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A: Haugesund Kystverket 2012

by Ackermann Ralf, 320 meters away

Haugesund is a young trading town on the southwest coast of Norway. The town was founded end of the 1...

Haugesund Kystverket 2012

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by Håkon Torgersen, 460 meters away

C:

by Håkon Torgersen, 490 meters away

D: Harald 01

by Håkon Torgersen, 550 meters away

Harald 01

E: Byparken 01

by Håkon Torgersen, 680 meters away

Byparken 01

F: Byparken 02

by Håkon Torgersen, 700 meters away

Byparken 02

G: Kaien

by Håkon Torgersen, 900 meters away

Kaien

H: Bakken

by Håkon Torgersen, 910 meters away

Bakken

I: Haugesund quay

by Christoffer Steinsvåg, 930 meters away

From the nice quay in Haugesund, picture taken close to the Risøybridge. Had a hard time stitching th...

Haugesund quay

J: Haugesund Smedasundet Harbor 2012

by Ackermann Ralf, 970 meters away

The Norwegian trade city of Haugesund is located on the North Sea coast between Bergen and Stavanger....

Haugesund Smedasundet Harbor 2012

This panorama was taken in Norway, 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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