HOME
ListMoto - Continental Europe


--- Advertisement ---



(i) (i) (i) (i) (i)

Continental or mainland Europe
Europe
is the continuous continent of Europe excluding its surrounding islands.[1] It can also be referred to ambiguously as the European continent—which can conversely mean the whole of Europe—and by Europeans, simply the Continent. The most common definition of continental Europe
Europe
excludes continental islands, encompassing the Greek Islands, Cyprus, Malta, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, the Balearic Islands, Ireland, Great Britain, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Novaya Zemlya
Novaya Zemlya
and the Danish archipelago, as well as nearby oceanic islands, including the Canary Islands, Madeira, the Azores, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Svalbard. The Scandinavian peninsula
Scandinavian peninsula
is sometimes also excluded, as even though it is technically part of "mainland Europe", the de facto connections to the rest of the continent are across the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
or North Sea (rather than via the lengthy land route that involves travelling to the north of the peninsula where it meets Finland, and then south through north-east Europe). The notion of Europe
Europe
as a geopolitical or cultural term is centred on core Europe
Europe
(Kerneuropa), the continental territory of the historical Carolingian Empire
Carolingian Empire
and the core of Latin Christendom, corresponding to modern France, Italy, Germany
Germany
(or German-speaking Europe) and the Benelux
Benelux
states (historical Austrasia). This historical core of "Carolingian Europe" was consciously invoked in the 1950s as the historical ethno-cultural basis for the prospective European integration (see also Multi-speed Europe).[2]

Contents

1 Use

1.1 Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland 1.2 Scandinavia

2 Mediterranean and Atlantic islands 3 See also 4 References

Use[edit] Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland[edit] In both Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland, the Continent
Continent
is widely and generally used to refer to the mainland of Europe. An apocryphal British newspaper headline supposedly once read, "Fog in Channel; Continent
Continent
Cut Off".[3] It has also been claimed that this was a regular weather forecast in Britain in the 1930s.[4] In addition, the word Europe
Europe
itself is also regularly used to mean Europe
Europe
excluding the islands of Great Britain, Iceland, and Ireland
Ireland
(although the term is often used to refer to the European Union[5]). The term mainland Europe
Europe
is also sometimes used. Derivatively, the adjective continental refers to the social practices or fashion of continental Europe. Examples include breakfast, topless sunbathing and, historically, long-range driving (before Britain had motorways) often known as Grand Touring.[citation needed]. Differences include electrical plugs, time zones for the most part, the use of left-hand traffic, and for the United Kingdom, currency and the continued use of imperial units alongside metric. Britain is physically connected to continental Europe
Europe
through the undersea Channel Tunnel
Channel Tunnel
(the longest undersea tunnel in the world), which accommodates both the Getlink
Getlink
(passenger and vehicle use – vehicle required) and Eurostar
Eurostar
(passenger use only) services. These services were established to transport passengers and vehicles through the tunnel on a 24/7 basis between England
England
and continental Europe, while still maintaining passport and immigration control measures on both sides of the tunnel. This route is popular with refugees and migrants seeking to enter the UK.[6] Scandinavia[edit]

Map of the Scandiae islands by Nicolaus Germanus
Nicolaus Germanus
for a 1467 publication of Cosmographia Claudii Ptolomaei Alexandrini.

Especially in Germanic studies, continental refers to the European continent excluding the Scandinavian peninsula, Britain, Ireland, and Iceland. The reason for this is that although the Scandinavian peninsula
Scandinavian peninsula
is attached to continental Europe, and accessible via a land route along the 66th parallel north, it is usually reached by sea. Kontinenten (the Continent) is a vernacular Swedish expression that refers to the area excluding Sweden, Norway, and Finland
Finland
but including Denmark
Denmark
(even the Danish archipelago) and the rest of continental Europe. In Norway, similarly, one speaks about Kontinentet as a separate entity, usually referring to Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Benelux
Benelux
countries, and such. Today, the Scandinavian peninsula
Scandinavian peninsula
is accessible by train and road with several bridge/tunnel structures connecting the Danish peninsula of Jutland
Jutland
to Scania
Scania
in Sweden. Mediterranean and Atlantic islands[edit] The Continent
Continent
may sometimes refer to the continental part of Italy (excluding Sardinia, Sicily, etc.), the continental part of Spain (excluding the Balearic islands, the Canary Islands, Alboran, etc.), the continental part of France
France
(excluding Corsica, etc.), the continental part of Portugal
Portugal
(excluding the Madeira
Madeira
and Azores islands), or the continental part of Greece (excluding the Ionian Islands, the Aegean Islands, and Crete). The term is used from the perspective of the island residents of each country to describe the continental portion of their country or the continent (or mainland) as a whole. See also[edit]

Continental philosophy Geopolitical divisions of Europe Geographical midpoint of Europe Mainland Western Europe Hajnal line

References[edit]

^ "Merriam Webster dictionary definition".  ^ Marc Trachtenberg, Between Empire and Alliance: America and Europe During the Cold War (2003), p 67. Adrian Hyde-Price, Germany
Germany
and European Order: Enlarging NATO
NATO
and the EU (2000), p. 128. ^ Oakley, Robin (April 19, 2005). " Europe
Europe
no star as election issue". CNN. Retrieved April 30, 2010.  ^ Fog in Channel? (book) ^ Fraser, Douglas (August 15, 2011). "Britain pushes hard choices for Europe's hard core". BBC News.  ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33709244

v t e

Europe articles

History

Chronology

Prehistory Classical antiquity Late antiquity Middle Ages Early modernity World War I
World War I
& II Pax Europaea Crisis situations and unrest since 2000

By topic

Military Sovereignty

predecessor states

Geography

Areas and populations Countries by area

European microstates

Largest metropolitan areas Cities Extreme points Geology Islands Lakes Mountains Rivers Sovereign states and dependent territories

by population

Villages

Politics

Eurosphere International organisations Integration Law Politics Post-Soviet Europe Transatlantic relations

Intergovernmental

Commonwealth of Independent States
Commonwealth of Independent States
(CIS) Council of Europe
Europe
(CoE) Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) GUAM Organization North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Europe
(OSCE)

statistics

European Union

Economy

relations free trade agreements

Education European Economic Area
European Economic Area
(EEA) European Neighbourhood Policy
European Neighbourhood Policy
(ENP) European Union
European Union
Customs Union (EUCU) Eurozone Foreign relations Members

enlargement

Politics Schengen Area Statistics Visa policy

Economy

History Financial (and social) rankings Free trade areas Energy Telecommunications Transport

Intergovernmental

Central European Free Trade Agreement
Central European Free Trade Agreement
(CEFTA) Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia
Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia
(CUBKR) Eurasian Economic Community
Eurasian Economic Community
(EAEC) European Free Trade Association
European Free Trade Association
(EFTA)

Sovereign states by

Average wage Budget revenues

per capita

Corruption index GDP (nominal)

per capita

GDP (PPP)

per capita

GNI (nominal) per capita GNI (PPP) per capita HDI Internet users (%) Minimum wage Press Freedom Index Unemployment rate (%) Health expense per capita Military spending (%) Childhood population (%) Urban population (%) Life expectancy Electricity use per capita

Society

Etiquette Social (and financial) rankings Languages

endangered

Universities

Bologna Process Erasmus

Culture

Art

painting sculpture

Architecture Capital of Culture Cinema

film festivals

Classical music Cuisine Dance Literature Philosophy Religion

Christianity Islam Judaism

Sport Symbols

Demographics

Ageing Ethnic groups

genetic history

Immigration Life expectancy Retirement

Outline Index

Ca

.