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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.
Hjo municipality is a municipality in Far East Vastra Gotaland County, in western Sweden. Its seat is in Hjo town with about 6,000 inhabitants. The town is renowned as one of few wooden towns in Sweden. It has area of 1,498 square kilometers with population of 8,844 and density is 17 per square kilometers was estimated in 2001.
Hjo was known to have had a charter already in 1413, and was an important site for merchandice eastward. Many wooden towns have suffered fires, but Hjo has been relatively spared, apart from when the church and some adjacent houses burnt down in 1794. The city structure is therefore almost exactly the same as in the medieval times.
The industrial development in Hjo municipality has been a determining factor for its economic growth and population and although the industry is losing force in the last decades, the might of the sector services continues attracting new inhabitants in the city.

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