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The High Coast Bridge

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Day 2, continued: The High Coast Bridge — A wholly unexpected foretaste of my exploration of the High Coast came in the form of a massive sleek suspension bridge that suddenly appeared at the end of my route for the day, where the High Coast begins. You'd think Swedes would be more boastful of this stunning construction — think Lord of the Rings esthetic, sans serif — but no: Not a single Swede had mentioned the High Coast Bridge to me in the five years I've lived here. Read on...

During August 2008 I spent 17 days driving around Sweden in the single-minded pursuit of one good 360-degree panorama per day, posting the results daily to the Panoramic Sweden blog.

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A: The view from Mannaminne

by Stefan Geens, 21.8 km away

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B: Old church of Ytterlännäs, Sweden

by Ulrich Neitzel, 26.1 km away

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Old church of Ytterlännäs, Sweden

C: Bönhamn village

by Stefan Geens, 26.7 km away

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Bönhamn village

D: Old Church of Alnö, Sweden

by Ulrich Neitzel, 48.2 km away

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E: Vliediep unloading at Rusal

by Jesper Nordström, 55.7 km away

Vliediep unloading at Rusal

F: Christmas fair

by Jesper Nordström, 55.7 km away

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G: Standing next to Cementa

by Jesper Nordström, 56.0 km away

Standing next to Cementa

H: Sundsvall city

by Jesper Nordström, 56.5 km away

Sundsvall city

I: Roadworks in Bredsand

by Jesper Nordström, 58.5 km away

This panorama show you the ongoing roadworks in Sundsvall, Sweden. 2012 April

Roadworks in Bredsand

J: The forest in Bredsand

by Jesper Nordström, 58.6 km away

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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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