West Central Europe
Geographic features• West-Central European countries are all  located on the European mainland.• The Northern European Pla...
• Several of the  region’s rivers are  navigable.  – A navigable river    is one that is deep    and wide enough    for sh...
• The navigable rivers in West Central Europe  are important for trade and transportation.
• West Central  Europe’s climate is  beneficial to  farming       • Mild temperatures,         plenty of rain, and        ...
Resources• Coal, oil, and uranium have helped certain  areas of West-Central Europe by allowing  successful energy product...
France• Capital= Paris• Language= French• Economy  – top agricultural producer  – major crops= wheat and grapes  – Major e...
Landmarks in France                              Louvre (Art Museum)- Paris, FranceEiffel Tower- Paris, France
Landmarks in FranceNotre Dame- Paris, France                              French Rivera
Netherlands• Capital= Amsterdam• Language= Dutch• Economy  – Agriculture is    important  – Cheese and flowers    (tulips)...
Dutch LandmarksPolders= drained land that hasbeen pumped from sea water andis protected by dams
Belgium• Capital= Brussels• Language= Flemish (northern) and French  (southern)• Economy  – Major exports= diamonds, choco...
Belgian landmarks               Brussels=               headquarters               for European               Union
Luxembourg• Capital= Luxembourg• Language= French or German• Economy  – One of the world’s highest standards of living  – ...
Luxembourg Geography• Forested,  hilly country  that is  smaller than  Rhode Island
Germany• Capital= Berlin• Language= German• Economy  – Europe’s largest economy  – Based on industry like    chemicals, en...
German landmarks          Neuschwanstein          Castle
German landmarksTown square inMunich
Austria• Capital= Vienna• Language= German• Economy  – Service industries, like banking, are important  – Tourism is also ...
Austrian landmarksMozart’s cathedral inSalzburg, Austria                                The Sound of Music was filmed     ...
Austrian Geography                     The                     Alps                     cover                     ¾ of    ...
Switzerland• Capital= Bern• Languages= German and French• Economy  – Banking is very important  – Also famous for its bank...
Swiss Landmarks     Lake Lucerne
Journey to Mt. Pilatus
View from Mt. Pilatus
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West Central Europe

  1. 1. West Central Europe
  2. 2. Geographic features• West-Central European countries are all located on the European mainland.• The Northern European Plain makes up the northern part of the region and provides the region’s best farmland. Why do you think West Central Europe has a greater area of usable farmland than Russia?
  3. 3. • Several of the region’s rivers are navigable. – A navigable river is one that is deep and wide enough for ships to use – Two important rivers are the Danube and the Rhine.  Why do major cities develop along navigable waterways?
  4. 4. • The navigable rivers in West Central Europe are important for trade and transportation.
  5. 5. • West Central Europe’s climate is beneficial to farming • Mild temperatures, plenty of rain, and rich soil have led to productive farmingHow does this differfrom Russia’s climate?
  6. 6. Resources• Coal, oil, and uranium have helped certain areas of West-Central Europe by allowing successful energy production in the region
  7. 7. France• Capital= Paris• Language= French• Economy – top agricultural producer – major crops= wheat and grapes – Major exporter of goods like perfumes and wines – Tourism is important
  8. 8. Landmarks in France Louvre (Art Museum)- Paris, FranceEiffel Tower- Paris, France
  9. 9. Landmarks in FranceNotre Dame- Paris, France French Rivera
  10. 10. Netherlands• Capital= Amsterdam• Language= Dutch• Economy – Agriculture is important – Cheese and flowers (tulips) are important exports
  11. 11. Dutch LandmarksPolders= drained land that hasbeen pumped from sea water andis protected by dams
  12. 12. Belgium• Capital= Brussels• Language= Flemish (northern) and French (southern)• Economy – Major exports= diamonds, chocolate, lace, and cheese
  13. 13. Belgian landmarks Brussels= headquarters for European Union
  14. 14. Luxembourg• Capital= Luxembourg• Language= French or German• Economy – One of the world’s highest standards of living – Major banking center – Important steel producer
  15. 15. Luxembourg Geography• Forested, hilly country that is smaller than Rhode Island
  16. 16. Germany• Capital= Berlin• Language= German• Economy – Europe’s largest economy – Based on industry like chemicals, engineering, steel, and cars
  17. 17. German landmarks Neuschwanstein Castle
  18. 18. German landmarksTown square inMunich
  19. 19. Austria• Capital= Vienna• Language= German• Economy – Service industries, like banking, are important – Tourism is also important
  20. 20. Austrian landmarksMozart’s cathedral inSalzburg, Austria The Sound of Music was filmed here!
  21. 21. Austrian Geography The Alps cover ¾ of Austria
  22. 22. Switzerland• Capital= Bern• Languages= German and French• Economy – Banking is very important – Also famous for its banks, watches, chocolates, and cheeses.
  23. 23. Swiss Landmarks Lake Lucerne
  24. 24. Journey to Mt. Pilatus
  25. 25. View from Mt. Pilatus

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