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Panoramic photo by David Rowley EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 09:24, 27/05/2012 - Views loading...

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Arctic Circle

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Just as you cross the Arctic Circle on the E6 road in Norway is the Arctic Circle Centre, where you can stop to buy a souvenir or even get your passport stamped. At an elevation of over 600 metres above sea level the area often keeps its Arctic look all year round. This image was taken in late May and at the time there were still snow patches at 50 metres above sea level.

The arctic circle marks the southern boundry of the summer midnight sun, and in mid winter the sun will only just rise onto the southern horizon at noon.

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This panorama was taken in Norway, Europe

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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.

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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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