Bunge Airfield is a former military airport, now privately owned. This image was taken from the roof of the hangar during 2006 fly-in, a yearly event. If you are airborne and think of visiting Gotland and the island of Fårö you might want to consider landing at Bunge Airfield.
Bunge Airfield is a former military airport, now privately owned. This image was taken from the roof ...
Bunge Airfield is a privately owned airfield. It was once a military airfield but when the airforce n...
Site of the now-defunct oil drilling on Gotland.
One of the smaller sea-stack fields of Gotland with the famous sea-stack "Kaffepannan" or Coffee pot ...
Defunct military installation in Tingstäde, Gotland, Sweden
Day 16-17: Gotland — OMG, Gotland is fantastic! The weather didn't cooperate in the end, but never mi...
The Swedish island of Gotland had rail road traffic between 1878 and 1960. In 1972 the Gotland Train ...
"Norderport" is the "north gate" in the city wall surrounding the old parts of the Hanseatic town of ...
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.