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Nearby images in Austria


A: Miles Koegele

by florian-brenner, 390 meters away

Miles Koegele

B: Fotscher Windegg 2577m

by florian-brenner, 4.9 km away

mountain near innsbruck with an altitude of 2577 meters above sea level

Fotscher Windegg 2577m

C: Ski Resort Axamer Lizum

by T. Emrich, 7.4 km away

The Olympic Winter Sports Resort in the Tyrols Mountains; Axams. This romantic Olympic village is loc...

Ski Resort Axamer Lizum

D: Hoadl Restaurant 2340m

by T. Emrich, 7.6 km away

Hoadl Restaurant 2340m

E: Axamer-Lizum

by T. Emrich, 7.9 km away


F: Haggen

by Dave Walker, 9.1 km away

Looking back on the road to Kühtai to the village of Haggen, 1700 meters up in the Austrian alps, nea...


G: Austria Tirol Moesern pic1

by Roland Raele, 10.3 km away

Austria Tirol Moesern pic1

H: Austria Tirol Moesern pic2

by Roland Raele, 10.3 km away

Austria Tirol Moesern pic2

I: Having some fun in the snow

by T. Emrich, 10.4 km away

Having some fun in the snow


by Alexander Pauli, 11.0 km away

This panorama was taken in Austria, 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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