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Latvian snowboard championship at Milzkalns skiing resort, Latvia

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A: Slokenbeka Manor

by Sergej Cherkasov, 310 meters away

Slokenbeka Manor is an old fortified manor ensemble, whose construction was begun in the 15th century...

Slokenbeka Manor

B: Ski jumping sequence at Milzkalns, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 2.9 km away

See more at the virtual tour of the Latvian Snowboarding Championship Milzkalns 2010: http://www.virt...

Ski jumping sequence at Milzkalns, Latvia

C: Backflip at Milzkalns skiing resort, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 3.0 km away

Backflip at Milzkalns skiing resort, Latvia

D: Valguma lake (Valguma Ezers), Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 5.6 km away

Valguma ezers ir subglaciālas izcelsmes šaurs un garš ezers Engures novada Smārdes pagastā. Izvietoji...

Valguma lake (Valguma Ezers), Latvia

E: Jaunmoku Castle, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 9.8 km away

Jaunmoku Palace ( built in 1901) is a combination of Art-Nouveau elements and Neo-Gothic forms and wa...

Jaunmoku Castle, Latvia

F: Palace Jaunmokas, LATVIA

by Sergej Cherkasov, 10.2 km away

Palace Jaunmokas, LATVIA

G: Hunting shotguns room in Jaunmoku castle

by Martins Strubergs, 10.2 km away

Hunting shotguns room in Jaunmoku castle

Hunting shotguns room in Jaunmoku castle

H: Jaunmoku Castle Tower

by Martins Strubergs, 10.2 km away

Jaunmoku castle tower

Jaunmoku Castle Tower

I: Museum of Forest at the Jaunmoku Castle, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 10.2 km away

The forest museum invites the visitors to experience the charm of the forest and to see different exp...

Museum of Forest at the Jaunmoku Castle, Latvia

J: Traditional fishing boat in Plienciems, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 12.1 km away

Traditional fishing boat in Plienciems, Latvia

This panorama was taken in Latvia, Europe

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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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