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A: Small bathroom

by Vardenis Pavardenis, less than 10 meters away

Small bathroom

C: 20090801 Klaipeda baltic tall ship race

by Aleksandr Reznik, 1.5 km away

Klaipėda is arranging the greatest world Tall Ships? Races for the first time. The first historic reg...

20090801 Klaipeda baltic tall ship race

D: Old Klaipedas Ferry

by mantas talmantas, 1.5 km away

Here is a sunny day in an old ferry of Klaipeda's port. Ferry is going to curonian spit a trip that t...

Old Klaipedas Ferry

E: 20090802 Baltic tall ship race in Klaipeda

by Aleksandr Reznik, 1.7 km away

Klaipėda is arranging the greatest world Tall Ships? Races for the first time. The first historic reg...

20090802 Baltic tall ship race in Klaipeda

F: Klaipeda Skydiving Club

by Aurimas Liutikas, 6.1 km away

This is a picture from Klaipeda's Skydiving Club. It is one of the biggest skydiver's community in th...

Klaipeda Skydiving Club

G: klaipeda

by vito la spina, 8.0 km away

klaipeda

H: Palanga Beach

by Arturas Gudkovas, 22.3 km away

Evening at Palanga Beach in Lithuania. Camera: GoPro Hero 2

Palanga Beach

I: Birute Hill, Palanga, Lithuania

by Aurimas Liutikas, 22.9 km away

This is a "Birute" hill. It is about 150 meters from the sea. It used to be one of the Paganistic pla...

Birute Hill, Palanga, Lithuania

J: Garden of Roses, Palanga, Lithuania

by Aurimas Liutikas, 23.0 km away

This is a garden of roses. It is a part of Palanga park around the Amber Museum. It was started by no...

Garden of Roses, Palanga, Lithuania

This panorama was taken in Lithuania, 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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