Interactive map of Europe, showing countries and capitals. Learn where all the countries and borders are. Map of the Cities of Europe
     Europe is the second smallest of the inhabited continents.  It is a part of the Eurasian land mass that includes Europe, Asia, Asia Minor and the Arabian Peninsula.  As many large islands east and south of Asia are usually included in Asia, the Eurasian land mass extends from Iceland to New Guinea, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the Arctic to the Indian Oceans.  Just where to divide this mass into continents has long been debated.  Traditionally the Ural mountains in Russia have been used as a division.  This line then had to curve back through the Caspian and Black Seas to avoid leaving Turkey in Europe.  The fact that this separated Christian Europe from Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist Asia is not coincidental.  With the creation of many new countries from the collapse of the Soviet Union the division is more difficult as so many want to be included in Europe for economic reasons.  In order to show complete countries only we have included Russia in Asia, where most of its area lies, rather than in Europe.

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