Drottningholm 2
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Drottningholm 2

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A: Drottningholm Palace Theatre - Stockholm

by Mahmood Hamidi, 50 meters away

The 18th-century Court Theatre at Drottningholm is on the "world heritage" list. The building was com...

Drottningholm Palace Theatre - Stockholm

B: Drottningholmsteatern

by Ingemar Edfalk, 60 meters away

Drottningholmsteatern

C: Drottningholm Palace (Changing of the Royal Guards)

by Mahmood Hamidi, 70 meters away

Changing of the Royal Guards is a several hunderd years old ceremony during which the guards of the R...

Drottningholm Palace (Changing of the Royal Guards)

D: Drottningholm Garden, Stockholm, Sweden

by Jozef Kokes, 80 meters away

The Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. It is located in Drott...

Drottningholm Garden, Stockholm, Sweden

E: Drottningholm Palace

by Lennart Mollerstrom, 80 meters away

Drottningholm Palace

F: Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

by Mahmood Hamidi, 90 meters away

The Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. It is located in Drott...

Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

G: Drottningholm 1

by Ingemar Edfalk, 110 meters away

Drottningholm 1

H: Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

by Jozef Kokes, 130 meters away

The Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. It is located in Drott...

Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

I: Drottningholms Slott

by Mats Hjelte, 140 meters away

Drottningholm is the royal swedish summer castle just outside Stockholm.

Drottningholms Slott

J: Drottningholm Palace Park, The Embroidery Parterre

by Mahmood Hamidi, 150 meters away

Closest to the palace lies the parterre de broderi, which originally had an intricate embroidery patt...

Drottningholm Palace Park, The Embroidery Parterre

This panorama was taken in Sweden, 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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