The Balkans is a region that includes countries on the Balkan Peninsula in the southeast of Europe, including most of the former Yugoslavia. Some strictly geographical definitions define the Balkan peninsula as the lands south of the rivers Sava and Danube from the city of Belgrade.

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Athens, is the capital city of Greece with a metropolitan population of 3.7 million inhabitants.

Greece is a country in Southern Europe, on the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula, with extensive coastlines and islands in the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas.

Romania is a country on the western shores of the Black Sea; except for Dobruja, it is located north of the Balkan Peninsula.


Croatia is a Mediterranean country that bridges Central Europe and the Balkans.

Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria is a country in the Balkans on the western side of the Black Sea.

Macedonia is a landlocked country in the Balkans. It's bordered by Serbia and Kosovo to the north, Albania to the west, Bulgaria to the east, and Greece to the south.

Serbia is a country located at the crossroads of Central Europe and the Balkans, on one of the major land routes from Central Europe to the Near East.

Albania is a small country in the Balkans. It shares borders with Greece, the Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, and Montenegro.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a European country located on the Balkan peninsula.

Montenegro is a country in the Balkans, on the Adriatic Sea.

Kosovo is a country in South Eastern Europe. After a lengthy and often violent dispute with Serbia …

Moldova is a small land-locked country in Eastern Europe, north of the Balkans, surrounded by Romania to the southwest, across the Prut river, and Ukraine to the north and east.


  • Type:  Peninsula
  • Location: 
  • Latitude of center:  42° north
  • Longitude of center:  22° east
  • Elevation:  58 meters (190 feet)
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  • Wikimedia Commons:  Balkans

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  • Bulgarian:  Балкански полуостров
  • Greek:  Βαλκάνια
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