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A: Navigation on road F35

by David Rowley, 17.7 km away

Navigation the old fashioned way along inland road 35 in Iceland. This road goes between the Langjöku...

Navigation on road F35

B: Geysir area, Iceland

by Lukas Pribyl, 27.1 km away

Geysir area, Iceland

C: Reykjanes, Iceland

by Lukas Pribyl, 27.1 km away

Reykjanes, Iceland

D: Iceland : the extraordinary colors and hot springs at Hveradalir moutains

by jeremie francois, 27.5 km away

This place is like nowhere else, near the camping at Kerlingarfjöll, which you can reach with a 4WD c...

Iceland : the extraordinary colors and hot springs at Hveradalir moutains

E: Langjokull glacier Iceland

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 53.7 km away

Langjökull (Icelandic for "long glacier") is the second largest ice cap in Iceland (953 km2), after V...

Langjokull glacier Iceland

F: Standing at the Gulfoss waterfall

by Iván Ferenczy, 65.9 km away

Standing at the Gulfoss waterfall

G: Gullfoss Waterfall

by Willy Kaemena, 65.9 km away

Wikipedia: "Gullfoss (English: Golden Falls) is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in s...

Gullfoss Waterfall

H: Standing at Gullfoss (Iceland)

by Jürgen Matern, 65.9 km away

The Gullfoss (which means Golden Falls in icelandic) is a waterfall in the canyon of the river Hvítá ...

Standing at Gullfoss (Iceland)

I: Gulfoss

by Karel Gillissen, 65.9 km away

The Gulfoss watervall in the Hvítá river is one of the attractions of Icelands' Golden Circle. 


J: Gullfoss Waterfall

by Jan Vrsinsky, 66.0 km away

Gullfoss Waterfall

This panorama was taken in Iceland, 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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