Eastern Europe countries and a map of Eastern Europe

Posted on November 2, 2014 by in TOP Travel Destinations

Where is Eastern Europe?

Eastern Europe is, of course, the eastern part of the continent of Europe and separates the rest of Europe from Asia. Eastern Europe is made up of many different cultures, with mainly Byzantine, Orthodox and Turco-Islamic influences.

Many different languages (mainly Indo European) and religions (mostly Christian/Catholic) can be found throughout Eastern Europe countries.

Depending on the definition (see below), the geographical land border of Eastern Europe includes the Ural and Caucasus Mountains and the Ural River.

Eastern Europe is Europe's largest region with a combined population of 295.5 million last year as per the Population Reference Bureau.

What are the Eastern Europe countries?

This grouping of the Eastern Europe countries is difficult, with experts, scholars and populations themselves often all in disagreement.

According to the United Nations Statistic Division, Eastern Europe is classified as consisting of these ten countries:

Belarus
Bulgaria
Czech Republic
Hungary
Poland
Republic of Moldova
Romania
Russian Federation
Slovakia
Ukraine

Their definition is very different to that of the Multilingual Thesaurus of the European Union, which says that the Eastern Europe countries are:

Albania
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Georgia
Hungary
Macedonia
Moldova
Montenegro
Poland
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Ukraine

Other definitions of Eastern Europe countries include Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. It can be quite confusing to not have one clear, concise, official definition!

A map of Eastern Europe:

According to the United Nations Statistics Division, a map of Eastern Europe should look like this:

What's your take on the definition of Eastern Europe countries? A map of Eastern Europe should include which countries, do you think?

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