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Nearby images in Northern Spain

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A: ALAI ONDO TXAKURRA

by Lademanda manda, 1.3 km away

ALAI ONDO TXAKURRA

B: AIZKORRI 1528 m

by Lademanda manda, 3.6 km away

AIZKORRI 1528 m

C: HARRIAK (piedras)

by Lademanda manda, 3.6 km away

HARRIAK (piedras)

D: AITXURI 1551 m

by Lademanda manda, 4.2 km away

AITXURI 1551 m

E: ARBELAITZ 1513 m

by Lademanda manda, 5.1 km away

ARBELAITZ 1513 m

F: Cascadas de Toberias

by Juan Carlos M. Cancela, 8.2 km away

Conjunto de cascadas que forma el arroyo Toberias en su descenso hacia el río Arakil. A 30 minutos a ...

Cascadas de Toberias

G: Aranzazu Shrine

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 9.8 km away

Santuario de nuestra Señora de Aranzazu, Oñate (Guipúzcoa). Situado a 8 kilómetros de Oñate. En su en...

Aranzazu Shrine

H: views from Aranzazu

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 9.8 km away

Vistas desde el primer parking de la zona del Santuario de Aranzazu.

views from Aranzazu

I: Parking_Aranzazu

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 10.0 km away

Uno de los varios Parking en el Santuario de Aranzazu. (Guipúzcoa).

Parking_Aranzazu

J:

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 11.3 km away

Vista del Valle de Leniz desde las faldas de monte Urbia en Oñate (Guipúzcoa). Zona de pastoreo, dond...

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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