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Ales Stenar

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A: Ales Stenar 2

od Clemens Scharmann, 20 meters away

Ales stenarAles stenar (Stones) is Sweden's largest preserved "ship setting" - stones set in the layo...

Ales Stenar 2

B: Ales Stenar

od Clemens Scharmann, 20 meters away

Ales stenarAles stenar (Stones) is Sweden's largest preserved "ship setting" - stones set in the layo...

Ales Stenar

C: Look! Cows!

od Klaus Friese, 90 meters away

Look! Cows!

D: Ales Stenar during sunrise

od Jan Totzek, 330 meters away

Ales Stones is a megalithic monument in southern sweden forming the shape of a ship. The ship setting...

Ales Stenar during sunrise

E: Kåseberga

od Jan Andersson, 570 meters away

Kåseberga

F: Sandhammaren

od Jan Andersson, 9.0 km daleko

Sandhammaren i Löderups socken i Ystads kommun är det sydostligaste hörnet av Skåne. Sandhammarens fy...

Sandhammaren

G: Mälarhusen

od Dimitri Gerster, 10.1 km daleko

A magical year closes with a magical sunset.This is the first spherical panorama my collegue made (un...

Mälarhusen

H: Sand dunes close to beach

od Jiri Vambera, 11.0 km daleko

Sand dunes close to beach

I: Skillinge

od Jan Andersson, 17.8 km daleko

Skillinge är en tätort i Simrishamns kommun i Skåne län, belägen på Österlen. Ortens huvudnäringar är...

Skillinge

J: Fyledalen, Skåne

od Jan Andersson, 19.7 km daleko

Fyledalen är en biologiskt och geologiskt intressant dalgång i södra Skåne. Fyledalen är 20 kilometer...

Fyledalen, Skåne

This panorama was taken in Sweden, Europe

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Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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