[[File:Flag of the European Union.png|thumb|right|200px|The flag representing the European Union]]
'''Europe''' is one of the seven traditional continents of the Earth. The true home of [[Grand Theft Auto]] is in Europe, or more specifically in Scotland, part of the [[United Kingdom]]. However, the games are always released first in [[North America]], probably due to the larger number of people expected to buy the games there, as well as it being the home country of [[Rockstar Games]].
One European country noted for it's censorship of the GTA series is [[Germany]]. Since [[Grand Theft Auto III]], a number of changes have been made to the games. Some of these include the removal of blood, weapons, prostitutes, and even missions.
Europe is home to a number of video game rating systems, each of them giving varied ratings to GTA games. While these countries use the PEGI system, their own ratings boards still exist, and it would appear that some games are still rated by them for whatever reason. They include the following:
*[[BBFC]] - Used in the United Kingdom
*[[PEGI]] - Used in nearly 30 European countries
*[[ELSPA]] - The former British ratings board
*[[USK]] - Used in Germany
*SELL - Used in France
*aDeSe - Used in Spain
*VET/SFB - Used in Finland
*DJCTQ - Used in Portugal, and more recently Brazil.
File:Es1.png|The flag of Spain, a country of Europe.
File:2000px-Flag of Hungary.png|Flag of Hungary, a country of Europe.
File:Flag of Denmark.png|Flag of Denmark, a country of Europe.
File:Flag of Poland.gif|Flag of Poland, a country of Europe.
File:Flag of Sweden.svg|Flag of Sweden, a country in Europe.
File:Flag of the United Kingdom.png|Flag of the United Kingdom, a country in Europe.
File:Flag of Germany.png|Flag of Germany, a country in Europe.
File:Greece-Flag.png|Flag of Greece, a country in Europe.
File:Ireland flag.gif|Flag of Ireland, a country in Europe.
File:Nl1.png|Flag of The Netherlands/Holland, a country in Europe.
File:USSR-flag.png|Flag of the Union of Sovient Socialists Republic (USSR).
File:Turkey.png|Flag of Turkey, a country considered to be part of Europe.
File:Flag-of-Russia.png|Flag of Russia, a country considered to be part of Europe.