Topic:
The People of the Region
The People
Remember that Western Europe contains
people who speak a variety of languages,
practice a variety of religions, and hold
contrasting ideas about many things. Even
with these differences, the peoples of
Western Europe have a lot in common.
- a very modern and industrial region
Languages
The people can be grouped into several major
language families:
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Germanic (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian,
German, and English)
Romance (French, Spanish, Portuguese, and
Italian)
Other languages include: Finnish, Basque,
and Greek
Religion
Majority of the people are Christian -
Roman Catholic (in several countries, the
majority of the people)
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Protestantism:
- Lutheran Church in Germany and Scandinavia
- Anglican Church in England
Jews and Muslims also live in the region.
Cities
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Western Europe is one of the most
urbanized of all the world’s regions.
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½ the people live in towns and cities
linked by railroads and modern
freeways.
Governments
All major nations of the region have democratic
governments.
-Portugal and Spain are young democracies (were
dictatorships)
-United Kingdom (long history of democracy in
Great Britain)
Some nations are constitutional monarchies with
kings/queens serving as figure heads only and have
no real power.
Other nations are republics - like France where heads of
state are elected.
Various political parties deal with what the governments’
policies should be - the USA has 2 major parties.
Population
More and more people have jobs in
service industries such as healthcare,
government, recreation, and
education.
However, there are still many farmers.
Country
Population
Life
Expectancy
Literacy
Rate
GDP ($)
Denmark
5,305,048
73 M
79 F
100%
$22,700
UK
57,591,677
75 M
80 F
100%
$20,400
Iceland
3,606,952
77 M
81 F
100%
$19,800
Austria
8,132,505
74 M
81 F
100%
$19,700
France
58,609,285
74 M
83 F
99%
$20,900
Switzerland
7,240,463
76 M
82 F
100%
$22,600
Greece
10,616,055
76 M
81 F
95%
$10,000
U.S.A.
300,000,000
73 M
79 F
96%
$28,600
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Topic: The People of the Region