Centre of Europe


The location of the geographical centre of Europe depends on the definition of the borders of Europe, mainly whether remote islands are included to define the extreme points of Europe, and on the method of calculating the final result. Thus, several places claim to host this hypothetical centre.

Some claimants

Locations currently vying for the distinction of being the centre of Europe include:

As noted below, Guinness World Records recognises Bernotai, 26 km north of Vilnius, Lithuania, as the official geographical midpoint of Europe,[8] but that does not preclude other centres, depending on the methodology used in making the determination.

Historical measurements


The first official declaration of the Centre or Europe was made in 1775 by the Polish royal astronomer and cartographer Szymon Antoni Sobiekrajski, and calculated to be in the town Suchowola near Białystok in nowadays north-eastern Poland. The method used was that of calculating equal distances from the extreme points of Europe: in Portugal (W) vs. Central Ural (E), in Norway (N) vs. Southern Greece (S), (islands were not taken into consideration). There is a monument commemorating that fact in Suchowola 53°34′39″N 23°06′22″E / 53.57750°N 23.10611°E / 53.57750; 23.10611 (Suchowola, Poland (monument)).