Europe Facts for Kids
Of the world´s seven continents, the second smallest is in Europe, which includes the European Union. But having said that, it has more people than other continents apart from Africa and Asia. But there is so much more for kids to learn about Europe. This article will share some exciting and fun facts about Europe for kids.
When learning about Europe, most kids will know about the essential things. Such as what each country that is part of Europe is, what language those countries speak, and where they are within Europe. There is a lot more to Europe!
Fun & Interesting Europe Facts For Kids
1. Europe´s Most Visited Attraction
Most people will think that the most visited attractions in Europe are either the Eiffel Tower, Disneyland Paris, or the Colosseum. But this is not the case.
The Louvre (art gallery) in Paris is the most visited place, followed by Disneyland Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, and other famous European temples.
2. There are No Mosquitoes in Iceland
There are now more than 3,000 kinds of mosquitoes in the world, but none in Iceland.
The main reason they are not here is that it has freezing temperatures. Plus, there are no shallow ponds that provide a suitable habitat for mosquitoes to live.
3. Brussels Airport Sells More Chocolate Than Anywhere Else in the World
The chocolate made in Belgium, in Brussels, is famous for being the best chocolate in the world. This is why most travelers buy it at the airport before they leave.
In fact, on average, every year, around 800 tonnes of chocolate get sold at Brussels Airport.
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4. A Penguin was Knighted in Norway
This is an entertaining fact about Europe for kids. A penguin is residing at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland. The penguin received a knighthood from Norway.
He is the colonel-in-chief and mascot of the King of Norway´s Guard and carries the name of Brigadier Sir Nils Olav. He is now the third penguin to receive this honor.
The first penguin to receive this honor was Sir Olav. He served as the mascot and colonel-in-chief from 1972 until 1987.
5. Europe´s Largest Church
You can find the largest church in Europe in this part of the world´s smallest country. The church in question is St. Peter´s Basilica, located in Vatican City, in Rome.
It measures 222 m long, 152 m wide, and 137 m tall. Within, it can accommodate up to 60,000 people.
It is the largest church in Europe and the entire world. This seems fitting, as Vatican City is also home to the head of the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope.
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6. Europe´s Oldest Monarchy
You may think the UK has the oldest monarchy in Europe. But this is not the case.
The oldest monarchy in Europe is the Kingdom of Denmark, founded in 935 BC.
The Viking kings Gorm the Old and Harald Bluetooth formed Denmark’s monarchy. Since then, their descendants have ruled as monarchs in Denmark for more than 1,000 years.
Also, within Europe, ten countries still have royal families. The UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Andorra, Lichtenstein, and Monaco have royal families.
7. European Country With the Most Castles
The country in Europe that has the most castles is the Czech Republic. Throughout this country, there are a total of 1,187 stately homes, along with 932 castles.
If you tried to see a castle a day in the Czech Republic, it would take you more than 2.5 years to see them all.
8. Country With the Tallest Building in Europe
You can find the tallest building in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia. It is Europe´s largest country. The Lakhta Center is 462 meters tall and consists of 87 floors.
If you journey to the top of this building, it will provide you with fantastic views of the city.
9. In Europe, There are More Than 200 Languages Spoken
There are many unique countries and cultures throughout Europe. Within these, the European population speaks more than 200 languages.
The European Union only recognizes 24 of these as being official languages. Then, of these, three languages have been designated as “procedural.” These are German, French, and English.
But the one language that is most spoken throughout Europe is English. 38% of people who live in Europe can speak English.
10. European Country With the Longest Coastline
The country that has the longest coastline on the European continent is Norway. It is also the second longest in the world after Canada.
Norway’s actual coastline measures over 10,000 km (over 6,200 miles).
11. Europe Has a Rainforest
When we think of what Europe looks like, most of us think of snowy mountains, winding rivers, and lush green forests. But in fact, there is a rainforest in Europe.
The name of this rainforest is the Perucica Rainforest. You can find it in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The UNESCO World Heritage Site labeled it tentative because of how precious it is to the world.
12. European Town With a Long Name
In Wales, there is a town that has a name with a total of 58 words. The name of this town is Llanfairpwll-gwyngyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch.
But what is funny about this is the name, when translated into English, means ¨cave.¨
We hope you have found the fun Europe facts for kids we have selected above interesting.
These, along with many others, are an excellent way for children to learn more about this fascinating part of the world.
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