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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.
Vastervik municipality is one of Europe most popular destinations, and is well known for the quantity of cultural related attractions and monuments that the place has embraced. Vastervik is a municipality in Kalmar County, in south-eastern Sweden, with its seat in the town of Vastervik with 20,000 inhabitants. The town is located by the side of water and has historically been well suited for harbor industry, and has a popular archipelago.
Vastervik was first mentioned in 1275 and was then located at the current location of Gamleby. In 1433 Eric of Pomerania decided to give it a chart and move it to its present location at a strategically important location, and close to the castle of Stegeholm. In the ensueing centuries Vastervik suffered attacks from hostile armies. It was more or less completely demolished five times between 1450 and 1677. Despite this, King Gustav Vasa established a ship industry here in the 16th century, wherefrom ships sailed to Germany and the Baltic states, and from the 17th century they sailed to Portugal too.

In the 18th century peace finally ensued, and the ship industry was expanded, increasing the ship routes down to the Mediterranean. The industrial development in this 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. One can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and pursue enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace.

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