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Arkitect students

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A: Arkitect students

by Thor Nielsen, less than 10 meters away

Arkitect students

B: Arkitect studens

by Thor Nielsen, less than 10 meters away

Arkitect studens

C: SINTEF

by Thor Nielsen, 600 meters away

SINTEF

D: Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim

by Tõnis Raid, 750 meters away

Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim

E: Nidaros Cathedral, west side view, Trondheim

by Bane Obradović, 760 meters away

Nidaros Cathedral, west side view, Trondheim

F: Nidaros Cathedral, north side view, Trondheim

by Bane Obradović, 780 meters away

Nidaros Cathedral, north side view, Trondheim

G: Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim

by Tõnis Raid, 780 meters away

Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim

H: The Old Town Bridge (Gamle Bybro), Trondheim

by Bane Obradović, 900 meters away

More than 300 years oldThe Old Town Bridge was built in 1681 as a part of Cicignon's city plan. Throu...

The Old Town Bridge (Gamle Bybro), Trondheim

I: Old Town Bridge (Gamle Bybro or Bybroa), Trondheim, Norway

by Tõnis Raid, 900 meters away

Old Town Bridge (Gamle Bybro or Bybroa in Norwegian) crosses Nidelva river, in the city Trondheim. It...

Old Town Bridge (Gamle Bybro or Bybroa), Trondheim, Norway

J: Trondheim, seen from Kristiansten fortress

by Bane Obradović, 1,000 meters away

Trondheim, seen from Kristiansten fortress

This panorama was taken in Norway, 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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