♦ Global culture would be the apt title for European culture. The contribution of this continent to the fields of music, literature, fashion, science and philosophy is remarkable.
♦ Russia is the continent's largest country while Vatican city is the smallest.
♦ A Phoenician princess, Europa of Greek mythology is said to have been the origin for the continent's name.
♦ The largest city in this continent is France's capital - Paris.
♦ Europe is also a culinary delight. One finds here a great diversity in food. Did you know that ice cream was invented in Italy? Pizza in Naples? Or that mayonnaise came from France?
♦ Europe is home to a population of 857 million people (2011).
♦ Standing tall at 320 meters (1,050 ft) the Eiffel Tower in Paris has become immensely popular. In fact, this monument is the most-visited paid one in the world.
♦ Europe has carved a niche for itself even in the celebration of festivals. The Oktoberfest which is held in Germany; the Cannes Film Festival which is held in France; the Tomatina festival in Spain are some that need no introduction.