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A: Schwägalp

by Fritz Hanke, 90 meters away

From Urnäsch we took the Postauto to the Schwägalp. There is a cable car up to the Säntis. We took an...

Schwägalp

B: Schwaegalp, looking up at the Saentis

by Karel Gillissen, 150 meters away

This is the lower station of the Luftseilbahn Schwägalp-Säntis (aerial tramway to the Säntis). The he...

Schwaegalp, looking up at the Saentis

C: In the Gondola of the aerial tramway to the Saentis

by Karel Gillissen, 1.3 km away

The Luftseilbahn Schwägalp-Säntis is the easiest way to get to the top of the Säntis at 2500m.The tot...

In the Gondola of the aerial tramway to the Saentis

D: Säntis during summer time

by Andreas Hangkamer-Kühnen, 1.9 km away

During our trip to Switzerland, we visited this great mountain. A very exciting prospect. A great day...

Säntis during summer time

E: On the summit of the Säntis, Appenzell, Switzerland

by Karel Gillissen, 1.9 km away

The Säntis is with 2503 meters the highest mountain in the Alpstein massif.Wheather permitting you ca...

On the summit of the Säntis, Appenzell, Switzerland

F: Berggasthaus near the summit of the Säntis, Switzerland

by Karel Gillissen, 2.0 km away

Near the summit of the Säntis (2502 m.) lies the Berggasthaus Säntis on 2485 m.It was established in ...

Berggasthaus near the summit of the Säntis, Switzerland

G: Near Säntis Peak...

by Heinz Kirschner, 2.3 km away

Near Säntis Peak...

H: Kronberg

by Rolf Ris, 4.3 km away

Kronberg

I: Kronberg

by Rolf Ris, 4.9 km away

Kronberg

J: Altenalptuerm

by Marco Steiner, 5.0 km away

Altenalptuerm

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, 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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