Navigation mark at Hvide Sande, Denmark
This Navigation mark was set in 1880 by the fishermen and sailors to facilitate the country recognition.
Nr. Lyngvig Lighthouse is situated at Holmslands Klit between Soendervig and Hvide Sande on the west ...
View over the dunes of Holmsland Klit on a sunny day in early March. Lyngvig Fyr is the lighthouse mo...
Ringk?bing is situated at the northeastern corner of Ringk?bing Fjord. To get to and from the open se...
A panorama withHalo (light effect)Halo (Halo of the singular; plural halos or halons) is a collective...
Interntional Symposium of Wood Sculpture 2012 in Ringkobing, Denmark. Burning of sculpture by Finnish...
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.