We collated income inequality stats into a graph and a map of Europe. This highlights which countries have income inequality issues. Not all European countries have been included. Notables like Russia did not have the data available as of time of publishing.
The formula that is used to derive the results in this article is “Income quintile share ratio”. This is the ratio of total income received by the 20 % of the population with the highest income (top quintile) to that received by the 20 % of the population with the lowest income (lowest quintile). Income must be understood as equivalised disposable income.
maybe swap the map and the graph i make the graph the featured image.
Bar Graph of Income Inequality Across Europe 2016-2017
The above graph and map is based on the table below.
Table of Income Inequality Across European Countries.
Here we have a table of the top 40 European countries ranked by Gross Domestic Product. This doesn’t only include European Union Countries but all the countries that are considered part of the continent of Europe.
Some interesting takeaways from this years European GDP figures are the following:
Romania went up one place to become the 16th largest economy in the European Union (EU) in 2017. In the full list of countries that are considered part of Europe it is at 19th place.
Russia is still going backwards but that doesn’t seem to be affecting president Putin’s popularity. he won the election easily.
The Czech Republic is still growing strong, it also surpassed Greece in 2017 but this was largely expected unlike Romania.
Balkan countries like Croatia that have been hit rather hard in the last few years seem to be on their way to recovery.
It is basically a political world map although it does not use the traditional political map colors. Those colors are so 1995 anyway.
In this world map we include all the countries of the world and their related capital cities. It is a relatively large map at 2908 pixels by 1467 pixels. Also, it shows the relationship between the new Europe map and the other continents in the world. Another good reference for world maps is this page on Wikipedia.
Another thing that makes this map of the world stand out is that it includes all the little island archipelagos of the world. So if you are going to one of those remote holiday destinations like the Canary Islands. On this map you will be able to see where it relates to the rest of the world.
If you want to enlarge the map click on it and then click on the little “x” in the top right corner to get the biggest possible version of the map. You will have to scroll around it as it generally to large for most computer screens.
One of the new countries it lists is South Sudan, which is probably Africa’s most recent country. other non European countries that are listed are New Zealand, Mexico, Thailand and North Korea.
Enjoy the free use of this map of the world and we hope to bring you guys more in the near future.
List of countries in the World
Afghanistan Algeria Angola Argentina Australia Azerbaijan Bangladesh Belarus Bhutan Bolivia Botswana Brazil Bulgaria Burma Cambodia Cameroon Canada Central African Republic Chad Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Democratic Republic of the Congo Denmark
Djibouti Ecuador Egypt Eritrea Estonia eSwatini Ethiopia Fiji Finland France French Guiana Gabon Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Greenland Guatemala Guinea-Bissau Guyana Honduras Iceland India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ireland
Israel Italy Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Libya Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Mali Mauritania Mexico Mongolia Morocco Mozambique Namibia Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua
Niger Nigeria North Korea Norway Oman Pakistan Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Republic of the Congo Romania Russia Saudi Arabia Senegal Sierra Leone Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Korea South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan
Suriname Svalbard (Norway) Sweden Syria Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Togo Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan U.A.E. Uganda Ukraine United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe
This is the new 2018 Political Europe Map. Europe isn’t changing much at the moment. Not like in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The only change we can expect either this year or in the next few years is the United Kingdom leaving the EU. Russia seems to have curbed it’s expansionist ways. Although there is still some trouble in the Ukraine.
While the physical boundaries of the countries in Europe are not likely to change in the near future. Obviously the physical Europe map itself will not change at all. We do try to provide at least 2 updated maps every year. This is possibly the best and most easily read political map of Europe.
Other countries that might change the face of Europe in the near future are countries like Hungary and Poland. Both these countries have elected a parliament that is somewhat antagonistic to the European Union. While Turkey is on the border of Asia and Europe. It has been trying to join the European Union, however recent changes to the political climate are making it’s inclusion look a bit shaky.
Here we have a Europe map with all the national dishes of the different countries listed. While lots of the dishes are endemic to certain countries. However this is not the whole story. Gastronomically speaking Europe would be better split up into food regions rather than countries. A good example would be the former Yugoslavia. It is now made up of many smaller countries like Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia and Kosovo. This region has many dishes that almost all these countries would consider their own. These foods would be Burek, Cevapi (Cevapcici) , pita, pljeskavica and a whole lot seafood dishes. We have attributed these dishes to the countries that seemed to be the most vocal about a dish being theirs. We may not have got this right every time but we have tried to be as accurate as possible.
Above we have a map of the Dishes of Europe and below we have listed them in a table with the country listed beside it. We recommend as a fun trip trying to eat each national dish in the native country. Although you might need a few trips 😉
Armenia is considered to be on the very edge of what we would call modern day Europe. Some experts would say it is part of Asia Minor but one thing we know is that it definitely is a country that spans the east/west divide. The capital of Armenia is Yerevan with a population of about 1 million people as of 2018.
Here we have a large map and you can expand it to it’s maximum size by clicking on the image and then clicking on the cross in the top right hand corner.
Iron age Britain was dominated by one form of man made structure, that being the Roman road. Arguably the two Roman walls: the Antonine wall and Hadrian’s wall looked more impressive to the naked eye and the garrisons that became towns like Lindum and Veronis held large groups of humanity. The Roman roads did more to change and open up ancient Britain to Roman domination than any other structure. Most of these roads were built between 43 and 410 AD.
Even to this day some of the Roman roads are still in use in great Britain. Although upgraded and mostly covered by bitumen they are still there and are perfectly serviceable millennia later.
Here we have the German electoral results by region for the 2017 German election. It is as of September 24, 2017 and the results are by no means final. What we do know already is that Angela Merkel has won a fourth term but AfD makes gains. Angela Merkel ‘s party the CSU has dropped from 49% to 38% in Bavaria. This is the worst result since 1949.
This election appears to be a crossroad for the CSU and the SPD (Social Democrats). Both parties have had historically low results with the AfD (Alternative for Germany) party making big gains. The AfD is a far right wing anti-immigration party and is the first far right party to join the German parliament in decades. With a 13.1 percent result it appears that the AfD will be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come and may even have a role in the upcoming coalition.
The SPD’s deputy leader (Manuela Schwesig) announced soon after the exit poll results
“For us, the grand coalition ends today”
For us it’s clear that we’ll go into opposition as demanded by the voter.
With the APD announcing that they are going into opposition, Merkel’s main option to form a coalition is to join with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens. The FDP received approximately 10.1% and the greens received about 8.9% of the vote at this point in time. This coalition is colloquially known as the Jamaica coalition due to the colors of the parties involved making up the colors of the Jamaican flag.
The above 2017 German election map is based on exit polls and some counting of votes. It is likely to change in the next few days but not by much so we now go into a period of negotiations with Angela Merkel and her party trying to fuse together a working coalition.
We know we might be jumping the gun a little here by publishing what we think the 2018 map of Europe is going to look like but we are known for being impatient. However it is nearly 2018 already and the borders of Europe are not going to change a lot in that time.
The map of Europe above is huge so click on it and then hit the little icon in the top right hand corner to make it enlarge to full size. It has the names of all the European countries and shows the borders and capital cities. The map also shows many of the larger cities of the countries in question. Some notable non-capital cities are Geneva in Switzerland, Cologne in Germany, Bordeaux in France. Below we will list all the capital cities and the country they are the capital of.
One last thing we have updated the site to a new WordPress theme. The theme is called the Fox and we found it on themeforest. However the way we found it was that we saw a site we liked and we used wordpressthemedetector.org . It is a great site for finding what wordpress theme a site is using.
Edit: Watch this space with what happens in Catalonia. The map of Europe may be rewritten before the end of 2017 yet.
Here we have a huge Eurail Map of train lines that cross Europe. We have a list of the destinations and an indication of the path that the trains take. We have kept the map large so you can make out the names of the towns/destinations. If you are using a mobile phone to view it, you may have to scroll around to find the particular train station or train route you are interested in.
The best way to use this train network is to get yourself a Eurail Pass. Eurail passes are eaily the cheapest way to travel the European train network, especially if you plan on making many trips during your holiday. Go here if you want a simpler rail map of Europe.
Georgia is a small country of a about 4 million people as of 2017. Situated at the most eastern end of Europe, on the shores of the Black Sea. In Ancient times it was a key point on the famous Silk Road and possibly where Jason and the Argonauts found the Golden fleece.
During the Soviet years it became a backwater and was little considered by the west other than for the Soviet navy bases stationed there. Although recently embroiled in hostilities with Russia, it has come out of this period with a strong sense of self and willingness to embrace the rest of the world. The people are friendly and hospitable. It is definitely a must see if you are touring the other countries in the area.
When you travel Europe you to collect lots of help items, contacts and other paraphernalia. This is great this is what helps you remember your holidays and will also come in handy next time you go touring the great continent. One thing in particular that I collect when travelling are maps and I dont mean gps maps, I mean paper maps. The maps are of cities and countries and even continents and I mark the places I visited on them and they become memorabilia of my adventures. A paper map of Munich I have is one such thing and is one of my prized possessions and every time I look at it those memories come flooding back. So make sure you always have a real map on hand to document your travels.
Pokemon Go has swept the world by storm. We here at Map of Europe all play the game. In pokemon Go there are pokemon that can only be found in certain regions. These are called regional exclusives and here we have a map that will help Pokemon Go traveler work out what regional exclusive is likely to be caught in the area that they are in.
The 6 regional exclusive pokemon are as follows:
Tauros – found in North America, mostly in the USA.
Heracross – Found in South America, although it can be found in southern parts of the USA like Florida.
Mr Mime – Found in Western and Central Europe.
Kangaskan – Found in Australasia, mainly in Australia.
Farfetch’d – Found in East Asia. Countries like Japan, North and South Korea.
Corsola _ This pokemon is interesting as far as we can tell it is found in a band that stretches across the whole globe. The band is roughly between between the latitudes of 31 North and 26 South.
So there you go Pokemon Trainers, get out there and catch those rare Pokemon.
What ever your take is on same sex marriage, this map shows has an interesting insight into the views of different countries in Europe. The legend ranges from dark blue countries that are extremely tolerant of the lesbian and gay right to marriage. Through Light blue countries that are somewhat tolerant, all the way through to red countries that have varying limits of intolerance towards gay marriage.
The map does not include Russia, which is known to be officially very gay intolerant.
Below we have named the countries and the relative tolerance level towards LBG marriage:
The Tolerant Countries (dark blue):
The Relatively Tolerant Countries (light blue):
Intolerant Countries (red)
The status of Croatia and Hungary seems t e in flux at the moment. These two countries swing between being somewhat tolerant (light blue) and intolerant (red). this is represented by red and light blue stripes.
It is at about this time of year with the silly season fast approaching, that we take a look at how the borders of Europe have changed in 2016. We have had a pretty turbulent couple of years, with the war in the Ukraine and the refugee crisis. So we are going to put up a map of Europe 2016, as of the 13th of October 2016.
Europe hasn’t changed dramatically since the Balkan war in the eighties and nineties when Yugoslavia was broken up into Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia. The big and very controversial and it has to be said unpopular change is the annexation of the Crimea by Russia. Shown on this map with a red squiggle around it. Although the Crimea has a majority of Russian speaking population it has always been considered to be a part of the Ukraine. In 2014 The Crimean people did have a referendum on leaving the Ukraine in 2014. The overwhelming vote was to leave, although there are rumblings that some of the voting was rigged. Russia fully integrated the Crimea into the Russian federation in 2015 and the status of the Crimea has be left in limbo.
So that is the map of Europe as it stands for 2016. Will it be the same in 2017. Maybe not. With Catalonia and the Basque country demanding independence we may see a redrawing of the European boundaries in 2017.
Here we have a map of Europe that shows the countries that most value local ancestry in the population all the way down to the countries that value it the least. the lowest appear to be Norway and Finland. The Baltic and Eastern Block countries seem to value it the most. Countries like Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. Controversially some people call this the racism map of Europe. technically this is not rue as a major sign of racism in a country tends to be the number neo-nazi groups. When you map the number of neo-nazis over a map of Europe it does not necessarily follow this map.
Click on the Europe Map above to get a larger more detailed view
Map of Europe and information about the continent
We have added a map that is probably our best and largest Europe Map. On Map of Europe we have termed our political map and although strictly it does not contain everything a political map should have it is close enough and is much easier to read than your standard Political map.
Europe is the sixth largest continent by land mass (approximately 3,997,929 square miles or 10,354,636 square km). Only one continent is smaller and that is Australia. The population is about 739,300,000 individuals, which makes it the world’s third most populated and it boasts some of the oldest civilizations of any continent.
Travelling Europe is one of life’s pleasures and due to the above mentioned civilization age, it boasts one of the oldest tourism industries also. Being so long established Europe caters well for every type of traveller.
Europe is made up of 20 countries. The smallest is Vatican City, which is virtually only a suburb of Rome. The largest country is Russia, although if we are talking about Western Europe, then that would be France.
So if you are travelling a good map of Europe is necessary. We do live in a time of smart phones that have GPS functions but it is still a good idea to have a paper map of Europe as a backup. They fold up to be quite small, so every backpacker should have on one in her or his backpack. If you find yourself outside of signal range or if the battery in your GPS or phone empties, you still have a way of knowing where you are.
The diversity of cultures in Europe is one of the key reasons it is such a popular tourist destination. If you are looking for lazy summer beaches then Croatia, Greece, Spain and France are just some of the best hot spots for that type of travel. If Skiing is your thing then you might want to get out the maps of Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France and Slovenia. These countries have some of the best skiing in the world and some places you can ski all the year round. A good way to get to these ski fields is to travel by train as the train system in Europe is so good it is hardly affected by snow. buying a Eurail pass is the best way to go and here is a rail map of Europe to show you all the routes and destinations. We have also included a massive Eurail Map.
When looking at a topographic map of Europe you will notice that it is very mountainous and much of the wilder places are covered in arboreal forests. So if hiking is your thing then Europe is only quite willing to cater to your needs.
Some of the oceans and Seas that border the continent are as follows. The Barents Sea, Arctic Ocean and Norwegian Sea are to the north. The North Sea and Baltic Sea’s are more or less in the middle of the map. The Atlantic Ocean and the Greenland and Celtic Sea’s are off to the west of the continent. The Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean Sea’s lie to the south. The Black and Caspian Sea’s lie more or less to the east. Other naturally occurring borders are Ural Mountains and the Ural River and the Caucus Region (a group of countries, the best known of which are Armenia and Georgia).
Some Political information about Europe
There are about 50 countries that make up the continent of Europe. The largest being Russia and the smallest being Vatican City. Most countries in Europe belong to the European Union and use the Euro as currency. Click on the links below to learn more about each country.
Other physical features of the continent of Europe
The main rivers are the Danube, Rhine, Volga, Seine, Ural and Loire. The longest being the Danube. The main mountain ranges are The Alps, Pyrenees, Ural, Caucus and the Carpathian mountains. The highest mountain in Europe is situated in Russia and is called Mt Elbrus, it is 5642 meters high although the highest in Western Europe is Mt Blanc which is situated in France.
This great little map shows just how wooded the countries of Europe are. One of the general trends we can see is that the northern countries of Europe tend to have more trees. Although there are a few exceptions one being Portugal and some of the Baltic countries like Slovenia and Croatia.
The most heavily forested countries in Europe are Finland, Sweden and the aforementioned Slovenia. there are some notable mentions like Montenegro, Russia, Albania and Estonia.
As would be expected, Iceland has a very low concentration of trees. Due to it being a country of mostly volcanic activity, topped with ice and snow. The countries that are a bit of a surprise for having such a low tree population are England, Scotland, Whales and Ireland. When thinking of these countries you generally conjure up images of green countryside, although the green in this case must be hedges, plains and farmland.
With the Annexation of The Crimea and with Russia taking an active role in the war in the Ukraine, world opinion of Putin’s Russia has rarely been lower. This was highlighted when the West came together in March to enforce sanctions on Russia. Since then there have been another two rounds which seem to be having a quicker than expected constrictive affect on the Russian economy.
Today the Ruble dropped by 13% against the greenback and the day hasn’t finished. It is in fact the lowest it has been in five years. Oil prices are dropping again and as the Russian economy is linked to energy prices this slump has magnified the power of the sanctions. The fear that Russia would shut off the gas supply to Europe this year hasn’t seemed to eventuate and the speculation is that Russia can’t afford to carry out the threat without a massively detrimental affect on it’s own economy.
The other rumor is that a shady deal between Russia’s state owned Rosneft and the central bank that was supposed to fool the smart money, didn’t. The deal would allow Rosneft to refinance itself out of foreign bank debt and into Russian banks but this now looks like it has backfired.
With oil prices looking like they will be trending down and OPEC saying they expect low prices for a while as well as that they’re not afraid of $40 a barrel oil. Russia could be in a spot of bother as the economy seems to be geared for approximately $80 a barrel. Russian’s must be looking at Putin and wondering is he really worth all the bother? It looks like 2015 is going to be an interesting year on the world stage.
Ok this Map of Europe is just a bit of fun. One of our employees is an extremely proud Irishman and was talking about the St Patrick’s Day. it was mentioned that the whole world seemed to celebrate St Patrick’s day (a bit like the German Oktoberfest). Then he decided to show us how the Irish viewed the rest of Europe by making a special map for us. so without any further a adieu we present “how the Irish see the Map of Europe”.
Here at MapOfEurope.com we are big fans of Google Earth and Google Maps. While we like the static nature of our maps, especially for quick reference. We recognize that the interactive nature of both Google Earth and Google Maps can be at times invaluable. Recently we were looking at the map of Europe on both Google Earth and Google Maps and thought wouldn’t it be handy to have a static version of both. So we did just that, we took screenshots of the Google map and have uploaded them to the site. While they are not detailed maps, they are handy for a very quick reference. They show most of the relevant countries.
If this proves popular we will even do static maps of all the individual countries of Europe. We might even extend this to the rest of the world. So stay tuned. If there are any particular countries that you are interested in seeing in this format? let us know. We are happy to help.
Followers of the Ukraine versus Russia war in Eastern Europe would be aware of the increase in rhetoric among NATO and other European nations, regarding the need for further sanctions against Russia. Europe watches will know that threats never extend to Russia’s big energy producing companies, Rosneft, Gazprom Neft And Transneft. It appears this all about to change.
A marked escalation in the actions of Europe’s leaders is rumored to be unleashed this Friday the 12th of September 2014. You might want to mark this day in your diaries as it could end up being one of those days in history. If what Peter Spiegel tweeted is accurate then Europe and Russia are in for one very “interesting” winter. One that will be remembered for generations to come.
Peter Spiegel, the Brussels bureau chief of Financial Times has apparently seen a leaked copy of what is being proposed for the next round of sanctions for Russia over it’s involvement in the Ukraine war. Russia denies any involvement in the war but recent reports have Russian troops and combat vehicles actively participating in the fighting in Easter Ukraine. He tweeted:
Leaked copy of Fri night #Russia sanctions deal confirms 3 energy cos to be hit by #EU capital markets ban: Rosneft, Gazprom Neft, Transneft
This is an extremely bold move by the European heads. Winter is fast approaching and Russian gas has a major role to play in keeping Europe warm through those long cold European winter nights. It will also force Putin’s hand in having to announce retaliatory sanctions. This is not as easy at it seems, Russia relies on much of Europe’s food to keep it’s population fed during those even longer and colder Russian’ winter days and nights.
Above is a map of the contested regions within Ukraine as of August 2014. This is the second in a series of maps about the war in the Ukraine. The first being about the downing of flight MH13 and where it happened. While we hope that all issues are worked and that the fighting stops, if it doesn’t we will continue to publish updated maps of where the war has spread to. If indeed it does spread.
The Ukraine is subdivided into 24 Oblasts (provinces), most of which have not seen any fighting or unrest. The Oblasts that have seen unrest are as follows :
The mauve province is the Crimea, which has already been annexed by Russia and is considered Russian territory, although this situation has not been recognized by most of the nations of the UN.
The green provinces have seen pro-Russian protests but relatively little or no fighting. These provinces are Odessa, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia.
The blue province is Kharkiv and this is a special region that has been occupied by the Regional State Administration or RSA. Effectively this equates to governor of Texas taking complete control of the state and not being beholden in anyway to Washington. This is a matter that still needs to be resolved.
The red provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk are the ones that have seen the most intensive fighting. Thousands of people have been killed in these regions and there looks like no end to the hostilities, at least not in the near future. Donetsk is also the province that the ill-fated flight MH17 flying over when it was shot down by surface to air missiles.
We have been inundated with requests to show how the Ukraine is split when it comes to Russian speakers and Ukrainian speakers.
So we have put together a political map of the Ukraine showing the make up of Russian speaking population in the Eastern end of the country.
We have also shown where the flight MH17 was shot down. Most of the area currently in dispute, lies within the region of Donetsk. MH17 was shot down North East of the city of Torez that lies within this region.
The Crimea to the south has already been effectively annexed by Russia although this has not been recognized by any nations.
When looking at this map it begs the question. Why was flight MH17 even flying through that region? There has been intense fighting in the area and many other airlines have been avoiding the flight paths that pass through this war zone.
You will note that the Crimea and Donetsk are the two regions that have the highest Russian speaking population in the Ukraine and are effectively the only areas in dispute to date.
One theory is the reliance of the European community on Russian natural gas supplies as an energy supply. The Russian gas supply is particularly important in winter, as European household heating requirements increase.
The above map of gas pipelines produced by Agence France-Presse shows the routes into Europe pass through the Ukraine. This adds a level of complexity to the diplomatic dance over the war in Ukraine. There used to be two parties that could interfere with European gas supply from Russia. The first party being the Russian government and associated government and corporate bodies (Gasprom), as happened back in 2009 . The second being the Ukrainian government. Although this possibility was considered almost negligible until recently as the Ukraine gathers a good commission by on-selling Russian gas.
Now we have a third player. The Russian backed separatist rebels in the east of Ukraine . These rebels seem to be backed by Russia and in fact it is considered highly likely that these rebels used a Russian built self propelled missile battery to down the ill fated flight MH17.
Why would the rebels want to interrupt the gas supply?
Currently there are two schools of thought on why the rebels would want to interrupt the European gas supply.
By interrupting the winter gas supply the rebels could force the European community to put pressure on the Pro-west Ukrainian government to be less unyielding at the negotiating table.
The other possibility is to force Russia to help more actively in the fight against the Ukrainian government. Currently it is widely believed that Russia is secretly helping the Ukrainian rebels. The added economic pressure on Russia that slowing the gas supply would impose, might make Russia take steps to try and end the war earlier. Either by influencing the Ukrainian government or helping the rebels win the war.
In either case we can see that the winter of 2014-2015 is shaping up to be a tense one for European nations.
After the reported shooting down of Malaysian airliner (Flight MH17), it seems all air traffic was directed to leave or avoid Ukraine airspace. Above is an amazing image tweeted by NewsWeek. Sadly it would appear that all 295 people on board died as a result of this horrific incident. Initial reports are that pro-Russian groups are the cause of this incident and are now hampering efforts by Ukrainian investigators to retrieve the black box flight recorded.
We will be updating this story as more information comes to light.
Some pictures of the crash zone are coming to light.
The Baltic Sea straddles the whole northern part of Europe. This narrow sea was where the early Vikings learned the fine art of sailing, amongst other things. In some places it is referred to as the Viking sea.
The countries that Surround it are as follows :
Latvia (Dark Blue)
Poland (Light Blue)
Denmark (Red Brown)
While the above countries may border the Baltic Sea, other countries that are considered part of the Baltic region are :
to a lesser extent The Netherlands
You will note that Russia borders the Baltic Sea in two distinct and separate places. There is a red region between Lithuania and Poland that is a part of Russia yet it is not physically connected to the main part of the Russian Federation.
The Baltic Sea flows into the North Sea which is adjacent to the UK.
Now that Russia has effectively annexed The Crimea away from the Ukraine, we can start thinking about what country will be next. Vladimir Putin has stated on a number of occasions that he will take care of Russians no matter where they are found. Belarus has one of the largest Russian populations outside of Russia. Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko is a hard line ruler of this small nation and has already expressed that what happened in the Ukraine will not be happening in Belarus.
Aleksandr harbors Russian sympathies, so things could go either way. Russia may move to bring Belarus under it’s wing, under the pretext of defending Belarus from outside/Western European influence or it could leaves things be. As Russia may feel that Regime in Belarus is strong enough to hold it’s own against outside influence.
Either way it will be a very tense time in Belarus over the next few weeks and months.
If you are a map buff like we are at Map of Europe dot com, then you should geta buzz out of Telegeography.com‘s latest research. They have put together some great maps of all of the planet’s high speed underwater telephony and data cables. We are showing you Europe’s here but they have many more and even have put together a great interactive website that shows the planet and how it is connected. We recommend you have a look at submarinecablemap.com
With the possible conflict between Russia and The Ukraine over the Crimean peninsula. Map of Europe has decided to put up a large map of the region. so that you can get some sense of how close these nations are to each other.
If you feel there are some other maps that would be beneficial in explaining how these countries relate. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are only to happy to help.
Here we present a simple topographical map of Europe. The darker reds and browns are the higher and mountainous regions. The lighter brown and pink regions are the hilly regions and foothills of the mountains. The light green regions are the plains areas and the dark green areas are the sea level or close to sea level areas.
As you can see as you head East, Europe tends to get flatter and lower. The only exception to this are the Ural mountains, which blip up a little as we head into Russia proper. The highest regions are the Alps and the Pyrenese mountains. Although there are some regions in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Bulgaria that are quite mountainous also.
It is only fair that you take some time off after a busy season at work to re-energize and relax. This could be in the form of a much needed vacation where you get to spend your holidays away from home. This is could be at a tourist destination within your country or even away from your home country that would involve some travel. There are quite a number of cities around the globe that are known for their rich cultural and historical heritage hence are leading tourist destinations. One of these destinations is Brussels which is also the capital of Belgium. Generally Belgium is categorized among the leading tourist destinations in Europe that promises an out of this world experience as you get to explore the various attractions and engage in different relaxing and rewarding activities. Belgium boasts of dynamic cities like Antwerp as well as medieval architecture. Among the interesting places that tourists like to visit while in Belgium is the Royal Museum of Fine Arts that is endowed with a huge collection of painting dating back to the 14th century. Also notable is the famous Waterloo that saw the defeat of Napoleon by the then Duke of Wellington. This is one of the reasons that tourists come to explore Belgium.
Brussels offers diverse architecture that spans from the medieval age, with the main attraction being the Grand place, a UNESCO world heritage site and the Royal palace. Also notable is the Manneken Pis that is a bronze sculpture cum fountain of a urinating youth. Other notable attractions that prompt tourists to tourBelgium are the Flander battlefields and the Ypres War Memorials. This is mainly because of the link between the Ypres town and the First World War as it holds silent of those who died in the First World War. Besides, those who travel to Brussels get to experience the over three thousand castles. Three hundred of these castles are open to the public. However, it is the Gravensteen castle that is also referred to as Castle of the Counts which is most popular. Another place that you must not fail to visit is Town of Spa that offers relaxing fine waters and the Bruges commonly known as Venice of North because of the bridges and canals. For lovers of chocolate, Brussels offers the best of chocolate with an estimated over two thousand chocolate shops and a production of over 172,000 tons of the same. Children who travel to Brussels as part of their holidays need not to worry about getting bored as there are a number of carnivals and festivals every year. These include the Zinneke parade and the Ommegang festival among others. The other Belgium cities also hold the same for example the Carnival de Blinche that is held in Blinche and the Stavelot that is held in Mid-Lent Carnival.
Brussels is also a great shopping destination for those people who love shopping. The Flea market is famous for not only crockery but also vintage clothes, household items and furniture. Antique lovers can also be sure to find some of the best antiques in Europe in places like Place du Grand Sablon. If you are keen on fashion items you can also be sure to find shoes, accessories and clothes that are fashionable from a range of shops like the Brooklyn Antwerp or even the High and Mighty. Another great shop for shoppers is the Mier. In fact, people who like to go shopping often make Brussels and Belgium in general their tourist destination.
A tour of Brussels will be incomplete without an experience of the Belgium cuisine. In fact, Belgians believe that their food is prepared using French Finesse and served with the German generosity. The Belgian cuisine is famous for not only known for frites and mussels but also endive and waffles. Of important mention is the fact that the seafood and fish are as important as beer that is as popular as the Belgium brewing tradition. Also included in the Belgian cuisine are game birds, meat and potatoes. One of the famous types is the chicory or the Belgian endive. Street foods are also common for instance French fries that are usually served on paper cones alongside mayonnaise and curry sauce. It is believed that besides other attractions, the Belgian cuisine is among the reasons tourists flock into Belgium. There are numerous other places and attractions that cause tourists to travel to Brussels and the large Belgium. Because of the vast nature of the tourist attractions in Brussels, it is wise to research about the attractions and make up your mind on the places that you intend to visit before hand. This is not only good planning purposes but also helpful in managing the finances that you have set a side for your trip.
While not technically a political map of Europe in the strictest sense. This map tries to set a delineation between the European Union Countries and the rest of Europe. It also is an attempt to see how the other non European Union countries fit within the greater European region. Technically speaking go here, if you want to see a political map of Europe in the historical definition of the phrase. This area is mostly about conjecture and how Europe ties together as a continent. It will be updated regularly and this map may change and others will be added.
We will also be adding historically accurate political maps so as to show how politics progressed through you Europe over time. In researching this area we found some interesting and sometimes funny and sometimes serious events that caused unusual redrawing of the borders of various countries that make up Europe. Some countries were created and some were lost to time and the borders moved around quite a deal through out the 4000 years of European history. Politically speaking most countries started out as city states and then as one state or another became dominant, the others in the vicinity got swallowed up. One extreme example of this is the Roman empire which swallowed up huge tracts of Europe, Africa and the Middle East for that matter. It was all considered part of the Roman empire and eventually when the empire split up and slowly died certain geographical regions banded together to eventually form the countries of Europe. Some of these remain to this day and others have fallen by the way side. It will definitely be an interesting insight into how politics and culture work together at nation building. Stay tuned.
Rail Europe tickets are a great alternative to flying. Imagine taking in the breath taking views of the European Alps, the Med, the Adriatic, the Greek Isles and much more. Travelling by train in today’s day age will allow you to have a proper holiday. It will allow you relax and reflect while you speed towards your destination in complete comfort and style. No worries about luggage size. Take all the gear for the whole family on that ski trip and not worry about excess baggage fees. No bookings are essential; you can purchase your ticket at any time. Turn up at the train station and start your holiday. No more worrying about flight schedules. If you miss one train! Catch the next!
The best way to buy a rail Europe ticket is get a Eurail Global Pass some people refer to them incorrectly as Eurorail Passes but it basically means the same thing. These can be bought as 10 day to 3 month passes. 3 month passes being the best value but of course are the most expensive as well. Have a look at the rail Europe map in the centre of the page and see if it the countries and cities you are interested in visiting for your vacation are included. They should be as most Western European countries are covered by these railway passes.
The rail systems that are covered by most train passes include.
Eurostar – is a high-speed passenger rail service connecting London with Paris and Brussels. All its trains traverse the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France, owned and operated separately by Euro-tunnel.
German rail (Deutsche bahn) – is the German national railway company. 3 different railway companies were merged to form this company. 1) Deutsche Reichsbahn of East Germany, 2) VdeR . it had railway assets in West Berlin, 3) Deutsche Bundesbahn of West Germany.
British Rail (British Railways) . Is an amalgamation of the .big four. 1) Great Western Railway, 2) London, Midland and Scottish Railway, 3) London and North Eastern Railway, 4) Southern Railway.
Swiss Federal Railways . Is the official railway of Switzerland.
How does it compare to a driving holiday? Well Driving can be fun but it can also be stressful. So depending on what kind of holiday you are looking for, will depend on what mode of transport you choose. Most train stations are at the heart of a European metropolis centre. So shopping, cafes, the art galleries and museums are usually not far away and usually within walking distance. The rising cost of fuel is starting to make an impact in both the airline industry and the driving holiday set. With a train the economies of scale mean that fuel has a smaller impact on price. A Europe rail pass is also so versatile. Extending holidays is no drama and adding locations to your holiday is as easy as turning up on a new train platform.
Travelling Europe by train is a great cheap alternative to flying. You will have more chances to meet like minded travellers and to take in the natural and urban beauty of Europe. Buying rail tickets in Europe is easy. You can get them over the internet or go to almost any railway station. So if you are thinking about travelling Europe by train make sure you do your research, you will be happy you did. Oh and one more thing make sure you search online for a Rail Europe coupon code. It will make travelling the railways of Europe that much cheaper.
There is no common standard of what actually constitutes Central Europe, in fact many of the countries that are defined under this title also form part of Eastern & Western Europe. For the purposes of this article I am going to define the following countries as forming Central Europe, which is the current definition held by the United Nations:
There are plenty of sights to see within Central Europe and I am going to take you through a number of them right now. Although of course whilst wandering around you will discover many other wonderful sightseeing opportunities.
Almost everything located within Berlin, Germany is a sight in itself. A particular favourite amongst tourists is climbing the Reichstag Dome.
Of course, no trip to Germany is complete without experiencing wonderful German Beer. The best way to do this is to go to the Beer Hall located in Munich. The Olympic Park is also located incredibly close by and is worth a visit.
Also in Germany you can take the chance to visit ‘The Eagles Nest’ which was a location where Hitler helped to direct the German War.
For the more adventurous amongst people there are plenty of natural sights to see when you hike through the mountains of Switzerland or drive through the rolling countryside gazing at many of the beautiful lakes around the area.
Poland was almost destroyed during World War 2, particularly Warsaw. Take a look around the modern architectural wonders in the city which almost has been completely rebuilt but still in a more medieval style.
There are plenty of concentration camps located within Poland. One of the most popular of course is Auschwitz. The reality of war really hits home when you visit one of these concentration camps.
A particular favourite of those travelling to Central Europe to sightsee is travelling up ‘Castle Hill’ for fantastic views over Budapest, capital of Hungary.
The ‘Rhine River’ travels through most of the countries in Central Europe and a cruise along this will take you to some of the best vineyards in the world. Perfect for wine lovers.
There really is so much to do for sightseeing in Central Europe. Whether you are looking to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Europe by hiking through mountains or driving through the countryside, or whether you want to experience the rich history which is evident in almost every major town located within Central Europe.
In my opinion if you are going to go sightseeing in Central Europe you should do it properly, for that reason take a chance to visit all nearby countries such as France, Spain and Belgium. Only then will you be able to get the full European experience. Plenty of cheap flights will take you to any of these destinations, after that it is simply a matter of hiring a car and hitting the open road.
Venice is truly a beautiful and romantic city. Anyone who intends to visit this Italian city will enjoy the city’s beauty of nature especially the natural water canals. People are not only attracted to this ancient city because it was built on a lagoon but also because of its famous landmarks, beautiful old-fashion streets and rich culture. Remember, even in Shakespeare’s time this city was a famous trading city so popular in fact that the play writer could come up with the play The Merchant of Venice without even setting his feet on this ancient trading city or even having been to Italy.
Venice is a preferred city for any tourists especially newly wed. The reason why it is known to be a romantic city is simply because it is mostly visited by couples who want to have a romantic experience. It is common to find more tourists as compare to the local population of the city. It is also common to find tourists in a group of two enjoying every bit of the romantic experience Venice has to offer.
Tourist trade is the only source of income for the local people known as Venetians. When you visit Venice, you may think its buildings were built just to attract tourist. It is beautified by its narrow canals mounted by old and attractive bridges and buildings. Make sure get a good map of Venice when going to this lovely city.
Venice was built in the 5th Century and it later grew to a maritime empire. It comprises of 121 small islands connected by an incredible 435 bridges. The city stands on a lagoon making it the most popular experience for tourists. City streets clogged with polluting road traffic is a phenomenon that is never found in this city. The best way of moving around this city is by water using water buses. However, there are raised sidewalks which can be used to move from a certain point to another without getting your feet wet.
If you are planning to visit Venice, it is important to get yourself familiar with the map of the city’s vaporetto ways first. They are usually found in most of the city’s guidebooks and also easily downloadable from the internet. It is a good idea to book a hotel of your choice before booking your flight to Venice so as to avoid missing out due to the large number of tourists the city receives throughout the year.
On the day of visit, the first decision you will have to take upon arrival at the city’s Marco Polo Airport is how to get to your reserved hotel. There is a walkway at the airport that leads to an area where you can see the city for the first time. To get to your hotel there are buses and taxis that can take you to your hotel by road, but by far the best way to travel is by water boats or vaporetti. These vaporetti will take you to your stop in an hour’s time. When you use these Alilaguna company vaporetti you will get to enjoy the magnificent old fashioned building and bridges of this ancient city. You can also use the water taxi if you want to save money since it can accommodate more people and thus the fare is cheaper compared to vaporetti.
You can take the red vaporetti route which goes around the attractive ancient island of Murano and on to Lido’s beaches then towards St. Mark’s Square which is a tourist hotspot. St. Mark’s Square is known as Piazza San Marko by the local population. It has the Campanile bell tower which is the tallest building in Venice. The top of the Campanile can be accessed via a lift; from there you can see the whole of the red roofed city. You can also find the Doge’s palace at the St. Mark’s Square. This palace is symbol of Venice judicial and political history and as far back as the 9th Century it was the city’s dukes’ seat of power. You can visit the private chambers, halls of state and even torture chambers.
St. Mark’s Square is connected to the Grand Canal by a group of shopping streets. Here you will get Murano glass made jewellery and Venetian traditional balls and ornaments. As you walk through these streets, you will get to another Venice’s famous landmark, the Rialto Bridge.
Venice is also blessed with magnificent art galleries. One fine gallery is the Galleria dell’Accademia. It is located on the quiet island of Dorsoduro. It has a rich Venice’s art.
The centre of Venice is easily accessible even on foot. You can walk around in less than an hour. However, the maze created by small canals is amazing; you can walk around and stop each time to take a photo due to the picturesque bridges and buildings around. You can enter a cafe and have an ice cream while watching water boats ferry tourists with the backdrop of picturesque view of buildings.
If one wants to make their holidays as memorable as they possibly can be, then it might be a good idea to consider the city of Munich in Germany as one of their destination. This city boasts of being the third largest city in Germany with the average population of about one million three hundred and fifty thousand inhabitants. The city has a motto, which translates to Munich likes you. From the city motto, one gets a feel of what this city has to offer to the tourist.
The rich history of the city is something that is helping to attract people who want to explore Munich. The history of the city states that it was initially founded by monks thus the name that it has got is a derivative if the word that means by the monks place. This is just a sample of the rich history that this city has to offer to the travelling visitor. The modern city of Munich is now a financial hub spot that has got a thriving economy and a booming tourist industry. The infrastructure of this city is one of the best in the world and this means that the tourist will be able to enjoy the services of plush hotels and other amenities that this city has to offer. Holiday that is spent in Munich is guaranteed to be fun and relaxing and this is one of the reasons that this city has seen a rise in the number of tourist.
The city is modern and is a leader when it comes to the international field of technology innovation and financial growth. Some reviewers of cites have ranked it as the world most livable city. What this means is that the city is the crème of civilization and the quality of services and the quality of life in the city is among the highest in the world. Many people would love to simply go and live in this great city and the tourists who visit this city will feel that they need to revisit since the experience that they will have will be so good.
The history of the city and its establishment is rich and the tourist will be amazed at the important events that this city has hosted. There are various important landmarks that one can go and visit to get a sense of the rich diversity that this city has to offer. This city has been the host for great events that happened in the past and was at one time the spotlight of artistic and historical events in the past civilization. The history of this city is also tied to the history of the international community. Munich was an important player in the two world wars that ravaged the globe. It was greatly affected by the two wars just as Berlin was affected by the two world wars. The city’s ability to rebuild and emerge as one of the best cities in the world is something to marvel at. It is the reason that many people will visit Germany and Munich in particular. The tourist can see and understand how this city was affected, and how the inhabitants had to start rebuilding the city after the world wars.
The city was and still is the center of many political happenings and events that have changed the landscape ofGermanypolitics over the past centuries. It is an important element in the political happenings of Germany and has a say in the way Germany’s politics and other social economical issues are viewed and shaped.
Although the city was heavily damaged by the allied bombings during the war, it has been able to rebuild itself into an important city in the republicof Germany. This is due to the fact that the city has been able to attract investors and industries that have helped in the reconstruction process. The city now has a well-defined infrastructure that not only caters for the residents but can also support the huge number of tourists who come in every year. Most of the residents that now live in Munich enjoy a very high standard of living. This standard of living can be experienced by the visitor when they visit this great city.
The economy of Munich is driven by industrial and information technology developments. The crime rate that this city experiences is very low so the tourist is now able to enjoy romantic walks in the evening without having to worry about being mugged. No tourist will visit a city that has the highest crime rate in the world. Most people will shy away from such cities due to obvious risk factor that the visit to the city entails. Security is one of the most important issues that the tourist looks at when they are deciding the destination for their holiday. It is the reason that some cities will experience a high rate tourist while others will experiences a reduced number of tourists. Munich is a safe and secure city that one can tourand have a good time.