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lucian-crusher

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We started a conversation in the topic ,,Impact of Germany's victory" about this but it went off-topic so I crated this topic.

How is Europe divided?

This is how I know it:

1. Central Europe (are considered in Central Europe most of the countries that have the Danube): -de, -ch, -at, -pl, -cz, -sk, -hu, -ro, -md, -li

2. Southern Europe aka Mediteranean Europe (are considered in Southern Europe all countries whithin the Iberic Peninsula, the Italic Peninsula and the Balkanik Peninsula + all microstates except -li): -it, -es, -pt, -gr, -bg, -al, -mk, -ba, -rs, -me, -hr, -sl, -ad, -mt, -mc, -sm, Vatican City, -cy and -tr

3. Eastern Europe aka Continental Europe (are consiedered in Eastern Europe mostly all the countries from former U.S.S.R. except -md, and the Baltics, as 5 % of -kz is in Europe than it's an European country just like -ru): -am, -az, -ge, -kz, -by, -ua, -ru

5. Western Europe aka Atlantic Europe: -fr, -be, -lu, -nl, -uk, -ie

6. Northern Europe: -dk, -no, -se, -fi, -is, -lt, -lv, -ee

* Part of -ro called Dobrogea is in Southern Europe as it is located in the Balkan Peninsula
* Northern part of -rs is in Central Europe as it's not in the Balkans. So Pancevo is in Central Europe and Belgrade is in Southern Europe.
 

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Well I think we are not divided anymore, we are all the same. :D

But if we are going to divide then I would say there are only 2 real divisions:
Western Europe
-ad -at -be -cy -dk -fi -fr -de -gr -is -ie -il -it -li -lu -mt -mc -nl -no -pt -sm -es -se -ch -tr -uk

Eastern Europe
-al -am -az -by -ba -bg -hr -cz -ee -ge -hu -lt -lv -mk -md -me -pl -ro -ru -rs -sk -sl -ua
 

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Well, I don't know what's the proper name and I don't really care either, but here Romanians, Bulgarians and Poles are considered as Eastern ;)
 

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AlekS said:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Europe

imho, Moldova is not central.

btw, Western Ukraine is more Western than Moldova which means that this pretty big part can be considered as Central according to such logic =)
Acording to this -ro belongs in Central Europe and -md belongs in Eastern Europe. But as you can see -sl is a Central European country but is considered in Southern Europe because it's a Former Yugoslavian Republic. So as -md belonged to -ro in the past I think they can be cosidered Central Europe too.

You are right about the Western part of -ua, but that part is smaller than the Eastern part so I say it should be like this: -ua is a Eastern European country, but people fom Western part of -ua are in Central Europe.
 

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as Moldova belonged to Romania in the past... well Southern Ukraine belonged to Greece in the past :lol:
Moldova belonged to Russian empire in the past too.

so tell me please what do you want to know? political division or geographical?
Lithuania's major part is more Western than Moldova, they belong to EU, but it's considered Eastern ;)

as for geography - Belarus'... Western part is more Western than Moldova and it's not Northern enough so it can be considered Central as well =)
 

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Maybe these divisions too:
Northern Europe
-dk -fi -is -no -se

Western Europe
-at -be -fr -de -ie -li -lu -nl -ch -uk

Eastern Europe
-am -az -by -cz -ee -ge -hu -lt -lv -pl -ru -sk -ua

SouthEastern Europe
-ba -bg -cy -hr -gr -il -mk -md -ro -rs -sl -tr

Southern Europe
-it -mt -mc -pt -sm -es
 

lucian-crusher

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AlekS said:
as Moldova belonged to Romania in the past... well Southern Ukraine belonged to Greece in the past :lol:
Moldova belonged to Russian empire in the past too.

so tell me please what do you want to know? political division or geographical?
Lithuania's major part is more Western than Moldova, they belong to EU, but it's considered Eastern ;)

as for geography - Belarus'... Western part is more Western than Moldova and it's not Northern enough so it can be considered Central as well =)
I was reffering geofraphically! Maybe -ua and -by are in Central Europe too. -lt is definetly in Northern Europe.
 

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^ then UK should be considered Northern Europe too )))
imho, Lithuania is a perfect example of mixed zones. It can be classified as Eastern, it can be classified as Northern.


Ukraine is not completely Eastern and it's not completely Central.

I like this classification http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CentralEurope.png
you can guess other regions for yourself )))

imo, dividing just on 5 zones would be too raw cuz there are countries which are situated in few of them.

Iceland is North Western. Spain, Andorra & Portugal are South Western, Turkey is South Eastern etc.
 

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^ that's what I mean. There are mixed zones.It would be a lil' bit unfair to add some countries completely to 1 zone.
 

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Yep... I dont think we should have any divisions!!! We are all one now!! Divisions were for the Cold War which ended 20 years ago and now we are all friends!! :D
 

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Geographically speaking, Europe is divided into 5 social - geographical regions: Western, Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Europe!
Geographic Western Europe is not the same as the political Western Europe! West is the term used for those countries that have had a capitalist political system, as opposed to the notion of "East", which is used for the former socialist countries.
Coz the whole of Europe is now organized with the democratic capitalist state system, the political term "East" has lost his purpose.
The term "West" today, geopolitically speaking generally indicate a democratic and capitalistic countries of Christian orientation, so that today the whole Europe can be classified in the term "West".

Socio - geographical division of Europe:

Western (Athlantic) Europe: Ireland, United Kingdom, France and Benelux States (The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg).

Northern Europe: Scandinavia (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland) and Estonia (coz Eesti in historical and social terms is much more closer to Finland than to Eastern Europe).

Central Europe: Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Slovenia!

South Europe is divided on two parts:
1. Southern Europe (european far south): Iberian Peninsula (Portugal, Spain and Andora), Monaco, Apennine pns (Italy, San Marino and Vatican City), extreme southern part of Balkan Peninsula (Greece) and Mediterranean islands nation (Malta, Cyprus).
Geological Malta is part of African land, and Cyprus is part of Asia.

2. South-eastern Europe: Balkan Peninsula states: Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and East Turkish Trace.
(Romania and Moldova are not on Balkans but on social way they belongs there)

Eastern Europe: ex Soviet countries (Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgian Abkhazia and small part of Kazakhstan western of Ural river)!
 

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I agree the most with the last socio-geographical division given by Scooby ;)
 

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Well Europe is divided culturally. And under all those divisions you can make subdivisions and overlaps. :lol: I like this question more: "How is Europe united?" :mrgreen:
 

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Yeah :lol: and by "block" voting too :lol:
 

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Scooby said:
Northern Europe: Scandinavia (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland) and Estonia (coz Eesti in historical and social terms is much more closer to Finland than to Eastern Europe).
Just have to say..
Scandinavia only consists of Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
The Nordic countries consists of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
 

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satellite2010 said:
Scooby said:
Northern Europe: Scandinavia (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland) and Estonia (coz Eesti in historical and social terms is much more closer to Finland than to Eastern Europe).
Just have to say..
Scandinavia only consists of Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
The Nordic countries consists of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
Thanks for remind me!!! ;)
 
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