is geologically and geographically a peninsula or subcontinent, forming the
westernmost part of Eurasia. Europe is conventionally considered a
continent; this is more of a cultural distinction than a geographic one.
Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic
Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the east its boundary is
culturally determined and unclear.
However, the Ural mountains are considered by some to be a
geographical and tectonic landmark separating Europe and Asia.
When considered a continent, Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in
terms of area, with an area of 10,600,000 km² (4,140,625 square miles). In
terms of population, it is the third-largest continent. The population of Europe
is roughly 700,000,000: about 11% of the world's population.
The main block of European Countries are part of the
European Union (EU), notable
and some of the Balkan countries.
On 1st May 2004 The
European Union (EU) welcomed Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia,
Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia & Slovenia. Most European countries
belong, have applied to join or have some formal relationship with the EU.
The remaining countries are Norway and Switzerland together with some ex-Soviet
countries. Most European countries conform to EU time change rules.
Europe spans 3 time zones:
Eastern European Time,
Central European Time and
Western European Time. Most European counties including those not
in the EU adopt Summer Time (Daylight Saving Time) uniformly at dates and times
laid down by the EU.
Countries conforming to European Union Time Rules
Countries not conforming to European Union Time Rules
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Holy See / Vatican City
Moldova, Republic of
Netherlands / Holland
Svalbard & Jan Mayen
Central European Time
Eastern European Time
Western European Time
Greenwich Mean Time
British Summer Time
The Hague, Holland
Prague, Czech Republic