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A: Safírový potok

by Petr Prager, 780 meters away

Safírový potok

B: Osada Jizerka (September)

by Libor Fettr, 1.2 km away

View of the settlement Jizerka (Klein Iser, 862 m above sea level) from the slope of basalt hill Buko...

Osada Jizerka (September)

C: Winter morning at Jizerka

by Libor Fettr, 1.2 km away

Jizerka (deutsch Klein Iser) is part of municipality Kořenov in Jablonec nad Nisou District. The haml...

Winter morning at Jizerka

D: Jizera mountain - village Jizerka

by Jan Malach, 1.3 km away

Jizera mountain - village Jizerka

E: Vinohradske divadlo cottage at Jizerka

by Libor Fettr, 1.3 km away

The cottage of the Vinohradske divadlo (theater in Prague) at Jizerka is a perfect starting point for...

Vinohradske divadlo cottage at Jizerka

F: Vinohradske divadlo cottage at Jizerka (interior)

by Libor Fettr, 1.3 km away

The cottage of the Vinohradske divadlo (theater in Prague) at Jizerka is a perfect starting point for...

Vinohradske divadlo cottage at Jizerka (interior)

G: Pod Bukovcem

by Petr Prager, 1.5 km away

Pod Bukovcem

H: Ptačí Kameny Jizerské Hory

by Petr Prager, 1.7 km away

Ptačí Kameny Jizerské Hory

I: Hojerův dům, Jizerka

by Martin Brunclík, 2.0 km away

Ruins of Hojer's house in the forest near the coldest village in the Czech mountains. You can get the...

Hojerův dům, Jizerka

J: Orle Přechod přes Jizeru

by Petr Prager, 2.2 km away

Orle Přechod přes Jizeru

This panorama was taken in 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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