What Is The Difference Between Europe And European Union?

There are many everyday concepts and terms which we relate to each other and get confused. One of these confusions is the use of the terms “Europe” and “European Union”. If you are not a student of Geography then it can be difficult for you to realize the difference.

Most of the time, we relate both of the terms to each other. That is absolutely wrong. We should know that there is a difference all we need is a little effort to explore that when to use these terms. In this article, we will explore the actual meaning of these terms, so read the complete article.

What Is Europe?

what is europe

There are 7 continents in the world and Europe is one of them. Its boundaries are controversial as it shares the land with Asia and that is why some territories are still not defined whether they lie within Asia or Europe known as Eurasian countries.

Generally, it is considered to be bounded from the north by the Arctic Ocean, from the south by the Mediterranean Sea, from the west by the Atlantic Ocean and to the east, it shares the land border with Asia. With more than 739 million of the population, 50 countries lies within Europe out of which some countries are in doubt to be European counties as they are also attached to Asia.

Countries

  • Cyprus
  • Belgium
  • Herzegovina
  • Andorra
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Albania
  • Greece
  • Bosnia
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Belarus
  • France
  • Germany
  • Latvia
  • Ireland
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Serbia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Slovenia
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Moldova
  • Sweden Switzerland
  • The Czech Republic
  • Ukraine
  • The Vatican
  • Eurasian countries
  • Turkey
  • Armenia
  • Georgia
  • Azerbaijan

The European Union

The European Union

The difference is that the European Union is a political and economic organization of some countries in Europe. Currently, there are 27 members and they incorporate new members regularly. The motto of this association is to foster unity among these countries. It came into being in 1993 by the European Treaty.

The member countries were increased after its establishment and we are also familiar with the vote Brexit which was a voted by referendum to leave EU by the United Kingdom.

Countries

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Malta
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Slovenia
  • the Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden

The European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Council, the European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank are some of the institutions made by the European Union for various power delegations.

So now we are familiar with the main difference between Europe and the European Union. When we are talking about Europe, we are referring it to the whole of the continent and all the countries that make it up. And when we are talking about the European Union, we are referring to an Association comprised of some of the European countries.

I hope you got the idea of the difference between Europe and the European nation and now you will be able to correctly use these terms. If you still have any query or want to give suggestions then write it down in the comments section. Also if you want to read article of your interest you may visit Education category at TapeDaily.

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