Eastern Europe

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Eastern Europe (marked in red) according to the UN Statistics Division.

Eastern Europe is the eastern region of Europe. The term "Eastern Europe" still means such European countries that until the end of the Cold War were Post-Soviet states in Europe or states in Europe that once belong to the Soviet Union. Others describe Eastern Europe as a region of predominantly Slavic cultures, but other ethnic groups live there as well.

According to the most common contemporary definitions - including those used by the UN Statistics Division, several other UN organizations and EuroVoc (the multilingual thesaurus of the EU) - the following states are in Eastern Europe:

  1. 23x15px Albania
  2. 23x15px Armenia (part of Western Asia)
  3. 23x15px Azerbaijan
  4. 23x15px Belarus
  5. 23x15px Bosnia and Herzegovina
  6. 23x15px Bulgaria
  7. 23x15px Croatia Central Europe
  8. 23x15px Czech Republic
  9. 23x15px Georgia (part of Western Asia)
  10. 23x15px Hungary
  11. 23x15px Kazakhstan (part of Central Asia)
  12. 23x15px Macedonia
  13. 23x15px Moldova
  14. 23x15px Montenegro
  15. 23x15px Poland
  16. 23x15px Romania
  17. 23x15px Russia (part of North Asia)
  18. 23x15px Serbia
  19. 23x15px Slovakia
  20. 23x15px Slovenia
  21. 23x15px Ukraine

Partly recognized:

  1. 23x15px Abkhazia (part of Western Asia)
  2. 23x15px Kosovo
  3. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Artsakh (part of Western Asia)
  4. 23x15px South Ossetia (part of Western Asia)


Contemporary developments since January 1993 have led to the reassessment of which countries make up Eastern Europe among some groups. Although the list shown above is still the most popular and widely accepted definition of this region, some experts divide the region further into subsections. According to such theories: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia are in Central Europe (the western sections of Belarus and Ukraine are also sometimes listed as Central European) or East-Central Europe. Finally, the countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Slovenia are occasionally grouped with a number of other countries into Southern Europe, but more often referred to as Southeast (or Southeastern) Europe.

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