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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. 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.
Enschede is a municipality and a city in the eastern Netherlands, in the province of Overijssel, in the Twente region. The municipality of Enschede consisted of the city of Enschede until 1935, when the rural municipality of Lonneker, which completely enclosed the city, was annexed after the rapid industrial expansion of Enschede, which had begun in the 1860's and involved the building of railways and the digging of the Twente kanaal. It has an area of 142.75 square kilometers with a population of 153,640 as of 2005 and a density of 1,089 per square kilometers.
The early history of Enschede is largely unknown, but a settlement existed around the old marketplace in early medieval times. The name of this settlement is mentioned as Anescede or Enscede meaning either near the border or near the Es and sported a church, a marketplace and a fortified aristocratic house. Enschede was the first city in the Netherlands to draw up an official expansion-plan, incorporating the municipality of Lonneker. There are several museums in Enschede, among them the Rijksmuseum Twenthe for art, a museum of natural history and a museum dedicated to the history of the textiles industry.
The city is a former center of textile production. Modern shopping centers and department stores that until now were only found in much larger cities have been opened. The Universiteit Twente, a university with mostly technical studies, is located in Enschede. It is one of the three technical universities in the Netherlands besides Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology and there are plans to merge them for cost saving reasons.

Enschede can also be considered as the preeminent, historical and potential tourism destination that enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers to become one of the most visited places.

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