Eastern Europe is a region of the continent of Europe. In total, the Eastern European area of the world accounts for seven countries and three republics, out of the global total number of countries that equates to one-hundred-ninety-six.
The United Nations classifies Eastern Europe as including the following countries…
Technically, three of these so-called Eastern European countries are defined as being republics, including Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus. However, for the sake of this discussion regarding Eastern Europe, the difference between countries and republics is negligible. Let’s focus on five of the ten countries that make up Eastern Europe.
Belarus is practically front and center in relation to the other nine Eastern European countries. As a landlocked country, Belarus is completely surrounded on all sides by fellow European countries. Ukraine is south of Belarus, and both Latvia and Lithuania can be found to the north of the country of Belarus. Poland lies just west of the country, whereas Russia borders Belarus along the Eastern European country's northern and eastern borders.
The capital city of Belarus is Minsk. The population of Belarus currently registers as an estimated 9,437,443 people. The number of people living in Belarus is far lower than the total area of the country, meaning that the population density of Belarus is rather small. There are just about forty-six people for every square mile of land within the boundaries of Belarus. The country accounts for less than one percent of the entire global population, seeing as it is home to about 0.12% of people on Earth.
The Czech Republic, or Czechia, is located amid many European countries, making the Czech Republic an entirely-landlocked country with no line of direct access to any major body of water. There are four countries that share borders with the Czech Republic, including Poland, Austria, Germany, and Slovakia. To the north, the Czech Republic is bordered by Poland, while Germany is in the west and Slovakia lies just east of the Czech Republic. The fourth country with which the Czech Republic shares borders is Austria, which is a country that can be found to the south of Czechia.
The country’s capital is Prague. The current population of the Czech Republic as of 2019 comes to about 10,629,676 people, which is 0.14% of all people in the world. With a total area of 30,450 square miles, the Czech Republic ranks as the 115th largest country based on physical dimensions. The population density calculated as being about three-hundred-fifty people per square mile of land in the Czech Republic.
Poland is an Eastern European country with a coastline that lies along the Baltic Sea. The capital of Poland is a city called Warsaw, which might sound familiar to you due to its prominence in the historical timeline of Poland. There are about 38,045,673 people living in Poland at the moment. The population of Poland is spread out across a total area of approximately 120,728 square miles. The majority of Poland is land-based, with 117,473 square miles, or 97.3%, of the total area being made up of land. The remaining 3,255 square miles are water regions.
The Republic of Poland is known for being the most religious-minded country in all of Europe. The Polish country is the place to go for a look at some of the most beautiful natural scenery you'll ever have the pleasure of seeing. The culture of Poland is to die for, primarily because there is no other vibe like that of Poland.
Called the Slovak Republic in official terms, Slovakia is like many other Eastern European countries in that it is entirely surrounded by land. To the north of Slovakia lies Poland, while in the opposite direction, Hungary borders the southern edge of Slovakia. The Slovak Republic also shares boundaries with Ukraine, Austria, and the Czech Republic. The population of Slovakia is just under five-and-a-half million people. As of 2019, there are about 5,450,987 people who call Slovakia their home, which is a slight increase in population size compared to the prior year -- 0.02% to be specific. The boundaries of Slovakia's land surround roughly 18,567 square miles, meaning that for every square mile of land in Slovakia, there are an estimated number of 294 people.
As a country predominantly comprised of mountainous regions, Slovakia is a prime place to spend your winters, especially if you love cold weather and all sorts of snow-related sports. The capital of the Slovak Republic is Bratislava, which is a major city located in the westernmost part of Slovakia. Bratislava is so far west that it almost appears to sit outside of the Slovakian borders, but don’t be fooled. The capital is definitely within the confines of Slovakia.
More formally called The Ukraine, this Eastern European country is surrounded by seven fellow European countries as well as the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Starting with the southwestern border of Ukraine and moving clockwise around the country's borders, Ukraine shares boundaries with Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Belarus, and Russia. Although Ukraine takes up its fair share of space, people seem to revere Ukraine as a smaller country. Maybe it’s due to the country’s location and close proximity to Russia, which is a massive country to begin with. But either way, Ukraine happens to be far larger than people think.
To put this fun fact into context, the total area of Ukraine is about 233,013 square miles in total. This total area earns Ukraine the title of being the second largest country in all of Europe, with Russia quite obviously being the biggest. The Ukrainian population has been said to hover just below a whopping forty-four million people. With a population size of 43,843,778 people as of the year 2019, Ukraine is the thirty-third largest countries around the world. Even so, Ukraine only accounts for about 0.57% of people in the whole entire world. That fact just goes to show how mind-bogglingly immense Earth is on a larger scale.