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A: Kudirkas aikste prie McDonalds

by IGNAT, 40 meters away

Kudirkas aikste prie McDonalds

B: V. Kudirkos square

by Jonas Nosalis, 60 meters away

V. Kudirkos square

C: Vilnius Gediminas Avenue Panorama

by DJ-Maryxa MC, 160 meters away

Vilnius Gediminas Avenue Panorama

D: Small Theatre of Vilnius

by DJ-Maryxa MC, 170 meters away

Established in the new building located in the very centre of the Lithuanian capital in the autumn of...

Small Theatre of Vilnius

E: Suokalbis

by mantas talmantas, 220 meters away

Suokalbis, or collusion is a name of a bar that belongs to Lithuanian writers guild. Its on a right h...


F: 20111231 Vilnius 4

by Valdis Salekalns, 250 meters away

20111231 Vilnius 4

G: Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre

by Jonas Nosalis, 260 meters away

Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre

H: Vilnius Panorama

by DJ-Maryxa MC, 290 meters away

Vilnius Panorama

I: Tilto street

by Jonas Nosalis, 290 meters away

Tilto street

This panorama was taken in, 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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