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Norwegian Epic - 01

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A: De Rotterdam: Panoramic view from the largest building in Europe

od Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 150 meters away

De Rotterdam is a building on the Wilhelmina Pier in Rotterdam, designed by Rem Koolhaas in 1998. The...

De Rotterdam: Panoramic view from the largest building in Europe

B: Norwegian Epic - 02

od Martijn Oorthuis, 200 meters away

Norwegian Epic - 02

C: On the roof of 'Toren op Zuid'

od Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 210 meters away

This panorama is shot on the roof of the 'Toren op Zuid' in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and is part of...

On the roof of 'Toren op Zuid'

D: Norwegian Epic - 06

od Martijn Oorthuis, 230 meters away

Norwegian Epic - 06

E: Erasmusbrug

od Robin Waarts, 240 meters away

Erasmusbrug

F: Rotterdam Kop van Zuid-2

od René van Gageldonk, 240 meters away

Rotterdam Kop van Zuid-2

G: Montevideo, view from the window (36th floor)

od Hans Klop, 280 meters away

Apartement on the 36th floor with a nice view over the river Maas

Montevideo, view from the window (36th floor)

H: Appartement on 36th floor

od Hans Klop, 290 meters away

Appartement on 36th floor

I: Hotel New York Rotterdam

od Henk van den Berg, 310 meters away

Hotel New York Rotterdam

J: Holland America Line

od René van Gageldonk, 330 meters away

Holland America Line, Rotterdam. This is a spot in Rotterdam on "de kop van Zuid". An area that used ...

Holland America Line

This panorama was taken in Rotterdam, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

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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