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A: Presa - abandoned hamlet - Val Bavona

by Dieter Hofer, 4.5 km away

Presa - abandoned hamlet - Val Bavona

B: Switzerland Ticino Bedretto Bosco

by Markus Kaeppeli, 5.0 km away

Switzerland Ticino Bedretto Bosco

C: Switzerland Ticino Bedretto Fiume

by Markus Kaeppeli, 5.4 km away

Switzerland Ticino Bedretto Fiume

D: cascata di Foroglio

by Nicola Bortolotti, 9.5 km away

cascata di Foroglio

E: Laghi Scuri

by Markus Lissner, 10.5 km away

Laghi Scuri

F: Airolo Station,Ticino

by Fritz Hanke, 10.6 km away

This is the end point of my Ticino ebike tour. I wait at Airolo station for the train to Zurich. You ...

Airolo Station,Ticino

G: Switzerland Valais Nufenen Hill

by Markus Kaeppeli, 10.6 km away

Switzerland Valais Nufenen Hill

H: Nufenenpas 2478 m, Suisse

by Victor-Paulino, 10.6 km away

Nufenenpas 2478 m, Suisse

I: Fusio

by Nicola Bortolotti, 11.0 km away

Fusio is a village and former municipality in the district of Vallemaggia in the canton of Ticino, Sw...

Fusio

J: Alpe Nefelgiu

by Kay F. Jahnke, 11.0 km away

Alpe Nefelgiu

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, 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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