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Nearby images in Iceland


A: Dyrholavegur

by Jan Koehn, 50 meters away


B: Reynisfjara

by Tom Mills, 860 meters away

Reynisfjara is a beautiful black pebble beach on which sits the basalt columns of Reynisfjall mountain


C: Amphibious vehicle

by Jan Koehn, 1.0 km away

Amphibious vehicle

D: Looking across the bay from Dyrhólaey near Reynisfjara, Iceland

by Joby Catto, 1.1 km away

The end of a half day's road trip from Selfoss: the view from the less-celebrated, less-exciting side...

Looking across the bay from Dyrhólaey near Reynisfjara, Iceland

E: Cave at Reymisfjara

by Tom Mills, 1.3 km away

Cave at Reymisfjara

F: Dyrholaey

by Malik Hansen, 1.4 km away

Dyrhólaey litterally means "Hole in door Island" in icelandic and refers to the hole carved by the se...


G: Dyrholaye

by Marek Koszorek, 1.5 km away

Winter storm over the one of the most known spots on the south coast of Iceland


H: Dyrhólaey2

by Malik Hansen, 1.6 km away

Dyrhólaey litterally means "Doorhole Island" in icelandic and refers to the hole carved by the sea.Th...


I: Dyrholaey

by Karel Gillissen, 2.2 km away

The Dyrholaey peninsula lies at the South Coast of Iceland near the village of Vik.The area is renown...


J: Arch on Dyrhólaey (Iceland)

by Jürgen Matern, 2.3 km away

Dyrhólaey is a small peninsula in the south of Iceland. It is located not far from the village Vík í ...

Arch on Dyrhólaey (Iceland)

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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