15 Most Northern Capitals of Europe (via MapPorn)
At a latitude of 64.1466° N, Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Only Nuuk, the capital city of Greenland, which sits at 64.1814° N, is further north than Reykjavík. However, Greenland is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark. Geographically, Greenland is part of the continent of North America.
- Reykjavik, Iceland (Latitude » 64.1466° N)
- Helsinki, Finland (60.1699° N)
- Oslo, Norway (59.9139° N)
- Tallinn, Estonia (59.4370° N)
- Stockholm, Sweden (59.3293° N)
- Riga, Latvia (56.9496° N)
- Moscow, Russia* (55.7558° N)
- Copenhagen, Denmark (55.6761° N)
- Vilnius, Lithuania (54.6872° N)
- Minsk, Belarus (53.9006° N)
- Dublin, Ireland (53.3498° N)
- Berlin, Germany (52.5200° N)
- Amsterdam, Netherlands (52.3676° N)
- Warsaw, Poland (52.2297° N)
- London, England, UK (51.5074° N)
In comparison, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada sits at a latitude of 45.4215° N.
Facts » Reykjavík is the only Western European capital without a McDonald’s or a Starbucks. The only other European capital without a McDonald’s is Tirana, Albania. Rome, Italy is Starbucks-free.
*Russia, is so vast, being the largest country in the world, and most of it within the continent of Asia. However, some consider Moscow, geographically at least, within continental Europe.
Steve Silk on the Great North Road (Source » The Guardian)
Steve Silk, The Guardian »
With the smell of the North Sea in my nostrils, I feel a long way from central London, where my journey began amid the tangier aroma of delivery driver diesel. My plan was to go in search of the old road between London and Edinburgh: the one that had served the mail coaches, witnessed marching soldiers and highway robbery, and had an ancient and evocative name: the Great North Road.
Over the last 300-odd miles I’d been pretty faithful to the old road – or at least as faithful as you can be while avoiding dual carriageways and speeding drivers. The key is to find stretches where the new has been built next to the old, rather than on top of it: an orphaned mile or so at Tempsford in Bedfordshire, Stilton in Cambridgeshire or Cromwell in Nottinghamshire. On these forgotten high streets I find it remarkably easy to visualise a time when the mail coach was the king of the road – the horses’ hooves clattering and the guard blowing his horn.