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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.
Sofades is a town in Thessaly, central Greece and it belongs to the prefecture of Karditsa.  Its population is around 7,000 people, many of them Roma or Gypsies. The terrain level is around 120 meters above sea level, and the economy is mainly agricultural, cotton and corn. The modern town is very close to the site of the ancient city of Kierion one of the most important cities of ancient Thessaly. The name Sofades was first recorded as Sofou at around 1454-5 AD, Anno Domini. The non-Roma inhabitants of the region are known as Karagounides and they have always been speaking Greek. Thessaly is one of the 13 peripheries of Greece, and is further sub-divided into 4 prefectures. The prefecture lies in central Greece and borders Macedonia on the north, Epirus on the west, Sterea Hellas or Central Greece on the south and the Aegean Sea on the east.
Greece lies at the juncture of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Regarded as the cradle of western civilization and being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, western literature, political science, major scientific principles, and drama including both tragedy and comedy, Greece has a particularly long and eventful history and a cultural heritage considerably influential in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Today, Greece is a developed country, member of the European Union since 1981 and a member of the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union since 2001.

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