This region includes 15 EU member states Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden; non-EU member states Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom; and microstates Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco and San Marino. Each country is distinctive but moving from north to south, the people get warmer with the climate in general. Food and wine are taken seriously everywhere and art and culture reign supreme. As political humorist Andy Valvur says, Germany is like the strict and responsible dad of Europe, who is married to France. She’s flirty, indulgent and has the occasional affair. Their children are Austria and Spain, taking after dad and mom, respectively. Italy and Portugal are rebellious cousins who dress to impress but in fact, lost most of their money. The Netherlands is the quirky, lesbian aunt. Belgium is a schizophrenic cousin with an identity crisis (“I’m French, I’m Dutch!”). Greece is a beautiful, long lost cousin who tries to glom onto the success of Germany. Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden and Finland) is rich and predictable. Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and the UK are distant cousins who made good money and invest it wisely. As for the microstates, they are intriguing orphans.