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Continental or mainland Europe
is the continuous continent of Europe excluding its surrounding islands.[1] It can also be referred to ambiguously as the European continent—which can conversely mean the whole of Europe—and by Europeans, simply the Continent. The most common definition of continental Europe
excludes continental islands, encompassing the Greek Islands, Cyprus, Malta, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, the Balearic Islands, Ireland, Great Britain, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Novaya Zemlya
Novaya Zemlya
and the Danish archipelago, as well as nearby oceanic islands, including the Canary Islands, Madeira, the Azores, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Svalbard. The Scandinavian peninsula
Scandinavian peninsula
is sometimes also excluded, as even though it is technically part of "mainland Europe", the de facto connections to the rest of the continent are across the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
or North Sea (rather than via the lengthy land route that involves travelling to the north of the peninsula where it meets Finland, and then south through north-east Europe). The notion of Europe
as a geopolitical or cultural term is centred on core Europe
(Kerneuropa), the continental territory of the historical Carolingian Empire
Carolingian Empire
and the core of Latin Christendom, corresponding to modern France, Italy, Germany
(or German-speaking Europe) and the Benelux
states (historical Austrasia). This historical core of "Carolingian Europe" was consciously invoked in the 1950s as the historical ethno-cultural basis for the prospective European integration (see also Multi-speed Europe).[2]


1 Use

1.1 Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland 1.2 Scandinavia

2 Mediterranean and Atlantic islands 3 See also 4 References

Use[edit] Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland[edit] In both Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland, the Continent
is widely and generally used to refer to the mainland of Europe. An apocryphal British newspaper headline supposedly once read, "Fog in Channel; Continent
Cut Off".[3] It has also been claimed that this was a regular weather forecast in Britain in the 1930s.[4] In addition, the word Europe
itself is also regularly used to mean Europe
excluding the islands of Great Britain, Iceland, and Ireland
(although the term is often used to refer to the European Union[5]). The term mainland Europe
is also sometimes used. Derivatively, the adjective continental refers to the social practices or fashion of continental Europe. Examples include breakfast, topless sunbathing and, historically, long-range driving (before Britain had motorways) often known as Grand Touring.[citation needed]. Differences include electrical plugs, time zones for the most part, the use of left-hand traffic, and for the United Kingdom, currency and the continued use of imperial units alongside metric. Britain is physically connected to continental Europe
through the undersea Channel Tunnel
Channel Tunnel
(the longest undersea tunnel in the world), which accommodates both the Getlink
(passenger and vehicle use – vehicle required) and Eurostar
(passenger use only) services. These services were established to transport passengers and vehicles through the tunnel on a 24/7 basis between England
and continental Europe, while still maintaining passport and immigration control measures on both sides of the tunnel. This route is popular with refugees and migrants seeking to enter the UK.[6] Scandinavia[edit]

Map of the Scandiae islands by Nicolaus Germanus
Nicolaus Germanus
for a 1467 publication of Cosmographia Claudii Ptolomaei Alexandrini.

Especially in Germanic studies, continental refers to the European continent excluding the Scandinavian peninsula, Britain, Ireland, and Iceland. The reason for this is that although the Scandinavian peninsula
Scandinavian peninsula
is attached to continental Europe, and accessible via a land route along the 66th parallel north, it is usually reached by sea. Kontinenten (the Continent) is a vernacular Swedish expression that refers to the area excluding Sweden, Norway, and Finland
but including Denmark
(even the Danish archipelago) and the rest of continental Europe. In Norway, similarly, one speaks about Kontinentet as a separate entity, usually referring to Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Benelux
countries, and such. Today, the Scandinavian peninsula
Scandinavian peninsula
is accessible by train and road with several bridge/tunnel structures connecting the Danish peninsula of Jutland
to Scania
in Sweden. Mediterranean and Atlantic islands[edit] The Continent
may sometimes refer to the continental part of Italy (excluding Sardinia, Sicily, etc.), the continental part of Spain (excluding the Balearic islands, the Canary Islands, Alboran, etc.), the continental part of France
(excluding Corsica, etc.), the continental part of Portugal
(excluding the Madeira
and Azores islands), or the continental part of Greece (excluding the Ionian Islands, the Aegean Islands, and Crete). The term is used from the perspective of the island residents of each country to describe the continental portion of their country or the continent (or mainland) as a whole. See also[edit]

Continental philosophy Geopolitical divisions of Europe Geographical midpoint of Europe Mainland Western Europe Hajnal line


^ "Merriam Webster dictionary definition".  ^ Marc Trachtenberg, Between Empire and Alliance: America and Europe During the Cold War (2003), p 67. Adrian Hyde-Price, Germany
and European Order: Enlarging NATO
and the EU (2000), p. 128. ^ Oakley, Robin (April 19, 2005). " Europe
no star as election issue". CNN. Retrieved April 30, 2010.  ^ Fog in Channel? (book) ^ Fraser, Douglas (August 15, 2011). "Britain pushes hard choices for Europe's hard core". BBC News.  ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33709244

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