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Albia

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Nearby images in Northern Spain

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A: Jardines De Albia

by David Hernandez, 50 meters away

Jardines De Albia

B: iruna cafe tapas in bilbao, spain

by luis davilla, 50 meters away

iruna cafe tapas in bilbao, spain

iruna cafe tapas in bilbao, spain

C: iruna cafe in bilbao, spain

by luis davilla, 50 meters away

iruña cafe in bilbao, spain

iruna cafe in bilbao, spain

D: Palacio de la Diputacion

by David Hernandez, 300 meters away

Palacio de la Diputacion

E: Ria De Bilbao

by David Hernandez, 350 meters away

Ria De Bilbao

F: transcantabrico spanish luxury train

by luis davilla, 360 meters away

transcantabrico spanish luxury train

transcantabrico spanish luxury train

G: transcantabrico spanish luxury train

by luis davilla, 360 meters away

transcantabrico spanish luxury train

transcantabrico spanish luxury train

H: Palacio de la Diputacion

by David Hernandez, 370 meters away

Fachada trasera del Palacio de la Diputación Foral de Vizcaya

Palacio de la Diputacion

I: town hall from oteiza sculture in bilbao, spain

by luis davilla, 380 meters away

town hall from oteiza sculture in bilbao, spain

town hall from oteiza sculture in bilbao, spain

J: calatrava bridge and isozaki towers in bilbao

by luis davilla, 410 meters away

calatrava bridge and isozaki towers in bilbao, spain

calatrava bridge and isozaki towers in bilbao

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, 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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