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A: Energoland

by Jonas Nosalis, 120 meters away

Energoland

B: Elektrėnai Reservoir

by Jonas Nosalis, 190 meters away

Elektrėnai Reservoir

C: Elektrenai Modern Church

by Saulius Baublys, 370 meters away

 Elektrėnų Švč. Mergelės Marijos Kankinių Karalienės bažnyčiaElektrėnų Švč. Mergelės Marijos, Kankini...

Elektrenai Modern Church

D: Elektrenai

by Jonas Nosalis, 1.1 km away

Elektrenai

E: In the forest nearby Kernavė

by Saulius Baublys, 15.2 km away

Kernavė was a medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and today is a tourist attraction and ...

In the forest nearby Kernavė

F: In the Forest of Kernave

by Saulius Baublys, 15.6 km away

Kernavė was a medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and today is a tourist attraction and ...

In the Forest of Kernave

G: In the Forest of Kernave HDR

by Saulius Baublys, 15.6 km away

Kernavė was a medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and today is a tourist attraction and ...

In the Forest of Kernave HDR

H: 20100706 184332 Kernave

by Aleksandr Reznik, 15.9 km away

Kernavė was a medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and today is a tourist attraction and ...

20100706 184332 Kernave

I: Devil's Hole

by Saulius Baublys, 21.6 km away

Aukštadvaris Regional ParkFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaAukštadvaris Regional Park, establishe...

Devil's Hole

J: Devil’s Pit

by Jonas Nosalis, 21.7 km away

40 metres deep Devil's Pit (Lith. Velnio duobė) is a crater-like depression in the forest of Aukstadv...

Devil’s Pit

This panorama was taken in Lithuania, 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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