There are up to 50 countries in Europe. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Yugoslavia collapsed in 1991, but by some accounts, Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro are independent states.

The Czech Republic and Slovakia have only been separate nations since 1993. Scotland is currently a part of the United Kingdom but this may not last.

War and political conflict is usually the culprit for changing borders but the future might show political independent movements can erase and create new borders too.

The breakup of the Soviet Union resulted in 15 new nations.

No matter the count of nations, Europe has an old-world charm that you don’t find other places. Some of the continent shares the Euro as a common currency. This can make travel to these areas more expensive than other parts of Europe and is something to consider if traveling on a budget.

    • Scotland

    • Poland

    • Hungary

    • Czech Republic

    • Austria

    • Germany