Western Europe


Those nations in Europe that were not part of the Eastern Bloc, or more specifically, those nations allied with the United States in NATO (except Turkey). Neutral or nonaligned nations such as Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, and Spain, though western European in terms of geography, are not usually meant when the term “Western Europe” is used as the opposite for terms such as “Eastern Europe,” “the Eastern Bloc,” or “communist Europe.”

Words Nearby Western Europe

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How to use Western Europe in a sentence

  • The fact is that the inhabitants of Ireland, like the inhabitants of all other countries in Western Europe, are of mixed origin.

    Is Ulster Right? | Anonymous
  • There is probably no part of Western Europe where land is now held by the descendants of the aboriginal inhabitants.

    Is Ulster Right? | Anonymous
  • It was the first abbey in Normandy to open the door of learning to the young and inquiring minds of Western Europe.

  • Under him Rome became the political as well as the religious centre of Western Europe.

    History of the English People | John Richard Green
  • England alone could furnish a centre to the reformed communions of Western Europe.

    History of the English People | John Richard Green