Continental Europe

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Continental Europe, also referred to as mainland Europe or simply the Continent, is the continent of Europe, explicitly excluding European islands and, at times, peninsulas. Notably, in British English usage, the term means Europe excluding the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Ireland and Iceland. One general definition of "Continental Europe" is the European landmass excluding the UK, Ireland and Iceland. However, different areas of Europe have their own ideas on what the term actually means. In Nordic usage, UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Iceland, and Finland are excluded. In the Mediterranean context, "the continent" may refer to the continental part of Italy (as opposed to Sardinia and Sicily) or the continental part of France (as opposed to Corsica).


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