Map of Europe

Europe Map 2023 and 2024 Map of Europe with Countries

Country Details

Europe, the second smallest continent, is compact and culturally diverse, comprising approximately 50 sovereign states. For instance, France, the largest country in Western Europe, is known for its cultural richness and Paris, its romantic capital city. Its iconic landmarks include the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum.

Germany, located in Central Europe, is the continent’s most populous nation. Berlin, its capital, combines a rich history with a vibrant contemporary culture. Its landmarks, like the Brandenburg Gate, and the remnants of the Berlin Wall, symbolize its turbulent past.

Italy, a Southern European country, is home to Rome, one of the world’s oldest cities, and the heart of the once mighty Roman Empire. Italy’s artistic and architectural treasures, including the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums, contribute significantly to its unique cultural identity.

Finally, in Northern Europe, countries like Sweden and Norway are renowned for their breathtaking natural landscapes, including fjords and vast forests. Their capital cities, Stockholm and Oslo, respectively, are notable for their modern design sensibility coexisting with historical architecture.

Political Landscape

The political map of Europe has been continually evolving, especially in the 20th century following two World Wars and the end of the Cold War. Today, the European Union (EU) is a dominant political entity, consisting of 27 member countries that voluntarily entered into a union to enhance economic cooperation.

Germany and France are among the founding members of the EU and have played significant roles in shaping its policies. Italy also joined at the inception, sharing the vision of a peaceful, united, and prosperous Europe.

Sweden, though part of the EU, has opted to retain its own currency, the Swedish Krona, instead of adopting the Euro. On the other hand, Norway is not a member of the EU but is part of the European Economic Area (EEA), which allows it to be part of the EU’s single market.

The political landscape of Europe is complex and interwoven with its rich history. These political relationships and alliances add another layer of understanding to a map of Europe with countries, providing insight into the continent’s past and current dynamics. The distinct political identities of the countries, despite being geographically close, contributes to the diverse tapestry that makes Europe unique.

Europe Map

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Europe Political Map 2023

With the year 2023 about to end we decided that it was time to add an updated version of our map of Europe. Physically, not a lot has changed from the beginning to the end of 2023. The Crimea is technically still part of Ukraine but it controlled by Russia and that situation doesn’t look like it will be resolved any time soon.

Google map of Europe


Europe Political Map
Europe Political Map

Physical Changes

The map of the European Union (EU) looks like it will be changing in 2020 with Boris Johnson winning the recent UK election. Prime Minister Johnson has promised to bring on Brexit early in 2020 which means we will have to update the EU map due to the United Kingdom (UK) leaving. Experts are saying that this could precipitate a break up of the UK in the near future. Scotland and it’s population did not vote for brexit and did not reflect the rest of the UK in voting in conservative Members of Parliament. By the end of 2020 we could see the Scottish MP’s moving towards another referendum to leave the UK and this time all the experts are expecting the leave vote to win. The other constituency that didn’t vote for brexit and is starting to distance itself from it’s British brethren is Northern Ireland. Boris Johnson’s plan to put a custom border in the middle of the Irish Sea has put offside the british unionists in Northern Ireland and there are signs that there is growing support for a union with the Irish Republic. ironically, Boris in his efforts to move the UK from the EU may have put the final nail in the coffin of the United Kingdom as we know it.

Demographic Changes

The biggest changes in the year 2020 are likely to be in demographics. While this won’t change the look of a physical map of Europe or even the political map of Europe, what it will do is change the ethnic populations of parts of the European Union. Brexit will cause all sorts of ramifications for British people who have purchased houses, land and businesses in the rest of Europe. Many of these people will be forced to head back home to the United Kingdom.

Financial Changes

It is hard to see how brexit is going to be good for economy of the UK and for that matter the economy of the EU in general. France and Germany are already eyeing off London’s claim on the European finance sector. Making it harder to sell goods and services into Europe which is Britain’s biggest external market place cannot be good for British business. Taxes and tariffs will be applied to most goods being sold into the EU from the Uk making them more expensive and making it harder for those goods and services to compete.

2020 was a turbulent year around the globe and 2020 is looking like it is not going to be much better. Here’s hoping that we are wrong. have good Christmas if you are celebrating it and have a fun and safe New Year. Love from the team at “”.

Political Map of Europe


We have a new Map of Europe and a World Map for 2024.

Above we have a massive map of Europe. The size of the map is 2500 pixels by 1761. To get the full view you need to click on the image and then click on the X in the top right corner. below are the Countries of Europe and the respective capital cities. Although we haven’t specifically highlighted the countries of the European Union Follow this link to see a map of the EU. We have now added a wonderful Physical map of Europe.

It is now 2019 and not a lot has changed. This map is probably still the best overall map of Europe on this site. Although we have added a map of Europe for 2019. We are making this page a big database of maps of Europe. So we are combining all the old maps onto one page.

While we believe the above political map of Europe is probably the best we have ever published. Here at we feel we need to bring our readers as many version of similar maps as possible. The CIA website has a massive database of maps and we have edited the large map at the CIA and cut out another version of a political map of Europe.

Even though it looks like this is a newer political map of Europe it really isn’t. It is just a portion of one of the oldest maps on the web.

Old Political map of Europe
Old Political map of Europe

Map of Europe


map of Europe with cities
map of Europe with cities

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.

old Europe Map
old Europe Map

A New Europe Map

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.

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.

All in all we are in for an exciting although troubling time. We have added an interactive map of Europe for 2018. We now have a Europe Map for 2019.

Old map of EU Countries and candidate countries
Old map of EU Countries and candidate countries

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.


What countries are in Europe map?

There are a few definitions of Europe we can consider when answering this question. There is the EU (European Union) which is one definition of Europe but that is not encompassing enough for us. There are countries that Span both Europe and Asia like Russia which some want to put into Asia only. We do subscribe to this point of view either. Then there are countries like Georgia that aren’t transcontinental with Europe but are very European in the make up of the population and culture but are not officially part of Europe. Here at feel that all these countries should be given a chance to participate in the great experiment known as Europe. Below we have a comprehensive table of the countries that are within Europe.

Map of Europe with Cities

Country Capital
Albania Tirana
Andorra Andorra la Vella
Armenia Yerevan
Austria Vienna
Belarus Minsk
Belgium Brussels
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
Bulgaria Sofia
Croatia Zagreb
Cyprus Nicosia
Czech Republic Prague
Denmark Copenhagen
Estonia Tallinn
Finland Helsinki
France Paris
Georgia Tbilisi
Germany Berlin
Greece Athens
Hungary Budapest
Iceland Reykjavik
Ireland Dublin
Italy Rome
Kosovo Pristina
Latvia Riga
Liechtenstein Vaduz
Lithuania Vilnius
Luxembourg Luxembourg (city)
Macedonia (FYROM) Skopje
Malta Valletta
Moldova Chisinau
Monaco Monaco
Montenegro Podgorica
Netherlands Amsterdam
Norway Oslo
Poland Warsaw
Portugal Lisbon
Romania Bucharest
Russia Moscow
San Marino San Marino
Serbia Belgrade
Slovakia Bratislava
Slovenia Ljubljana
Spain Madrid
Sweden Stockholm
Switzerland Bern
Turkey Ankara
Ukraine Kyiv (also known as Kiev)
United Kingdom London
Vatican City (Holy See) Vatican City

We have a new World Map 2023 and a new EU Map “European Union Map 2023“. The 10 smallest countries of Europe article has had an update but nothing has really changed.

Map Information about the continent

We have added a map that is probably our best and largest. 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.

What the the Europe Map looked like in 2019 is below

Map of Europe 2019
Europe Map for 2019


Well it is that time of the year again. It is time to start thinking about what the Europe Map is going to look like in 2019. Last year in 2018 we speculated as to what the Europe Map would look like in 2018. We speculated about the UK leaving the EU or more importantly what that separation would look like. Well here we are in 2019 and we are still speculating.

Russia’s pressure on the Ukraine has not increased but has maintained at the same level, so we could see a change in that area of Europe in the near future. Turkey has not entered the European Union and doesn’t look like it will in 2019 or maybe ever.

With Donald Trump’s machinations in the White house and Vladamir Putin’s continuing resentment of the EU and Germany in particular, 2019 is shaping up to be an interesting year.

While people might think it is early to be publishing a 2019 map of Europe, here at Europe political map we try to be ahead of the curve. This is possibly the best and most easily read political map of Europe

very old map of europe
very old map of europe

We have finally done it. We have upgraded our oldest map post to a new and better version. Google will probably hate it like it hates the rest of this site but we won’t let that stop us. We aren’t really sure if this is a political map or not but it follows a similar format of the original, that is good enough for us. The next map we will be updating is our road map of Europe. Stay tuned!

Ye Olde Map of Europe

This is the oldest map of Europe we have on the site. It was the first map uploaded back in the late nineties. Yes has been around that long. We originally got this map from the CIA World Fact Book. Yes that site has been around even longer.

It is interesting to see how much the borders of Europe have changed. Western Europe has pretty much remained the same. While parts of Eastern Europe have changed. Serbia has had Kosova separated from it. Russia has annexed the Crimea from the Ukraine. Montenegro has also separated from Serbia to become the master of its own destiny.

map of Europe 2016
map of Europe 2016

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.

Vatican City

Travelling to Vatican City

Vatican City

As the sun dips low over the horizon, painting the sky with a canvas of vibrant hues, the country of Italy unfurls an intricate tapestry of artistic grandeur, time-stamped relics, and geological wonders that never fail to capture the hearts of travelers. From the Venetian canals to the Tuscan countryside, each locale has its own stories to tell. However, nestled within the bustling capital of Rome, Vatican City—like a precious gem in an elaborate crown—takes center stage. It’s an enclave of intrigue, a sovereign marvel that prompts many to ask, “Is the Vatican a country or a city?”

Vatican City – A City or a Country?

Don’t let its modest size fool you—Vatican City might encompass a mere 110 acres, but its significance reverberates far beyond its borders. This walled sanctuary, born from the Lateran Treaty of 1929, stands as the world’s smallest independent state. Home to the pontiff and a select few clergymen from diverse backgrounds, it blurs the line between city and country. Governed by the Bishop of Rome—the Pope—Vatican City is both an ecclesiastical masterpiece and a historical marvel.

Exploring Vatican City

Visitors to Vatican City may often find themselves caught in a paradox of time. The city itself, steeped in antiquity, is complemented by a contemporary network of facilities. Meander through the pristine plazas and explore the labyrinth of meticulously maintained walkways as you immerse yourself in the city’s charm. To help you navigate this intricate marvel, consider referring to this Vatican City map. Although the city lacks an airport—visitors must arrive via Rome—it boasts an array of modern amenities including a top-notch telephone system, a fully-functional pharmacy, and a renowned post office, a testimony to Vatican’s balance between the old and the new.

Economy of Vatican City

Vatican City’s economy is a tapestry woven from unique threads. Beyond religious and historical significance, its museums, post office, and souvenir shops serve as significant contributors to the city’s finances. Industrial pursuits include printing, mosaic making, and crafting staff uniforms. If your bucket list includes using an ATM with Latin instructions, the Vatican Bank is your destination. Interestingly, while Vatican City mints its own coins, it relies on the euro, courtesy of a special agreement with the European Union dating back to 1999.

Art and Culture

Art aficionados would be hard-pressed to find a destination as richly adorned as Vatican City. St. Peter’s Basilica is a cornucopia of artistic mastery, home to Raphael’s and Fra Angelico’s masterpieces, among others. The Apostolic Palace, the Pope’s residence, shelters the famed Sistine Chapel—its ceiling, a canvas for Michelangelo’s genius. The Last Judgement, his magnum opus, covers the altar wall, standing as a testament to his innovative style that initially spurred controversy but ultimately earned admiration.

Citizenship and the Life of the Residents

Vatican City’s unique citizenship rules might have you wondering, “Can anyone visit Vatican City?” The city’s inhabitants, numbering a little over 800, are primarily clergymen, state officials, or Swiss Guards. Rather than birthright, citizenship is tied to the specific roles these residents fulfill. Despite their diverse nationalities, a common thread binds them—their Catholic faith. This intriguing aspect further deepens the enigma that is Vatican City.

Vatican City, with its deep-rooted history, unique economy, and immense cultural richness, continues to bewitch travelers from across the globe. This divine fortress in the heart of Rome, where timeless artistry meets spiritual majesty, beckons you to unearth its secrets. As you plan your Italian sojourn, remember that the question, “Is the Vatican a country or a city?” is merely the start of your exploration into this extraordinary enclave.

Europe Flag Map

Unfurling the Past: An Introduction to the Flags of Europe

In the rich tapestry of international symbolism, flags hold a revered place. Every color, symbol, and design element chosen encapsulates a nation’s identity, serving as a vibrant, visual distillation of its history, culture, and values. Europe, with its diverse array of countries, is a fascinating study in this context. This article is the first in a series exploring the intricate tapestry of European flags and their significance.

Flags have been an intrinsic part of human civilization, used for thousands of years as symbols of identity and sovereignty. The concept of a national flag, however, is relatively modern, gaining prominence in the 18th century with the rise of nation-states. In Europe, many countries adopted their current flags during the 19th and 20th centuries, often associated with pivotal events like revolutions, independence movements, or the formation of new political systems.

Every flag tells a story, symbolizing its nation’s history, geographical features, religious beliefs, or political ideologies. The tricolor design—three equal horizontal or vertical stripes—is a common pattern in European flags, inspired by the French flag introduced during the French Revolution in the late 18th century. This design has been adapted by various countries, including Italy, Germany, and Ireland, each assigning their unique meanings to the colors.

The history of the European flags is indeed diverse. For instance, the flag of Denmark, known as the ‘Dannebrog’, is one of the oldest continuously used flags in the world. According to legend, it fell from the heavens during a battle in the 13th century. On the other hand, the flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina is relatively recent, adopted in 1998, signifying the nation’s aim for unity and its connection to Europe.

Studying a map of Europe with flags enables us to understand the shared and divergent paths these nations have taken. For instance, Scandinavian flags—Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland—share a common design feature, the Nordic Cross, symbolizing their shared cultural and historical ties. Meanwhile, Eastern European flags, such as those of Russia, Serbia, and Bulgaria, incorporate pan-Slavic colors—red, white, and blue—reflecting their Slavic heritage.

Flags are also imbued with deep symbolic meaning. For example, the flag of Greece, with its nine blue and white stripes, symbolizes the nine syllables in the phrase “Freedom or Death,” a motto from the Greek War of Independence. Meanwhile, the 12 golden stars on a blue field in the flag of the European Union represent unity, solidarity, and harmony among the peoples of Europe.

Flags are not static symbols; they evolve as nations change. With shifts in political regimes, societal values, or national sentiment, countries may modify their flags to better represent their current state. The flag of Spain, for instance, has seen several iterations corresponding to the nation’s tumultuous history, from monarchy to republic, civil war, dictatorship, and eventually democracy.

Flags, with their burst of colors and intricate designs, are far more than mere fabric fluttering in the wind. They are narratives in themselves, capturing the spirit and journey of nations. As we navigate through the map of Europe with flags, we unfurl the diverse stories of resilience, unity, faith, and freedom. These vibrant symbols serve as silent yet eloquent testimonials of Europe’s rich past and present.

Emblems of Identity: Exploring the Flags of Western Europe

As we continue our journey through the fascinating world of European flags, our focus turns to Western Europe. Here, we find some of the world’s most recognized flags, each carrying a story steeped in historical and cultural significance. This exploration uncovers the deeper meanings embedded in the vibrant flags fluttering over the landscapes of France, Germany, Spain, and more.

The flag of France, the Tricolore, is one of the most influential designs in the world, inspiring numerous other countries’ flags. Comprising three vertical stripes of equal width in blue, white, and red, the Tricolore was born in the crucible of the French Revolution. The blue and red are the traditional colors of Paris, while the white symbolizes royalty. However, the white later took on the symbolism of equality during the revolution, while the blue and red came to represent freedom and brotherhood.

Next on our Europe map with flags is the German flag. The flag, a tricolor of black, red, and gold horizontal stripes, has roots reaching back to the early 19th century and the liberal democratic ideals of the time. The colors originate from the uniforms of the German soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars. Black, red, and gold also became symbols of the democratic, centrist, and republican political forces in the 1848 Revolutions that swept across Europe.

The Spanish flag, or ‘la Rojigualda,’ is a relatively recent creation, adopted officially in 1981. It features three horizontal stripes: the top and bottom stripes are red, and the wider middle stripe is golden yellow. On the left side of the yellow stripe is the country’s coat of arms. The colors were chosen for their visibility at sea, as the flag’s original purpose was for naval identification. The coat of arms encapsulates Spain’s complex history, with symbols representing the historical kingdoms of Castile, Leon, Aragon, and Navarre.

As we move to the Iberian Peninsula, we find the Portuguese flag, a vertical bicolor of green and red, with the lesser portion green and the larger red. Overlapping the two colors near the hoist side is the Portuguese coat of arms, composed of the country’s traditional shield and behind it, an armillary sphere, a navigation tool highlighting Portugal’s seafaring history. The green represents the hope for the future, and the red stands for the blood of those who died serving the nation.

Our journey of Western Europe concludes with the flag of Belgium, a vertical tricolor of black, yellow, and red. The colors originate from the Duchy of Brabant’s coat of arms, a historic state in the southern Netherlands and Belgium, and the sequence was modeled after the French flag. The black signifies the country’s determination and strength, the yellow stands for its wealth, and the red symbolizes the courage and valor of the people.

The flags of Western Europe represent a rich tapestry of history and ideals, from revolutionary fervor and liberal values to seafaring heritage and national courage. Each flag is a unique emblem of the country’s identity, capturing its spirit and resilience.

Symbols of Unity and Heritage: An Exploration of the Flags of Eastern Europe

Venturing into the eastern region of the European continent, our voyage through the flags of Europe brings us to lands where history, heritage, and a strong sense of unity intertwine. From the bold colors of the Russian flag to the stirring emblem of Poland, the flags of Eastern Europe mirror the enduring spirit and rich history of these nations.

Undoubtedly one of the most recognized flags across the globe, the flag of Russia features a simple but striking tricolor design. Comprising horizontal stripes of white, blue, and red from top to bottom, the Russian flag is an iconic representation of the country. The white stands for nobility and frankness, the blue signifies faithfulness, honesty, and wisdom, and the red embodies courage, generosity, and love. These colors also bear pan-Slavic symbolism, indicating the shared heritage of the Slavic nations.

On our map of Europe with flags, we move southwest to the flag of Poland. This flag displays a horizontal bicolor of white over red. These colors have been associated with Poland since the Middle Ages, with the white symbolizing peace and purity and the red standing for valor and bravery. While the design might seem simplistic, it carries profound meaning for Poles, signifying their enduring spirit and resilience.

Heading south, we come to the flag of Ukraine, another horizontal bicolor, this time of blue over yellow. The flag reflects the country’s picturesque landscapes, with the blue symbolizing the sky and the yellow representing the vast wheat fields. This vivid imagery of nature underscores Ukrainians’ deep-rooted connection with their land.

Moving towards the Balkan region, we encounter the flag of Romania, a vertical tricolor of blue, yellow, and red from the hoist side. The blue signifies liberty, the yellow represents justice, and the red embodies fraternity. Interestingly, these colors correspond to the country’s geography: blue for the sky, yellow for the fields, and red for the blood of its defenders.

Finally, we explore the flag of Bulgaria, a tricolor of white, green, and red horizontal stripes. The white symbolizes peace, the green represents the country’s agricultural wealth, and the red stands for the courage and valor of its people. The current design was adopted in 1879 following the country’s liberation from Ottoman rule, symbolizing a new era of independence and progress.

The flags of Eastern Europe reflect a profound connection to their historical past, national identity, and shared cultural heritage. While the designs might vary, their core essence resonates with a powerful sense of unity and patriotism.

Northern Lights and Crosses: An Insight into the Flags of Northern Europe

The region of Northern Europe, characterized by its stunning landscapes and resilient cultures, presents a distinct collection of flags. This chapter of our voyage through the European flag map brings us to this unique region, known for its shared Nordic symbol – the cross. Let’s delve into the flags of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and others, which collectively narrate a tale of unity and distinct national identities.

Our journey starts with the flag of Sweden, known as the ‘Sveriges flagga’. This flag’s design is a gold or yellow Scandinavian cross extending to the edges on a field of blue. The blue symbolizes loyalty, justice, and truth, while the yellow represents generosity. This flag design, like many others in the region, is a variation of the Dannebrog, the flag of Denmark.

Heading westward on our map of Europe with flags, we find the flag of Norway, called the ‘Norges flagg’. This flag features a red field with a blue cross outlined in white, shifted towards the hoist side. The colors are said to have been influenced by the flags of France, the United States, and the United Kingdom, symbolizing liberty, loyalty, and humanity. The cross, as in many Northern European flags, speaks to the region’s historic Christian faith.

Next, we turn to the flag of Denmark, known as the ‘Dannebrog’. The flag features a white Scandinavian cross on a field of red. According to legend, the flag fell from the sky during a battle in Estonia in the 13th century and was caught by the Danish king, turning the tide of the battle. This flag is one of the oldest in the world, symbolizing Danish valor, honor, and the nation’s Christian heritage.

As we journey to the island nation of Iceland, we encounter the flag of Iceland, or ‘Íslendinga fáni’. The flag is blue with a white cross and a red cross inside the white, shifted towards the hoist side. The blue symbolizes the surrounding Atlantic Ocean, the white represents the snow that covers the country in winter, and the red stands for the country’s volcanic fires.

Lastly, we explore the flag of Finland, known as the ‘siniristilippu’ or blue cross flag. A white background features a blue Scandinavian cross, symbolizing the many lakes throughout the country and the blue skies above. The white background represents the snow that blankets the Finnish landscape in the winter.

The flags of Northern Europe are visual embodiments of the shared culture and collective histories of these nations while simultaneously signifying their unique national identities. The prevalent cross symbol underscores the Christian faith, while the distinct color palettes encapsulate the specific essence of each country.

Basking in the Sun: A Look at the Flags of Southern Europe

The sun-drenched landscapes of Southern Europe provide the backdrop for the fifth chapter in our exploration of the European flag map. Here, the Mediterranean’s azure waters meet historical grandeur, captured eloquently in the flags of Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, and more. Each flag bears distinct symbols, colors, and designs that encapsulate the vibrant spirit and rich history of these nations.

First on our map of Europe with flags is the iconic flag of Italy, known as ‘Il Tricolore’. This flag showcases a vertical tricolor of green, white, and red. The green represents the country’s land, the white symbolizes the snow-capped Alps, and the red denotes the bloodshed during the Wars of Italian Independence. Together, these colors capture the essence of Italy – its rich landscapes, historical upheavals, and resilient spirit.

Next, we turn to the flag of Greece, known as the ‘Galánolefki’ or the ‘blue and white’. The flag features a blue cross on a white field in the canton, with the rest of the flag bearing nine alternating blue and white stripes. The cross symbolizes Greek Orthodoxy, the established religion of Greece. The nine stripes represent the nine syllables of the phrase ‘Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος’ (Eleftheria i Thanatos), meaning ‘Freedom or Death’, the rallying cry of the Greek War of Independence.

Our journey then leads us to the flag of Portugal once again, where the green and red vertical fields embody hope and the blood of those who fought for the nation, respectively. The complex coat of arms at their intersection narrates Portugal’s grand history.

Revisiting the flag of Spain, we find a vibrant design that effectively incorporates the national coat of arms. The three horizontal stripes – two red and one, wider, yellow – embody the Spanish spirit, while the coat of arms, with its intricate elements, represents the country’s rich historical heritage.

Finally, we delve into the flag of Malta, a simple yet profound design. Comprising two vertical halves of white and red, it features the George Cross, outlined in red in the top left corner. The George Cross was awarded to Malta by King George VI of the United Kingdom in 1942, during World War II, as a symbol of bravery.

The flags of Southern Europe, steeped in history and cultural significance, serve as enduring emblems of national identity. They represent not only the geographical landscapes and historical events of these nations but also the values and aspirations of their people.

In the Heart of the Continent: Flags of Central Europe

As we travel deeper into the European continent, the Central European region unfolds with a rich amalgamation of cultures, histories, and natural beauty. The flags of this region, including those of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, mirror this diversity. Each flag not only embodies its respective nation’s identity but also serves as a testament to its unique history and values.

Retracing our steps to the flag of Germany, we reacquaint ourselves with its iconic tricolor design. The flag features horizontal stripes of black, red, and gold, colors linked to the democratic, centrist, and republican movements that emerged in the 19th century. This flag symbolizes Germany’s continuous commitment to these values.

Further south, we find the flag of Austria, a simple yet powerful design with a rich history. The flag comprises horizontal bands of red and white, with a legend linking the colors to Duke Leopold V’s blood-stained battle garment. The red and white hence stand as symbols of valor and sacrifice for the nation.

Our journey then leads us to the unique flag of Switzerland, one of the only two square sovereign-state flags globally. The flag presents a bold, equilateral white cross on a red background, symbolizing freedom, honor, and fidelity. The Swiss flag’s distinct design reflects the country’s unique status of neutrality and independence.

As we move east, the flag of Hungary comes into view. The flag features horizontal stripes of red, white, and green. The red represents strength, the white symbolizes fidelity, and the green stands for hope. The design is steeped in history, going back to the country’s coat of arms in the Middle Ages.

Lastly, we explore the flag of the Czech Republic, a two-band flag with a blue triangle extending from the mast side. The white symbolizes the peaceful nature of the Czech people, the red stands for courage and valour, and the blue triangle represents vigilance and loyalty. The flag, adopted after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, encapsulates the Czech Republic’s national identity and spirit.

The flags of Central Europe, while diverse in design, all bear a profound connection to the history and values of their nations. They are vibrant symbols of identity that continue to inspire their citizens and reflect their nations’ spirit to the world.

Tiny States, Big Stories: Flags of Europe’s Microstates

Our exploration of the European flag map brings us, in this final chapter, to the continent’s smallest countries. Despite their size, these microstates – including Vatican City, Monaco, Andorra, Liechtenstein, and San Marino – boast rich histories and unique cultures, reflected beautifully in their flags. Let’s embark on this final leg of our journey, delving into the tales these flags tell.

Keywords: European Microstates Flag Map, Flag of Vatican City, Flag of Monaco, Flag of Andorra, Flag of Liechtenstein, Flag of San Marino

We begin with the flag of Vatican City, the smallest internationally recognized independent state worldwide, both in terms of area and population. The flag consists of two vertical halves – one gold and one white. The white side features two crossed keys – one gold, one silver – beneath a tiara. The keys represent the keys to Heaven, symbolizing the Pope’s spiritual authority, while the tiara signifies his worldly authority.

Next, we find the flag of Monaco, which shares a similar design to the Indonesian flag, with horizontal stripes of red over white. The colors are said to represent the House of Grimaldi, the ruling family of Monaco since the 13th century.

Moving towards the Pyrenees mountain range, we encounter the flag of Andorra, a vertical tricolor of blue, yellow, and red, with the nation’s coat of arms in the center. The coat of arms includes motifs representing the historic co-princes of Andorra – the Bishop of Urgell and the Count of Foix.

Our journey then brings us to the flag of Liechtenstein, a horizontal bicolor of blue and red, with the nation’s crown in the upper left corner. The crown signifies the unity of the people and their loyalty towards their prince.

Lastly, we delve into the flag of San Marino, a horizontal bicolor of white over light blue with the country’s coat of arms in the center. The white represents the mountains, and the blue symbolizes the sky. The coat of arms showcases the Three Towers of San Marino on three peaks, a symbol of the republic’s independence and freedom.

The flags of Europe’s microstates, while less known, are teeming with intriguing narratives and deep symbolism. They are reminders that even the smallest states hold vast stories within their emblems of identity.

As we conclude our journey on the map of Europe with flags, we can reflect on the rich tapestry of stories we’ve explored. From the azure cross of Greece to the bold tricolor of Germany, each flag has offered a unique window into the history, culture, and values of its nation. While our voyage ends here, the stories these flags tell will continue to resonate, symbols of a continent’s shared heritage and enduring spirit.

The Panorama of Colors and Symbols: Final Reflections and Notable Mentions in European Flags

In this concluding chapter of our comprehensive exploration of the map of Europe with flags, we reflect on the journey and look at some notable mentions that did not make it to the previous articles but carry intriguing narratives in their designs. These include the flags of Kosovo, Belarus, and the Isle of Man.

We begin with the flag of Kosovo, a relatively new addition to the European flag map. It features a blue background with a golden map of Kosovo and six white stars. The blue and white colors are influenced by the flag of the European Union, while the stars represent Kosovo’s major ethnic groups.

Next, we look at the flag of Belarus, a unique design among European flags. The flag features a red horizontal stripe above a green horizontal stripe, with a white and red ornamental pattern on the hoist. This pattern, taken from traditional Belarusian folk designs, is the only one of its kind on a national flag.

A special mention should be made for the flag of the Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency. This flag, known for its unique design, features a triskelion (three armored legs arranged in a star shape) on a red background. The triskelion is a symbol of the sun, signifying life and resurrection, and is believed to bring good luck.

Reflecting on the grand tapestry of the European flag map, it is evident that each flag serves as a powerful emblem of national identity. They reflect the unique histories, cultures, and values of their nations, often through symbols, colors, and designs steeply rooted in deep-seated traditions and historical events. The story of Europe is a collective narrative of diverse nations, unified under a common heritage and shared values.

Exploring the European flag map has been akin to a voyage through time and across varied landscapes. We journeyed through the sunny coasts of Southern Europe, the snowy landscapes of the North, the verdant valleys of the West, and the historical crossroads of the East. Each flag told a unique story – of nations born out of resilience, of cultures that withstood the test of time, and of unity in diversity.

The story of each flag is the story of its people – their struggles, triumphs, aspirations, and legacy. These stories remind us of our shared humanity and the common thread that binds us all – the spirit of identity and nationhood. Our journey through the map of Europe with flags may have ended, but the stories they tell continue to inspire and unite, illuminating the rich tapestry of our shared global heritage.

Pride and Beauty on Display: The Most Famous and Nicest Flags in Europe

In this supplementary chapter of our exploration of the map of Europe with flags, we turn our attention to some of the most famous and visually appealing flags of the continent. While the fame of a flag can be subjective, often tied to the country’s international prominence, the aesthetics can be a matter of personal preference. Nonetheless, there are a few flags in Europe that stand out in terms of recognition and aesthetic appeal.

Arguably, the flag of the United Kingdom, known as the Union Jack, holds a place as one of the most famous flags in Europe, if not the world. This is largely due to the historical impact of the British Empire on global affairs. The flag itself is a blend of the flags of England (St. George’s Cross), Scotland (St. Andrew’s Cross), and Ireland (St. Patrick’s Cross), symbolizing the unity of these nations within the United Kingdom.

Another flag enjoying significant recognition is the flag of France, known as the Tricolour. The vertical bands of blue, white, and red are symbolic of the French Revolution, and the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity it espoused. The French flag’s fame is reinforced by France’s influence in global affairs and culture.

While “nicest” is subjective, some flags are often praised for their simplicity and color scheme. Among these is the flag of Sweden, a Scandinavian cross design of a golden yellow cross on a field of blue. The colors are believed to be inspired by the national coat of arms and are widely appreciated for their contrast and visual harmony.

Further south, the flag of Greece, with its unique combination of blue and white stripes and a cross, is also considered one of the most visually appealing. The colors represent the Greek sea and sky, while the cross symbolizes Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the predominant religion in Greece.

In the Eastern part of Europe, the flag of Ukraine gets notable mentions due to its simplicity and symbolism. The flag consists of two horizontal bands of blue and yellow. The blue symbolizes the sky, and the yellow represents the country’s wheat fields, offering a picturesque depiction of the Ukrainian landscape.

The fame and aesthetic appeal of a flag often reflect a country’s history, cultural influence, and the symbolic resonance of its design elements. Whether through a bold display of national colors or the intricate weave of historical symbols, each flag on the map of Europe offers a distinct visual experience and a unique narrative that contributes to the continent’s rich and diverse tapestry.

Fluttering through Time: The Evolution and Significance of Flags in Europe

As we bring our journey through the map of Europe with flags to a close, it’s essential to step back and understand the evolution of these national symbols and their significance. Flags, in their myriad colors and designs, carry the weight of history, bear witness to the rise and fall of nations, and embody a nation’s identity and ideals.

In the historical sense, flags were primarily used in warfare, helping distinguish friend from foe on the battlefield. In Europe, the tradition of flags can be traced back to the Roman Empire, with the Roman legions carrying standards into battle. Over time, these military symbols evolved to represent not just armies, but entire nations.

The Middle Ages and the era of heraldry brought further significance to flags. They started featuring elaborate designs borrowed from family crests and regional symbols, such as the lions found on the flags of several European nations, including the Netherlands and Norway.

The 18th and 19th centuries, marked by revolutions and the formation of modern nation-states, gave birth to many flags we know today. Concepts of liberty, equality, and nationalism were woven into these symbols. For instance, the tricolors – such as the flags of France, Italy, and Germany – often represent these revolutionary ideals.

However, flags are not static. They continue to evolve, reflecting significant changes in a nation’s history or political landscape. Consider the flag of Russia, which changed with the fall of the Tsarist regime, then again with the collapse of the Soviet Union, reverting to the tricolor of white, blue, and red.

What makes the European flags particularly fascinating is their diversity. From the Nordic crosses of Sweden and Finland to the unique designs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Spain, each flag tells its own story, reflecting regional influences, historical events, cultural identities, and national aspirations.

Moreover, flags are more than historical markers. They embody a nation’s identity, uniting people under a shared symbol. They wave at sports events, are hoisted on national holidays, and represent countries on international platforms. In many ways, they inspire patriotism, solidarity, and a sense of belonging.

The journey through the map of Europe with flags is a journey through history, culture, and national identity. It’s a testament to the continent’s diversity and a reminder of its shared heritage. As our exploration concludes, the flags continue to flutter, symbolizing the resilience and unity of nations, their vibrant stories etched in each stripe, star, and color.

Europe’s Flag Map: A Tapestry of United Diversity

Our final reflection on the map of Europe with flags seeks to encompass the overall narrative that has emerged throughout this journey. Each flag, unique and steeped in history, converges on the European flag map to paint a picture of united diversity.

Europe’s rich tapestry of nations manifests through their flags, representing diverse cultural identities while revealing common threads that bind them. These include shared historical influences, a common commitment to democratic values, and the desire for peaceful co-existence.

It’s also noteworthy that some design elements echo across the continent. The cross, for instance, appears on several flags, such as those of Sweden, Finland, Greece, and the United Kingdom, representing shared Christian heritage. Similarly, the tricolor pattern seen in the flags of France, Italy, Germany, and Ireland (among others), often embodies the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity, resonating the spirit of democracy and national sovereignty.

On another level, flags represent Europe’s geographical diversity. The flag of Iceland, with its representation of a snow-capped landscape, stands in stark contrast to the flag of Spain, reminiscent of the country’s sunny and vibrant temperament. The flag of Ukraine symbolizes golden wheat fields under a blue sky, reflecting the country’s fertile plains, while the flag of Norway conveys the country’s seafaring tradition.

This geographical and cultural diversity, however, converges under the flag of the European Union (EU). The circle of twelve golden stars on a blue field, embodying unity and harmony among European nations, reflects the continent’s shared aspirations for peace, solidarity, and cooperative progress.

It is also important to note the impact of Europe’s flags beyond its borders. The tricolor pattern has been adopted by many countries worldwide, a testament to the influence of European revolutionary ideals. Similarly, the Union Jack’s design elements appear in several Commonwealth countries’ flags, reflecting historical ties with the United Kingdom.

The map of Europe with flags is a vibrant tableau, narrating stories of struggle, resilience, unity, and diversity. It’s a chronicle of the continent’s past, a reflection of its present, and a beacon guiding its future. The exploration of these flags opens a gateway to understanding Europe’s rich heritage and diverse identity, a journey as enlightening as it is inspiring. As we close this series, we invite you to keep exploring, for each flag is a story waiting to unfold, and every story is a piece of the grand European tapestry.

Unfurling Mysteries: Curiosities and Lesser Known Facts about European Flags

This additional chapter of our series on the map of Europe with flags delves into the intriguing and lesser-known facts about European flags. These details might not be widely recognized, but they enrich our understanding of these national symbols and the cultures they represent.

Starting with the Danish flag, known as the Dannebrog, it is widely acknowledged as the oldest national flag in continuous use, dating back to at least the 14th century. According to legend, the flag fell from the heavens during a critical battle, leading the Danes to victory.

The flag of Switzerland and the flag of the Vatican City are the only two square national flags in Europe, and in the world. This unique aspect sets them apart in a sea of rectangular designs.

In a striking example of shared history and culture, the flags of Romania, Chad, Andorra, and Moldova are virtually identical, each featuring vertical stripes of blue, yellow, and red. This similarity has occasionally led to confusion in international events.

The flag of Malta holds a special distinction: in the top left corner, it features the George Cross, a military decoration awarded to the entire Maltese population for their bravery during World War II by King George VI of the United Kingdom.

The flag of Cyprus is the only national flag that features a detailed geographic representation of the country. It showcases a map of the island in gold, set against a white backdrop.

Contrary to most other national flags, the flag of the United Kingdom, the Union Jack, has a correct way up. The broader white diagonal stripe should be at the top on the side of the flag nearest the flagpole.

Finally, the flag of Albania features a double-headed eagle in black, a symbol originating from the Byzantine Empire’s heraldic emblems, showcasing the country’s historical ties to this ancient civilization.

These fascinating facts underscore the depth and complexity of the stories woven into the flags that populate the map of Europe. From unusual shapes and design elements to historical distinctions and curious coincidences, these national symbols never cease to surprise and engage us. Their narratives, sometimes hidden in the folds, are waiting to be discovered and shared, shedding new light on the rich tapestry of Europe.

Flying Diplomacy: Europe’s Flag Map and International Relations

For the next installment in our series on the map of Europe with flags, we shift our focus to the intersection of flags and international relations. Flags not only serve as symbols of national identity but also play vital roles in diplomatic contexts. They offer insight into historical alliances, political relationships, and how Europe interacts with the rest of the world.

In the realm of international relations, flags function as tangible representations of a country’s sovereignty and status. They are flown at international summits, diplomatic missions, and global events like the Olympics, symbolizing the presence and recognition of a country on the global stage.

The flag of the European Union (EU), featuring a circle of twelve golden stars against a blue background, is often displayed alongside the flags of its member states. It symbolizes the unity and solidarity among these nations. When flown together, these flags represent not just their individual nations, but their shared commitment to the EU’s principles of freedom, democracy, equality, and respect for human rights.

The influence of European flags extends beyond the continent, particularly visible in the flags of former colonies or territories influenced by European powers. For instance, the Union Jack is incorporated into the flags of several countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, reflecting their historical ties with the United Kingdom. Similarly, the tricolor design, popularized by the French Revolution, is evident in flags across the globe, from Ireland in Europe to India in Asia and Mexico in the Americas.

Furthermore, flags can offer subtle insights into international relationships and historical alliances. The similarities between the flags of Norway and Iceland, for example, underscore their shared Nordic heritage. The flag of Turkey, meanwhile, serves as a reminder of the country’s unique position straddling Europe and Asia, and its crucial role in regional geopolitics.

Flags also play a crucial role during times of political change. In newly independent nations, the creation of a national flag is a significant step towards asserting their sovereignty and cultivating a sense of national identity. Similarly, changes to a flag can symbolize a shift in a nation’s political landscape, as seen in the flag of Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

When viewed through the lens of international relations, the map of Europe with flags becomes a dynamic tableau of diplomatic ties, historical influences, and geopolitical intricacies. It underscores how these colorful symbols of national identity contribute to the complex and ever-evolving dance of international diplomacy.

Waving High in Festivity: The Role of Flags in European Cultural Events and Celebrations

In this article, we turn our attention to the role flags play in European cultural events and celebrations. As we navigate the map of Europe with flags, it becomes apparent that these national symbols aren’t confined to political or historical contexts; they are also deeply intertwined with the social and cultural fabric of the continent.

Flags are a common sight at any national celebration in Europe. Whether it’s Bastille Day in France, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, or King’s Day in the Netherlands, flags add color and patriotic fervor to the festivities. They adorn streets, wave atop buildings, and feature on various celebratory items, turning these occasions into a vibrant display of national pride.

Similarly, regional and local festivals also incorporate flags to celebrate unique cultural identities within a country. In Spain, for instance, autonomous communities have their own flags that fly high during regional fiestas, such as the running of the bulls in Pamplona or the Tomatina festival in Buñol.

Europe’s diverse music festivals, like the Glastonbury Festival in the UK or Tomorrowland in Belgium, often feature a sea of flags representing the nationalities of attendees. These flags symbolize unity in diversity, fostering a sense of global community through the shared love of music.

Sports events, too, become a stage for the display of national flags. Be it the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship, or the Olympic Games, flags represent the competing nations, celebrate their achievements, and foster a sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie among diverse cultures.

One unique European event that exemplifies the symbolic power of flags is the Eurovision Song Contest. Before each performance, the participating country’s flag is displayed, and the event culminates in a grand parade of flags, symbolizing Europe’s unity through music and cultural exchange.

Flags are more than political symbols; they are also vibrant threads in the social and cultural tapestry of Europe. They add color and meaning to celebrations, reflect regional identities, and foster a sense of community and shared heritage. So, as we traverse the map of Europe with flags, let’s remember to look beyond their geopolitical significance and appreciate their role in Europe’s rich cultural landscape.

Stitched with Pride: Flags and National Identity in Europe

In this segment of our in-depth series on the map of Europe with flags, we delve into the intrinsic link between flags and national identity. In every corner of the continent, from the icy fjords of Norway to the sunny shores of Greece, flags serve as vital symbols of national pride and unity.

Flags are deeply intertwined with the concept of national identity in Europe. They serve as emblems of a nation’s history, culture, and shared values. The tricolor pattern of the French flag, for instance, symbolizes the revolutionary ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity—core aspects of French national identity. The British Union Jack, meanwhile, signifies the union of England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, embodying the concept of unity in diversity.

But the relationship between flags and national identity extends beyond mere symbolism. Flags also play a practical role in fostering national unity. During national holidays, important sporting events, or other moments of shared national significance, the collective display of the national flag can instill a sense of unity and common purpose.

Additionally, flags often serve as rallying symbols during moments of national crisis or change. The widespread display of the Ukrainian flag during the 2014 Euromaidan protests, for example, reinforced a sense of national unity and resolve in the face of political upheaval.

Flags also play a role in shaping a country’s image both domestically and internationally. The Swedish flag, with its blue and yellow colors, often evokes images of a prosperous and progressive society, which aligns with the country’s global reputation. Similarly, the Italian flag, with its vibrant green, white, and red, often brings to mind the country’s rich cultural heritage and culinary traditions.

Finally, it’s worth noting that flags can reflect a sense of broader, supranational identity as well. The flag of the European Union, for instance, represents not just the EU as an institution, but the shared identity and common values of its member states.

Flags play a crucial role in shaping and expressing national identity in Europe. They serve as constant reminders of a nation’s history and ideals, provide a focal point for unity and solidarity, and contribute to the narrative of what it means to belong to a certain country. As such, the map of Europe with flags becomes not just a geographical guide, but a vibrant tableau of the continent’s diverse identities.

Redefining Identity: The Process of Changing a National Flag in Europe

Our exploration of the map of Europe with flags now takes us to an aspect that might not always draw much attention: the process of changing a national flag. What prompts a nation to change its flag, and how does such a process unfold? Let’s delve into this subject with a couple of case studies from European history.

While national flags are enduring symbols of a country’s identity, they aren’t necessarily set in stone. Major political shifts, societal changes, or a desire for rebranding can prompt nations to revise their flags. Let’s consider two examples in Europe: Germany and Russia.

Germany: From Swastika to Tricolor After Nazi Germany’s defeat in World War II, the nation underwent a significant transformation, including its national flag. The infamous swastika flag was banned due to its association with a brutal and oppressive regime. In its place, Germany re-adopted the black-red-gold tricolor, originally used by the democratic Weimar Republic and symbolizing the nation’s renewed commitment to democracy and unity.

The change wasn’t just a practical step of replacing one flag with another. It was also a symbolic gesture, reflecting Germany’s desire to break from its dark past and move towards a more hopeful future. The choice of the Weimar Republic’s flag helped instill a sense of continuity with the country’s democratic traditions.

Russia: From Hammer and Sickle to White, Blue, and Red Another significant flag change occurred after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The Soviet flag, red with the iconic hammer and sickle, was replaced by the white, blue, and red tricolor of the Russian Federation.

This change was part of the broader process of dismantling the Soviet system and creating a new Russian identity. The new flag was not entirely novel, as it harkened back to the flag used by the Russian Empire before the 1917 Revolution. This choice helped establish a sense of continuity with Russia’s pre-Soviet history while signaling a departure from its communist past.

In both cases, the flag changes were part of larger political transitions and attempts to redefine national identity. The process typically involved legislative approval and, in some cases, a public referendum, ensuring democratic endorsement of the new symbols.

While the map of Europe with flags might seem static, the flags themselves tell dynamic stories of change and transformation. As nations evolve, so do their flags, reflecting new realities and aspirations while maintaining links to their historical roots.

Colorful Stories: The Role of Color and Symbolism in European Flags

As we continue to traverse the map of Europe with flags, we will now delve into an aesthetic yet meaningful aspect: the role of color and symbolism in European flags. These designs carry potent messages, each color and symbol chosen with care to represent national narratives, historical events, and shared values.

The colors chosen for a nation’s flag are often imbued with specific meanings. The red, white, and blue of the French Tricolor, for instance, originally represented the values of the French Revolution – liberty, equality, fraternity. Similarly, the red and white in the Polish flag signify courage and peace, respectively.

In many cases, the same color can hold different meanings across various flags. For instance, red symbolizes bravery in the flags of many nations, like Denmark and United Kingdom, while it represents the sun in the North Macedonian flag.

Symbols also play a significant role in flag designs. Some flags feature national emblems or other significant icons. The Portuguese flag, for instance, depicts the country’s coat of arms, signifying its maritime history. Meanwhile, the Turkish flag features a star and crescent, traditional symbols of Islam, reflecting the country’s majority religion.

Even geometric designs can hold symbolic value. The cross design on the Swedish and Finnish flags, for instance, represents Christianity, reflecting the historical influence of the church in these countries. The tricolor pattern of many flags, such as those of Italy, Ireland, and France, often symbolizes republican values or significant historical periods.

It’s worth noting that some flags are designed with simplicity and recognizability in mind. The straightforward design of the Swiss flag, a white cross on a red square, makes it one of the most easily identifiable flags in the world.

The colors, symbols, and designs on flags are not chosen merely for their visual appeal. Each element holds significance, representing different facets of a nation’s identity, history, and values. Thus, as we explore the map of Europe with flags, we are also reading vivid narratives of the nations they represent, woven into the fabric of their flags.

Map of Central Europe

Central Europe, a region often overlooked in the global discourse, holds a unique position in the world. Nestled between the Western and Eastern parts of the continent, Central Europe is a fascinating blend of cultures, histories, and geographies. This article delves into the intricacies of the map of Central Europe, exploring the countries that make up this region, the unique characteristics that set it apart, and the rich history that has shaped its present.

Which Countries Fall Under Central Europe?

Central Europe is a region that encompasses several countries. While the exact list can vary depending on the context, the most commonly included nations are Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia. Some definitions also include Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and parts of Belgium, Netherlands, and France. Each of these countries contributes to the rich tapestry of cultures, languages, and histories that define Central Europe.

  1. Austria
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Germany
  4. Hungary
  5. Liechenstein
  6. Poland
  7. Slovakia
  8. Slovenia
  9. Switzerland
  10. Croatia

Is Central Europe the Same as Eastern Europe?

Central Europe is not the same as Eastern Europe, although the two regions share some commonalities. The distinction between Central and Eastern Europe is more than just geographical; it’s also historical, cultural, and political. Central Europe has a history closely tied to Western Europe, particularly through the Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburg Monarchy. In contrast, Eastern Europe has been more influenced by the Byzantine Empire and later, the Soviet Union.

The Area of Central Europe

Central Europe covers a significant area, spanning approximately 1 million square kilometers (or about 386,000 square miles). This region is home to diverse landscapes, from the towering Alps in Switzerland to the vast plains of Hungary. Each country within Central Europe boasts its own unique geography, contributing to the region’s overall diversity.

Why is it Called Central Europe?

The term “Central Europe” is used to describe the region lying between Western and Eastern Europe. The concept of Central Europe is largely a product of geopolitical and social constructs rather than strict geographical boundaries. The term gained prominence in the 19th century as a way to describe the area of Europe that was neither part of the West nor the East but had its own unique characteristics and identity.

The Oldest Country in Central Europe

When it comes to age, Hungary takes the crown as the oldest country in Central Europe. Established on December 25, 1000 AD, Hungary has a rich history that has significantly influenced the region. Other countries, like Poland and Germany, also have long histories dating back several centuries.

Is Greece or Croatia Part of Central Europe?

While both Greece and Croatia are part of Europe, they are not typically classified as part of Central Europe. Greece is generally considered part of Southern Europe, while Croatia is often categorized as part of Southeastern Europe or the Balkans. However, these classifications can vary depending on the context.

The European Union and Central Europe

The European Union (EU) is a significant part of the political, economic, and social fabric of Central Europe. Most Central European countries, including Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia, are members of the EU. These countries have benefited from EU membership through access to a single market, funding for development, and the ability to participate in decision-making processes that affect the entire bloc.

However, not all Central European countries are part of the EU. Switzerland and Liechtenstein, for example, have opted to remain outside the EU while still maintaining close economic and political ties with the bloc. These countries have negotiated numerous agreements with the EU to participate in certain aspects of the single market while retaining their sovereignty in other areas.

The EU has had a significant impact on the development of Central Europe. EU funding has contributed to infrastructure development, economic growth, and social programs in many Central European countries. Additionally, EU membership has facilitated the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital across borders, contributing to increased integration and cooperation among Central European countries.

However, EU membership also comes with challenges. Central European countries must comply with EU regulations and standards, which can sometimes be a source of tension. Additionally, these countries must contribute to the EU budget, which can be a significant financial commitment.

Despite these challenges, the EU remains a crucial part of Central Europe’s identity. The map of Central Europe is not just a geographical representation, but also a reflection of the region’s complex political and economic relationships. Whether through EU membership or close ties with the bloc, Central Europe is deeply intertwined with the broader European community.

Central Europe, with its rich history, diverse cultures, and unique geography, is a fascinating region to explore. Whether you’re interested in the historical significance of Hungary, the cultural diversity of Germany, or the geographical wonders of Switzerland, Central Europe offers something for everyone. So the next time you look at a map of Europe, take a moment to appreciate the intricacies of this captivating region.






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:

  1. Austria
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Germany
  4. Hungary
  5. Liechenstein
  6. Poland
  7. Slovakia
  8. Slovenia
  9. Switzerland
  10. Croatia

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.

  1. Almost everything located within Berlin, Germany is a sight in itself. A particular favourite amongst tourists is climbing the Reichstag Dome.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A particular favourite of those travelling to Central Europe to sightsee is travelling up ‘Castle Hill’ for fantastic views over Budapest, capital of Hungary.
  8. 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 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.

Map of Western Europe


Western Europe, a region rich in history and culture, is a fascinating area to explore. This article will delve into the intricacies of the map of Western Europe, providing insights into its geographical composition, the countries it encompasses, and some intriguing facts about the region.

What Countries are in the Western Side of Europe?

Western Europe is home to a diverse range of countries, each with its unique characteristics and charm. The region comprises 29 countries, including Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, and others.

The Intricacies of Western Europe’s Geography

Western Europe covers a total area of approximately 1.328 million square miles, making it a vast and diverse region. The largest country in terms of land area is France, spanning 212,935 square miles, while the smallest is Vatican City, covering a mere 0.17 square miles.

Norway and Switzerland: The EU Outsiders

Norway and Switzerland are two prominent countries in Western Europe that are not part of the European Union (EU). The reasons for their non-membership are complex and multifaceted, rooted in historical, economic, and political factors.

For Norway, the decision to stay out of the EU has been influenced by a desire to maintain control over its natural resources, particularly its rich oil reserves. The country has opted instead for a European Economic Area (EEA) agreement, which allows it to access the EU’s single market without being a full member.

Switzerland, on the other hand, has maintained its independence and neutrality over centuries, which has influenced its decision not to join the EU. The Swiss have preferred to negotiate bilateral agreements with the EU to secure their economic interests while preserving their sovereignty.

The Seven Regions of Europe

Europe is often divided into seven regions for geographical and political analysis. These regions are Northern Europe, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Central Europe, the Baltic States, and the British Isles. Each region has its unique characteristics, culture, and history.

England and Western Europe

England, part of the United Kingdom, is indeed considered a part of Western Europe. This classification is based on geographical location, historical ties, and cultural similarities with other Western European countries.

Why is it Called Western Europe?

The term “Western Europe” is rooted in the context of the Cold War. During this period, Europe was divided into the Western Bloc, which included countries aligned with NATO, and the Eastern Bloc, which comprised nations within the Soviet sphere of influence. The term has since evolved and is now used more in a geographical context to distinguish the region from Eastern, Central, and Southern Europe.

The European Union and Western Europe: An Inextricable Bond

The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union that plays a significant role in shaping the landscape of Western Europe. Comprising 27 member states, the EU has its roots in Western Europe, with countries like France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands being among its founding members.

The EU has been instrumental in fostering cooperation and integration among its member states, promoting peace, stability, and economic prosperity in the region. It has established a single market that allows for the free movement of goods, services, capital, and people among member states. This has facilitated trade and investment, contributing to the economic growth and development of Western Europe.

Moreover, the EU has also been a driving force behind the harmonization of laws and regulations among member states in areas such as human rights, consumer protection, and environmental conservation. This has led to the creation of a shared legal and regulatory framework that has helped to ensure a level playing field and promote social justice across the region.

However, the relationship between the EU and Western Europe is not without its complexities. Not all countries in Western Europe are members of the EU. Notably, Norway and Switzerland have chosen to remain outside the EU while still maintaining close economic and political ties with the union through various agreements.

Furthermore, the recent departure of the United Kingdom from the EU, commonly known as Brexit, has added a new dimension to the relationship between the EU and Western Europe. Despite this, the EU continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the political, economic, and social landscape of Western Europe.

Additional Facts

Did you know that Western Europe has a total population of approximately 418 million people? Germany has the highest population, with an estimated 83.4 million people, while Vatican City has the lowest, with just 515 people. The region’s GDP totals $19.35 trillion per year, with Germany having the highest GDP at $4.223 trillion per year. These facts and more make Western Europe a region of significant economic and demographic importance on the global stage.

This article has provided a detailed overview of the map of Western Europe, covering its geographical composition, the countries it encompasses, and some intriguing facts about the region. Whether you’re a geography enthusiast or a curious traveler, Western Europe is a region that promises endless exploration and discovery.

The map of Western Europe is a tapestry of diverse countries, cultures, and histories. From the fjords of Norway to the vineyards of France, each country in this region offers a unique blend of experiences. Whether you’re a geography enthusiast, a history buff, or a curious traveler, Western Europe is a region that promises endless exploration and discovery.

Here we have a new map of Eastern Europe


Physical Map of Europe

Discovering Europe through a Physical Map

Maps are a crucial instrument for geographers, travelers, and cartographers, enabling us to comprehend our surroundings, venture into new areas, and traverse unfamiliar territories. Among various map types, each serving a unique purpose, physical maps and political maps are quite prevalent. This article will hone in on the physical map of Europe, elaborating on its distinctions from political maps.

Understanding Physical Maps of Europe

A physical map of Europe serves to depict the continent’s physical attributes, such as mountains, rivers, lakes, seas, and other natural landscapes. Also referred to as relief, topographic, or terrain maps, physical maps of Europe are crafted to furnish information about the continent’s landforms and physical features.

Distinctive Features of Physical Maps

A primary utility of a physical map of Europe lies in its ability to elucidate the continent’s geography. For instance, one can ascertain the location of prominent mountain ranges, including the Alps, Pyrenees, and Carpathians, via a physical map. It also illustrates the placement of major rivers like the Danube, Rhine, and Volga, and lakes such as Lake Geneva and Lake Como. A physical map, therefore, enhances our comprehension of Europe’s topography and natural features.

Another striking characteristic of a physical map of Europe is its use of color and shading to signify elevation. Highlands and mountains are typically rendered in brown, whereas lowlands and valleys are depicted in shades of green or blue. Observing a physical map can provide insights into the relative altitudes of various areas, giving a sense of the terrain’s ruggedness or flatness. This information proves beneficial for planning outdoor activities like hiking or understanding the navigation challenges posed by different regions.

Contrasting Physical and Political Maps of Europe

Contrarily, a political map of Europe is designed to exhibit the continent’s political boundaries. It generally illustrates countries, states, provinces, and other administrative divisions, along with significant cities, roads, and other human-made features. Its primary goal is to offer insights into Europe’s political and administrative systems.

Political maps of Europe facilitate an understanding of the continent’s diverse countries and regions. For instance, such a map can reveal the borders of nations like France, Germany, and Spain, and pinpoint major cities like Paris, Berlin, and Madrid. Political maps can also identify the location of significant landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, and the Brandenburg Gate.

Detailing: A Key Difference between Physical and Political Maps

Physical maps and political maps diverge in their focus—physical maps spotlight the land’s natural features, while political maps concentrate on human-made elements. Physical maps are instrumental in understanding Europe’s physical geography, whereas political maps elucidate Europe’s political geography.

Detailing is another distinguishing factor between physical and political maps. While physical maps often boast a high level of detail, featuring a myriad of features and landmarks, political maps may prioritize administrative boundaries and major cities over natural features.

Summarizing the Importance of Physical and Political Maps

In summation, physical maps of Europe are a valuable resource for grasping the continent’s natural geography. They pinpoint the location of various natural features, enhancing our understanding of the topography and terrain of different regions. On the other hand, political maps of Europe are designed to depict the continent’s political and administrative structures, such as countries, states, and cities. Both map types serve distinct purposes, and together, they offer a comprehensive understanding of Europe’s geography.

What’s New in Our Collection: Physical Map of Europe

Our collection now includes a “Physical Map of Europe.” It differs from a “Political Map of Europe” as it focuses on depicting physical structures or landforms, including lakes, mountains, seas, oceans, deserts, plains, forests, jungles, and grasslands. This topographical representation provides a more comprehensive view of the physical features one might encounter when traveling through the depicted country or continent.

Physical Map versus Topographical Map

However, it’s essential not to confuse a physical map of Europe with a topographical map of Europe. Although similar, they aren’t identical— a topographical map typically employs contour lines to indicate changes in the landscape, often related to altitude.

We now have a Europe Map for 2023. This is possibly the best and most easily read map of Europe

Map of Europe with Cities

Europe is a fascinating continent with a rich history, diverse cultures, and some of the world’s most beautiful cities. A map of Europe with cities can give you a glimpse of the many destinations that this continent has to offer, and help you plan your travels accordingly. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most iconic cities in Europe and what makes them so special.

First, let’s start with the basics. A map of Europe with cities typically includes all the major cities on the continent, as well as smaller towns and villages that are popular among tourists. The cities are usually marked with pins or labels, making it easy to see where they are located and how they are connected to one another.

One of the most famous cities on the map of Europe is Paris, the capital of France. Known as the “City of Light,” Paris is home to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre Museum. It’s also known for its romantic atmosphere, delicious cuisine, and vibrant nightlife. Other popular cities in France that are often included on maps of Europe include Lyon, Marseille, and Nice.

Moving eastward on the map, we come to Germany, a country with a rich cultural heritage and a diverse array of cities. Berlin, the capital of Germany, is known for its history, art, and music scenes. The city is home to many important landmarks, including the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Reichstag building. Other notable cities in Germany include Munich, with its famous beer gardens and Oktoberfest celebrations, as well as Hamburg, Cologne, and Frankfurt.

Continuing eastward on the map, we come to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Prague is famous for its historic architecture, including the famous Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square. The city is also home to numerous museums, galleries, and cultural attractions, making it a must-see destination for anyone interested in history and the arts.

Further south on the map of Europe, we come to Italy, a country known for its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and delicious food. Rome, the capital of Italy, is one of the most iconic cities on the map of Europe. Home to the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Vatican City, Rome is a must-see destination for anyone interested in history and culture. Other popular cities in Italy include Florence, with its famous art galleries and museums, Venice, with its beautiful canals and bridges, and Milan, a fashion and design capital.

Moving eastward on the map, we come to Greece, a country known for its beautiful islands, ancient ruins, and delicious cuisine. Athens, the capital of Greece, is home to some of the world’s most famous landmarks, including the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Other popular cities in Greece include Thessaloniki, Crete, and Santorini.

Finally, we come to Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Istanbul is known for its historic landmarks, including the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. The city is also home to numerous museums, art galleries, and cultural attractions, making it a must-see destination for anyone interested in history and culture.

A map of Europe with cities is an excellent resource for anyone planning a trip to this beautiful continent. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or just want to explore some of the world’s most beautiful cities, Europe has something for everyone. So why not start planning your next European adventure today?

Mapping Europe’s Cultural Diversity A Guide to Language and Ethnic Groups

Europe is known for its cultural diversity, which is reflected in the numerous languages and ethnic groups that call the continent home. From the Romance languages spoken in the south to the Slavic languages spoken in the east, Europe’s linguistic landscape is diverse and fascinating. In this article, we’ll explore the languages and ethnic groups of Europe, and take a look at how they are represented on a map.

Languages of Europe

Europe is home to more than 200 languages, which can be grouped into several language families. The largest and most widely spoken language family in Europe is the Indo-European family, which includes languages such as English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Polish. Other language families spoken in Europe include the Uralic family (Finnish, Estonian, and Hungarian), the Turkic family (Turkish, Azerbaijani, and Tatar), and the Semitic family (Arabic and Hebrew).

The distribution of languages in Europe is not evenly spread out. English is widely spoken throughout Europe, especially in countries like the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Malta. Spanish and French are also popular languages, spoken in Spain, France, Belgium, and Switzerland. German is the most widely spoken language in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and is also spoken in parts of Belgium, Italy, and Denmark.

Eastern Europe has a high concentration of Slavic languages, such as Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, and Czech. The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania also have their own unique languages, which belong to the Baltic language family. In the Balkans, a region located in southeastern Europe, a number of Slavic, Romance, and other languages are spoken, including Serbian, Croatian, Romanian, and Greek.

Ethnic Groups of Europe

Europe is also home to a wide variety of ethnic groups, each with its own unique traditions and cultural practices. The largest ethnic group in Europe is the Germans, who make up about 16% of the population. Other major ethnic groups in Europe include the French, British, Italians, Spaniards, and Poles.

However, there are many smaller ethnic groups in Europe as well. For example, the Roma people, who are often referred to as gypsies, are a nomadic ethnic group that can be found throughout Europe. Other ethnic groups with significant populations in Europe include the Albanians, Turks, and Greeks.

The distribution of ethnic groups in Europe is not uniform. Some regions have a high concentration of certain ethnic groups, while other regions are more diverse. In eastern Europe, for example, there are significant populations of Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians. In the Balkans, there are a number of ethnic groups, including Serbs, Croats, Bosniaks, and Albanians.

Mapping Europe’s Cultural Diversity

So, how can we represent Europe’s cultural diversity on a map? One way is to use a choropleth map, which shades different regions based on the prevalence of a particular language or ethnic group. For example, a choropleth map of Europe could show the prevalence of Romance languages in the south, Slavic languages in the east, and Germanic languages in the north and west. Similarly, a choropleth map could show the distribution of ethnic groups throughout Europe, highlighting regions with significant populations of Germans, French, Roma, and other groups.

Another way to represent Europe’s cultural diversity is through a dot density map. This type of map uses dots to represent individual speakers of a particular language or members of an ethnic group. For example, a dot density map of Europe could show the distribution of speakers of the various Romance languages, with each dot representing one speaker. Similarly, a dot density map could show the distribution of ethnic groups throughout Europe, with each dot representing one member of the group.

In addition to these map types, interactive maps can also be used to represent Europe’s cultural diversity. These maps allow users to explore different regions of Europe and learn more about the languages and ethnic groups that are prevalent in those areas. Interactive maps can also provide additional information about each language or ethnic group, such as its history, traditions, and cultural practices.

The Benefits of Mapping Europe’s Cultural Diversity

Mapping Europe’s cultural diversity has a number of benefits. First and foremost, it helps to raise awareness about the rich cultural heritage of Europe. By showing the distribution of languages and ethnic groups on a map, people can gain a better understanding of the diversity that exists within Europe.

Mapping Europe’s cultural diversity can also help to promote tolerance and understanding between different groups. By highlighting the prevalence of different languages and ethnic groups, people can learn to appreciate and respect the cultural differences that exist within Europe. This can help to reduce discrimination and promote social cohesion.

Finally, mapping Europe’s cultural diversity can be useful for a variety of practical purposes. For example, it can help policymakers to design language and cultural programs that are tailored to specific regions of Europe. It can also help businesses to target their marketing efforts to specific language or ethnic groups.

Europe’s cultural diversity is one of its greatest strengths. By mapping the distribution of languages and ethnic groups throughout Europe, we can gain a better understanding of the richness and complexity of European culture. Whether through choropleth maps, dot density maps, or interactive maps, there are many ways to represent Europe’s cultural diversity on a map. By doing so, we can promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation for the diversity that exists within Europe.

Map of Hungary

Hungary map

We have added a new Hungary map for 2019 as the old one was starting to show some wear and tear. it shows all the provinces, capital city, major cities and major roads.

As people generate more revenues these days, they are now getting more inclined to leisure activities. Leisure, nowadays, becomes more like a “necessity” for most people, and travelling has become one of the most popular among these recreational activities. In this light, a lot of countries have invested so much in their local tourism, and one of these nations would be Hungary – the house of the biggest thermal water system.

Hungary, or currently called as the Republic of Hungary, is a small country situated in the middle section of Central Europe. Bearing the crown as one of the oldest countries in Europe, Hungary, with Budapest as its capital and largest city, is a haven of beautiful tourist attractions, the home of the legendary Hungarian hospitality, fun-loving people, rich cultural heritage, splendid architectural infrastructures, and other insurmountable exciting activities which visitors can indulge into. Following the map of Hungary, Budapest is surrounded by countries such as Slovakia from the north, Ukraine and Romania from the east, Austria from the west and Serbia and Croatia to the south. Every year, as one of the thirty most populated tourist destinations of the world, approximately 8 million tourists from the different parts of the globe is attracted to travel Hungary each year.

Going to Hungary on a holiday or vacation will be worth all the time and effort; one can feel the serenity and revitalizing atmosphere so much that all the stresses and hassles of everything you have left behind on another country just drains away. Take a trip to Lemmenjoki National Park and Oulanka National Park and hike through their treks, you’ll really appreciate the beauty and power of nature in the imposing heights of the conifers and clarity of the lakes, you’ll even get to see Hungary’s national Bird, the Whooper swan!

Some of the attractions the guests would expect when they travel Hungary would include Roman ruins and ancient Turkish monuments, which are very convenient to visit since the edifices are found side by side. And among these breathtaking primeval buildings would include Castle Hill, which is often coined as Buda’s “old town”. With a little of touch of modern architectural designs, this centuries-old building has gone through a lot of renovations using vintage materials. Another famous landmark would be the Buda Royal Palace – a humongous building located at the southern end of the Castle Hill. Having been rebuilt 400 years ago, this antique palace now homes the National Széchenyi Library, Budapest History Museum, and the Hungarian National Gallery. Another famous tourist spot would be the Gellért Hill. Almost visible from everywhere in Budapest, this 14-metre monument is one of the memorable landmarks in the land. With a Freedom Monument on its peak, this monument symbolizes the country’s liberty from the supremacy of the Nazis. Among the other prominent “prides” of the city would include the Fisherman’s Bastion (often the first part of vacation tours), The Chain Bridge (the bridge that links Buda and Pest), the world’s second biggest Parliament, St. Stephen Basilica, The Great Synagogue (second largest in the world), Hero’s Square, Balaton – the largest fresh water lake providing a natural utopia for tourists, and the Margaret Island, where people can relax and enjoy great amenities, including a sport stadium, numerous tennis courts, an outdoor swimming complex, an open air theatre, Japanese and Rose gardens, early medieval ruins, two spa hotels and a beer garden.

As Hungary tourism marks a spot in the world of global travel, countless luxurious hotels, restaurants and cheap car rental services have sprung for the convenience and comfort of the guests. With numerous spectacular scenes to witness and with the presence of a lot of amenities within the locality for suitability, a vacation in Hungary would indeed be an escape worth remembering.

Hungary is still on the Europe map in 2020.

The old Map of Hungary is down below:

map of Hungary

Map of Croatia 2023

Croatia Map

We have added a new Croatia Map. The old one has become a bit long in the tooth but does have some characteristics that the new map doesn’t. So we have included it below if you are here looking for that map.

This new map was added in 2019 and includes all major roads, provinces and larger towns and cities. The provinces and capital cities are included in the table below and are in population order.

Croatia is still on the Europe map for the year 2023.

City / town County Population
Zagreb  Zagreb 802,588
Split  Split-Dalmatia 178,102
Rijeka  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 128,624
Osijek  Osijek-Baranja 108,048
Zadar  Zadar County 75,062
Velika Gorica  Zagreb County 63,517
Slavonski Brod  Brod-Posavina 59,141
Pula/Pola  Istria County 57,460
Karlovac  Karlovac County 55,705
Sisak  Sisak-Moslavina 47,768
Varaždin  Varaždin County 46,946
Šibenik  Šibenik-Knin 46,332
Dubrovnik  Dubrovnik-Neretva 42,615
Bjelovar  Bjelovar-Bilogora 40,276
Kaštela  Split-Dalmatia 38,667
Samobor  Zagreb County 37,633
Vinkovci  Vukovar-Srijem 35,312
Koprivnica  Koprivnica-Križevci 30,854
Đakovo  Osijek-Baranja 27,745
Vukovar  Vukovar-Srijem 27,683
Čakovec  Međimurje 27,104
Požega  Požega-Slavonia 26,248
Zaprešić  Zagreb County 25,223
Sinj  Split-Dalmatia 24,826
Petrinja  Sisak-Moslavina 24,671
Solin  Split-Dalmatia 23,926
Kutina  Sisak-Moslavina 22,760
Virovitica  Virovitica-Podravina County 21,291
Križevci  Koprivnica-Križevci 21,122
Sveta Nedelja  Zagreb County 18,059
Dugo Selo  Zagreb County 17,466
Metković  Dubrovnik-Neretva 16,788
Poreč/Parenzo  Istria County 16,696
Našice  Osijek-Baranja 16,224
Sveti Ivan Zelina  Zagreb County 15,959
Jastrebarsko  Zagreb County 15,866
Knin  Šibenik-Knin 15,407
Omiš  Split-Dalmatia 14,936
Vrbovec  Zagreb County 14,797
Ivanić-Grad  Zagreb County 14,548
Rovinj/Rovigno  Istria County 14,294
Nova Gradiška  Brod-Posavina 14,229
Ogulin  Karlovac County 13,915
Makarska  Split-Dalmatia 13,834
Ivanec  Varaždin County 13,758
Slatina  Virovitica-Podravina County 13,686
Novska  Sisak-Moslavina 13,518
Umag/Umago  Istria County 13,467
Novi Marof  Varaždin County 13,246
Trogir  Split-Dalmatia 13,192
Gospić  Lika-Senj 12,745
Krapina  Krapina-Zagorje 12,480
Županja  Vukovar-Srijem 12,090
Popovača  Sisak-Moslavina 11,905
Opatija  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 11,659
Labin/Albona  Istria County 11,642
Daruvar  Bjelovar-Bilogora 11,633
Valpovo  Osijek-Baranja 11,563
Pleternica  Požega-Slavonia 11,323
Duga Resa  Karlovac County 11,180
Crikvenica  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 11,122
Benkovac  Zadar County 11,026
Belišće  Osijek-Baranja 10,825
Imotski  Split-Dalmatia 10,764
Garešnica  Bjelovar-Bilogora 10,472
Kastav  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 10,440
Ploče  Dubrovnik-Neretva 10,135
Beli Manastir  Osijek-Baranja 10,068
Otočac  Lika-Senj 9,778
Donji Miholjac  Osijek-Baranja 9,491
Glina  Sisak-Moslavina 9,283
Trilj  Split-Dalmatia 9,109
Zabok  Krapina-Zagorje 8,994
Vodice  Šibenik-Knin 8,875
Pazin/Pisino  Istria County 8,638
Ludbreg  Varaždin County 8,478
Pakrac  Požega-Slavonia 8,460
Lepoglava  Varaždin County 8,283
Bakar  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 8,279
Đurđevac  Koprivnica-Križevci 8,264
Mali Lošinj  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 8,116
Čazma  Bjelovar-Bilogora 8,077
Rab  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 8,065
Prelog  Međimurje 7,815
Drniš  Šibenik-Knin 7,498
Senj  Lika-Senj 7,182
Ozalj  Karlovac County 6,817
Ilok  Vukovar-Srijem 6,767
Pregrada  Krapina-Zagorje 6,594
Vrgorac  Split-Dalmatia 6,572
Grubišno Polje  Bjelovar-Bilogora 6,478
Varaždinske Toplice  Varaždin County 6,364
Otok  Vukovar-Srijem 6,343
Mursko Središće  Međimurje 6,307
Krk  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 6,281
Kutjevo  Požega-Slavonia 6,247
Lipik  Požega-Slavonia 6,170
Oroslavje  Krapina-Zagorje 6,138
Buzet/Pinguente  Istria County 6,133
Vodnjan/Dignano  Istria County 6,119
Zlatar  Krapina-Zagorje 6,096
Delnice  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 5,952
Donja Stubica  Krapina-Zagorje 5,680
Korčula  Dubrovnik-Neretva 5,663
Biograd na Moru  Zadar County 5,569
Orahovica  Virovitica-Podravina County 5,304
Buje/Buie  Istria County 5,182
Novi Vinodolski  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 5,113
Slunj  Karlovac County 5,076
Vrbovsko  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 5,076
Kraljevica  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 4,618
Novigrad/Cittànova  Istria County 4,345
Obrovac  Zadar County 4,323
Hvar  Split-Dalmatia 4,251
Supetar  Split-Dalmatia 4,074
Pag  Zadar County 3,846
Skradin  Šibenik-Knin 3,825
Čabar  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 3,770
Novalja  Lika-Senj 3,663
Opuzen  Dubrovnik-Neretva 3,254
Klanjec  Krapina-Zagorje 2,915
Cres  Primorje-Gorski Kotar 2,879
Stari Grad  Split-Dalmatia 2,781
Hrvatska Kostajnica  Sisak-Moslavina 2,756
Nin  Zadar County 2,744
Vrlika  Split-Dalmatia 2,177
Vis  Split-Dalmatia 1,934
Komiža  Split-Dalmatia 1,526

Whether you intend to visit Croatia as a tourist or just for any other activities, you will definitely fall in love with the cities, the people and the country as a whole. This map of Croatia will help you discover its delights. The country is located in Europe and has a bigger population than most other European countries. The country is a member of the European Union and has for a long time been involved in major decision making processes of the union.

There are cheap flights available from major airlines to Croatia any month of the year. The cheap flights are available online and offline. Many airlines offer the cheap flights during the festive seasons or their respective anniversaries. It can sometimes be tricky to get the cheap flights but with patience and a little research, the cheap flights can be found without having to struggle.

There are many more Tourist Attractions in Croatia than in most other European countries. In fact Croatia is one of Europe’s premier travel destinations. They are located in different places within the country and they charge reasonably affordable charges for their services. Zagreb is one of the cities tourists will definitely fall in love with. The city is Croatia’s capital and has numerous museums and galleries for every art and history lover. Accommodations in Zagreb are not a challenge but compared to other cities and towns hotels and lodges here are slightly expensive. To find a good place to stay during your vacation or holiday, make early bookings. These can be done online or through your travel agency. With early bookings you can secure reduced charges and probably get the best room a guest house or a lodge has. All places rendering accommodation services treat their guests like royalty so you should not worry at all about when kind of treatment you will receive.

There are nice beaches on the coastline where all the fun begins. Here, one gets to sample all the seafood available and even have a chance to chat with the locals. The seafood can be served hot on the beach or if you like, you can make a room service order and enjoy the food in the privacy of your own room. There are also beach games like beach volleyball and beach soccer. Then there is the wonderful under water adventures that come along with scuba diving. If you have never tried under water experience, try it in Croatia. You will definitely love the experience. There are other lots of parks to enjoy all across Croatia. To find out more about the cool places in Croatia consult your travel guide agency.

Before you travel Croatia, make sure you know the kind of weather you are going to find there. Summers are mostly crowded with tourist flying to the coastal parts of Croatia while winters have fewer flights because of the cold weather. The best time to fly to Croatia is during spring when the weather is cool and there are cheap flights to most cities of Europe. Then make sure you find some time to chat with the locals. You will fall in love with them due to their friendly nature. Lastly get a map of Croatia so you will know where to go around.

Below we have our old Map of Croatia.
map of Croatia

EU Map | European Union Map 2023

Map of the EU

Click on the image above to get a large version of the map of the European Union. The European Union is currently a conglomeration of 27 European countries, which we will list below. The United Kingdom has now left the European Union but judging by the political termoil in late 2022 it may re-enter the EU at some time in the future.  The only hard border  affected by this is the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Currently the EU has a population of about 447,007,596 people and an area of 4,233,255.3 km2 but as mentioned above thie will all change soon. The EU started with the treaty of Paris in 1951 and was only made up of six countries. This being the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, and West Germany and originated from the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and in 1957 at the treaty of Rome the European Economic Community (EEC) was brought into being. The Maastricht Treaty of 1993 brought into being the European Union as we know it today.

EU Map 2023
EU Map 2023

Map of the EU 2023

With Boris Johnson winning the UK election in 2019 with a thumping majority the current EU map is going to change in a very big way. All us map making sites are in a bit of “tizzy” as to how to handle this. Here at we have decided that for now we will be including Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland. This is no way represents the current geopolitical situation on the ground in the emerald isle. However for clarity we have undertaken to keep all of Ireland the same color until we get a clearer understanding of how the soft border in the middle of the Irish Sea works.

Boris Johnson’s plan for Brexit has an article which basically states the following:

“It says that goods going into Northern Ireland from Great Britain will not be subject to tariffs “unless that good is at risk of subsequently being moved into the European Union and that household goods will be exempt.”.

However in reality the European Union has veto over exemptions and Northern Ireland loses most of its control over goods travelling from the United Kingdom, through Northern Ireland and into the European Union. This becomes the famous border or line in the middle of the Irish Sea which the DUP “Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party” is totally against but can do nothing about.

Brexit could be the catalyst to Scotland finally leaving the United Kingdom. Another referendum seems to be on the table and polls have the leave vote ahead of the stay vote. The Scottish National Party (SNP) has made it clear that they are not in favor of braking away from the European Union but they will have no choice under Boris Johnson’s regime. The year 2020 is going to be a very interesting year for Europe and the European Union.

We now have an overall Europe Map. We also have an update World Map for 2023

List of the Countries in the EU


Name Capital Accession
Austria Vienna 1 January 1995
Belgium Brussels Founder
Bulgaria Sofia 1 January 2007
Croatia Zagreb 1 July 2013
Cyprus Nicosia 1 May 2004
Czech Republic Prague 1 May 2004
Denmark Copenhagen 1 January 1973
Estonia Tallinn 1 May 2004
Finland Helsinki 1 January 1995
France Paris Founder
Germany Berlin Founder[o]
Greece Athens 1 January 1981
Hungary Budapest 1 May 2004
Ireland Dublin 1 January 1973
Italy Rome Founder
Latvia Riga 1 May 2004
Lithuania Vilnius 1 May 2004
Luxembourg Luxembourg City Founder
Malta Valletta 1 May 2004
Netherlands Amsterdam Founder
Poland Warsaw 1 May 2004
Portugal Lisbon 1 January 1986
Romania Bucharest 1 January 2007
Slovakia Bratislava 1 May 2004
Slovenia Ljubljana 1 May 2004
Spain Madrid 1 January 1986
Sweden Stockholm 1 January 1995

For posterity we have included the old, pre-brexit map of of the European Union below! It is a shame that the United Kingdom has opted to leave but hopefully they will return in the future.

OLD EU Map pre brexit

Here at Europe map, we now have a Europe Map for 2023. Here is a direct link to the Europe Map Image.

Map of Spain

Map of Spain
Map of Spain

Spain is a lovely place to visit, with one of Europe’s best climates and friendly people to boot. A vacation to Spain will leave you with some amazing lasting memories. Travel around this wonderful country is easy. You can’t escape Spain’s history and culture even if you wanted to. It is simply everywhere. Spain wears it’s history proudly from the Basque region in the north to the borders of Portugal in the south. A summer holiday in Spain is something everyone should at least once in their life. The warm weather will even allow for you to backpack around Spain and if you cant get accommodation just camp somewhere. All you really need is a sleeping bag and a small roll up mattress, this is even better (safer) if you do it as a group. As with anywhere there are elements that could spoil your holiday so make sure to take out some good travel insurance. There are many good travel insurance companies around the web, so do some research and ask your travel agent to get you some quotes. However make sure you check as travel agents can often have incentives to push certain insurance policies and may not always be offering the cheapest or the best. A good map of Spain will not go amiss when travelling through this wonderful country.

Cheap tickets to Spain are always on offer. Budget airlines are constantly fighting each other for business. If you wait and time your purchases right you can get some incredible deals. Spain has one of the best train networks in Europe and rail is a viable alternative to flying. The beauty of rail is that it also lets you take in the magnificent vistas that the countryside offers, rather than just flying over the top of it.

Like France, every type of tourism is catered for. Scenic tourism, cultural tourism, historical tourism, relaxation and shopping. You can do one or more of these in a day. You could take in the historical sites of Madrid by day and then go out to some of the best restaurants, bars and cafes at night. Culture comes in many forms and Madrid has them all from bull fights and running with the bulls all the way through to opera. Madrid has been voted one of the worlds most liveable cities on a number of occasions and there is no wonder why. A gorgeous town with a wonderfully friendly population.

Here are some facts about Spain

Official name is the Kingdom of Spain. It is situated in central Europe. Bordered by the countries : Portugal and France. The Seas that border it are : Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscal and Mediterranean Sea. The land mass is 504,030 km/squared and a population of approximately 46 million people. The capital city is Madrid. Spain’s political system is a Parliamentary democracy and constitutional and the official language is Spanish.

Spain is still on the 2020 version of the Europe map.

Map of Serbia

Serbia Map

We have added a new Serbia map for 2019. it shows all the major roads, provinces, capital city and other major cities.

Serbia is on the Europe map for 2020 but isn’t on the EU Map for 2020.

In the map of Europe, you can actually see a lot of potential places one can have their dream vacation. One of the most popular countries that are known to give maximum satisfaction to foreigners is Serbia. Tourists in the place will get the chance to enjoy the national parks found in Belgrade. Mountain resorts are also widely available in the place that it leads the tourists to visit the country very often. In fact, it is claimed that Serbia possesses a terrific beauty of mountains, lakes, ski resorts and reservoirs. During summer, it is noticeable that there is a heavy influx of German, Italian, English and French tourists, while New Year is reserved for the Slovenian nationals. Also, one of the best characteristics of Serbian which lead people to visit the place more often is the hospitality shown by the Serbians towards the country’s tourists.

When you get to visit the map of Serbia, you will be able to see lots of Serbia destinations which would surely bring you a one of a kind vacation experience.

If you get to travel Serbia, you will be able to see the marvellous nature-endowed tourist destinations which no other tourist spots could parallel with. All you have to do is ride by a plane from London which would just usually take you about 2 hours and 40 minutes. However, it should be noted that the national airline, the Jat Airways, does not cater direct flights coming from the US. If you are coming from the neighbouring European countries, you can travel Serbia by rail or by road though bus, trains and buses. When you are in Serbia already, you could avail of the car rental services which are offered at a relatively affordable price.

With regards to the accommodation within Serbia, you can find concentrations of Deluxe and 5-star hotels in Belgrade and Novi Sad. The smaller towns offer hotels that are mid-price or owned and operated by the state. Furthermore, some of these state-owned hotels have been bought by private institutions and are refurbished to meet the current demand of the foreigners and tourist when it comes to comfort and style. Overall, the hotels in Serbia are collectively great. Prices of the accommodations actually vary being the 5-star class hotels, the most expensive. Aside from this, there are also small boutique hotels that can be seen in Nis, Belgrade and Novi Sad.

But there is more, if you are finding alternative places to stay in Serbia you can actually rent a Camper and roam around Serbia without hassle. A list of companies that offer camper truck rentals can be found on National Tourism Organisation of Serbia.  There are also several inns and motels along the major roads of Serbia. Prices actually vary based on several factors like tourist season, location and the quality of service rendered.

If you have the desire to roam around Europe, never miss going to Serbia for this place would surely bring you the kind of vacation you have been dreaming of.

Below we have the old map of Serbia.
map of Serbia

EU Map 2021

Map of the EU 2021

With Boris Johnson winning the UK election with a thumping majority the current EU map is going to change in a very big way. All us map making sites are in a bit of “tizzy” as to how to handle this. He at we have decided that for now we will be including Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland. This is no way represents the current geopolitical situation on the ground in the emerald isle. However for clarity we have undertaken to keep all of Ireland the same color until we get a clearer understanding of how the soft border in the middle of the Irish Sea works.

Boris Johnson’s plan for Brexit has an article which basically states the following:

“It says that goods going into Northern Ireland from Great Britain will not be subject to tariffs “unless that good is at risk of subsequently being moved into the European Union and that household goods will be exempt.”.

However in reality the European Union has veto over exemptions and Northern Ireland loses most of its control over goods travelling from the United Kingdom, through Northern Ireland and into the European Union. This becomes the famous border or line in the middle of the Irish Sea which the DUP “Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party” is totally against but can do nothing about.

Brexit could be the catalyst to Scotland finally leaving the United Kingdom. Another referendum seems to be on the table and polls have the leave vote ahead of the stay vote. The Scottish National Party (SNP) has made it clear that they are not in favor of braking away from the European Union but they will have no choice under Boris Johnson’s regime. The year 2020 is going to be a very interesting year for Europe and the European Union.

We now have an overall Europe Map for 2021. We also have an update World Map for 2021

List of the Countries in the EU

Name Capital Accession
Austria Vienna 1 January 1995
Belgium Brussels Founder
Bulgaria Sofia 1 January 2007
Croatia Zagreb 1 July 2013
Cyprus Nicosia 1 May 2004
Czech Republic Prague 1 May 2004
Denmark Copenhagen 1 January 1973
Estonia Tallinn 1 May 2004
Finland Helsinki 1 January 1995
France Paris Founder
Germany Berlin Founder[o]
Greece Athens 1 January 1981
Hungary Budapest 1 May 2004
Ireland Dublin 1 January 1973
Italy Rome Founder
Latvia Riga 1 May 2004
Lithuania Vilnius 1 May 2004
Luxembourg Luxembourg City Founder
Malta Valletta 1 May 2004
Netherlands Amsterdam Founder
Poland Warsaw 1 May 2004
Portugal Lisbon 1 January 1986
Romania Bucharest 1 January 2007
Slovakia Bratislava 1 May 2004
Slovenia Ljubljana 1 May 2004
Spain Madrid 1 January 1986
Sweden Stockholm 1 January 1995
United Kingdom London 1 January 1973

Map of Google Street View Coverage in Germany and Austria

Both the countries of Germany and Austria had decided in 2010 to not allow Google street view operate in the respective countries. This decision has made for a very unusual map of Germany and Austria. In the map above you can see that the countries all around have squiggly green lines all over them. These are the areas that a Google street view vehicle has managed to record.

One of the reasons that were given for this ban was that Google was recording personal information from wireless networks the vehicles encountered and the respective governments felt this may have been against some statutes.

Austria in 2011 lifted the ban on Google street view with the proviso that only photos are allowed and not video. However google did not venture back into the alpine country until 2017. Progress has been slow and so far only very little of the country has been added to the street view database.


We have added a new Slovakia map for 2019. It shows all the major roads, major cities, Capital city and Provinces.

Slovakia is a small country located in the Central Europe, south of Poland. Most part of the country is rugged and mountainous. Thus, it is a perfect destination for winter sports of all kinds. Bratislava is the capital city of this nation, where population is about 431,000 and still counting. It is the cultural, political and economic centre of Slovakia. This is where a large number of museums, galleries, theatres, universities and other cultural and educational institutions are found.

When you choose to travel Slovakia, you will come across with European style of museums like the largest Slovak National Gallery at Razusovo. This is where you can find the baroque and gothic art, which are truly remarkable. Historically restored both permanent and temporary art exhibitions are also set up in the following palaces in Old Town. Just to name a few, that would be Palffy Palace, Primate Palace, Mirbach and Zichy Palace. The history of Bratislava, especially during the 19th and early 20thcentury life in the city can be seen in one of the city’s museum on Primicialne. It possesses such a wonderful history that you can experience if you choose to travel this country.

If you are looking for a place to visit during this holiday season, consider Slovakia as your one stop destination. This is a not so big country when we speak about space area. However, this place can be good for recreational purposes because it is not overcrowded as compared to other popular countries. Aside from the ski resorts that are often visited by the locals on the south of the country, the capital city of Slovakia has a full directory of different pubs, bars and cafes. Search for a particular place to drink if you want to spend and enjoyable night with friends and families. If you want a martini darling or have some good taste of vodka, Cirkus Barok and Trafo Music Bar are places that you should pay a visit. If gaming is what you desired, sports and Guinness can be experienced at Dubliner Pub. There is certainly a type of activity, which you can enjoy with the different café districts at Bratislava.

Spending an active holiday would also be possible in Slovakia. This country now becomes one of the new winter destinations because of its fantastic site for skiing and snowboarding. If you are a winter sport lover, Slovakia is a good destination for you. Map of Slovakia will show that almost all mountains are suitable and most are properly equipped for a safe and enjoyable skiing, hiking and horse riding. Hiking in Slovakia Mountains is an activity that you should never miss being engaged into. High Tatras are stunningly beautiful and extremely challenging for adventurous and outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking trails on this area are approximately open from July 1 to October 15, depending on the weather.

The capital city Bratislava in Slovakia has a marvelous range of hotels and apartments that you can choose from. You will surely find a place to rest that will suit your budget. Looking for a hotel in Bratislava can be tricky during peak seasons of winter and summer vacations. However, you need not to worry yourself about it because there are other hotels around the place that will not command a much higher price. Therefore, when thinking about the next place to have a vacation, Slovakia is one of the top destinations that you should never fail to spot.

Old map of Slovakia


Map of Albania

Albania Map

For 2019 we have added a new Albania map. The old one was starting to look a bit dated and a few things had changed since that map was drawn.

Words cannot describe the beautiful and almost untouched coastlines in Albania. You can walk across Europe and still come back to Albania for a wonderful beach experience. As you enjoy the silence and tranquility of the beaches, you cannot help but notice two great things other beaches fail to offer; privacy and solitude. It.s as if you are all alone in paradise with nothing to worry about. All you can see around you is but the blue waters and the stretched white sands across the coastline. One wishes the holiday and the vacation would last a lifetime.

The Albanian weather tends to vary from north to south as the country lies in latitude. With perfect summer temperatures of up to 24 Celsius (75 Fahrenheit), one can peacefully raft in the waters or just bask along the coastline. Temperatures during winter may be as low as 7 °C (45 °F) which is perfect for sightseeing. One of the coolest things you cannot fail to notice is the cool Mediterranean weather in the coastal lowland and the pleasant Mediterranean climate of the highlands. This weather characteristics completely alien to top European travel destinations.

Nature lovers will definitely fall in love with the rich biological diversity of Albania. The country is rich in both flora and fauna. A third of Albania is forested with over 3000 plant species growing in some of these forests. The forests are home to several mammals like the lynx, wild bears, wolves and foxes as well as the rare wildcat. Different bird species also inhabit the forests. A good example of such birds is the golden eagle which is Albania.s national symbol.

There are several car rental services in Albania where you can rent a car for few days to get around the city. The car rental services are offered at affordable rates and pricing depends on factors like the make of the car and how long you intend to hire the car. Other car rental services can also be found online through the respective car rental websites.

The Albanian cuisine is arguably one of the best you will come across in the Europe. It is a blend of the Italian, Greek and Turkish cuisine. The main dish is known asgjellë and is always served with salads, mostly during lunchtimes which is Albanians main meal. In other areas especially along the coast and lakes, seafood is very common but still, you will not fail to notice the famous gjellë. It’s almost like the Americans and pizza.

If you are visiting Albania for the first time, be sure of having your way around and enjoying you holiday or vacation. Travel Albania and have fun as the map of Albania is easy to follow. The Albanian people are friendly and will help you find your way around Albania should you get lost. With a population of over 800,000, Tirana, the Albanian capital city is an easy to go through city. Here you will find good hotels and people who speak good English, something that spices up you entire vacation in Albania.

Here is the old map of Albania
map of Albania

Map of Slovenia

Slovenia Map

We have added a new Slovenia map for 2019 as the old one was starting to show some wear and tear. it shows all the provinces, capital city, major cities and major roads.

Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe. This small green country has an area measuring 20, 273 km2 and has a population of 2 million. It is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, Mediterranean, Pannonian plain and the Karst. Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. The city is the political, economic and cultural center of the country. Using an interactive map, you can find the hottest spots in town. You can also find what accommodation is available and where the main attractions of the country are located. This will give you a clear view on how to spend your vacation and how much budget you need to set for this trip.

The weather in Slovenia varies from season to season. Therefore, it is worth checking the weather when you are up for a travel to this country. The average temperature is above 20°C in July and around 0°C in January. This will give you an idea what type of clothes you should bring along, so that you can dress up and equip yourself appropriately. There are 3 climatic influences that meet in the country. You should need to know this basic information to make your travel in Slovenia more relaxed and undisturbed as possible.

When you are planning to travel, consider Slovenia as one of your next destination stop. You will really enjoy travelling here since this is a very safe country even late at night in the city. You would not find any difficulty when you are in need of something, from cash to medicines and even strolling around museums and galleries. Each has its own time schedule. This is also one that you should take note when heading for a travel in this green country.  The usual opening schedule for museums is from 9 AM or 10 AM – 5 PM or 6 PM, from Tuesday to Sunday and closes every Mondays.

Visit one of the numerous information centres located throughout the map of Slovenia for free assistance and travel guide. There are about 83 centres available. If you need any information about a particular destination, this is the best place to go. Several tourist attractions await you in Slovenia. You can come across with different historical eras and know their rich, cultural and historic heritage by visiting the country’s museums, galleries and libraries. Never miss visiting places like Bled Castle, Ljubljana Castle, Predjama Castle and Celje’s old Castle. These are must-sees in any trip to Slovenia.

There are plenty of suggestions if you are aiming to explore a specific part of the country, but want to know if it is worth visiting. Look for tips about what to do during weekends. Slovenia is the right place to go if you want to have an active and fun weekend. The capital city of the country that is Ljubljana is usually an essential part in a visit. This part should not be missed. It is so called a lively place in whatever season. From market to restaurant and cafes, you will surely have days full of fun. Travel Slovenia and you will be sure of finding something that will suit your taste and budget.

Old map of Slovenia
map of Slovenia

Map of Poland

Poland Map

We have added a Poland map for 2019 and beyond. Below is a List of Provinces and some of the stats about those provinces.

Abbreviation Province Polish Name Capital Cities Population Area Sqare Km
DS Lower Silesian dolnośląskie Wrocław 2,901,000 19,947
KP Kuyavian-Pomeranian kujawsko-pomorskie Bydgoszcz1,Toruń2 2,079,900 17,972
LU Lublin lubelskie Lublin 2,121,600 25,122
LB Lubusz lubuskie Gorzów Wielkopolski1,
Zielona Góra2
LD Łódź łódzkie Łódź 2,470,610 18,219
MA Lesser Poland małopolskie Kraków 3,395,700 15,183
MZ Masovian mazowieckie Warsaw 5,391,813 35,558
OP Opole opolskie Opole 988,031 9,412
PK Subcarpathian podkarpackie Rzeszów 2,128,747 17,846
PD Podlaskie podlaskie Białystok 1,182,700 20,187
PM Pomeranian pomorskie Gdańsk 2,328,200 18,310
SL Silesian śląskie Katowice 4,540,100 12,333
SK Holy Cross świętokrzyskie Kielce 1,244,400 11,711
WN Warmian-Masurian warmińsko-mazurskie Olsztyn 1,431,100 24,173
WP Greater Poland wielkopolskie Poznań 3,490,597 29,826
ZP West Pomeranian zachodniopomorskie Szczecin 1,703,000 22,892

Visiting Poland would never be fun and memorable enough if you have not visited the Baltic coast and the Slowinski National Park. Poland proudly presents these tourist destinations in Europe because of the beauty and amazement they offer to the tourists. Moreover, in the map of Poland, you get to visit Pope John Paul II’s place of origin in Europe.

If you are the kind who is endowed with the passion for history, then you should travel Poland. To guide you with your traveling activity, you may take a look at the Map of Poland for it will surely lead you to places with overwhelming and awesome sceneries.

To get to Poland in the fastest way possible, you could avail of the service of Poland’s official airline, the Lot Polish Airlines. If you are coming from London, you will reach Warsaw, the capital of Poland, through a cheap ticket, within 2 hours and 30 minutes and from New York while it would take you around 8 hours and 30 minutes to reach Poland. However, you still have the option to travel by road, rail or by waters. For the best Poland vacation, it is advised that you should take the car rental services which are widely available in the airports and the main town of the country.

You need not to worry about car rental for they are actually rampantly available in the airports as well as in main town of Poland. Since this service is relatively expensive, you may take the bicycles for hire services.

For your accommodation needs, Poland is capable of delivering you the finest yet inexpensive hotels. These hotels are rated as 1-star, 2-star, 3-star, 4-star and luxury. However, you could also avail of motels, boarding houses and tourist hotels which would surely fit with your budget.

If you go to Poland, never miss going to Cracow for you would surely love the morning till dawn horse-drawn carriages, dance clubs and street performance of the Polish. Also, in this place, you will find lots of modern hubs such as bars, restaurants and music clubs. With these activities and attractions, it is no wonder that the place is flocked with a lot of tourists. You will also be amazed with the Polish culture and the way people treat their guests and tourists.

When in Poland, you will be able to differentiate the big old cities found in Warsaw from what is commonly seen today. It is notable that Poland presents with pride the cathedrals and castles which are found in the country’s different cities. Moreover, you will get to visit the birthplace of the well-known Nicolaus Copernicus who is known for his helio-centric theory. Also, while in Poland, you will get to visit the UNESCO Heritage Site Bialowieza Forest. There are also sea resorts and mountain resorts which is a great venue to do skiing and hiking.

For relaxation, recreation and refreshment activities, you may take a visit at the country’s Museum of Arts situated at Lodz Poland. This museum is a combination of modern and conventional facets of life. At the ground floor of the museum, you will find a café, named a MS Café, and a bookshop which will answer your desires for knowledge about Poland.

Old map of Poland below:
map of Poland

Map of Monaco

map of Monaco

Quick facts about Monaco
Location: Western Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of France, near the border with Italy
Geographic coordinates: 43 44 N, 7 24 E
Area: “total: 1.95 sq km
land: 1.95 sq km
water: 0 sq km”
Land boundaries: “total: 4.4 km
border countries: France 4.4 km”
Coastline: 4.1 km
Maritime claims: territorial sea: 12 nm
Climate: Mediterranean with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers
Terrain: hilly, rugged, rocky
Elevation extremes: “lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
highest point: Mont Agel 140 m”
Population: 36,371

Monaco Travel Guide and Destinations

If you are planning to go for a European vacation, why not spend some time to go to Monaco. It has lots of things to offer to every traveller  from its multi-million pound of yachts to the bottomless flow of champagne and more. It is worth to spend your next holiday in Monaco.

Geography of Monaco

By looking at the map of Monaco, one can see that Monaco is found in Western Europe that borders the Mediterranean Sea on the Southern coast of France close to the border with Italy.

Getting to Monaco

There is no airport in Monaco, as the nearest airport is Nice-Cote d’Azur or NCE. To get there, you may travel Europe through the following:Monaco’s total population is 36,371. The ethnic groups in Monaco are the Italian, Monegasque and French. French makes the majority of its people. Their dialect includes English, Italian and French and the majority of their life and culture has been influenced by the French and Italian’s way of living.

  • Travel by road: Places like Cannes and Nice are 50km and 18km west of the country while the French or Italian border and Menton are 12km and 9km east of the country. There are 3 attractive roads though in between Monaco and Nice: Highway 98, Highway 7, and the Grand Corniche. Taxi can be available with a surcharge after 2200 and a usual tip of 15%.
  • Travel by rail: The train service includes daily and overnight trips running through the principality of all the neighboring towns.
  • Travel by water: Main harbors are at Condamine or Hercule portand Fontvieille. They are equipped in handling yachts of every tonnage.

Tourists Destinations

Flag of Monaco on Map
Flag of Monaco on Map

Monaco is a perfect place to explore. Located at the Southern part of the Mediterranean Sea coast, the country offers a pleasing scenic wonders. Their tourist destination brims with natural beauty and historic spots.

  • Monaco- Ville – This is one of the best place to visit in Monaco which offers various places to go. It is an ancient city hall which includes ruins of the ancient dynasties which ruled the region before. The region also highlights the Oceanographic Museum found in the year 1910 by Prince Albert I. Chapelle de la Misericorde is also one of the ancient buildings of the region , Prince’s Palace and Saint Nicholas Cathedral may also be found in the region
  • The Monte Carlo – This region is known for its cosmopolitan culture and is one of the preferred places to go in Monaco having its colorful lifestyle which includes casinos, glamour, and residence of popular people.
  • The Fontvieille has recently become one of the key destinations in Monaco where wonderful mix of historical findings and scenic beauty are found.

Weather and Climate in Monaco

Throughout the year, Monaco maintains a mild climate with its hottest months in July and August with the coolest in January and February. Rainfall happens during the cooler months with an average of only 60 days of rain every year.

Clothes to wear

Lightweight clothes may be worn with a wrap to warm you during cooler summer nights. Light to medium weights have to be worn during winter. The beauty and historical places in Monaco is waiting for you. Travel Monaco and experience the culture of its people and a place rich in historical value. Do not forget to check out the best deals of cheap flights for this one-of-a-kind destination.

Blank Map of Europe


Here is a blank map of Europe. Unlike most other blank Europe maps we have made the oceans blue to distinguish them from the actual continental mass.

The assignment here is to try and name all the countries. You can either do this in a program like MS paint or you can print the map out and then hand write all the country names in.

New Blank Map of Europe

We are adding to our repository of European maps. While the above blank Europe map served the website well over the years we have come to the realization that the map is looking a touch dated now.

Blank Map of Europe
Blank Map of Europe

We will be adding many blank maps to this page and make it into one of the premier resources for blank maps on the internet.

What Other Maps Will be Added?

We will be adding other versions of blank maps of Europe. Also we will be adding a blank map of the world. This might be added here or a new page might be created to accommodate it.

Another consideration that will be taken into account is the possibility for blank maps of all the different countries of Europe. The format will be a blank outline of the country but also showing the territory’s, states, counties and shires.

Some countries like the United Kingdom is made up of semi-autonomous regions like Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England as well as shires and counties. Either a number of separate maps showing the different kinds of regions will be added or we will have one big map that can be drilled down into, to show the detail in greater depth.

Sizes are Important

Some feedback we have been getting from users has been that we are not providing enough different sizes. here at we have tried to offer large maps which have lots of detail. However with mobile becoming such a large influence on how users experience our website we have come to the realization that some smaller sized maps are required, both blank and detailed. Users still print our maps regularly so we are also working on maps of Europe that print easily into the different paper sizes particularly A3, A4 and Foolscap. Foolscap is still widely used in schools and other educational institutions so we have no plans to phase that paper size out.

Colors are Important

Blank European maps all have one thing in common and that is obviously that they are blank but some feedback we have received is that colors are important to our users. We will be offering a much wider variety of colors in our blank maps. Traditionally blank maps are comprised of varying shades of black, white and grey. These types of maps will be on offer here in the near future but we do feel that other colors and shades are needed. In the not to distant future we will be offering light pink and light blue blank maps of Europe. A new choose your own color map is also just over the horizon. users will be able to tailor the map colors to suit their needs.


Road Map of Europe

Road Map of Europe

So here we have a map of all the major highways in Europe. There are no highway names as the map would not probably fit onto the website. It is just here to give you an idea of what countries are connected by the main road network. If you click on the map above it will expand and you will be able to see a bit better which countries are connected by these highways.

The above map is a much better road map of Europe than the old one.

We have updated the maps and brought it into the 21st century. The old road map was quite frankly a little underwhelming but the new one is much clearer and we have deliberately made it a bigger size so when zoomed in you will get a better idea where you are heading.

We have included the old one below as we know that some people still use it.

Old Road Map of Europe

Colorful Map Of Europe

Click on the image above to get a big colorful map of Europe.

Here we have a simple but colorful map of Europe. It is blank enough that people will be able to download it and modify it. We are dedicating 2019 to adding as many different map of Europe as we can. After all we are so eventually this site should become the biggest repository of map related to the continent of Europe.

Below here we have a list of the most popular Europe maps on the site.

World Map
Map of Europe
map of Europe 2018
Rail Europe
Europe Map 2018
Europe Map 2019
World Map 2018
World Map 2019
Map of Western Europe
Google Maps Europe
Europe Map of National Dishes
EU Map
Post Codes Germany
Eurail Map
physical Map of Europe
Europe Map
Map of Central Europe
Map of Eastern Europe
How to say Yes in European Countries
Ten Smallest Countries in Europe
Blank Map of Europe
UK Map


Map of Greenland

While Greenland is technically closer to Canada than it is to Europe. It is an autonomous constituent country within the kingdom of Denmark. With a low population of about fifty seven thousand people, it is one the least populated territories on earth. The capital is Nuuk and most of the population is made up Inuit who began migrating from the North American continent about seven hundred years ago. Greenland was settled by the Norse a about a thousand years ago but most of the Norse either died out or interbred with the Inuit population.

Greenland has also the largest permanent ice sheet outside of Antarctica. Most of the map of Greenland you see above is just ice sheet.

Map of Official Languages of Europe

Map of the Languages of Europe

You can click on the map above to get a visual relationship of the languages and the countries they are attached to. We recognise that the term “official language” can be somewhat debated. So what we have put together here is a map of the most spoken/official language of the countries of Europe.

Fr clarity we have added a table of the official national languages and also the spoken languages in a country. There are times we have to make decisions about language naming convetions mostly due to room on the map. The Balkan nations are packed together and leave little room for names. So in Bosnia-Herzegovina we have shortened the language name to Sebo-Croatian, which technically is not accurate.

We realise there are some inconsistencies in the map. An example is that we have listed Corsican as a language of Corsica but not included it in the table. We will be updating the table in the next few months to more accurately represent situations like these.

Country Official and national Languages Other spoken Languages
Albania Albanian (Shqip, Tosk (Toskë) is the official dialect) Shqip-Gheg dialect (Gegë), Greek, Italian
Andorra Catalan French, Castilian, Portuguese
Austria German, Slovene (official in Carinthia), Croatian and Hungarian
(official in Burgenland)
Belarus Belarusian, Russian
Belgium Dutch 60%, French 40%, German less than 1%
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
Bulgaria Bulgarian Turkish
Croatia Croatian (hrvatski)
Cyprus Greek, Turkish, English
Czech Republic Czech (cestina)
Denmark Danish (dansk) Standard German
Estonia Estonian (eesti keel) Russian, Ukrainian, Finnish
Faroe Islands Faroese, Danish
Finland Finnish (suomi) 93.4%, Swedish 5.9% small Sami- and Russian-speaking minorities
France French (français)
Germany German (Deutsch)
Gibraltar English Llanito (a mixture of Spanish and English), Spanish
Greece Greek (elliniká, the Koine-Demotic version) Turkish (Northern Greece)
Greenland Greenlandic Inuktitut (Kalaallisut), Danish
Hungary Hungarian (magyar) German, Romanian
Iceland Icelandic English, Nordic languages, German widely spoken.
Ireland Irish (Gaeilge), English (generally used),
Italy Italian (italiano)
Latvia Latvian (latviesu valoda) Lithuanian, Russian
Liechtenstein German
Lithuania Lithuanian (lietuviu kalba) Polish, Russian
Luxembourg Luxembourgish (LÎtzebuergesch, the everyday spoken
language), French (administrative language), German (administrative language)
Macedonia, Rep. of Macedonian 68%, Albanian 25%
Malta Maltese (Malti) English
Moldova Moldovan (virtually the same as the Romanian language), Russian, Gagauz (a Turkish dialect)
Monaco French Monegasque, English, Italian,
Montenegro Serbo-Croatian (Ijekavian dialect – official)
Netherlands Dutch (Nederlands, official language), Frisian (official language)
Norway Norwegian (nynorsk and bokmal) small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities
Poland Polish (polski)
Portugal Portuguese (português)
Romania Romanian (romana) Hungarian, German
Russian Federation Russian
San Marino Italian
Serbia Serbian 95%, Albanian 5%
Slovakia Slovak (slovensky jazyk) Hungarian
Slovenia Slovenian (slovenski jezik)
Spain Spanish (español – the Castilian version) 74%, Catalan
17%, Galician 7%, Basque 2%
note: Castilian is the official language nationwide; the other languages
are official regionally.
Sweden Swedish (svenska) small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities.
Switzerland German 63.7%, French 19.2%, Italian 7.6%, Romansch 0.6%
Turkey Turkish (türkçe) Kurdish, Arabic, Armenian, Greek
Ukraine Ukrainian
United Kingdom English Welsh (about 26% of the population of Wales),
Scottish form of Gaelic (about 60,000 in Scotland)
Vatican City State Latin, Italian French and various other languages.

Map of Wales

Map of Wales

We have finally added a political map of Wales. How can we be a site that claims to know things about the map of Europe and not have a map of Wales? Well finally we have rectified that situation.

Wales is one of the countries that make up the United Kingdom. Which of course is situated in Western Europe.

The 8 preserved counties of Wales were created in 1972 and the 22 single-tier principal areas were created in 1996.

Counties Principal Areas Area Population
Clwyd Conwy
2,910 491,100
Dyfed Carmarthenshire
5,780 375,200
Gwent Blaenau Gwent
1,553 560,500
Gwynedd Gwynedd
Isle of Anglesey
3,262 187,400
Mid Glamorgan Bridgend
Merthyr Tydfil
Rhondda Cynon Taf
781 423,200
Powys Powys 5,196 132,000
South Glamorgan Cardiff
Vale of Glamorgan
475 445,000
West Glamorgan Neath Port Talbot
820 365,500

In the near future we will be bringing maps of all the counties of Wales and all the Principal areas.

UK Map

Hi friends, We have a new a updated for 2018 map of the United Kingdom (UK Map). Has much changed? No not really. The Orkney Islands are still in the same place and the Shetland Islands have not wandered off to the Americas. Internally the UK is basically the same although, there is still a chance that Scotland may separate from England due to this Brexit fiasco. If that does happen we will be rushing out a new map of the UK as soon as the dust settles.

What does this map offer that previous UK maps didn’t? This map is much larger and all the big cities and counties marked. Counties like Northumberland, Cumbria and Strathclyde. We have plans on adding maps of all these counties to

This map also highlights the large motorways and railway routes that cross the United Kingdom. So it is a good travel companion for those tourists who are lucky enough to be exploring the UK.

Map of Armenia

A map of Armenia

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.

Map of Roman Cities and Roads in Ancient Britain

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.

Map of Georgia

Map of Georgia

Map of Georgia

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.

Map of Munich

Map of Munich

A simple road map of Munich.

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.


Map of Europe – Importance of Ancestry to the Country

Europe importance of ancestry to country

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.

Europe Map – Geography, History, Travel Tips and Fun

Europe 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.

Map of Kosovo

map of Kosovo

Here we have a map of one of the newest republics of Europe. The Republic of Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008 and has been a hotly disputed territory ever since. With a population of about 1.8 million citizens and a land size of about 10,908 km2, it is one of the smallest also. The capital of the republic is Pristina and the population is heavily dominated by Albanians. They make about 92% of the population and most follow the religion of Sunni Islam. However freedom of religion has been laid down in the new constitution. The Albanians know what religious persecution can do and want to avoid this in the future.

Map of Refugee Routes into Europe

Map of regugee Routes into Europe


We have provided a map of some of the refugee routes into Europe. Refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria, Libya and Iraq have had to mobilize and move out of their respective countries due to the escalation in violence. We at map of Europe will be developing a series of maps that we are hoping will help refugees flee the awful violence that is happening in their homelands. We are also hoping to educate non-refugees as to the plight of these poor people.

There has been a lot of scare mongering in the mainstream media and in our own little way we are trying to offset this with some rational discussion. We do understand that some individuals fleeing these war zones are not refugees but the overwhelming majority are and these people need to be treated with some respect and sympathy.

How do the Irish see the Map of Europe?

Irish map of europeOk 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”.

European Gas Pipeline Map and the Ukraine

European gas Pipeline Map and the Ukraine


There has been a spotlight shone on the Ukraine this week with the downing of flight MH17 by Ukrainian separatist rebels. However that war has been raging for quite a while now and the European Union has been very reluctant to get involved.


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.