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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. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Linz is a statutory city in northeastern Austria, by the Danube river. It is the capital of the state of Upper Austria. The population of the city is 188,968, but, including the surrounding areas and suburbs, about 271,000. Area 96.048 is square kilometers and population density is 1,957.4 per square kilometers.
The city was founded by the Romans, who called it Lentie, but there was already a Celtic settlement called Lentos; probably their word for the winding of a river. The city was a provincial and local government city of the Holy Roman Empire, but it was also an important trading point connecting several routes, on either side of the river Danube from the East to the West and Czechoslovakia and Poland from north to the Balkans and Italy to the south.
The city is now home to a vibrant music and arts scene that is well-funded by the city and the state of Upper Austria. Recently built in 2003 was the new modern art gallery called Lentos. It is situated on the banks of the river Danube. The building can be illuminated at night from the inside with blue, pink, red, and violet, due to its glass casing.
Linz is an industrial city. The Voestalpine AG is a large steel concern, and which is known for the LD procedure for the production of steel, and the former Chemie Linz chemical group, which has been split up into several companies. Linz also serves as an important transportation hub for the region of both Upper Austria and, to a lesser degree, southern Bohemia.

The Johannes Kepler University is situated in the north-east of Linz, and hosts law, business, social sciences, engineering, and science faculties, it currently has about 11,000 students. Linz also has three other universities are University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz, public, for arts and industrial design, Anton Bruckner Private University for Music, Drama, and Dance for music.

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