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Henriksson's Vittangi Home

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A: Subarctic Spruceforest

by Martin Hertel, 34.7 km away

First snow in a subarctic spruceforest near Kiruna

Subarctic Spruceforest

B: Lake Mandejärvi

by Stefan Geens, 44.3 km away

Day 5, continued: Lake Mandejärvi, welcome to the internet — The problem with taking a good panorama ...

Lake Mandejärvi

C: Arctic spruceforest near Kiruna

by Martin Hertel, 45.2 km away

Arctic spruce forest near Kiruna

Arctic spruceforest near Kiruna

D: Church in Jukkasjarvi

by Ulrich Neitzel, 47.1 km away

The church in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland, dates from 1607. The altar trypticon is a work of the wel...

Church in Jukkasjarvi

E: HJL_OFFICE

by Daryoush Tahmasebi, 63.0 km away

HJL_OFFICE

F: HJL_02_20131002

by Daryoush Tahmasebi, 63.0 km away

HJL_02_20131002

G: HJL-korr_ned

by Daryoush Tahmasebi, 63.0 km away

HJL-korr_ned

H: Clara Everywhere

by Clara Nyström, 63.0 km away

Clara Everywhere

I: HJLVY_SV-

by Daryoush Tahmasebi, 63.0 km away

HJLVY_SV-

J: HJL_Matsal

by Daryoush Tahmasebi, 63.0 km away

HJL_Matsal

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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