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A: Kinghorn Beach

by Daniel Oi, 14.4 km away

Kinghorn Beach

B: Elie Harbour Arm Fife Scotland

by Geoff Mather, 21.0 km away

Elie inner harbour from the Arm.

Elie Harbour Arm Fife Scotland

C: Elie Harbour Fife Scotland

by Geoff Mather, 21.1 km away

Elie in Fife is situated on the East coast of Scotland and lies on the mouth Firth of Forth.

Elie Harbour Fife Scotland

D: North Queensferry

by Peter Stark, 23.5 km away

North Queensferry

E: Dunfermline Abbey Pulpit

by Peter Stark, 23.5 km away

The eastern end of the Abbey is dominated by The Great East Window (Sacramental Window) with its repr...

Dunfermline Abbey Pulpit

F: Dunfermline Abbey

by Peter Stark, 23.6 km away

Dunfermline Abbey is a church of two distinctive parts, separated by eight centuries of history. The ...

Dunfermline Abbey

G: Leith Theatre, Edinburgh

by Craig Coulthard, 24.6 km away

Leith Theatre in Edinburgh

Leith Theatre, Edinburgh

H: North Queensferry The Forth Bridges

by Peter Stark, 25.6 km away

The village of North Queensferry gets its name from St Margaret who founded a church in nearby Dunfer...

North Queensferry The Forth Bridges

I: Kinnoull Tower overlooking the River Tay, Perth, Scotland

by Ross Bull, 25.9 km away

Kinnoull Tower was built in 1829 by Lord Grey of Kinfauns and enjoys views over the River Tay and the...

Kinnoull Tower overlooking the River Tay, Perth, Scotland

J: Edge of the Rock Garden, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

by Dave Kennard, 26.0 km away

Panorama on the edge of the Rock Garden in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The Gardens were estab...

Edge of the Rock Garden, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

This panorama was taken in Scotland, 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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