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European country

The list below includes all entities falling even partially under any of the various common definitions of Europe, geographical or political. Fifty sovereign states are listed with territory in Europe and/or membership in international European organisations.

There are six states with limited or no recognition and eight areas that are not integral parts of a European state or have special political status.

Definition of Europe

Under the commonly used definition, the border between Asia and Europe stretches along the Ural Mountains,[1] Ural River, and Caspian Sea in the east,[2] the Greater Caucasus range[3] and the Black Sea, with its outlets, the Bosporus and Dardanelles, in the south.[4][5][5] Based on that division, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey have territory both in Europe and Asia.

The island of Cyprus in Southwest Asia is approximate to Anatolia (or Asia Minor) and is on the Anatolian Plate [6] but is often considered part of Europe as a current member of the European Union (EU). Armenia is entirely in Southwest Asia but is a member of certain European organisations.[7]

Although the Mediterranean Sea provides a clearer divide between Africa and Europe, some traditionally European islands such as Sicily and Malta are located on the African continental plate.[8] The island of Iceland is part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, straddling the Eurasian Plate and the North American Plate.[9]

Some territories geographically outside Europe have strong connections with European states. Greenland has sociopolitical connections with Europe and is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, but is grouped with the continent of North America.[10]

Other territories are part of European countries but are geographically located in other continents, such as the French overseas departments,[11] the Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the coast of Africa,[12] and the Dutch Caribbean territories of Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius.[13]

Sovereign states

A sovereign state is a political association with effective sovereignty over a population for whom it makes decisions in the national interest.[14] According to the Montevideo convention, a state must have a permanent population, a defined territory, a government, and the capacity to enter into relations with other states.[15]

Recognised states

There are 50 internationally recognised sovereign states with territory located within the common definition of Europe and/or membership in international European organisations, of which 44 have their capital city within Europe. All except the Vatican City are members of the United Nations (UN),[16] and all except Belarus, Kazakhstan and Vatican City are members of the Council of Europe.[17] Since 2013, 28 of these countries are also member states of the EU, which means they are highly integrated with each other and share their sovereignty with EU institutions.

Each entry in the list below has a map of its location in Europe. Territory in Europe is shown in dark-green; territory not geographically in Europe is shown in a lighter shade of green. The lightest shade of green represents states in the EU and is shown on the maps of all territories within the EU.

* = Member of the EU[18]
Flag Map English short and formal names
Domestic short and formal names
Flag of Albania

Republic of Albania
Albanian: Shqipëri / Shqipëria — Republika e Shqipërisë Tirana

Albanian: Tiranë
3,002,859 28,748 km2 (11,100 sq mi)
Flag of Andorra

Principality of Andorra
Catalan: Andorra — Principat d'Andorra Andorra la Vella

Catalan: Andora la Vella
85,082 468 km2 (181 sq mi)
Flag of Armenia

Republic of Armenia
Armenian: Հայաստան — Հայաստանի Հանրապետություն (Hayastan — Hayastani Hanrapetut'yun) Yerevan

Armenian: Երևան (Yerevan)
2,970,495 29,743 km2 (11,484 sq mi)
Flag of Austria

Republic of Austria
German: Österreich — Republik Österreich Vienna

German: Wien
8,219,743 83,871 km2 (32,383 sq mi)
Flag of Azerbaijan

Republic of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani: Azǝrbaycan — Azǝrbaycan Respublikası Baku

Azerbaijani: Bakı
9,493,600 86,600 km2 (33,436 sq mi)
Flag of Belarus

Republic of Belarus
Belarusian: Беларусь — Рэспубліка Беларусь

Russian: Беларусь — Республика Беларусь (Bielarus' — Respublika Belaruś)

Belarusian: Мінск (Minsk)
9,643,566 207,600 km2 (80,155 sq mi)
Flag of Belgium

Kingdom of Belgium
German: Belgien — Königreich Belgien

French: Belgique — Royaume de Belgique

Dutch: België — Koninkrijk België

German: Brüssel

French: Bruxelles

Dutch: Brussel
10,438,353 30,528 km2 (11,787 sq mi)
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Latin: Bosna i Hercegovina

Bosnian, Serbian Cyrillic: Босна и Херцеговина

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Latin: Sarajevo

Bosnian, Serbian Cyrillic: Сарајево
3,879,296 51,197 km2 (19,767 sq mi)
Flag of Bulgaria

Republic of Bulgaria
Bulgarian: България — Република България (Bǎlgarija — Republika Bǎlgarija) Sofia

Bulgarian: София (Sofia)
7,037,935 110,879 km2 (42,811 sq mi)
Flag of Croatia

Republic of Croatia
Croatian: Hrvatska — Republika Hrvatska Zagreb

Croatian: Zagreb
4,480,043 56,594 km2 (21,851 sq mi)
Flag of Cyprus

Republic of Cyprus
Greek: Κύπρος — Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία (Kýpros — Kypriakí Dimokratí)

Turkish: Kıbrıs — Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti

Greek: Λευκωσία (Lefkosia)

Turkish: Lefkoşa
1,138,071 9,251 km2 (3,572 sq mi)
Flag of the Czech Republic
Czech Republic* Czech: Česko — Česká republika Prague

Czech: Praha
10,513,209 78,867 km2 (30,451 sq mi)
Flag of Denmark

Kingdom of Denmark
Danish: Danmark — Kongeriget Danmark Copenhagen

Danish: København
5,543,453 43,094 km2 (16,639 sq mi)
Flag of Estonia

Republic of Estonia
Estonian: Eesti — Eesti Vabariik Tallinn

Estonian: Tallinn
1,274,709 45,228 km2 (17,463 sq mi)
Flag of Finland

Republic of Finland
Finnish: Suomi — Suomen tasavalta

Swedish: Finland — Republiken Finland

Finnish: Helsinki

Swedish: Helsingfors
5,262,930 338,145 km2 (130,559 sq mi)
Flag of France

French Republic
French: France — République française Paris

French: Paris
65,630,692 643,427 km2 (248,429 sq mi)
Flag of Georgia
Georgia[b] Georgian: საქართველო (Sak'art'velo) Tbilisi / T'bilisi

Georgian: თბილისი (T'bilisi)
4,570,934 69,700 km2 (26,911 sq mi)
Flag of Germany

Federal Republic of Germany
German: Deutschland — Bundesrepublik Deutschland Berlin

German: Berlin
81,305,856 357,022 km2 (137,847 sq mi)
Flag of Greece

Hellenic Republic
Greek: Ελλάς — Ελληνική Δημοκρατία (Ellás — Elliniki Dimokratia) Athens

Greek: Αθήνα (Athína)
10,767,827 131,957 km2 (50,949 sq mi)
Flag of Hungary
Hungary* Hungarian: Magyarország Budapest

Hungarian: Budapest
9,958,453 93,028 km2 (35,918 sq mi)
Flag of Iceland

Republic of Iceland
Icelandic: Ísland — Lýðveldið Ísland Reykjavík

Icelandic: Reykjavík
313,183 103,000 km2 (39,769 sq mi)
Flag of Ireland
Ireland*[d][26] English: Ireland

Irish: Éire

English: Dublin

Irish: Baile Átha Cliath
4,722,028 70,273 km2 (27,133 sq mi)
Flag of Italy

Italian Republic
Italian: Italia — Repubblica Italiana Rome

Italian: Roma
61,261,254 301,340 km2 (116,348 sq mi)
Flag of Kazakhstan

Republic of Kazakhstan
Kazakh: Қазақстан — Қазақстан Республикасы (Qazaqstan — Qazaqstan Respūblīkasy)

Russian: Казахстан — Республика Казахстан (Kazahstan — Respublika Kazahstan)

Kazakh: Астана

Russian: Астана (Astana)
17,522,010 2,724,900 km2 (1,052,090 sq mi)
Flag of Latvia

Republic of Latvia
Latvian: Latvija — Latvijas Republika Riga

Latvian: Rīga
2,191,580 64,589 km2 (24,938 sq mi)
Flag of Liechtenstein

Principality of Liechtenstein
German: Liechtenstein — Fürstentum Liechtenstein Vaduz

German: Vaduz
36,713 160 km2 (62 sq mi)
Flag of Lithuania

Republic of Lithuania
Lithuanian: Lietuva — Lietuvos Respublika Vilnius

Lithuanian: Vilnius
3,525,761 65,300 km2 (25,212 sq mi)
Flag of Luxembourg

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
German: Luxemburg — Großherzogtum Luxemburg

French: Luxembourg — Grand-Duché de Luxembourg

Luxembourgish: Lëtzebuerg

German: Luxemburg

French: Luxembourg

Luxembourgish: Lëtzebuerg
509,074 2,586 km2 (998 sq mi)
Flag of Macedonia

Republic of Macedonia
Macedonian: Македонија — Република Македонија (Makedonija — Republika Makedonija) Skopje

Macedonian: Скопје (Skopje)
2,082,370 25,713 km2 (9,928 sq mi)
Flag of Malta

Republic of Malta
English: Malta — Republic of Malta

Maltese: Malta — Repubblika ta' Malta

English: Valletta

Maltese: Valletta
409,836 316 km2 (122 sq mi)
Flag of Moldova

Republic of Moldova
Romanian: Moldova — Republica Moldova Chişinău

Romanian: Chişinău
3,656,843 33,851 km2 (13,070 sq mi)
Flag of Monaco

Principality of Monaco
French: Monaco — Principauté de Monaco Monaco

French: Monaco
30,510 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Flag of Montenegro
Montenegro Montenegrin: Црна Гора (Crna Gora) Podgorica

Montenegrin: Подгорица (Podgorica)
657,394 13,812 km2 (5,333 sq mi)
Flag of the Netherlands

Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dutch: Nederland — Koninkrijk der Nederlanden Amsterdam (capital)

The Hague (seat of government)

Dutch: Amsterdam

Dutch: 's-Gravenhage / Den Haag
16,730,632 41,543 km2 (16,040 sq mi)
Flag of Norway

Kingdom of Norway
Bokmål: Norge — Kongeriket Norge

Nynorsk: Noreg — Kongeriket Noreg

Bokmål: Oslo
5,042,402 323,802 km2 (125,021 sq mi)
Flag of Poland

Republic of Poland
Polish: Polska — Rzeczpospolita Polska Warsaw

Polish: Warszawa
38,415,284 312,685 km2 (120,728 sq mi)
Flag of Portugal

Portuguese Republic
Portuguese: Portugal — República Portuguesa Lisbon

Portuguese: Lisboa
10,781,459 92,090 km2 (35,556 sq mi)
Flag of Romania
Romania* Romanian: România Bucharest

Romanian: Bucureşti
21,848,504 238,391 km2 (92,043 sq mi)
Flag of Russia

Russian Federation
Russian: Росси́я — Российская Федерация (Rossija — Rossijskaja Federacija) Moscow

Russian: Москва (Moskva)
142,517,670 17,098,242 km2 (6,601,668 sq mi)
Flag of San Marino
San Marino

Republic of San Marino
Italian: San Marino — Repubblica di San Marino San Marino

Italian: San Marino
32,140 61 km2 (24 sq mi)
Flag of Serbia

Republic of Serbia
Serbian: Србија — Република Србија, Republika Srbija Belgrade

Serbian: Београд, Beograd
7,189,604 88,361 km2 (34,116 sq mi)
Flag of Slovakia

Slovak Republic
Slovak: Slovensko — Slovenská republika Bratislava

Slovak: Bratislava
5,483,088 49,035 km2 (18,933 sq mi)
Flag of Slovenia

Republic of Slovenia
Slovene: Slovenija — Republika Slovenija Ljubljana

Slovene: Ljubljana
1,996,617 20,273 km2 (7,827 sq mi)
Flag of Spain

Kingdom of Spain
Spanish: España — Reino de España Madrid

Spanish: Madrid
47,042,984 505,370 km2 (195,124 sq mi)
Flag of Sweden

Kingdom of Sweden
Swedish: Sverige — Konungariket Sverige Stockholm

Swedish: Stockholm
9,514,406 450,295 km2 (173,860 sq mi)
Flag of Switzerland

Swiss Confederation
German: Schweiz — Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft

French: Suisse — Confédération Suisse

Italian: Svizzera — Confederazione Svizzera

Romansh: Svizra — Confederaziun svizra
Bern / Berne

German: Bern

French: Berne

Italian: Berna
7,925,517 41,277 km2 (15,937 sq mi)
Flag of Turkey

Republic of Turkey
Turkish: Türkiye — Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Ankara

Turkish: Ankara
79,749,461 783,562 km2 (302,535 sq mi)
Flag of Ukraine
Ukraine Ukrainian: Украïна (Ukraina) Kiev

Ukrainian: Київ (Kyiv)
44,854,065 603,550 km2 (233,032 sq mi)
Flag of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom*[h]

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
English: United Kingdom — United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland London

English: London
63,047,162 243,610 km2 (94,058 sq mi)
Flag of the Vatican City
Vatican City

Vatican City State

Holy See
Italian: Città del Vaticano — Stato della Città del Vaticano

Latin: Sancta Sedes[27]
Vatican City

Italian: Città del Vaticano
836 0.44 km2 (0.17 sq mi)

Partially recognised states

The following six entities in Europe have partial diplomatic recognition by one or more UN member states (and therefore are defined as states by the constitutive theory of statehood) or have no diplomatic recognition by any UN member state but are defined as states by the declarative theory of statehood and are recognised by one or more Non-UN member states. None are members of the UN, Council of Europe or EU.

Flag Map English short and formal names Status Domestic short and formal names Capital Population[a] Area[a]
Flag of Abkhazia

Republic of Abkhazia
Claimed as an autonomous republic of Georgia. Recognised by six UN states. Abkhaz: Аҧсны (Apsny)

Russian: Абха́зия (Abhazia)

Abkhaz: Аҟəа (Akwa)

Russian: Сухуми
250,000 [28] 8,660 km2 (3,344 sq mi)[29]
Flag of Kosovo

Republic of Kosovo[19]
Recognised by ; Serbia does not recognise the 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence, and claims it as an autonomous province. Albanian: Kosova / Kosovë — Republika e Kosovës

Serbian: Косово — Република Косово (Kosovo — Republika Kosovo)

Albanian: Prishtina, Prishtinë

Serbian: Приштина (Priština)
1,836,529[24] 10,887 km2 (4,203 sq mi)[25]
Flag of Nagorno-Karabakh

Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
Claimed as part of Azerbaijan. Recognised by 3 non-UN states. Armenian: Լեռնային Ղարաբաղ — Լեռնային Ղարաբաղ Հանրապետություն (Lernayin Gharabaghi — Lernayin Gharabaghi Hanrapetut’yun)[30] Stepanakert

Armenian: Ստեփանակերտ (Khankendi)
141,400[31] 7,000 km2 (2,703 sq mi)[32]
Flag of Northern Cyprus
Northern Cyprus[c]

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Claimed as part of the Republic of Cyprus. Recognised by Turkey. Turkish: Kuzey Kıbrıs — Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti Nicosia

Turkish: Lefkoşa
285,356[33] 3,355 km2 (1,295 sq mi)[25]
Flag of Transnistria
Transnistria / Trans-Dniester

Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic
Claimed as a territorial unit of Moldova. Recognised by 3 non-UN states. Template:Lang-mo (Transnistria — Republica Moldovenească Nistreană)

Russian: Приднестрóвье — Приднестрóвская Молдáвская Респýблика (Pridnestrov'ye — Pridnestrovskaya Moldavskaya Respublika)

Ukrainian: Придністров'я — Придністровська Молдавська Республіка (Prydnistrov'ya — Pridnistrovs'ka Moldavs'ka Respublika)


Russian: Тирáсполь

Ukrainian: Тирасполь
530,000[34] 3,500 km2 (1,351 sq mi)[35]
Flag of South Ossetia
South Ossetia[b]

Republic of South Ossetia
Claimed as part of Georgia. Recognised by five UN states. Ossetian: Хуссар Ирыстон — Республикæ Хуссар Ирыстон (Khussar Iryston — Respublikæ Khussar Iryston)

Russian: Южная Осетия — Республика Южная Осетия (Yuzhnaya Osetiya — Respublika Yuzhnaya Osetiya)

Ossetian: Цхинвал or Чъреба (Chreba)
70,000[36] 3,900 km2 (1,506 sq mi)[37]

Dependent territories

The following six European entities are dependent territories.[38]

* = Part of the EU, although there may be special arrangements
Flag Map English short and formal names[19][21] Legal status Domestic short and formal names Capital[22] Population[24] Area[25]
Flag of the United Kingdom, as used in Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Akrotiri and Dhekelia [c]

Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia
British overseas territory English: Akrotiri and Dhekelia — Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia Episkopi Cantonment

English: Episkopi Cantonment
15,700 254 km2 (98 sq mi)
Flag of the Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands / Faeroe Islands Constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark Faroese: Føroyar

Danish: Færøerne

Faroese: Tórshavn

Danish: Thorshavn
49,267 1,393 km2 (538 sq mi)
Flag of Gibraltar
Gibraltar*[39] British overseas territory English: Gibraltar Gibraltar

English: Gibraltar
28,956 6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
Flag of Guernsey

Bailiwick of Guernsey
Crown Dependency of The Crown in Right of the United Kingdom English: Guernsey — Bailiwick of Guernsey

French: Guernesey — Bailliage de Guernesey

Guernésiais: Guernesey — Bailliage de Guernesey
Saint Peter Port

English: Saint Peter Port

French: Saint Pierre Port

Guernésiais: Saint Pierre Port
65,068 78 km2 (30 sq mi)
Flag of the Isle of Man
Isle of Man[h] Crown Dependency of The Crown in Right of the United Kingdom English: Isle of Man

Manx: Mannin — Ellan Vannin

English: Douglas

Manx: Doolish
84,655 572 km2 (221 sq mi)
Flag of Jersey

Bailiwick of Jersey
Crown Dependency of The Crown in Right of the United Kingdom English: Jersey — Bailiwick of Jersey

French: Jèrri — Bailliage de Jèrri

Jèrriais: Jèrri — Bailliage de Jèrri
Saint Helier

English: Saint Helier

French: Saint-Hélier

Jèrriais: Saint Hélyi
94,161 116 km2 (45 sq mi)

Special areas of internal sovereignty

The following places are considered integral parts of their controlling state, but have a political arrangement which was decided through an international agreement.

* = Part of the EU, although there may be special arrangements
Flag Map English short and formal names Legal status Domestic short and formal names Capital Population Area
Flag of Åland

Åland Islands[21]
Self-governing area of Finland, determined by the result of the Åland crisis[41] Swedish: Åland — Landskapet Åland Mariehamn[21]

Swedish: Mariehamn
27,500[42] 6,787 km2 (2,620 sq mi)[42]
Flag of Norway, as used in Svalbard
Svalbard[19] Special territory of Norway, determined by the Svalbard Treaty[43] Bokmål: Svalbard Longyearbyen[21][22]

Bokmål: Longyearbyen
2,019[24] 62,045 km2 (23,956 sq mi)[25]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f Area and population numbers include integral areas located outside of Europe. The area and population of states with separatist regions includes that of the separatist regions.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Part of Transcaucasian Region, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Physiographically, Armenia falls entirely in Western Asia, while Georgia and Azerbaijan are mostly in Asia with small portions north of the Caucasus Mountains divide in Europe.
  3. ^ The terms Republic of Ireland and Poblacht na hÉireann are not official long names and are used only as a legal description meant to differentiate the state from the island.
  4. ^ a b c Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey have territory in both Europe (dark green) and Asia (light green).
  5. ^ a b Denmark and the Netherlands are constituent countries of the Kingdom of Denmark and the Kingdom of the Netherlands respectively. Both are members of the EU; however, the other constituent countries of their kingdoms are not. In international organisations, the terms Denmark and Netherlands are often used as short forms of their respective kingdoms as a whole.
  6. ^ The Netherlands is also known as "Holland", but this is the improper name of the whole country as it refers only to a small region inside the country. See Netherlands (terminology).
  7. ^ a b c d The United Kingdom consists of the countries of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The UK is responsible for the foreign relations and ultimate good governance of the Crown dependencies of Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey, which are otherwise separate. The mainlands of England, Scotland and Wales make up the island of Great Britain (or simply Britain), which is sometimes used synonymously with the United Kingdom.


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