Europe is one of the seven continents of the world.
Around 739 million people lived in Europe in 2010. This makes it the third most populated continent.
11 per cent of the world's population lives in Europe. It is the world's second smallest continent, with only 10 per cent of the world's land area. This means it has a high population density compared to other continents.
There are about 50 countries in Europe - with Russia and Turkey being partly in Europe and partly in Asia. Iceland and Norway to the north have very different environments to the warmer areas of Cyprus and Greece to the far south of the continent.