In 1989, scientists of National Geographic Institute of France gave the description of the European geographic centre and, applying the scientific method of gravitation centres, appointed that this centre is located in the North from Vilnius (26 km), near Purnuskes village.
The coordinate of the European geographic centre is 54 degrees 54 minutes North latitude and 25 degrees 19 minutes East longitude. The following coordinate was newly described after the marginal points of the European continent were determined: in the North – in Spitsbergen (80° 45’N – 20°35’E), in the South – in Canary Islands (27°38’N – 17°58’W), in the East – the top of the Urals (67°59’N – 66°10’E), in the West – the Azores (39°27’N – 31°16’W). The continent line runs along the Kara River, the highest crest of the Urals, the Urals River, the Caspian Sea up to the Apsheron Peninsula, the highest crest of the Caucasus up to the Kuban Bay, the Black Sea over the Dardanelles and Bosphorus, Eastern coast of the Aegean Sea (the boarder between Greece and Turkey), the Mediterranean, the Gibraltar channel. Determining the marginal points of the continent the Canary, Madeira and the Azores, as well as Iceland, are assigned to Europe, Newfoundland is not assigned. The position of Malta Island in the middle of the Mediterranean was ignored; however, this alters the place of the European geographic centre only by 100 metres. Considering the accuracy of the measurement, the European geographic centre can be considered any point in the territory, which is a cartographic trapezium, approximately 1100 meters in the direction of North South and 800 metres in the direction of West East.
I was in Vilnius 2 years ago. That's a pitty. I d'ont saw that "center".
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