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iceskating at Thialf. Sportpark Cranevelt

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A: Park Zypendaal

by Coos Dam, 590 meters away

The Zypendaal Castle or Zypendaal House is located in the heart of Park Zypendaal in the northern par...

Park Zypendaal

B: Brasserie de Boerderij

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 620 meters away

Brasserie de Boerderij

C: Frozen musicplatform at Sonsbeek Park

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 650 meters away

Frozen musicplatform at Sonsbeek Park

D: A misty day in Sonsbeek park

by Coos Dam, 660 meters away

Trees in the mist in Sonsbeek Park

A misty day in Sonsbeek park

E: Sonsbeek Park on a hazy day

by Coos Dam, 670 meters away

A misty day in Sonsbeek Park

Sonsbeek Park on a hazy day

F: Sonbeek Belvedere, zicht op Arnhem

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 770 meters away

Sonbeek Belvedere, zicht op Arnhem

Sonbeek Belvedere, zicht op Arnhem

G: Under the Waterfall

by Coos Dam, 780 meters away

Corridor under a small waterfall in Sonsbeek Park.

Under the Waterfall

H: Renoir's re-shoot "Luncheon of the boating party"

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 980 meters away

Renoir's re-shoot "Luncheon of the boating party"

I: Stijle Tuin Sonsbeek Arnhem Ii

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 990 meters away

Stijle Tuin Sonsbeek Arnhem Ii

J: Stijle Tuin Sonsbeek Arnhem

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 990 meters away

Stijle Tuin Sonsbeek Arnhem

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, 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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