List of sovereign states and dependent territories in Europe - Wiki

The list below includes all entities falling even partially under any of the various common definitions of Europe, geographical or political. Fifty generally recognised sovereign states, Kosovo with limited, but substantial, international recognition, and five largely unrecognised de facto states with limited to no recognition have territory in Europe and/or membership in international European organisations. There are eight entities that are not integral parts of a European state or have special political arrangements.

Boundary of Europe

Geographical

Under the commonly used geographic definition, the boundary between the continents of Asia and Europe stretches along the Ural Mountains, the Ural River, and the Caspian Sea in the east, the Greater Caucasus range,[1] and the Black Sea with its outlets, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, in the south.[2][3] Based on such a commonly used division of the continents, the transcontinental states of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey have territory in both Europe and Asia.

The island of Cyprus in Western Asia is close to Anatolia (or Asia Minor) but is often considered to be a part of Europe and is a current member of the European Union. Like Cyprus, Armenia is also entirely in Western Asia but is a member of several European organisations.[4]

Although the Mediterranean Sea provides a clearer divide between Africa and Europe, some traditionally European islands such as Malta, Sicily, and Pantelleria are actually located on the African continental plate.[5] The island of Iceland is part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, straddling the Eurasian Plate and the North American Plate.[6]

Some territories which are geographically outside of Europe have strong connections with European states. Greenland, for example, has socio-political connections with Europe and is part of the Kingdom of Denmark but is located closer to the continent of North America and is usually grouped with that continent.[7]

Other territories are part of European countries but are geographically located in other continents, such as the French overseas regions,[8] the Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the coast of Africa,[9] and the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius.[10]

Political

The political boundaries of Europe vary with the definition of Europe that is used by different political organizations. For instance, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights include 47 countries in their definition of Europe. The European Higher Education Area includes 48 countries, and the European Cultural Convention and the European Olympic Committees include 50 countries in their definitions.

Sovereign states

Political map of Europe and the surrounding region

A sovereign state is a political association with effective sovereignty over a population for whom it makes decisions in the national interest.[11] According to the Montevideo convention, a state must have a permanent population, a defined territory, a government, and the capacity to enter into relations with other states.[12]

United Nations members and observers

There are 50 sovereign states with territory located within the common definition of Europe and/or membership in international European organisations that are almost universally recognized internationally. All are either member states or observer states of the United Nations,[13] and all except Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Vatican City are members of the Council of Europe.[14] 44 countries have their capital city located within Europe, and (as of 2020) 27 of those countries are member states of the European Union, which means that they are highly integrated with one another and share their sovereignty through EU institutions.

Each entry in the list below has a map of its location in Europe. Territory in Europe is shown in dark-green; territory not geographically in Europe is shown in a lighter shade of green. The lightest shade of green represents other states in the EU and is shown on the maps of all territories within the EU.

* = Member of the EU[15]
Flag Map English common and formal names
[16][17][18][19]
Domestic common and formal names
[16][17][18]
Capital
[19][20][21]
Population
[a][22]
Area
[a][23]
Flag of Albania
Map showing Albania in Europe
Albania[j]

Republic of Albania
Albanian: Shqipëri / Shqipëria – Republika e Shqipërisë Tirana

Albanian: Tiranë
2,876,276 28,748 km2 (11,100 sq mi)
Flag of Andorra
Map showing Andorra in Europe
Andorra

Principality of Andorra
Catalan: Andorra – Principat d'Andorra Andorra la Vella

Catalan: Andorra la Vella
78,000 468 km2 (181 sq mi)
Flag of Armenia
Map showing Armenia in Europe
Armenia[b]

Republic of Armenia
Armenian: Հայաստան – Հայաստանի Հանրապետություն (Hayastan – Hayastani Hanrapetut'yun) Yerevan

Armenian: Երևան (Yerevan)
2,925,000 29,743 km2 (11,484 sq mi)
Flag of Austria
Map showing Austria in Europe
Austria*

Republic of Austria
German: Österreich – Republik Österreich Vienna

German: Wien
8,857,960 83,871 km2 (32,383 sq mi)
Flag of Azerbaijan
Map showing Azerbaijan in Europe
Azerbaijan[b]

Republic of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani: Azǝrbaycan – Azǝrbaycan Respublikası Baku

Azerbaijani: Bakı
10,184,096 86,600 km2 (33,436 sq mi)
Flag of Belarus
Map showing Belarus in Europe
Belarus

Republic of Belarus
Belarusian: Беларусь – Рэспубліка Беларусь (Bielaruś – Respublika Bielaruś)

Russian: Беларусь – Республика Беларусь (Belarus' — Respublika Belarus')
Minsk

Belarusian: Мінск (Minsk)
9,491,800 207,600 km2 (80,155 sq mi)
Flag of Belgium
Map showing Belgium in Europe
Belgium*

Kingdom of Belgium
Dutch: België – Koninkrijk België

French: Belgique – Royaume de Belgique

German: Belgien – Königreich Belgien
Brussels

Dutch: Brussel

French: Bruxelles

German: Brüssel
11,614,238 30,528 km2 (11,787 sq mi)
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Map showing Bosnia and Herzegovina in Europe
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian: Bosna i Hercegovina

Croatian: Bosna i Hercegovina

Serbian: Босна и Херцеговина
Sarajevo

Bosnian: Sarajevo

Croatian: Sarajevo

Serbian: Сарајево
3,511,372 51,197 km2 (19,767 sq mi)
Flag of Bulgaria
Map showing Bulgaria in Europe
Bulgaria*

Republic of Bulgaria
Bulgarian: България – Република България (Bulgaria – Republika Bulgaria) Sofia

Bulgarian: София (Sofia)
6,923,374 110,879 km2 (42,811 sq mi)
Flag of Croatia
Map showing Croatia in Europe
Croatia*

Republic of Croatia
Croatian: Hrvatska – Republika Hrvatska Zagreb

Croatian: Zagreb
4,093,108 56,594 km2 (21,851 sq mi)
Flag of Cyprus
Map showing Cyprus in Europe
Cyprus*[c]

Republic of Cyprus
Greek: Κύπρος – Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία (Kýpros – Kypriakí Dimokratía)

Turkish: Kıbrıs – Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti
Nicosia

Greek: Λευκωσία (Lefkosía)

Turkish: Lefkoşa
1,172,458 9,251 km2 (3,572 sq mi)
Flag of the Czech Republic
Map showing the Czech Republic in Europe
Czech Republic*[k] Czech: Česko – Česká republika Prague

Czech: Praha
10,625,449 78,867 km2 (30,451 sq mi)
Flag of Denmark
Map showing Denmark in Europe
Denmark*[g]

Kingdom of Denmark
Danish: Danmark – Kongeriget Danmark Copenhagen

Danish: København
5,806,015 2,210,000 km2 (853,286 sq mi)
Flag of Estonia
Map showing Estonia in Europe
Estonia*

Republic of Estonia
Estonian: Eesti – Eesti Vabariik Tallinn

Estonian: Tallinn
1,326,968 45,228 km2 (17,463 sq mi)
Flag of Finland
Map showing Finland in Europe
Finland*

Republic of Finland
Finnish: Suomi – Suomen tasavalta

Swedish: Finland – Republiken Finland
Helsinki

Finnish: Helsinki

Swedish: Helsingfors
5,544,903 338,145 km2 (130,559 sq mi)
Flag of France
Map showing France in Europe
France*

French Republic
French: France – République française Paris

French: Paris
65,343,775 643,427 km2 (248,429 sq mi)
Flag of Georgia
Map showing Georgia in Europe
Georgia[b] Georgian: საქართველო (Sakartvelo) Tbilisi / T'bilisi

Georgian: თბილისი (T'bilisi)
4,085,565 69,700 km2 (26,911 sq mi)
Flag of Germany
Map showing Germany in Europe
Germany*

Federal Republic of Germany
German: Deutschland – Bundesrepublik Deutschland Berlin

German: Berlin
83,914,472 357,022 km2 (137,847 sq mi)
Flag of Greece
Map showing Greece in Europe
Greece*

Hellenic Republic
Greek: Ελλάς – Ελληνική Δημοκρατία (Ellás – Ellinikí Dimokratía) Athens

Greek: Αθήνα (Athína)
10,398,551 131,957 km2 (50,949 sq mi)
Flag of Hungary
Map showing Hungary in Europe
Hungary* Hungarian: Magyarország Budapest

Hungarian: Budapest
9,648,503 93,028 km2 (35,918 sq mi)
Flag of Iceland
Map showing Iceland in Europe
Iceland

Republic of Iceland
Icelandic: Ísland – Lýðveldið Ísland Reykjavík

Icelandic: Reykjavík
350,710 103,000 km2 (39,769 sq mi)
Flag of Ireland
Map showing Ireland in Europe
Ireland*[d][24] English: Ireland

Irish: Éire
Dublin

Irish: Baile Átha Cliath
4,857,000 70,273 km2 (27,133 sq mi)
Flag of Italy
Map showing Italy in Europe
Italy*

Italian Republic
Italian: Italia – Repubblica Italiana Rome

Italian: Roma
60,494,118 301,340 km2 (116,348 sq mi)
Flag of Kazakhstan
Map showing Kazakhstan in Europe
Kazakhstan[e]

Republic of Kazakhstan
Kazakh: Қазақстан – Қазақстан Республикасы (Qazaqstan – Qazaqstan Respūblīkasy)

Russian: Казахстан – Республика Казахстан (Kazahstan – Respublika Kazahstan)
Nur-Sultan

Kazakh: Нұр-Сұлтан

Russian: Нур-Султан (Nur-Sultan)
18,311,700 2,724,900 km2 (1,052,090 sq mi)
Flag of Latvia
Map showing Latvia in Europe
Latvia*

Republic of Latvia
Latvian: Latvija – Latvijas Republika Riga

Latvian: Rīga
1,934,379 64,589 km2 (24,938 sq mi)
Flag of Liechtenstein
Map showing Liechtenstein in Europe
Liechtenstein

Principality of Liechtenstein
German: Liechtenstein – Fürstentum Liechtenstein Vaduz

German: Vaduz
38,111 160 km2 (62 sq mi)
Flag of Lithuania
Map showing Lithuania in Europe
Lithuania*

Republic of Lithuania
Lithuanian: Lietuva – Lietuvos Respublika Vilnius

Lithuanian: Vilnius
2,797,000 65,300 km2 (25,212 sq mi)
Flag of Luxembourg
Map showing Luxembourg in Europe
Luxembourg*

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
German: Luxemburg – Großherzogtum Luxemburg

French: Luxembourg – Grand-Duché de Luxembourg

Luxembourgish: Groussherzogtum Lëtzebuerg
Luxembourg

German: Luxemburg

French: Luxembourg

Luxembourgish: Lëtzebuerg
602,000 2,586 km2 (998 sq mi)
Flag of Malta
Map showing Malta in Europe
Malta*

Republic of Malta
English: Malta – Republic of Malta

Maltese: Malta – Repubblika ta' Malta
Valletta

Maltese: Valletta
475,700 316 km2 (122 sq mi)
Flag of Moldova
Map showing Moldova in Europe
Moldova

Republic of Moldova
Romanian: Moldova – Republica Moldova Chișinău

Romanian: Chișinău
3,350,900 33,851 km2 (13,070 sq mi)
Flag of Monaco
Map showing Monaco in Europe
Monaco

Principality of Monaco
French: Monaco – Principauté de Monaco Monaco

French: Monaco
37,000 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Flag of Montenegro
Map showing Montenegro in Europe
Montenegro[j] Montenegrin: Црна Гора, Crna Gora Podgorica

Montenegrin: Подгорица, Podgorica
642,550 13,812 km2 (5,333 sq mi)
Flag of the Netherlands
Map showing the Netherlands in Europe
Netherlands*[g][h][10]

Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dutch: Nederland – Koninkrijk der Nederlanden Amsterdam (capital)

Dutch: Amsterdam

The Hague (seat of government)

Dutch: 's-Gravenhage / Den Haag
17,272,990 41,543 km2 (16,040 sq mi)
Flag of North Macedonia
Map showing North Macedonia in Europe
North Macedonia[j]

Republic of North Macedonia
Macedonian: Северна Македонија – Република Северна Македонија (Severna Makedonija – Republika Severna Makedonija) Skopje

Macedonian: Скопје (Skopje)
2,075,301 25,713 km2 (9,928 sq mi)
Flag of Norway
Map showing Norway in Europe
Norway

Kingdom of Norway
Bokmål: Norge – Kongeriket Norge

Nynorsk: Noreg – Kongeriket Noreg
Oslo

Norwegian: Oslo
5,323,933 323,802 km2 (125,021 sq mi)
Flag of Poland
Map showing Poland in Europe
Poland*

Republic of Poland
Polish: Polska – Rzeczpospolita Polska Warsaw

Polish: Warszawa
38,433,600 312,685 km2 (120,728 sq mi)
Flag of Portugal
Map showing Portugal in Europe
Portugal*

Portuguese Republic
Portuguese: Portugal – República Portuguesa Lisbon

Portuguese: Lisboa
10,291,196 92,090 km2 (35,556 sq mi)
Flag of Romania
Map showing Romania in Europe
Romania* Romanian: România Bucharest

Romanian: București
19,622,000 238,391 km2 (92,043 sq mi)
Flag of Russia
Map showing Russia in Europe
Russia[f]

Russian Federation
Russian: Россия – Российская Федерация (Rossija – Rossijskaja Federacija) Moscow

Russian: Москва (Moskva)
144,526,636 17,098,242 km2 (6,601,668 sq mi)
Flag of San Marino
Map showing San Marino in Europe
San Marino

Republic of San Marino
Italian: San Marino – Repubblica di San Marino San Marino

Italian: San Marino
32,742 61 km2 (24 sq mi)
Flag of Serbia
Map showing Serbia in Europe
Serbia[j]

Republic of Serbia
Serbian: Србија – Република Србија, Srbija – Republika Srbija Belgrade

Serbian: Београд, Beograd
8,720,394 88,361 km2 (34,116 sq mi)
Flag of Slovakia
Map showing Slovakia in Europe
Slovakia*

Slovak Republic
Slovak: Slovensko – Slovenská republika Bratislava

Slovak: Bratislava
5,445,087 49,035 km2 (18,933 sq mi)
Flag of Slovenia
Map showing Slovenia in Europe
Slovenia*

Republic of Slovenia
Slovene: Slovenija – Republika Slovenija Ljubljana

Slovene: Ljubljana
2,070,050 20,273 km2 (7,827 sq mi)
Flag of Spain
Map showing Spain in Europe
Spain*

Kingdom of Spain
Spanish: España – Reino de España Madrid

Spanish: Madrid
47,720,291 505,370 km2 (195,124 sq mi)
Flag of Sweden
Map showing Sweden in Europe
Sweden*

Kingdom of Sweden
Swedish: Sverige – Konungariket Sverige Stockholm

Swedish: Stockholm
10,221,988 450,295 km2 (173,860 sq mi)
Flag of Switzerland
Map showing Switzerland in Europe
Switzerland

Swiss Confederation
German: Schweiz – Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft

French: Suisse – Confédération suisse

Italian: Svizzera – Confederazione Svizzera

Romansh: Svizra – Confederaziun svizra
Bern / Berne

German: Bern

French: Berne

Italian and Romansh: Berna
8,685,688 41,277 km2 (15,937 sq mi)
Flag of Turkey
Map showing Turkey in Europe
Turkey[e][j]

Republic of Turkey
Turkish: Türkiye – Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Ankara

Turkish: Ankara
84,786,000 783,562 km2 (302,535 sq mi)
Flag of Ukraine
Map showing Ukraine in Europe
Ukraine Ukrainian: Украïна (Ukraina)
Kyiv

Ukrainian: Київ (Kyiv)
44,291,413 603,550 km2 (233,032 sq mi)
Flag of the United Kingdom
Map showing the UK in Europe
United Kingdom[i]

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
English: United Kingdom – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland London 68,060,502 243,610 km2 (94,058 sq mi)
Flag of the Vatican City
Map showing Vatican City in Europe
Vatican City

Vatican City State
Italian: Città del Vaticano – Stato della Città del Vaticano

Latin: Status Civitatis Vaticanae[25]
Vatican City

Italian: Città del Vaticano
842 0.44 km2 (0.17 sq mi)

Other states

The following six entities in Europe have partial diplomatic recognition by one or more UN member states (and therefore are defined as states by the constitutive theory of statehood) or have no diplomatic recognition by any UN member state but are defined as states by the declarative theory of statehood. None are members of the UN, Council of Europe or EU.

Flag Map English common and formal names Status Domestic common and formal names Capital Population[a] Area[a]
Flag of Abkhazia
Map showing Abkhazia in Europe
Abkhazia[b]

Republic of Abkhazia
Claimed as an autonomous republic of Georgia. Recognised by five UN member states.[26] Abkhazian: Аҧсны (Apsny)

Russian: Абхазия (Abhaziya)
Sukhumi

Abkhazian: Аҟəа (Akwa)

Russian: Сухум
250,000[27] 8,660 km2 (3,344 sq mi)[28]
Artsakh
Map showing Artsakh in Azerbaijan
Artsakh[b]

Republic of Artsakh
Claimed as part of Azerbaijan. De facto independent state,[29] recognised by 3 non-UN states. Armenian: Արցախի Հանրապետություն (Arts'akhi Hanrapetut'yun)[30] Stepanakert

Armenian: Ստեփանակերտ (Khankendi)
141,400[31] 7,000 km2 (2,703 sq mi)[32]
Flag of Kosovo
Map showing Kosovo in Europe
Kosovo

Republic of Kosovo[16]
Claimed by Serbia. Has been recognized as sovereign by 112 UN member states (including states that subsequently withdrew recognition).[33] Albanian: Kosova / Kosovë – Republika e Kosovës

Serbian: Косово – Република Косово, Kosovo – Republika Kosovo
Pristina[20]

Albanian: Prishtina, Prishtinë

Serbian: Приштина, Priština
1,836,529[22] 10,887 km2 (4,203 sq mi)[23]
Flag of Northern Cyprus
Map showing Northern Cyprus in Europe
Northern Cyprus[c]

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Claimed as part of the Republic of Cyprus. Recognised by Turkey.[34] Turkish: Kuzey Kıbrıs – Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti North Nicosia

Turkish: Lefkoşa
294,906[35] 3,355 km2 (1,295 sq mi)[23]
Flag of South Ossetia
Map showing South Ossetia in Europe
South Ossetia[b]

Republic of South Ossetia
Claimed as part of Georgia. Recognised by five UN member states.[26] Ossetian: Хуссар Ирыстон – Республикӕ Хуссар Ирыстон (Khussar Iryston – Respublikæ Khussar Iryston)

Russian: Южная Осетия – Республика Южная Осетия (Yuzhnaya Osetiya – Respublika Yuzhnaya Osetiya)
Tskhinvali

Ossetian: Цхинвал or Чъреба (Chreba)
70,000[36] 3,900 km2 (1,506 sq mi)[37]
Flag of Transnistria
Map showing Transnistria in Moldova
Transnistria / Trans-Dniester

Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic
Claimed as a territorial unit of Moldova. De facto independent state,[29] recognised by 3 non-UN states. Romanian: Transnistria – Republica Moldovenească Nistreană

Russian: Приднестровье – Приднестровская Молдавская Республика (Pridnestrov'ye – Pridnestrovskaya Moldavskaya Respublika)

Ukrainian: Придністров'я – Придністровська Молдавська Республіка (Prydnistrovia – Pridnistrovska Moldavska Respublika)
Tiraspol

Romanian: Tiraspol

Russian: Тираcполь – Tiraspol'

Ukrainian: Тирасполь – Tyraspol
475,373[38] 3,500 km2 (1,351 sq mi)

The following six European entities are dependent territories.[40]

* = Part of the EU, although there may be special arrangements
Flag Map English common and formal names[16][19] Legal status Domestic common and formal names Capital[20] Population[22] Area[23]
Flag of the United Kingdom, as used in Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Map showing Akrotiri and Dhekelia in Europe
Akrotiri and Dhekelia[c]

Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia
British Overseas Territory English: Akrotiri and Dhekelia – Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia Episkopi Cantonment

English: Episkopi Cantonment
15,700 254 km2 (98 sq mi)
Flag of the Faroe Islands
Map showing the Faroe Islands in Europe
Faroe Islands / Faeroe Islands Constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark Faroese: Føroyar

Danish: Færøerne
Tórshavn

Faroese: Tórshavn

Danish: Thorshavn
49,947 1,393 km2 (538 sq mi)
Flag of Gibraltar
Map showing Gibraltar in Europe
Gibraltar[41] British Overseas Territory English: Gibraltar Gibraltar

English: Gibraltar
29,185 6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
Flag of Guernsey
Map showing Guernsey in relation to the United Kingdom
Guernsey[i]

Bailiwick of Guernsey
Crown dependency in right of Guernsey[42][43][44] English: Guernsey – Bailiwick of Guernsey

French: Guernesey – Bailliage de Guernesey

Guernésiais: Guernési – Bailliage de Guernési
Saint Peter Port

English: Saint Peter Port

French: Saint Pierre Port

Guernésiais: Saint Pierre Port
65,849 78 km2 (30 sq mi)
Flag of the Isle of Man
Map showing the Isle of Man in Europe
Isle of Man[i] Crown dependency in right of Man[44][45][46] English: Isle of Man

Manx: Mannin – Ellan Vannin
Douglas

English: Douglas

Manx: Doolish
86,866 572 km2 (221 sq mi)
Flag of Jersey
Map showing Jersey in Europe
Jersey[i]

Bailiwick of Jersey
Crown dependency in right of Jersey[42][43][44] English: Jersey – Bailiwick of Jersey

French: Jersey – Bailliage de Jersey

Jèrriais: Jèrri – Bailliage de Jèrri
Saint Helier

English: Saint Helier

French: Saint-Hélier

Jèrriais: Saint Hélyi
96,513 118 km2 (46 sq mi)

Special areas of internal sovereignty

The following places are considered integral parts of their controlling state, but have a political arrangement which was decided through an international agreement.

* = Part of the EU, although there may be special arrangements
Flag Map English common and formal names Legal status Domestic common and formal names Capital Population Area
Flag of Åland
Map showing Åland in Europe
Åland*[47]

Åland Islands[19]
Self-governing area of Finland, significant autonomy as the result of the Åland crisis[48] Swedish: Åland – Landskapet Åland Mariehamn[19]

Swedish: Mariehamn
27,500[49] 6,787 km2 (2,620 sq mi)[49]
Map showing Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom and Europe
Northern Ireland* Part of the United Kingdom, devolved government determined by the Good Friday Agreement[50] English: Northern Ireland

Irish: Tuaisceart Éireann

Scots: Norlin Airlann
Belfast[51] 1,810,863[52] 14,130 km2 (5,456 sq mi)[51]
Flag of Norway, as used in Svalbard
Map showing Svalbard in Europe
Svalbard[16] Special territory of Norway, determined by the Svalbard Treaty[53] Norwegian: Svalbard Longyearbyen[19][20]

Norwegian: Longyearbyen
2,019[22] 62,045 km2 (23,956 sq mi)