Eastern Europe is the Eastern territories of the European part of Eurasia. The borders of this part of Europe changed periodically, in accordance with the current era. During the cold war, Eastern Europe included all Soviet countries, and after its end, the picture of the region changed.
Now the countries include: Belarus, Hungary, Bulgaria, Moldova, part of Russia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic and certainly Ukraine. Every year the map changes and more.
Now the region includes the Baltic States with Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Some pundits and individual States do not consider Russia part of Europe, and some exclude Ukraine.
Therefore, it is often said in the definition of Eastern Europe that these are territories located between Central Europe and Western Asia, and these areas are based on Orthodox, Byzantine and Ottoman cultures.
The population is more than 135 million people. The most populous state is Poland (38.6 million), the smallest is Moldova (4.3 million). The ethnic composition is dominated by Slavs. Main nationalities: Belarusians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Moldovans, Ukrainians, and Russians.
Eastern Europe Climate
The climate in Eastern Europe is less humid and colder than in Western Europe. The average annual temperature is -5 to 10 C).
Many countries in Eastern Europe have access to the Black or Adriatic sea, so there is thriving tourism. Some like the ski resorts of the Carpathians and the Alps.
The nearest resorts for Russians in Eastern Europe is the Crimea, the Bulgarian black sea coast, Hungarian balneological resorts, the beautiful Czech Republic with a charming tourist Mecca in the form of Prague, Romania with tales of Dracula, picturesque and romantic Baltic countries, resorts in Hungary, native Belarus. In Ukraine, the Russians way is now closed.
The main advantage of recreation is the common origin of the language. The language barrier affects communication not so much, relatively cheap and close flight. For border areas can be reached by bus or train, also by car. A serious bias for people who are used to visiting Eastern Europe on vacation was the change in the Euro. Now the trip is much more expensive.
In a number of former countries of the socialist camp are still warm to the Russian despite all that is happening now.