The geographical centre of Europe
(from the Atlantic to the Urals) lies at 54°54'N 25°19'E,
about 25 km north of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania according
to 1989 calculations made by the French National Geographic
Institute (Institut Geographique National) the centre of Europe
is at .
On this picture my father Helge
is standing at the original stone put there by the French
expedition. A map-cum-sundial marks the spot today.
In September 2001 I measured the
point where the marker is standing to 54° 54' 23,6"N
25° 19' 12,8"E (+/- 5 m).
Elevation: 164 m. This is 762.4 metres (+/- 5 m) northeast from
the actual calculated position.
(Pictures of this location as it
looks today will be published on this page in not long.)
(non-official) of computations for centers (on the spheroid)
by Jean-Georges AFFHOLDER © IGN - Service de la Recherche:
CENTRE OF EUROPE (geographical, from the Atlantic to the Urals
Latitude : 54° 54' N - Longitude : 25° 19' E.
At the village of PURNUŠKES [Lithuania] (About 20km north of
Vilnius & 180km below the surface.)
The institute has made all computations in three dimensions, on
an ellipsoidic cap. The center of the European area (on this
surface) is between the center of the earth (6200 km) and PURNUŠKES
(180 km) .
Centre of Emerging
Countries (May read concerning depth.)
Longitude : 29° 00' E - Latitude : 44° 30' N.
In the Black Sea, off(shore from) the city of Histria
(Istria), Romania [In fact the centre of gravity is
situated 4200km below the surface].
CENTRE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Latitude : 50° 00' 33" N - Longitude : 4° 39' 59" E.
Belgium. near the town of Oignies-en-Thiérache, 1.3km to the
north of the French border.
- Viroinval: http://leden.tref.nl/~veenhh/borderland/europa/viroinval.htm
The Confluence Project: http://www.confluence.org/eurcenter/index.html
Jean-Georges Affholder and Mr.
Michel Bacchus Service de la
Documentation, Institut Geographique