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Oslo city hall

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A: Oslo City Hall

by Kyrre Andersen, less than 10 meters away

Oslo City Hall

B: Oslo City Hall

by Clemens Scharmann, 90 meters away

Oslo City Hall

C: Town hall square, Oslo, Norway

by Ilja van de Pavert, 160 meters away

Town hall square, Oslo, Norway

Town hall square, Oslo, Norway

D: Radhusplassen, Oslo

by Henk Keijzer, 170 meters away

Radhusplassen, Oslo

Radhusplassen, Oslo

E: The National Theater in Oslo

by Clemens Scharmann, 200 meters away

The National Theater in Oslo

F: Stortinget, The Parliament, Oslo, Norway

by Jedsada Puangsaichai, 300 meters away

The parliament, Stortinget, Oslo is situated in the middle of Karl Johansgate. It was built in 1861-6...

Stortinget, The Parliament, Oslo, Norway

G: University of Oslo

by Clemens Scharmann, 300 meters away

  The University of Oslo is Norway’s largest and oldest institution of higher education. It was found...

University of Oslo

H: Universitetets Aula‎, University Great Hall, Oslo, Norway

by Jedsada Puangsaichai, 320 meters away

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Universitetets Aula‎, University Great Hall, Oslo, Norway

I: Parliament Of Norway, Oslo

by Bane Obradović, 320 meters away

Parliament Of Norway, Oslo

J: Sailing Ship, Oslo

by Bane Obradović, 330 meters away

Sailing Ship, Oslo

This panorama was taken in Norway, 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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