IT is the second smallest among the seven other continents, yet Europe is the most densely-populated and diverse with more than 50 countries sprawling across its territory.
Its diverse blend of multifaceted cultures and rich historical heritage invokes many stories about its past and present.
Despite that legacy and an endless stream of information…or perhaps because of it, the rest of the world can, and does, sometimes get a little confused.
Booked.net gets educational and presents a handful of misconceptions of Europe with video, but what are your thoughts? Do you know of others? Post your comments below.
Is Europe a country?
Each month more that 1600 people search Google to find out whether Europe is a country or continent. Even the seemingly most enlightened on world affairs can fall into this trap – listen to Barack Obama claim “our approach to immigration makes us stronger than countries like Europe”.
What conclusions can be drawn if even a future president can call Europe a country?
The Statue of Liberty is French
On July 4, 1776 the American Independence was celebrated by a torch raised by a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.
While she has come to represent all things the US stands for, she was born in France making her slightly more mademoiselle than all-American girl. Unknown to many, the Frédéric Bartholdi designed Lady Liberty was originally a gift of friendship from the people of France.
In July, 2012, Bartholdi prototype for the statue was put on display in Paris when its “younger sister” was installed in the Musee d’Orsay.
Europe is a “political continent”
Europe and Asia are commonly recognized as two different continents being divided by the Ural Mountains.
Each continent is usually understood to be a large mass of land that is separated by expanses of water.
In fact, both Europe and Asia don’t fit that criteria, rather they shape the continent of Eurasia.
But why they are separate land masses? The usual argument to this split is a cultural one, based on the belief that European and Asian mentalities should keep a separate identity.
There is something Europe lacks…
Europe is the only continent without deserts.
The Sahara and Antarctica have an annual rainfall less that 250mm while Europe is rarely accustomed to droughts.
However there is evidence that proves Europe wasn’t always like this.
Six million years ago, during what scientists call the Messinian Salinity Crisis, the Mediterranean Sea almost completely evaporated shaping a large desert near European shores.