Pronunciation: ‘yur-&p
Usage: Geographical name
Definition: A continent of the eastern hemisphere between Asia and the Atlantic Ocean
Area: 3,997,929 square miles (10,355,000 square kilometres),
Population: 741,400,000

(Sources: Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2004
United Nations Executive Summary, World Population Prospects, The 2006 Revision)


  • Europe is one of the seven continents of the world
  • Europe is the second smallest continent by geographic size (area = 10 355 000km sq.), BUT it has the third largest population of the seven continents (now 741.1 million)
  • Europe is one fifth of the Eurasian landmass
  • The name Europe is derived from the name Europa, which is the name of a goddess in Greek mythology

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Great! But, what’s actually in Europe? While the precise boundaries of Europe are still a matter of debate, our map includes the countries most commonly defined as European.