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Balkans, facts about Balkans

Balkans is the name given to six countries in south-eastern Europe. They are Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Rumania, that part of Turkey which lies in Europe. Together the six countries form the Balkan Peninsula. The peninsula is bounded on the west by the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea, and on the east by the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea. Mountain ranges cover much of the western part of the Balkans. The peninsula is named after one range, the Balkan Mountains. To the north and east, in Bulgaria and Rumania, the land is a fertile plain, through which the great River Danube flows to the Black Sea. Turkey ruled much of the area for 500 years until the 1800s, when the other countries won independence.

Balkans, facts about Balkans

Facts about Balkans: This minaret (prayertower) as a reminder of centuries of Turkish rule of the Balkans.

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