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A: Forsakar

by Jan Andersson, 470 meters away

Forsakar är en ravin i Linderödsåsens östra sluttning vid Degeberga i Kristianstads kommun, där Forsa...


B: Yangtorp

by Jan Andersson, 11.5 km away

En intressant grund att bygga vidare på Man kan ställa många frågor om hur hela projektet kom till, v...


C: Yangtorp close

by Jan Andersson, 11.6 km away

En intressant grund att bygga vidare på Man kan ställa många frågor om hur hela projektet kom till, v...

Yangtorp close

D: Sweden Ahus Absolut

by Markus Kaeppeli, 17.8 km away

In Ahus wird der berühmte Absolut-Wodka gebrannt. Nachdem die Brennerei einst kurz vor dem Ruin stand...

Sweden Ahus Absolut

E: Sweden Ahus Harbour

by Markus Kaeppeli, 18.0 km away

Sweden Ahus Harbour

F: Kivik Art Centre

by Jan Andersson, 20.2 km away

Den 14 juli 2006 bildades Stiftelsen Kivik Art Centre med ändamålet att etablera ett konst- och kultu...

Kivik Art Centre

G: Himlatrappan

by Jan Andersson, 20.4 km away

Himlatrappa Wingårdh träffar med sitt verk rakt i kärnpunkten av konstcentrumets verksamhet och ambit...


H: Stenshuvud National Park

by Arno Dietz, 22.3 km away

Stenshuvud is a hill in the southeastern corner of Sweden, in the province of Skåne, close to Kivik i...

Stenshuvud National Park

I: Snäckan

by Klaus Friese, 22.8 km away

Snäckan (1922) by Axel Ebbe


J: Kristianstad Theatre at night

by Klaus Friese, 22.9 km away

Kristianstad Theatre at night

This panorama was taken in Sweden, 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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