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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.

Delfzijl is a municipality and city in the northeast of the Netherlands. It is situated on the left bank of the River Ems estuary, which forms the border with Germany. The city area is of 227.48 square kilometer. As per 2005, it had the population of 28,379 and density of 214 square kilometer.

In the last municipal elections in March 7th 2006 a large portion of the population 30 percent of the people who  voted, but did not vote for a particular person or party, thereby giving a blank vote to show their anger about current politics going on in the harbour town. In the past few years the town moved from one crisis into another, which resulted in the resignation of two mayors and several council members. Delfzijl is therefore generally considered as very difficult to govern.

Delfzijl is the fifth biggest sea port in the Netherlands and the home of an aluminium plant run by Aluminium Delfzijl part of Corus Group. In 2004 the smelter produced a record 112,400 tonnes of liquid aluminium. The foundry produced 157,700 tonnes of raw product. It also enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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