Europe Destinations

European Destinations

Explore the region’s histories exposed in many structures like Rome’s Colosseum, London’s Big Ben or Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia many of them well-preserved. There is a multitude of cultures to observe and many languages to learn You can also indulge in world renowned dishes and witness some of the best art around. . Furthermore Europe’s natural beauty doesn’t disappoint with Iceland, Scotland and Scandinavian nations offering some of the most scenic formations the world can offer.
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Austria

Official Name: Republic of Austria
Capital: Vienna
Official Language:
German
Currency:
Euro

Did you know?

  • Austria is a landlocked country
  • Around 62% of the country is covered by the Austrian Alps
  • Vienna has the oldest zoo in the world founded in 1752.
  • Austria is said to be one of the most eco friendly in the world. They recycle around 63% of their waste and their electricity is gained through renewable energy

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Europe is the most popular continent to visit according to various sources including the UNWTO, it is said to cover 50% of the worlds tourism and leisure arrivals.

Estonia

Official Name: Republic of Estonia
Capital: Tallinn
Official
Language: Estonian
Currency:
Euro

Did you know?

  • Estonia is one of the least densely populated in Europe
  • Locals are able to use public transport for free
  • Estonia is the first country to use online voting
  • The country is said tobe the least religious country in the world

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Europeans were amongst the first documented explorers. Notable names such as Marco Polo, Ferdinand Magellan and Christopher Columbus travelled far and wide discovering many places we know today.

Finland

Official Name: Republic of Finland
Capital: Helsinki
Official Language:
Finnish/Swedish
Currency:
Euro

Did you know?

  • The country is said to be the happiest in the world according to UN report
  • All Finn’s learn swedish in secondary school
  • Finland is said to be the sauna capital of the world, nearly every apartment and workplace has one.
  • Finland has more forest than any other country in Europe

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France

Official Name: French Republic
Capital: Paris
Official
Language: French
Currency:
Euro

Did you know?

  • The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world
  • Due to its museums, world famed cuisine, and also its natural beauty, France is the single most visited country in the world.
  • “Salut” in France can either mean “hello” or “goodbye”, depending on the circumstance.
  • World renowned cycling competition started in 1903

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Did you know?

Europe is considered the most expensive continent to visit

Germany

Official Name: Federal Republic of Germany
Capital: Berlin
Official
Language: German
Currency:
Euro

Did you know?

  • Around 65% of highways (autobahn) in Germany have no speed limit
  • Germany had various capitals, these were Aachen, Regensburg, Frankfurt-am-Main, Nuremberg, Berlin, Weimer and Berlin again.
  • The Christmas tree tradition came from Germany
  • After Ireland, Germany is the second most beer consuming country in th world

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Gibraltar

Official Name: Gibraltar
Capital: N/A
Official
Language: English/ Spanish
Currency:
Euro

Did you know?

  • Gibraltar is a British Territory
  • Gibraltar has the only population of wild apes in Europe

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Greece

Official Name: Hellenic Republic
Capital: Athens
Official
Language: Greek
Currency:
Euro

Did you know?

  • The olympic games started in ancient Greece, the reasons why the country is presented first in the opening ceremony’s parade of atheletes.
  • Athens is the oldest capital in Europe
  • It is said that Greece was the place where democracy was born
  • Greeks wave with the palm closed. Waving with the palm opened and the fingers extended is considered an insult.

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Don’t forget to check out our gallery. As they say pictures paint a thousand words.

Iceland

Official Name: Republic of Iceland
Capital: Reykjavik
Official
Language: Icelandinc
Currency:
Krona

Did you know?

  • It is said that Iceland is one of the last place to be sttled by humans
  • Many Icelanders believe in Viking mythology of elves and trolls.
  • Iceland is one of the most eco-friendly country in the world with almost all of its electricity produced by renewable energy
  • It is said that 11% of the country is covered by glaciers
  • Iceland celebrates beer day, as the beer was for 74 years illegal in the country. This became legal again in 1989.

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Italy

Official Name: Repubblica Italiana
Capital: Rome
Official
Language: Italian
Currency:
Euro

Did you know?

  • Tourists throw thousands of coins in the Trevi fountain in Rome. Some figures show the fountain collects over millions of Euros each year but dont worry the coins are collected and donated to charity.
  • Known explore Christopher Columbus was actually Italian although he voyaged under a spanish flag. He was born in Genoa in 1451
  • Italy is the world’s largest producer of wine
  • The UAE is not the only country that uses Lamborghini cars in the police force. Yes Italy also uses them for highway patrols.
  • Italy is the only country with over 50 UNESCO sites.

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A day called Europe day actually exists.

Netherlands

Official Name: The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Capital: Amsterdam
Official
Language: Dutch
Currency: Euro

Did you know?

  • There are more bicycles in the Netherlands than there are people.
  • The Netherlands is said to be the best non native English speaking country in Europe.
  • Dutch people are considered the tallest people in the world
  • Dutch King Willem-Alexander was for 2 decades a co-pilot for Dutch airline KLM part-time along with his royal duties.

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Norway

Official Name: Kingdom of Norway
Capital: Oslo
Official
Language: Norwegian
Currency:
Krone

Did you know?

  • At 15 miles the Lærdal Tunnel is the worlds longest road tunnel in the world.
  • The Nobel peace prize is awarded in Oslo every year.
  • Although sushi is definitely Japanese, it was a Norwegian delegation who suggested using Salmon in the 1980s. Japan did not use Salmon in the dish before.
  • London’s Trafalgar square Christmas tree is sent from Oslo as a gift to say thank you for the help during the World Wars

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“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

– Andre Gide –

Spain

Official Name: Kingdom of Spain
Capital: Madrid
Official
Language: Spanish
Currency:
Euro

Did you know?

  • According to the Guiness book of records a restaurant in Madrid the Restaurante Botín is the oldest in the world.
  • Various sources state that after Chinese, Spanish is actually the second most spoken language in the world with English is third and Hindi fourth. Still up for debate though.
  • The Spanish national anthem is one in four which has no lyrics.
  • Bulls are Spain’s national animal. Bull fighting is legal and done in various popular festival such as the San Fermin in Pamplona.

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The Schengen Visa covers entry to 26 European countries including France, Spain and Germany, This is due to the agreement to abolish internal borders for free and unmonitored movement of people.

United Kingdom

Official Name: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Capital: London
Official Language:
English
Currency: Pound

Did you know?

  • The United Kingdom is a country that is made up of four internal countries England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • The first postage stamp was created in the U.K. It was designed around the 1800s, and it featured Queen Victoria
  • The Queen owns all of the swans in the country resulting in the killing of swans illegal giving a 6 months sentance or a £5,000 fine
  • The official animal of Scotland is the Unicorn.

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England

Scotland

Wales

Vatican City

Official Name: Vatican City State/Stato della Città del Vaticano
Capital: N/A
Official Language:
Italian/ Latin
Currency: Euro

Did you know?

  • The Vatican City which is surrounded by Italy is the smallest country in the world.
  • The Pope is guarded by Swiss gaurds. They are fully Swiss citizens highly trained and drafted in to protect the Pope
  • The Vatican City has a football team, players consist of guards, police officers and postal workers.
  • The Vatican City is the only UNESCO world heritage country
  • Vatican has an ATM with the only Latin instruction in the world.

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