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Printable Europe Political Map – Map of Europe Political

With our political map of Europe you or your geography students will learn about the different countries of the European continent and their borders. On this page, we offer current and historical maps of modern-day Europe. Simply download and print your European political map for teaching, learning or professional purposes. As usual, all of our maps can be used for free.

Europe Political Map

The continent of Europe is not to be confused with the European Union. While the geographical region of Europe includes more than 40 countries, the EU only consists of 27 member states. The European Union is an economic and political union while Europe is a continent.

Our first political map of Europe includes only those countries that entirely belong to the continent. However, parts of Russia (until the Ural mountains) and Turkey (the region of East Thrace and a part of Istanbul) geographically belong to Europe as well.

Europe Political Map

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The map does not only show the countries of Europe, but also the European capitals as well as some of the major cities.

Map of Europe Political

Until the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the map of political Europe looked quite different from today. As you can see in the map below, Germany was still divided into two separate states. At the same time, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia as well as the USSR still existed as cohesive countries. Today, there are all split up into several independent states.

Map of Europe Political

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During the times of the Cold war Europe was divided into western Europe and eastern Europe approximately alongside the inner German border. Today, the United Nations suggest the following subdivision:

Northern Europe: UK, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Southern Europe: Portugal, Spain, Italy, San Marino, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Greece and the European part of Turkey

Eastern Europe: Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Belarus, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Moldova and the European part of Russia

Western Europe: France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein

One could also argue that countries like Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and others form a separate area of central Europe.

Printable Europe Political Map

The following map shows the European Union with its member states according to the year they became part of the union. In 2022, also the Ukraine was granted EU candidate status as a reaction to the Russian military attack on the country.

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At the time of writing, the European Union consists of 27 member states. Its history can be traced back to 1957, when Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany founded the European Economic Community. The goal was to promote the European integration by a common economic policy.

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The European continent stretches from the Atlantic Ocean via the British Isles in the west and north-west to the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in the north and then all the way down to the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains in the east – not to forget the Mediterranean Sea in the south.

Among the largest European cities are Istanbul, London, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Madrid, Berlin, Kyiv, Paris, Rome and Bucharest.

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Here is a list of all the European countries and capital cities:

  • Albania – Tirana

  • Andorra – Andorra la vella

  • Austria – Vienna

  • Belarus – Minsk

  • Belgium – Brussels

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sarajevo

  • Bulgaria – Sofia

  • Croatia – Zagreb

  • Czechia – Prague

  • Denmark – Copenhagen

  • England – London

  • Estonia – Tallinn

  • Finland – Helsinki

  • France – Paris

  • Germany – Berlin

  • Greece – Athens

  • Hungary – Budapest

  • Iceland – Reykjavík

  • Ireland – Dublin

  • Italy – Rome

  • Kosovo – Pristina

  • Latvia – Riga

  • Liechtenstein – Vaduz

  • Lithuania – Vilnius

  • Luxembourg – Luxembourg

  • Moldova – Chișinău

  • Montenegro – Podgorica

  • Netherlands – Amsterdam

  • North Macedonia – Skopje

  • Northern Ireland – Belfast

  • Norway – Oslo

  • Poland – Warsaw

  • Portugal – Lisbon

  • Romania – Bucharest

  • Russia – Moscow

  • San Marino – San Marino

  • Scotland – Edinburgh

  • Serbia – Belgrade

  • Slovakia – Bratislava

  • Slovenia – Ljubljana

  • Spain – Madrid

  • Sweden – Stockholm

  • Switzerland – Bern

  • Turkey – Ankara

  • Ukraine – Kyiv

  • Wales – Cardiff

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