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Europe is a continent, the western part of Eurasia. It is separated from Asia by a traditional eastern boundary that includes the Ural Mountains in Russia and the Bosporus in Turkey, and from Africa by the Mediterranean Sea. The Atlantic Ocean is to the west of Europe. There are approximately 50 countries in Europe, the European Union is made up from some of the countries in Europe.

Here is a list of the countries in Europe:

Continents of the World
Asia | Africa | North America | South America | Antarctica | Europe | Australia
(The Pacific Islands, also called Oceania, are not part of any continent)