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The Inter-European Division

Formed in 1971 of geographical territories formerly administered by both the Central European and Trans-Mediterranean divisions, the Inter-European Division (former Euro-Africa Division) oversees the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 20 countries. Its European nations come from Central and Southern Europe and three are in Eastern Europe.

Destination of the first Seventh-day Adventist missionary, this division has a history which includes an ex-priest who became a Protestant while visiting in Switzerland during 1850. Later, he became a Seventh-day Adventist in the United States of America and started to preach the Adventist message in Europe in 1864. In fact, the congregation he organized at Tramelan in 1867 became known as the oldest Seventh-day Adventist Church in Europe-although at the time of their baptism, these individuals were unaware of a church by that name. A year later, these Swiss Sabbath keepers were publishing tracts in French and German.

Today, from headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, the Inter-European Division provides inspiration to six unions and five unions of churches. Its publishing houses in Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland publish in 18 languages.

Bible correspondence schools in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland assist students wanting to study the Bible. In addition, there are schools in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania, and Spain. There are multiple radio stations in France, Italy, and Romania; and production centers for Adventist World Radio are in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, and Romania

Adventist World Radio began broadcasting from this division on leased time from Sines, Portugal, in 1972; AWR's second broadcast center was at Darmstadt, Germany, and then at Forli, Italy. Since 1990, building permits have been sought for church-owned land near Argenta, Italy. Programming production centers in many languages are located in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, and Romania. Supporting AWR are 20 local radio stations in France, Italy, and Romania.