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Climbing on Floya

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Panoramic view of Tromso, from the nearby mountain Floya

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A: Views of Tromsø from Fløya

by Dag Andersen, 100 meters away

The city centre of Tromsø contains the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway, the ol...

Views of Tromsø from Fløya

B: The docks in Tromsdalen

by Ronny Mikkelsen, 1.4 km away

Picture from Tromsdalen,  in the picture u can see the city bridge, Rica hotel the arctic cathedral a...

The docks in Tromsdalen

C: Just before the Midnightsun Concert in the Ishavskatedralen in Tromsø

by Henk Keijzer, 1.5 km away

Just before the Midnightsun Concert in the Ishavskatedralen in Tromsø

Just before the Midnightsun Concert in the Ishavskatedralen in Tromsø

D: Midnightsun in Tromsø, Ishavskatedralen

by Henk Keijzer, 1.5 km away

Midnightsun in Tromsø, Ishavskatedralen

Midnightsun in Tromsø, Ishavskatedralen

E: The Arctic Cathedral

by Ronny Mikkelsen, 1.5 km away

The Arctic Cathedral in Tromso Norway

The Arctic Cathedral

F: MS Polarlys

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 2.0 km away

MS Polarlys

G: Ice sculptures in Tromsø Norway

by Fritz Dallenbach, 2.0 km away

Ice sculptures in Tromsø Norway

H: Rica Hotel Tromso

by Ronny Mikkelsen, 2.0 km away

Rica Ishavshotel The hotel is centrally located in Tromsø, also known as the Paris of the North. With...

Rica Hotel Tromso

I: MS Nordnorge in Tromsø

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 2.0 km away

MS Nordnorge in Tromsø

J: Tromsø Harbour

by Freiermuth Hanspeter, 2.1 km away

Tromsø Harbour

This panorama was taken in Norway, Europe

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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. 

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