The panoramic view from the beach near Hustad Camping in Sandhornøya in Nordland county. The island is named from the moountain Sandhornet, ( the large mountain in the picture), which is 993 meters tall, and possible to climb without any equipment on nice days.
The boathouses at Sandhornøya, located in Nordland, Norway. This island was once the home of the norw...
The Forgotten Town. (Den glømda staden). Sculpture in Gildeskål, Norway by Jan Håfström (Sweden), mad...
Bodø Air Ahow, held 16 & 17 June 2012, hosted a large number of old planes - with this the among the ...
Bodø Air Show 2012. Here's a handful of the performing planes.
Bodø Air Show 2012
Sunny sunday afternoon in Bpdø Harbour, Bodø, Norway
Easter in Bodø Harbour.
The Coastal Steamer leaving Bodø. Easter 2012. MS Lofoten is the oldest of the ships currently sailin...
One week after startup of the building of Culture House, Bodø (Bodø kulturhus). The area is sealed of...
The works at the ground level at the Culture House in Bodø, Norway. The two buildings "Urban Figures"...
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.