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Europe is one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia , Europe is generally divided from Asia to its east by the water divide of the Ural Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian Sea, the Caucasus region and the Black Sea to the southeast. Europe is bordered by the Arctic Ocean and other bodies of water to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Black Sea and connected waterways to the southeast. Yet the borders for Europe—a concept dating back to classical antiquity — are somewhat arbitrary, as the term continent can refer to a cultural and political distinction or a physiographic one.



Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering about 10,180,000 square kilometres (3,930,000 sq mi) or 2% of the Earth's surface and about 6.8% of its land area. Of Europe's approximately 50 states, Russia is the largest by both area and population (although the country covers both Europe and Asia), while the Vatican City is the smallest. Europe is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of 731 million or about 11% of the world's population.






Europe, in particular Ancient Greece, is the birthplace of Western culture. It played a predominant role in global affairs from the 16th century onwards, especially after the beginning of colonialism. Between the 16th and 20th centuries, European nations controlled at various times the Americas, most Africa, Oceania, and large portions of Asia. Both World Wars were largely focused upon Europe, greatly contributing to a decline in Western Europe dominance in world affairs by the mid-20th century as the United States and Soviet Union took prominence. During the Cold War, Europe was divided along the Iron Curtain between NATO in the west and the Warsaw Pact in the east. Eyropean integration led to the formation of the Council of Europe and the European Union in Western Europe, both of which have been expanding eastward since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.



You could look at Europe as a the centrum for those who like Zoological Gardens ore Aquarias, since it has the highest dencity of Aquarias and Zoos World Wide. My best offer is that there are aprox 2000 of those here, of wich most are in Central Europe. Im going to se 490 of them spread through 35 Countrys, but so far I have only reached 110, so there is a long way to go.


 You finde bigger Aquarias and Zoos in Austria (1 Aquarium, 1 Birdpark & 3 Zoos), Belarus (2 Zoo's), Belgium (1 Aquarium & 5 Zoos), Bulgaria (1 Zoo), Croatia (1 Zoo), Czech Republic (9 Zoos), Denmark (2 aquariums & 3 zoos), Estonia (1 Zoo), Finnland (2 Aquarias), France (22 Aquaria, 2 Bird Parks & 6 Zoos), Germany (10 Aquariums, 3 birdparks & 24 Zoos), Greece (1 aquarium & 1 Zoo), Hungary (1 aquarium & 2 zoos), Ireland (1 Aquarium), Italy (3 Zoo, 1 Birdpark & 2 Aquarias), Latvia (1 Zoo), Lithuania (1 Zoo), Monaco (1 Aquarium), The Netherlands (1 Aquarium, 1 Birdpark & 4 Zoos), Norway (1 aquarium), Poland (10 Zoos), Portugal (2 Aquaria & 2 Zoos), Russia (1 Aquarium, 1 Vivarium & 13 zoos), Serbia (1 Zoo), Slovakia (1 Zoo), Slovenia (1 Aquarium), Spain (4 Aquaria, 3 Bird Parks, 1 Terrarium & 8 Zoos), Sweden (2 Aquariums), Switzerland (3 Zoos), Turkey (4 Aquariums & 2 Zoos), Ukraine (1 Aquarium & 3 zoos) and the UK (4 Aquaria, 1 Bird Park, 1 Insectarium & 14 Zoos). Of these the biggest Zoo is the one in Berlin (Zoologischer Garten Berlin) in Germany, being the Worlds Largest Collection of a Zoological Garden. The Biggest Aquarium is the one in Boulonge sur Mer in France. You also got the World oldest Zoo in Europe, it is the one of Vienna in Austria. The oldest Aquarium of the World is the one in Brighton.

Free entrance:
Wels, Austria
Bad Nenndorf, Lower Saxony, Germany
Biebesheim, Hesse, Germany
Bobenheim-Roxheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Bochum-Wattenscheid, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Hanau, Hesse, Germany
Haßloch, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Milano, Italy
Seversk, Russia
La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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