facts about Europe that is up for the most debate is
the number of countries comprising the continent which varies slightly
by definition. Approximately there are 50 states or ‘self governing
political entities). This is not to be confused with the 27 member
states of the EU. Interestingly there are around 70 former countries
once a part of Europe that no longer appear on maps due to war and
10. Europe produces slightly over 18 percent of the world’s oil.