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European Member States


These factsheets examine the individual member states that make up the European Union and those that may join in the near future. The EU enlargment sheet also looks at the process of enlargement and criteria a country must fulfil for to join the EU.


Original Members

1973 Expansion

1980s Expansion

1995 Expansion

2004 Expansion

2007 Expansion

2013 Expansion

Candidate Countries



The following websites provide further detailed information on all countries in the EU:

The CIA World Factbook
BBC Country Profiles


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