Geographical midpoint of Europe and European Union

Updated: February 14, 2020 | By | More

It is quite hard to determine where is the midpoint of Europe – it depends on the boundaries estimation of Europe that are changing from time to time. Several calculations exist and there are several suggested places as the midpoint of Europe.

Since the last re-estimation in 1989, the official Geographic Centre of Europe is according to Jean-George Affholder, a scientist at the Institut Géographique National (French National Geographic Institute), in Lithuania, 26 kilometres north of the capital city, Vilnius, near the village of Purnuškės (Bernotai).

Centre of Europe
Centre of Europe by Palmerop at the English language Wikipedia

But there are more different locations that are still fighting for being the midpoint of Europe:

  • the small town of Rakhiv, or the village of Dilove near Rakhiv, in western Ukraine
  • Bernotai, or Purnuškės, near Vilnius, in Lithuania
  • a point on the island of Saaremaa in Estonia
  • the village of Krahule, near Kremnica, in central Slovakia
  • Suchowola, north of Białystok, in northeast Poland; and Toruń, in north-central Poland
  • a point near Polotsk in Belarus
  • s memorial near Tállya, Hungary

The geographical center of European Union is changing as well along with the growing of European Union. Here are the centers of European Union:

  • 12 members: In 1987 – the middle of France, in the village of Saint-André-le-Coq, département of Puy-de-Dôme, région of Auvergne, and next was shifted after the reunification of Germany in 1990 some 25 km north-eastward, to the place called Noireterre in the village of Saint-Clément , département of Allier, the same région of Auvergne. A small monument commemorating the latter discovery still exists in Saint Clément.
  • 15 members: (1995–2004) – Viroinval, Belgium, a monument there records that finding.
  • 25 members: (2004–2007), in the village of Kleinmaischeid, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
  • 27 members: Since January 1, 2007, with the inclusion of Romania and Bulgaria in the European Union, a wheat field outside of the German town of Gelnhausen, in Hesse, 115 km east of the previous marker

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