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Europe's agriculture is highly developed, but there is great variation between different countries and regions. Agriculture accounts for about ten percent of employment. About 30 per cent of the continent's area is cultivable. Most important in Northern Europe is the production of vegetables, meat and milk, in Central and Eastern Europe cereals and in Southern Europe fruits, vegetables and wine. According to Abbreviationfinder, the EU countries have more than half of the world's wine production. Animal husbandry is of great importance in all European countries, but most in Northern and Western Europe.

Northern and Western Europe

Forestry is most important in Russia, Scandinavia and Finland.

The main players in fisheries are Russia, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and the United Kingdom. Fish farming has become a major industry in Norway and Scotland.

European countries have consistently high energy consumption. In the industrialization of Europe, coal has been, and still is, an important source of electric power generation, but many coalfields are being emptied. The largest deposits of lignite are in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, and the main coal deposits are in Ruhr and Saar in Germany, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain and Ukraine. Countries with a lot of iron ore are Russia, France, Ukraine, Sweden and Spain.

Most of the hydropower has the Nordic countries, alpine countries and Russia. The largest share of nuclear power is France, Lithuania and Slovakia.

There are rich deposits of oil and natural gas in particular Russia and the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea, with Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Russia as major players. The three largest oil-producing countries in Europe (Russia, Norway and the UK) account for 96 per cent of the continent's total production. Seven countries account for the remaining four percent: Denmark, Italy, Romania, Ukraine, Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands. In the list of the 30 countries in the world with the largest oil reserves, there are three European countries: Russia no. 8, Norway no. 21 and UK no. 30. The five largest European gas producers are Russia, Norway, the Netherlands, the UK and Ukraine.. Russia has the world's largest reserves of gas, while Norway has the seventh largest. Many European countries rely on oil and gas imports. Germany, Italy and France import the most.

The heavy industry has long played an important role with the production of iron and steel, and with Western European countries and Russia as major players, but in recent times the iron and steel industry has been more important in Eastern Europe than in Western Europe. The coal and steel union, which was entered into between France and West Germany in 1950, formed the basis for the emergence of the European Union (EU), which today encompasses 28 European countries (not Norway).

28 European countries

In the EU area, industry accounts for approximately one third of value creation and employment in the private sector. In recent years, many large Western European industrial companies have increasingly moved production to Asia, Southern and Eastern Europe. Large parts of the EU area have in recent years had unemployment of more than ten per cent. Europe accounts for close to 40 percent of world trade.

In 2016, Europe had 28.5 percent of the world's gross domestic product. Germany has the world's largest national economy. Monaco is the richest country in Europe and the world by gross domestic product per capita. Europe's poorest country is Moldova.

Europe's economy is the world's largest, but with wide variations. The richest countries are in the west, and several of the countries of the former Eastern bloc are poor and still struggling with the collapse of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.

Europe's economy

The euro zone experienced its first recession in 2008. It gave rise to several expressions, among other things, which led to an unemployment rate of 10.3 per cent in April 2012. For the 15-24 year age group, the same month was 22.4 per cent. A severe debt crisis developed especially in Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. Especially for Greece, Europe's richest countries, with Germany at the forefront, put in place economic measures. Several other European countries, including Italy, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, also experienced economic setbacks. In November 2013, the European Central Bank reduced its key policy rate(loan rates to banks) from 0.5 to 0.25 percent and in March 2016 to 0.0 percent. The primary objective was for euro area countries to be able to sell their goods a little cheaper abroad, thus strengthening competitiveness against Asian and American industries.

Countries in Europe
  1. Albania
  2. Andorra
  3. Austria
  4. Belarus
  5. Belgium
  6. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Croatia
  9. Czech Republic
  10. Denmark
  11. Estonia
  12. Finland
  13. France
  14. Germany
  15. Greece
  16. Hungary
  17. Iceland
  18. Ireland
  19. Italy
  20. Kosovo
  21. Latvia
  22. Liechtenstein
  23. Lithuania
  24. Luxembourg
  25. Malta
  26. Moldova
  27. Monaco
  28. Montenegro
  29. Netherlands
  30. Northern Macedonia
  31. Norway
  32. Poland
  33. Portugal
  34. Romania
  35. Russia
  36. San Marino
  37. Serbia
  38. Slovakia
  39. Slovenia
  40. Spain
  41. Sweden
  42. Switzerland
  43. Ukraine
  44. United Kingdom

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