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France is on the continent of Europe, the world's sixth-largest continent. Europe covers close to 4 million square miles, and as of 2014, it includes 47 independent countries.

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  • Why do children stay up so late in Spain?

    Q: Why do children stay up so late in Spain?

    A: Culturally, it is more common for Spanish families, including the children, to stay up later than other countries. Meal times and television programming might also cause children to stay up late.
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  • Who were the first Europeans to master fireworks?

    Q: Who were the first Europeans to master fireworks?

    A: Italians were the first Europeans to master fireworks, though it is believed that fireworks originated in China roughly 2,000 years ago. Many credit Marco Polo with bringing gunpowder back to Italy after his travels on the Silk Road during the 13th century.
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  • What are the 10 highest mountains in Europe?

    Q: What are the 10 highest mountains in Europe?

    A: The 10 highest mountains in Europe measured in meters are Elbrus (5,642), Rustaveli (5,201), Dykh-Tau (5,198), Kazbek (5,047), Mont Bianco/Mont Blanc (4,807), Klyuchevskaya (4,750), Ushba (4,710), Monte Rosa (4,634), Dom (4,545) and the Matterhorn/Cervino (4,479). Measurements are approximate since variations occur according to seasonal depths of snow and ice.
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  • Which airport is the biggest in Europe?

    Q: Which airport is the biggest in Europe?

    A: As of 2014, London Heathrow is the biggest airport in Europe, based on passenger volume. In 2013, 72 million air travelers passed through Heathrow, an increase of 3.3 percent from the previous year. The second largest airport in Europe is Charles de Gaulle in Paris.
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  • What two mountain ranges separate Europe and Asia?

    Q: What two mountain ranges separate Europe and Asia?

    A: The Urals and the Caucasus are the two mountain ranges that separate the continents of Europe and Asia. The Ural Mountains run through Russia from the Arctic Ocean to the Ural River, which is located at the border between Russia and Kazakhstan.
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  • Where did the gods live in Greek mythology?

    Q: Where did the gods live in Greek mythology?

    A: Mount Olympus was home to the majority of the pantheon of Greek gods. Other Greek gods lived on the Earth, in the oceans, in the sky, in Tartarus or in Elysium.
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  • What is the landscape like in Spain?

    Q: What is the landscape like in Spain?

    A: Spain's landscape is a mix between a hilly region with mountain ranges and a low, flat, narrow coastal plain. The coastal plain separates the mountainous region from the surrounding bodies of water.
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  • What is the largest city in Europe?

    Q: What is the largest city in Europe?

    A: The largest city in Europe is the Russian city of Moscow, or Moskva, with a population of 8,297,000 as of 2014. If Turkey, which bridges Europe and Asia, is counted as part of Europe, then the largest city becomes Istanbul, which has a population of more than 12 million.
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  • What is the climate like in Ireland?

    Q: What is the climate like in Ireland?

    A: Ireland has a temperate oceanic climate heavily influenced by the country's close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The average temperature is 50 F. The climate is mild and moist with plenty of rainfall and no extreme variances in temperature.
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  • What countries make up continental Europe?

    Q: What countries make up continental Europe?

    A: Continental Europe is made up of every country in Europe except the Channel Islands, Iceland, Ireland, the UK and the Isle of Man. In Europe, continental Europe is often referred to as mainland Europe.
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  • What countries made up the former Yugoslavia?

    Q: What countries made up the former Yugoslavia?

    A: As of 2014, seven countries make up former Yugoslavian republics, including Bosnia and Herzegovnia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Serbia and Kosovo. Most of these republics became independent nations after ethnic cleansing and civil war swept through the former Yugoslavia during the early 1990s. The Dayton Accords in 1995 settled the conflict, and six independent countries emerged. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008.
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  • What are some of the major landforms in Sweden?

    Q: What are some of the major landforms in Sweden?

    A: Sweden's landforms include mountains, forests and plains. Other Swedish landforms include islands, beaches and reefs. The country also has many lakes and rivers flowing through it.
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  • What countries make up the Russian Federation?

    Q: What countries make up the Russian Federation?

    A: The Russian Federation is one country. Although the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics (USSR) consisted of multiple countries, with Russia being the most dominant, this no longer is the case.
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  • Is Iceland covered in ice?

    Q: Is Iceland covered in ice?

    A: Though its name might seem to indicate otherwise, Iceland is not completely covered with ice. This island nation is the site of a significant amount of geothermal and volcanic activity, and there are many hot springs and otherwise non-frozen water sources on the island.
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  • What is the world's longest town name?

    Q: What is the world's longest town name?

    A: The Welsh town of Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch claims to have the longest name in Great Britain, and it is likely the longest town name in the world. In Welsh, the double L counts as a single letter, but even with that consideration, this town's name is 53 letters long, just five fewer characters than the name would have if both Ls are counted.
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  • What countries border Austria?

    Q: What countries border Austria?

    A: As of 2014, the countries that border Austria are the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Austria was once the center of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which fell apart after World War I.
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  • What are some traits of Iceland's geography?

    Q: What are some traits of Iceland's geography?

    A: Iceland is a volcanic island country that has an area of 39,768 square miles and 3,088 miles of coastline. Its highest point is Hvannadalshnukur at 6,922 feet. It has a rugged landscape with sulphur beds, hot springs, lava fields, geysers, waterfalls and canyons dotting it. Iceland is a very volcanic region with approximately 200 volcanoes, the majority of which are active. The interior of Iceland is mostly an elevated plateau.
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  • What do the colors on the Greek flag mean?

    Q: What do the colors on the Greek flag mean?

    A: Blue and white on the Greek flag represent the sky and the sea. The sea is critical to Greek livelihood. Much of Greece's industry is related to the sea, hence the importance of the color blue to the Greeks. Scholars also believe that the blue and white of the Greek flag may also be associated with Greek gods or goddesses.
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  • What is the difference between Dutch and Danish?

    Q: What is the difference between Dutch and Danish?

    A: Dutch and Danish are two different Germanic languages that may seem similar. Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands and Danish is spoken in Denmark.
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  • What countries make up the Balkans?

    Q: What countries make up the Balkans?

    A: The Balkans are usually characterized as the countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. However, Italy, Greece and Turkey also have significant populations on the Balkan Peninsula.
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  • What is the capital of Monaco?

    Q: What is the capital of Monaco?

    A: The country of Monaco is a sovereign-city state and has a capital that holds the same name as the country. At only 0.8 square miles, Monaco is the one of the smallest countries in the world, second only to the Vatican.
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