Malta and parts of France, Italy, Portugal and Spain are located on the African continental plate, some considerably closer to the African than European mainland, but politically are generally considered European by convention. Similarly, the island of Socotra is also on the African plate and much closer to Africa, but is politically part of the Asian state of Yemen. Egypt, although extending into Asia through the Sinai Peninsula, is considered an African state.
A country house is a large house or mansion in the countryside, usually associated with the aristocracy or landed gentry. Most often, the term refers to English country houses or estate houses in Scotland. Other countries, however, have similar structures, and the concept has been exported elsewhere.