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Europe now consists of 43 countries 25 of which are members of the EU (European Union).

Europe stretches from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean sea and from the west coast of Ireland to the eastern borders of Latvia.

The population of Europe accounts for 7% of the world's population. The history of Europe goes back to prehistoric cave paintings and scattered amongst Europe are Greek and Roman antiquities, architecture from the Vikings and Moors, medieval fortresses, renaissance palaces and baroque churches. But modern Europe offers the traveller a wealth of interest. In fact 6 countries in Europe were ranked amongst the worlds top destinations in the world.

The euro is a currency used now by 12 european countries. You can now cross many borders within the EU without being checked (but always make sure you have your passport) and the euro makes it easier to shop around for bargains.

Driving in Europe

When driving in Europe remember to drive on the right, with the exception of the UK, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta.

Seat belts must be worn by those in the front and back of the vehicle. There are strict drink driving laws across europe and mobile and static speed cameras are in use now in most european countries. It must be noted that if you are caught travelling over 25km/h above the speed limit you can have your licence taken on the spot.

To help we have put together a guide of speed limits across some of the most frequently visited countries in Europe.

Country Motorway Open Road Town/ Built Up Area
Austria 130km/h 100km/h 50km/h
Belgium 120km/h 90km/h 50km/h
Denmark 130km/h 80km/h 50km/h
France 130km/h* 90km/h 50km/h
Germany none† 100km/h 50km/h
Italy 130km/h 90km/h 50km/h
Luxembourg 120km/h 90km/h 60km/h
Netherlands 120/110km/h 80km/h 50km/h
Norway 90km/h 80km/h 50km/h
Spain 120km/h 100km/h 50km/h
Switzerland 120km/h 80km/h 50km/h
UK 70mph 60mph 30mph

* when the roads are wet speed limit is reduced to 110km/h.
† No speed limit unless shown.

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Dates for Your Diary

The Festival of Flanders - Belgium - There are over 100 concerts of world class quality held in the medieval atmosphere of abbeys, cathedrals and city halls throughout Flanders from April - October.

International Festival of Jazz - Spain - Between October and December - Barcelona hosts some of the most renowned individual jazz players. You can also enjoy the performances of national groups. The concerts are held in the Palau de la Música, in the new National Auditorium and in the Sala Luz de Gas.

Cannes Film Festival - France - Held every year during the last 2 weeks in May it is a festival of film. Where new films are shown, new talent found and where you can glimpse at all the major Hollywood and International film stars.