According to Greek mythology, Europa was a princess who was abducted by Zeus whilst he was disguised as a bull. Following Zeus's unwanted attentions, Europa gave birth to King Minos on the island of Crete.
Though she has little connection to the continent which bears her name, sometime around the 6th century BC this Queen of Crete became a synonym for Europe. Later, the Romans followed the Greek example and the continent became forever after known by the name of this mythical queen.
Whatever the reason it was chosen, the name has stuck. The continent is home to a variety of cultures who dwell in more than 50 nations, but all have been influenced by those ancient Greek forebears who were the first to name this land.
Find out a little more about a few of those nations and the flags they use.
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