Fun Facts about Europe

Fun Facts about Europe

Is there such thing? This continent is the second smallest among seven continents in the world yet it is the third most populated continent. With 50 countries included, and possessing one of the most diverse history and multifaceted cultures, there are plenty amazing and humorous stories to tell that anyone would enjoy. Following is a list of 20 interesting and fun facts about Europe for you to ponder.

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1. Interesting or Fun Facts about Europe

According to scholars, this continent received it's name from a beautiful Phoenician princess in Greek mythology, Europa. Zeus, the King of the gods, saw her as she was gathering flowers by the sea and immediately fell in love with her. She was abducted by Zeus, who disguised himself as a magnificent white bull, and appeared on the sea shore, where the princess was playing.

2. Interesting or Fun Facts about Europe

Vatican City is the smallest country of this continent with an area of 0.44 sq. km. It is considered an independent state, even though it is situated within the city of Rome: the capital of Italy.

3. Interesting or Fun Facts about Europe

Unknown to everybody, the famous Statue of Liberty - the symbol of the United States and freedom - was actually constructed in France and given as a gift to the United States of America. The date of the American Declaration of Independence was inscribed on the torch raised by the woman.

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4. Interesting or Fun Facts about Europe

The Tomatina Festival in Spain occurs in August and everyone is involved in throwing tomatoes at each other.

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Nightlife in Barcelona is a kind of nonstop fiesta with tons of events occuring all over the city. Las Ramblas serves as the starting point of fun. It is jam-packed by night (especially in the early hours of the evening) when locals and tourists alike are heading out for drinks and dinner. Restaurants, bars and clubs start their own routine of offering a fun-filled nightlife in Barcelona.

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One unique event in the world is the Merry Cemetery in Săpânţa - Romania. The original character of this one-of-a-kind cemetery is, first of all, suggested by its name. This paradoxical name is due to the humorous epitaphs carved on crosses. All it's headstones are colorful with naïve paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried within, as well as scenes from their lives.

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Dance music primarily originated in Europa in early 1990's. It is a combination of many elements from House to Hi-NRG to Italo-Disco. Over time it continues to evolve with many modifications, integrating trance and techno music into it. This is heavily influenced by the use of loaded melodic vocals; either exclusively by itself or with the inclusion of rapped verses.

8. Interesting or Fun Facts about Europe

In the early part of human history, slavery was very rampant in most of the world; but on January 27, 1416, the Republic of Dubrovnik (presently a city in Croatia) was the first republic to stop slavery in the continent.

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The tallest Ferris wheel in Europa is located in England. The wheel was named "Millennium Wheel", but later renamed as "The London Eye".

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One of the most castle-populated countries in the world is Germany. Some of these are used as hotels, but most are still being occupied by the wealthy.

11. Interesting or Fun Facts about Europe

The Great Palace of Catherine is located near Saint Petersburg in Russia and was officially open in 1756. Francesco Rasstrelli put 8 years of his life into building it and created an unmatched masterpiece of architectural design. The Amber Room (sometimes dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World") in the Catherine Palace was a complete chamber decorated with amber panels, backed with gold leaf and mirrors. German soldiers disassembled and completely removed it from the castle in 1941, during World War II. They transported it to Konigsberg where it has disappeared without a trace since 1945.

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12. Interesting or Fun Facts about Europe

England is where Mr. Bean was born. He happens to be one of the most popular and humorous pantomime characters to stumble onto the screen since Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp".

13. Interesting or Fun Facts about Europe

The United Kingdom is still using their monetary unit, the British pound, while most of the countries are using the Euro. And not all of the countries in Europe are members of the European Union (only 27 of them). Croatia, Switzerland and Ukraine are some of those who did not support the ideals of the EU.

14. Interesting or Fun Facts about Europe

Philosophers such as Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato; artists like Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo; explorers and scientists like Christopher Columbus, Newton, Galileo and Einstein; musicians like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, all were born in Europe.

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Dune du Pilat is the largest sand dune in Europa. At over 100 meters high and 500 meters wide, this mammoth dune stretches three kilometers along the south west coast of France. Due to the movement in the sand, France is moving inland at around 7 meters each year!

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The largest ice cave system in the world lies in the Salzburg Tennen Mountains. It is called Werfen Ice Caves, and the cave labyrinth is over 40 kilometers in length. Thousands of visitors are attracted annually by this spectacle of nature.

17. Interesting or Fun Facts about Europe

Once upon a time in the history of this continent, there was this so-called "Age of Migrations", which explains the diversity of the present-day European culture. This event took place after the Roman Empire's fall, and there was a massive migration of the Roman, German, Saxon, and Celtic tribes to different parts of the continent.

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Some of the world's most popular sports are associated with Europa. For instance, the foundation of Cricket can be traced to the southern end of England, while Golf started in Scotland. Some games related to Tennis and Handball are also very popular here.

19. Interesting or Fun Facts about Europe

The only country whose official language was not named after the country itself was Yugoslavia. Serbo-Croatian is their official language.

20. Interesting or Fun Facts about Europe

St. Stephen's Cathedral of Vienna has 23 bells in total. Beethoven discovered the totality of his deafness when he saw birds flying out of the bell tower as a result of the bells' tolling, but could not hear the bells. The largest bell is at 20,130 kilograms (the largest in Austria) and the second largest swinging bell in Europa. It was originally cast in 1711 from cannons captured from the Muslim.

Do you know other interesting or fun facts about Europe? You're more than welcome to share them in the comments below.

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