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Balkans, Balkan Mountains, Balkan Mountain Range(noun)
the major mountain range of Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula
Balkan Peninsula, Balkans(noun)
a large peninsula in southeastern Europe containing the Balkan Mountain Range
the Balkan countries collectively
A geographical region in the southeast of Europe, roughly equivalent to the area covered by the former Yugoslav countries, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece and sometimes Romania.
Origin: Of origin. Compare Turkish balkan.
The Balkans, often referred to as the Balkan Peninsula, and recently also as "Southeast Europe", although none of the three covers exactly the same area, is a geopolitical and cultural region of southeastern Europe. Many linguistic families meet in the region, including the Slavic, Romance, Hellenic, Albanian and Turkic language families. The main religion is Orthodox Christianity, followed by Catholic Christianity and Sunni Islam. This part of Europe is divided culturally and linguistically. At their core, the "Balkans" are states that have been shaped by their membership in the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The Balkans are highly mountainous. Mount Musala in Bulgaria's Rila mountain range is the highest point in the region.
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