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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.

Preston is a city and local government district in North West England. It is the administrative centre of Lancashire, and is on the River Ribble. Preston was granted the status of a city in 2002, becoming England's 50th city in the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth's reign.
Preston forms part of a conurbation with Chorley and Leyland which according to the 2001 census had an overall population of 335,000. Of this, 184,836 lived in the Preston urban sub-area: the figure for those living within the city limits is lower at around 130,000. Preston City Council and South Ribble Borough Council are planning to seek to merge to form a unitary authority, independent from Lancashire County Council, under the recent Local Government White Paper.
The biggest employer in the city is the University of Central Lancashire. Defence contractor BAE Systems also has a strong presence in the surrounding area, like the InBev multinational group of breweries.
Preston is famous for Preston North End F.C. and the National Football Museum, the home of English football heritage, currently located at Deepdale football ground. The Preston Mountaineering Club is based in the town and has been in existence for over 70 years.
The city is home to the University of Central Lancashire. Formerly known as Preston Polytechnic, UCLan is now the sixth largest university in the country. The university currently has over 33,000 students. As well as the university, the Preston area is home to many other higher education institutes.

A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages, Preston is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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