Northwest Europe

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The Northwestern Europe area is a major region of Europe. As INTERREG III B NWE , it is designated as a support area of ​​the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The area covers an area of ​​approximately 787,400 km². With almost 171 million inhabitants, around 45% of the EU's population live there . The population density is around 217 inhabitants per km² and thus far above the EU average of 115 inhabitants per km². As the only non-EU member, parts of Switzerland also belong to the development area.

The area includes Belgium , Luxembourg , the United Kingdom and Ireland with their entire national territory. The following regions also belong to the funding area:

However, there is no more precise delimitation based on geographical criteria beyond this administrative delimitation. Neither a natural space nor a geopolitical delimitation is easily feasible here.

Cultural area

The historical region of Europe called "Northwest Europe" by Christian Giordano and other scientists - which is considered the cradle of capitalism , industrial society and modern democracies - goes far beyond the administrative-geographical definition and also includes a. Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as large parts of Scandinavia.

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Individual evidence

  1. Interdependent Diversity: The Historic Regions of Europe. In: Karl Kaser u. a. (Ed.): Europe and the borders in the head. Wieser-Verlag, Klagenfurt 2003, pp. 113-134.
  2. ^ Dieter Haller (text), Bernd Rodekohr (illustrations): Dtv-Atlas Ethnologie . 2nd Edition. dtv, Munich 2010.