Area and population of European countries

This is a list of countries and territories in Europe by population density.

Transcontinental countries

Some of the countries listed below are transcontinental, meaning that they are only partially located in Europe:

The primarily Asian nation of Kazakhstan is not included in the list below. Armenia and Cyprus, entirely Asia physiographically, have political and cultural ties to Europe.

There is some discussion about whether Kosovo should be recognised as a separate country. De facto it can be considered as one, but de jure recognition is not clear-cut.

The aggregate for Europe excluding Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, the population density is 103 persons per km2.

Countries and dependencies

European countries by population, 2018
European countries by population
European countries by population density per sq km
European countries by population density
Population density, area and population of countries and dependencies in Europe
Name Population Density
Monaco Monaco 18,960 2.02 38,300
Gibraltar Gibraltar (UK) 5,011 6.7 33,573
Vatican City Vatican City 2,273 0.44 1,000
Malta Malta 1,505 316 475,701
Guernsey Guernsey (UK) 955 65 62,063
Jersey Jersey (UK) 893 118.2 105,500
San Marino San Marino 546 61.2 33,403
Turkey Turkey (European part) 473 23,764 11,241,000
England England (UK) 424 130,279 55,619,400
Netherlands Netherlands 416 41,543 17,298,400
Belgium Belgium 374 30,528 11,420,163
United Kingdom United Kingdom 272 242,495 66,040,229
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 238 160 38,111
Luxembourg Luxembourg 233 2,586 602,005
Germany Germany 232 357,168 82,887,000
Switzerland Switzerland 206 41,285 8,508,898
Italy Italy 200 301,338 60,404,355
Kosovo Kosovo 175 10,908 1,907,592
Andorra Andorra 160 468 74,794
Wales Wales (UK) 148 20,779 3,125,000
Isle of Man Isle of Man (UK) 146 572 83,314
Denmark Denmark 135 42,931 5,806,015
Czech Republic Czech Republic 135 78,866 10,625,449
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland (UK) 133 14,130 1,876,695
Cyprus Cyprus 126 9,251 1,170,125
Poland Poland 123 312,679 38,433,600
France France (European part) 118 551,695 65,167,000
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 115 86,600 9,959,245
Portugal Portugal 112 92,212 10,291,027
Slovakia Slovakia 111 49,035 5,445,087
Austria Austria 106 83,879 8,857,960
Hungary Hungary 105 93,030 9,778,371
Moldova Moldova 103 33,846 3,473,900
Slovenia Slovenia 102 20,273 2,070,050
Albania Albania 100 28,748 2,870,325
Armenia Armenia 100 29,743 2,969,200
Spain Spain 92 505,990 46,659,302
Serbia Serbia 90 77,474 7,001,444
Romania Romania 82 238,397 19,523,621
Greece Greece 82 131,957 10,768,193
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 81 25,713 2,075,301
Ukraine Ukraine 73 576,628 42,220,824
Croatia Croatia 73 56,594 4,105,493
Republic of Ireland Ireland 69 70,273 4,857,000
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 69 51,129 3,511,372
Scotland Scotland (UK) 68 77,933 5,424,800
Bulgaria Bulgaria 64 110,994 7,050,034
United Kingdom Akrotiri and Dhekelia (UK) 62 254 15,700
Georgia (country) Georgia 54 69,700 3,729,600
Belarus Belarus 46 207,595 9,498,700
Montenegro Montenegro 45 13,810 622,387
Lithuania Lithuania 43 65,300 2,795,674
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands (Denmark) 37 1,399 51,095
Latvia Latvia 30 64,589 1,921,800
Estonia Estonia 29 45,227 1,319,133
Russia Russia (European part) 29 3,960,000 113,112,406
Sweden Sweden 23 450,295 10,215,250
Finland Finland 16 338,424 5,521,533
Norway Norway 14 385,203 5,323,933
Iceland Iceland 3.5 102,775 355,620
Total 73 10,160,000 740,000,000

Partially recognised states

Population density, area and population of partially recognised states in Europe (Data sourced from relevant Wikipedia pages)
Partially recognised state Population Density
Kosovo Kosovo 175 10,908 1,907,592
Transnistria Transnistria 133 4,163 537,000
Northern Cyprus Northern Cyprus 78 3,355 285,356
Abkhazia Abkhazia 29 8,432 242,862
South Ossetia South Ossetia 18 3,900 72,000
Republic of Artsakh Nagorno-Karabakh 12 11,458 141,400

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Demographics of Europe

Figures for the population of Europe vary according to how one defines the boundaries of Europe. According to the United Nations, the population within the standard physical geographical boundaries comprised 737 million in 2010. In 2010 the population was 711 million, defining Europe's boundaries as the continental divides of the Caucasus and Ural mountains and the Bosporous, and including the European parts of the countries of Russia and of Turkey.

Europe's population growth is comparatively low, and its median age comparatively high, in relation to the world's other continents, especially compared to Asia, Africa and Latin America. Most of Europe is in a mode of sub-replacement fertility, which means that each new(-born) generation is becoming less populous than the older. Nonetheless most European countries still have growing populations due to immigration, population momentum and increases in life expectancy. Some current and past factors in European demography have included emigration, ethnic relations, economic immigration, a declining birth rate and an ageing population.


Europe is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere. It is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia.

Since around 1850, Europe is most commonly considered to be separated from Asia by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas and the waterways of the Turkish Straits. Although the term "continent" implies physical geography, the land border is somewhat arbitrary and has been redefined several times since its first conception in classical antiquity. The division of Eurasia into two continents reflects East-West cultural, linguistic and ethnic differences which vary on a spectrum rather than with a sharp dividing line. The geographic border also does not follow political boundaries, with Turkey, Russia and Kazakhstan being transcontinental countries. A strict application of the Caucasus Mountains boundary also places two comparatively small countries, Azerbaijan and Georgia, in both continents.

Europe covers about 10,180,000 square kilometres (3,930,000 sq mi), or 2% of the Earth's surface (6.8% of land area). Politically, Europe is divided into about fifty sovereign states of which the Russian Federation is the largest and most populous, spanning 39% of the continent and comprising 15% of its population. Europe had a total population of about 741 million (about 11% of the world population) as of 2016. The European climate is largely affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent, even at latitudes along which the climate in Asia and North America is severe. Further from the sea, seasonal differences are more noticeable than close to the coast.

Europe, in particular ancient Greece, was the birthplace of Western civilization. The fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD and the subsequent Migration Period marked the end of ancient history and the beginning of the Middle Ages. Renaissance humanism, exploration, art and science led to the modern era. Since the Age of Discovery started by Portugal and Spain, Europe played a predominant role in global affairs. Between the 16th and 20th centuries, European powers controlled at various times the Americas, almost all of Africa and Oceania and the majority of Asia.

The Age of Enlightenment, the subsequent French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars shaped the continent culturally, politically and economically from the end of the 17th century until the first half of the 19th century. The Industrial Revolution, which began in Great Britain at the end of the 18th century, gave rise to radical economic, cultural and social change in Western Europe and eventually the wider world. Both world wars took place for the most part in Europe, contributing to a decline in Western European dominance in world affairs by the mid-20th century as the Soviet Union and the United States took prominence. During the Cold War, Europe was divided along the Iron Curtain between NATO in the West and the Warsaw Pact in the East, until the revolutions of 1989 and fall of the Berlin Wall.

In 1949 the Council of Europe was founded, following a speech by Sir Winston Churchill, with the idea of unifying Europe to achieve common goals. It includes all European states except for Belarus, Kazakhstan and Vatican City. Further European integration by some states led to the formation of the European Union (EU), a separate political entity that lies between a confederation and a federation. The EU originated in Western Europe but has been expanding eastward since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The currency of most countries of the European Union, the euro, is the most commonly used among Europeans; and the EU's Schengen Area abolishes border and immigration controls among most of its member states. The European Anthem is "Ode to Joy", and states celebrate peace and unity on Europe Day.

List of countries and dependencies by population density

This is a list of countries and dependent territories ranked by population density, measured by the number of human inhabitants per square kilometer.

The list includes sovereign states and self-governing dependent territories based upon the ISO standard ISO 3166-1. The list also includes but does not rank unrecognized but de facto independent countries. The figures in the following table are based on areas including inland water bodies (lakes, reservoirs, rivers).

Figures used in this article are mainly based on the latest censuses and official estimates (or projections). Where there is not such updated national data available, figures are based on the online projections provided by the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

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