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Nearby images in Netherlands


A: Living room

by Martijn Oorthuis, 40 meters away

Just a fun image taken in my livingroom.

Living room

B: Bevrijdingsfestival Vlaardingen

by Martijn Oorthuis, 760 meters away

Bevrijdingsfestival Vlaardingen

C: Panorama by the water

by Cliff Odijk, 1.1 km away

Panorama picture taken by the water next to my house. This is one of my first panoramas I've been abl...

Panorama by the water

D: Events Farm

by Hans Molenkamp, 1.1 km away

A view on a old farm that is rebuilded as a events farm and is now named Buitenplaats Vlaardingen. Th...

Events Farm

E: Krabbeplas Vlaardingen

by Hans Molenkamp, 1.4 km away

The recreation area at the border of the town of Vlaardingen. It contains a windsurfarea, swimming la...

Krabbeplas  Vlaardingen

F: Yorcom Vlaardingen

by Henk van den Berg, 1.5 km away

Yorcom Vlaardingen

G: Potgieterstraat Vlaardingen

by Hans Molenkamp, 1.6 km away

An older housing project in the city of Vlaardingen. Many inhabitants are now renovating their house ...

Potgieterstraat Vlaardingen

H: Polderpoort

by Hans Molenkamp, 1.7 km away

The sportfacilty Polderpoort. Located in the Vlaardingen area Broekpolder. Sporters from all over the...


I: Veerplein Vlaardingen

by Hans Molenkamp, 1.8 km away

A view on the rather crappy square in the center of the city of Vlaardingen. This square now hosts th...

Veerplein Vlaardingen

J: UitFestival Vlaardingen - 01

by Martijn Oorthuis, 1.8 km away

UitFestival Vlaardingen - 01

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, 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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