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Europe. Lesson Objectives. Locate the countries and various physical features of Western Europe Describe the physical, population and economic characteristics of Western Europe Explain the problems of the European Union having multiple official languages

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Lesson objectives
Lesson Objectives

  • Locate the countries and various physical features of Western Europe

  • Describe the physical, population and economic characteristics of Western Europe

  • Explain the problems of the European Union having multiple official languages

  • Hypothesize the implications of the European Union having too many official languages


Physical characteristics
Physical Characteristics

  • “A peninsula of peninsulas”

  • Alpine System- Alps

    • Young, active mountains

    • Prone to earthquakes

      and volcanoes

  • Rhine River

  • Climate: Mostly Mid-latitude

    Mild


Population characteristics
Population Characteristics

  • High population density

    • 3rd Largest Cluster in the world

    • Almost 600 million people

  • Highly urbanized

  • Immigration

    • Over 1 million legal immigrants

    • Immigration Policies

      • “Law of the blood” vs. “Law of the soil”


Population cont
Population cont.

  • Slow Growth/No Growth

    • Why might this be a problem?

    • The Remedy?

      • Pay people to have babies!

    • The Baby Boom in France

      • Generous Maternity leave

      • Free child care

      • Short work hours, long vacations

      • Large family discounts


Economic characteristics
Economic Characteristics

  • The Birthplace of Capitalism

  • Wealthy Core Area

    • But….Regional Differences

  • The Euro

    • Common Currency

    • Used by some, but not all members of the EU

1 USD = .77 Euros


European union
European Union

  • Works to promote economic cooperation and make trade easier by

    • Common currency

    • No tariffs for member-to-member trade

    • Set tax rate for all members

  • 27 member countries

    • 2 countries have chosen NOT to join

  • Problem: The EU is Lost in Translation!


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