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20111231 Vilnius 4

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Nearby images in http://www.360cities.net/area/vilnius-lithuania

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A: Suokalbis

by mantas talmantas, 100 meters away

Suokalbis, or collusion is a name of a bar that belongs to Lithuanian writers guild. Its on a right h...

Suokalbis

B: Vilnius Panorama

by DJ-Maryxa MC, 100 meters away

Vilnius Panorama

D: "Sue's Indian Raja" restaurant, Vilnius, Lithuania

by Vil Muhametshin, 140 meters away

http://www.sues-lt.com    

"Sue's Indian Raja" restaurant, Vilnius, Lithuania

E: 20111231 2357 Vilnius Cathedral New Year Fireworks

by Aleksandr Reznik, 160 meters away

Old Lithuanian tradition: urlagans take alcohol and fireworks and go to city centre to celebrate New ...

20111231 2357 Vilnius Cathedral New Year Fireworks

F: 20120901 2220 Vilnius Cathedral Night Rain

by Aleksandr Reznik, 190 meters away

20120901 2220 Vilnius Cathedral Night Rain

G: Tilto street

by Jonas Nosalis, 190 meters away

Tilto street

H: 2013 0915 1441 Vilniaus Maratonas

by Aleksandr Reznik, 190 meters away

2013 0915 1441 Vilniaus Maratonas

I: V. Kudirkos square

by Jonas Nosalis, 200 meters away

V. Kudirkos square

J: Šventaragio street

by Jonas Nosalis, 210 meters away

Šventaragio street

This panorama was taken in http://www.360cities.net/area/vilnius-lithuania, 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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