Let’s be honest, Europe‘s on everyone’s bucket list. But how much do you really know about this amazing continent?

Come take a look at these Europe facts and get ready to impress everyone with your new-found knowledge.

1. Estimates say that one in ten Europeans are conceived in IKEA beds

Yes, really 👀

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2. There are more bikes than people in the Netherlands

There are approximately 22 million bikes to 17 million people. Who needs the gym anyway?

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3. London Underground escalators travel the equivalent distance of two trips around the world every week

Make sure you don’t get lost, it could be a long journey home!

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4. Barcelona‘s La Sagrada Família will have taken longer to build than the Egyptian Pyramids once it’s finally completed

Construction started in 1882 and has been ongoing ever since. They’re hoping to have completed all architectural work by 2026. Eeeek!

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5. The city of Lisbon is older than Rome

Lisbon‘s up there with some of the oldest cities in the world, let alone in Europe. Pretty cool, huh?

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6. Germany has up to 1,500 different varieties of sausage

Estimates say that there are between 800 and 1,500 different varieties… Who knew!

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7. The place with the longest name in Europe goes to a village in Wales called Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch

While we won’t attempt to pronounce it, we can tell you that it means: ‘Saint Mary’s Church in a hollow of white hazel near the rapid whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave’. One to remember for the next pub quiz?

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8. There are no mosquitos in Iceland

While there are different theories for why this is the case, rest assured you won’t have to pack mosquito repellent when you visit Iceland 🙌

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9. Austria, not France, is responsible for the birth of the croissant

The kipferl is the Austrian ancestor of the croissant. It’s been found in records that date back to the 13th century!

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10. When it’s a hot summer in Paris, the Eiffel Tower gets up to six inches taller

In the heat, the Tower’s metal expands and voila!

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11. The Guinness World Record for the largest pizza was claimed by a 1,261.65 m² (13,580.28 ft²) pizza in Rome in 2012

In case you were wondering, it was gluten-free 😉

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Ready to visit Europe?

Want more inspo? Have a read of our blog on things you’ll only know if you’ve been on a Europe trip. 

Marianne Lampon
Marianne is the Content Assistant for Topdeck, writing the copy for anything and everything as well as managing The Collective. Originally from Cambridge, she’s officially caught the travel bug and loves her movies and fitness.