Business Insider might wanna check this geography

the nine Azore Islands located off the coast of Portugal.

Umm, no, not really.

16 incredible European destinations

Well, no.

The Azores (UK /əˈzɔrz/ ə-ZORZ, US /ˈeɪzɔrz/ AY-zorz; Portuguese: Açores, [ɐˈsoɾɨʃ]), officially the Autonomous Region of the Azores (Região Autónoma dos Açores), is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal, composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the North Atlantic Ocean about 1,360 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, about 880 km (550 mi) northwest of Madeira, about 1,925 km (1,196 mi) southeast of Newfoundland, and about 6,392 km (3,972 mi) northeast of Brazil.

Not really Europe, is it?

21 comments on “Business Insider might wanna check this geography

  1. They might also want to check their information about La Roque-Gageac. Lord knows where they got the idea that tourists haven’t discovered the place – it’s mobbed most of the time, like the rest of the Dordogne.

    As for Cangas de Onis – I’m sure one day I’ll see a picture showing the bridge as it really is – quite small, right slap bang in the middle of town, and goggled at by hordes of tourists headed towards the Picos. Pretty, though. Beautiful rivers through the entire region.

  2. Giovanni Botulismo

    “They might also want to check their information about La Roque-Gageac. Lord knows where they got the idea that tourists haven’t discovered the place – it’s mobbed most of the time, like the rest of the Dordogne.”

    Almost anywhere that’s very pretty and reasonably accessible is touristy. If you don’t want touristy, you have to go to places that aren’t quite so pretty (like Brantome).

  3. ” If you don’t want touristy, you have to go to places that aren’t quite so pretty (like Brantome).”

    If you don’t want touristy, stay away!

  4. The sort of pills who class Iceland as part of Europe will inevitably class the Azores as part of Europe too. I wonder: is Melilla classed as part of Europe by such folk?

  5. John Fembup – “I always felt that the British Isles were off the coast of Connecticut.”

    If only.

  6. They’re presumably working under the same logic that classes Réunion as part of France. The Azores are in the Eurozone, after all.

  7. Lampedusa seems an interesting choice bearing in mind it is currently a hot destination for refugees, perhaps they are setting up people-trafficking package tours so we observe the misery there.

  8. How do you define Europe? That is the question.
    FYI dearie me, Iceland is to the east of the Azores and a *lot* closer to the mainland Denmark, let alone the UK or the Faeroes (with which it shares a sub-sea ridge), than it is to Newfoundland, the easternmost edge of North America. Mercator’s proection maps are helpful for navigating ships (which was their purpose) but distort distances in high latitudes.
    That said, I do not regard the Azores (or the Canaries) as part of Europe, which has habitually been defined as a continent, not as the aggregate of all land owned by nation-states with capitals in Europe..

  9. Australia had an entry in the Eurovision Song Contest this year. Now that’s pushing the definition.

  10. Iceland,located on the mid Atlantic Ridge, is divided by spreading rifts growing at about the rate of fingernails, into the North American Plate and the European Plate. The Azores are also on the mid Atlantic Ridge but where it forms a triple junction with the African Plate, with the Azores on the boundary of the African and European Plates.

  11. The Azores, like Iceland, straddle the mid-Atlantic ridge. They are thus partly in Europe and partly in the Americas.

  12. @john77: Iceland and the Azores are not part of Europe or any other continent – that’s the nature of mid-ocean islands. It’s just geology.

  13. @ dearieme
    Fair comment – I was just pointing out that classifying the Azores as Europe was more, not less, extreme than classifying Iceland as Europe

  14. The Stigler
    Almost anywhere that’s very pretty and reasonably accessible is touristy. If you don’t want touristy, you have to go to places that aren’t quite so pretty (like Brantome).

    Yes, that was rather my point. And Brantome? Oh yes. Several times. Motorbike touring since 2004, doncha know.

  15. Is saying they’re European the same as saying they’re in Europe, though? No, it’s not. The Falklands are not in Britain, but they are British.

    BICR,

    I believe Eurovision is open to members of the European Broadcasting Union. (Why I know this shit when I have no interest in Eurovision, I have no idea.) As “broadcasting” leaves the realm of radio waves and becomes just another part of the Internet, it’s inevitable that all such associations will cease to be geographical in nature.

  16. @Tim Newman “the Azores are more like Cornwall than the Canary Islands”

    The Canary Islands are like Cornwall?

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