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Nearby images in Norway


A: Reinstind

by Ola Heloe, 7.9 km away

The panorama is from the peak of Reinstind (1756m) located in the Memurudalen valley in Jotunheimen N...


C: Bygdin Lake

by Victor Pilups, 18.9 km away

Bygdin Lake

D: Bitihorn

by Victor Pilups, 23.2 km away


E: View from the top of Galdhøpiggen - Norway

by Sergej Esnault, 23.7 km away

Galdhøpiggen, 2469m, is the highest mountain in Scandinavia. It dominates the northern end of the gla...

View from the top of Galdhøpiggen - Norway

F: Storebjorn

by Ola Heloe, 27.1 km away

Storebjørn (2222 m/7290 ft) is the highest peak in the area around the Leirbreen and Smørstabbreen gl...


G: Bjornelabben

by Ola Heloe, 27.2 km away

Bjørnelabben “The Bear Paw” (2135 m/7005 ft) is a sub peak to Storebjørn (2222 m/7290 ft). The highes...


H: Bjornskardet

by Ola Heloe, 27.7 km away

Bjørnskardet is a glen between northern Veslebjørn (2110 m/6923 ft) and Sokse (2189 m/7182 ft). It is...


I: Southwestern Smorstabbtind

by Ola Heloe, 28.4 km away

Southwestern Smørstabbtind (2045 m/6709 ft) is an easy accessible peak south of the Smørstabbreen gla...

Southwestern Smorstabbtind

J: Ice cave Leirbreen glacier

by Ola Heloe, 30.3 km away

Standing in front of an ice cave at the Leirbreen glacier in Jotunheimen National Park in Norway. Ice...

Ice cave Leirbreen glacier

This panorama was taken in Norway, 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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