Category Archives: Europe

In the same year the accession negotiations with Bulgaria and Romania were concluded (eastward expansion II). Following the approval of the EU Commission, the EU Parliament and the Council, the accession treaty was signed on April 25, 2005 and then ratified by the 25 member states. This enabled both countries to join the EU on January 1, 2007, which united 27 countries. With Croatia, which was admitted to the Community on July 1, 2013 after many years of accession negotiations, the EU now has 28 members.

There are currently accession negotiations with Montenegro, Turkey and, since January 2014, also with Serbia. Negotiations were also held with Iceland from 2010 to 2013, although Iceland withdrew its membership application from 2009 in 2014. Albania and Macedonia are candidate countries, but accession negotiations are not yet underway.

The Benelux Union between Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg is one of the oldest European associations. The alliance goes back to the Belgian-Luxembourg monetary and economic union of 1922.

While efforts to create a single European market were progressing in Western Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was founded in 1991 in Eastern Europe by Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.The former Soviet republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan also joined shortly afterwards, and in 1994 also Georgia. The political climate between the CIS countries cooled significantly over time, and Georgia declared its exit in 2008. Despite protests from Russia, the six CIS members Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus agreed the “Eastern Partnership” with the European Union in the same year Years of steadily declining importance, in March 2014 Ukraine announced its exit due to the Crimean crisis. For more information about the continent of Europe, please check

Norway Transportation

Airplane: a network of domestic flights connects the roughly 50 Norway airports from Kristiansand in the south to Longyearbyen and Ny Alesund (Spitzbergen) in the north. Flights within Norway are offered by Widerøe, Danish Air, for example transport Norwegian, Coast Air and SAS Braathens. Ship: Norway has an excellent ferry system. By ferry or speedboat,… Read More »

Rome, Italy

The former center of the Roman Empire and today’s capital of Italy lies on the Tiber and has 2.6 million residents. It is the political and cultural center of the country and at the same time the hub of rail and air traffic. With its historical and cultural attractions, Rome is one of the most… Read More »

Luxembourg Overview

A small Western European state, Luxembourg has been disputed by neighboring powers since its constitution (10th century). After alternating vicissitudes of annexations and territorial divisions, Luxembourg was established in the Grand Duchy (1815), acquiring full independence in 1867. A country with a pro-European vocation, Luxembourg participated directly in the major political-economic events of the continent,… Read More »

Trogir (World Heritage)

The Dalmatian port city goes back to around 385 BC. BC founded Greek colony back. Today’s old town documents a settlement that has persisted since pre-Christian times and contains excellent examples of Romanesque-Gothic architecture. The city center is on an island. Highlights include the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, the campanile, the Ćipiko palace, the city loggia, the… Read More »

Aachen, Germany City Highlights

Aachen Cathedral The cathedral of Aachen was completed in the year 800 and has been the symbol of the city ever since. According to franciscogardening, Aachen is a city located in Germany bordering with Belgium and the Netherlands. This is the coronation church of the German kings and at the same time the burial place of Charlemagne… Read More »

United Kingdom Travel Warning

TRAVEL WARNING Overview Great Britain / United Kingdom Country-specific safety information With regard to international terrorism and terrorist threats in connection with the situation in Northern Ireland (” Irish-related terrorism “), the British security authorities have set five warning levels: (1) Low – attack is unlikely, (2) Moderate – attack is possible but not likely,… Read More »

NATO on Kosovo and Afghanistan

Military actions other than traditional defense of one’s own country’s borders have long been controversial within NATO. From the American side, during the 1990’s, there was sometimes strong criticism of peacekeeping operations, which was based on a desire that the country would not be involved in European crises and wars that did not directly affect… Read More »


The WHO works for the well-being of people and deals with issues related to medical research, diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis, pandemics and coordination of aid efforts in humanitarian crises. Introduction Standing for World Health Organization according to abbreviationfinder, WHO is the UN’s specialist body for health issues. The organization’s goal is to work… Read More »

The 10 most beautiful holiday destinations in Europe

Europe has many tourist strongholds to offer. But if you want to spend your own vacation away from crowds and predetermined tourist offers, the following places are recommended. La Graciosa – Spain The island of La Graciosais only one kilometer north of the Canary Island of Lanzarote. In contrast to this popular holiday destination, La… Read More »

Scotland Special Buildings

Edinburgh Parliament House Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF Tel. 0044- (0) 131-225 2595 The Parliament House was built in the 17th century. The Scottish Parliament met in this building in the Old Town until 1707 and the Union of England and Scotland. Attractions inside are the great hall, which is still used by lawyers today,… Read More »

Wales: Currency, Shopping and Exchange Rate

Like Great Britain, Wales does not belong to the euro zone. The national currency of Great Britain is the pound sterling (British pound), or GBP for short. The following banknotes are valid and in circulation in the country: 5 10 20th 50 pounds sterling Conversion rate The current exchange rate to the euro can be… Read More »

Kosovo Covid Pandemic

Corona pandemic, overthrow of the Kurti government and constitutional conflict While in most other countries of the world the hour of the executive had struck during the corona crisis and the party political actors temporarily put their fundamental differences and disputes aside, in the spring of 2020 pandemic management, government crisis and international tensions in… Read More »

5 Must in Cala Galdana

Cala Galdana is a family-friendly resort with a long, beautiful beach filled with white sand. It is located on the south coast of Menorca in a bay shaped a bit like a horseshoe. The water is clear and turquoise to the color. In some places there are incredible rock formations that have taken on their… Read More »

Attractions in Greece

Santorini Santorini is an island that is considered the pearl of the Greek islands . It is actually a seething volcano that is inhabited. Here you will find the classic motifs that adorn the numerous postcards. You have to see Oia , because here are the white houses with the round, blue domes. Also go… Read More »

Protaras Travel Guide

Protaras is a quiet beach resort. The sun shines on the best beaches of the island of Cyprus up to 320 days a year. Protaras is a popular holiday destination in the south-east of the island of Cyprus. Protaras is located on the sidelines of larger cities, but in the smaller island state, the distances are… Read More »


FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN ANTALYA It is easy to travel to Antalya from Finland, as you can get there not only by scheduled but also by leisure flights. Antalya is a popular destination for sudden departures There are good flight connections to Turkey from Finland, especially in summer. Package trips are also made to… Read More »

Barcelona Travel Guide

The finest adjectives are loose when it comes to describing Barcelona. Here you can indulge in delicious food, look at magnificent architecture, get exciting experiences, and imagine Europe’s best nightlife. Below you can read everything you need to know when you want to go on a city break to Barcelona. Barcelona – Europe’s best city?… Read More »

United Kingdom Religion and Languages

Population The UK is one of Europe’s most densely populated countries with 272 residents per km2. About 80 percent live in cities, the largest of which are London (8.4 million residents, 2014), Birmingham (1.1 million) and, Glasgow (596,600). The fastest growing areas are south-east and south-west England; in the north-west and north of England as… Read More »

Ukraine Religion and Languages

Population According to Countryaah, Ukraine has a population density of 74 residents per square kilometer. The largest concentrations are found in the industrial regions of the eastern parts and in the southwest. In 2019, 69 percent of the population lived in cities, of which the capital Kiev (in Ukrainian Kyiv) was the largest. Other cities… Read More »

Turkey Religion and Languages

Political Islam and the rise of the AKP Despite the strict secularism policy under Atatürk, and more or less until 1980, Islam never disappeared from Turkish social life. Since the birth of the republic in 1923, the society has been characterized by a long-standing struggle between secularists and various camps of Islamic-oriented politicians and intellectuals.… Read More »

Switzerland Religion and Languages

Population According to Countryaah, Switzerland is relatively densely populated (206 residents per km2), but the population is unevenly distributed. The largest concentrations are found in the northwest, in a triangle between the metropolitan areas of Zurich, Basel and Bern, and in western Switzerland at Geneva and Lausanne. In these five urban agglomerations, more than 30… Read More »

Spain Religion and Languages

According to Countryaah, in the 9th and 8th centuries BCE, the Celts settled in the central and western parts of the Iberian Peninsula. Around the 6th and 5th centuries BCE, Iberian culture developed in the southern peninsula. The mix of these two peoples created the so-called Celtic-Iberian people colonized by the Phoenicians, Greeks and later… Read More »

Slovenia Religion and Languages

Population According to Countryaah, Slovenia has a population density of 104 residents per km 2. The largest concentration is found in the country’s northeastern parts. About 55 percent of the population lives in cities, of which the capital Ljubljana (280 300 residents, 2017) and Maribor (94 900) are the largest. Of the country’s population, 83… Read More »

Slovakia Religion and Languages

According to Countryaah, during the reign of Svatopluc, 870-894, the territory of Mähr expanded to include the western part of present-day Hungary and the southern part of Poland. Svatopluc severed ties with Byzan’s, forcing Methodio’s students to flee to the Balkans (see Czech Republic). Greater Moravia experienced its downfall in 906 when it was invaded… Read More »

Serbia Religion and Languages

Population According to Countryaah, population growth in present-day Serbia changed radically from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s. Around 1975, the annual population increase was about 6 percent, which is a very high growth rate. Ten years later it was down to 2.5 percent and from 1992 onwards the population of Serbia has decreased. The… Read More »

San Marino Religion and Languages

Population According to Countryaah, San Marino has had a fairly stable population for a long time, but in the last decades the population has grown, mainly through immigration. There are about 4,000 foreigners (mainly Italians) in the country, but in return a large proportion of the citizens (just over 13,000) live outside San Marino. The… Read More »

Russia Religion and Languages

There are four official religions in Russia: Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism. According to Countryaah, Russian Orthodox Christianity is the most widespread religion in the country, and after the fall of the Soviet Union it has become increasingly popular. Islam is the second largest religion and the country’s Muslim population is the fastest growing. Religion… Read More »

Romania Religion and Languages

According to Countryaah, the Romanians are descended from the roofs and goats sold in the 4th century BCE as slaves in Athens. They have named the Roman province of Dakia in the Carpathians and Transylvania a little northeast of the territory that is today made up of Romania. In the 1st century BCE, the Dakies… Read More »

Portugal Religion and Languages

According to Countryaah, Portugal has been inhabited by the Portuguese since ancient times – one of the Iberian tribes whose cultural influence extended to the entire western part of the Iberian Peninsula. The country was conquered on several occasions by various people from the Middle East, who, however, confined themselves to the coastal areas. In… Read More »

Poland Religion and Languages

Population In 2019, Poland had a population density of 122 residents per km2; the largest population concentration is found in the southern parts. According to estimates (no exact statistics on minority groups exist yet) the largest minority groups are Germans (150,000), Belarusians (50,000) and Ukrainians (50,000). Poland, which had 34.8 million residents in 1939, lost… Read More »

Norway Religion and Languages

Religion in Norway Christianity has a special position in Norway, but religious life has become increasingly complex and diverse. It is characterized by secularization, new forms of religiosity, and increased influx of persons with a religious affiliation other than the Christian, or of other forms of Christianity than the Evangelical-Lutheran direction. Until 2012, the Norwegian… Read More »

Northern Macedonia Religion and Languages

According to Countryaah, Macedonia’s ancient culture is linked to Greece and Anatolia. Acc. archaeological studies settled the Macedonian ancestors in the country at the beginning of the Bronze Age. From the 8th century BCE, the Macedonian people emigrated to the east – from its area of ​​origin towards the banks of the Aliakmon River. Aegae… Read More »

Netherlands Religion and Languages

Population According to Countryaah, the Netherlands is one of the world’s most densely populated states; In 2019, the population density was 411 residents per km2. However, the regional differences are large. In the metropolitan area of Randstad (Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht), up to 1,100 residents live per km2, while the northern provinces of Drenthe… Read More »

Montenegro Religion and Languages

Population During the 1990s, the native population of Montenegro declined while hundreds of thousands of refugees came from neighboring areas; In 1999, there were 160,000 refugees in Montenegro. According to Countryaah, most of them have returned to their home countries, while some have been integrated into the new country. During the 1999 Kosovo War and… Read More »

Monaco Religion and Languages

According to Countryaah, the area that today constitutes Monaco has been inhabited since the Stone Age. The Monaco cliff that rises over the Mediterranean has throughout history been the abode of many primitive tribes. The Ligurians were the first permanent residents of the area’s mountains and had the reputation of being used to working in… Read More »

Moldova Religion and Languages

Population Moldova’s natural population growth has been relatively high for many parts of the postwar period, measured by European standards. However, it began to decline during the late 1980s and during the 2010s it has been much like the rest of Europe. According to Countryaah, the population density in Moldova is 104 residents per km… Read More »

Malta Religion and Languages

According to Countryaah, Malta can historically confirm that its location is its greatest natural value. The archipelago has historically occupied a key position in the conflicts over control of the Mediterranean. Its location between Tunisia and Sicily is a key position for shipping between the western and eastern Mediterranean. In ancient times, therefore, the archipelago… Read More »

Malaga Attractions and Tourist

Attractions in Malaga Cathedral of Malaga Catedral de Malaga is the city’s largest and most important church. The impressive cathedral was begun as early as 1528. The cathedral also has a museum worth seeing. Open all week except Sundays. Opening hours are 1000 to 1800, except Saturdays where it closes at 1700. The Roman theater… Read More »

Madrid Attractions and Tourist

Attractions in Madrid Madrid is not Spain’s capital for nothing. No more magnificent buildings or magnificent museums can be found anywhere else in Spain. Here there are attractions and sights for all tourists! The Royal Palace of Madrid The castle or Palacio Real is a Renaissance building in typical Italian Baroque style. This huge building,… Read More »

Luxembourg Religion and Languages

Population Since the Second World War, Luxembourg’s population has increased by just over a third. The surplus of birth is minimal, and population growth is mainly through immigration surplus. About 35 percent of the residents are foreign nationals; Portuguese, Italian, French and Belgian were the largest groups. In return, almost as many Luxembourg citizens live… Read More »