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A: Bridge between Galvanistraat and Javalaan

by Hasan Ismail, 3.7 km away

The bridge is unfinished.. When opened it will join Galvanistraat and Javalaan which is separated by ...

Bridge between Galvanistraat and Javalaan

B: De Schelp van Oosterheem, Zoetermeer

by C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 3.8 km away

Art piece in a new urban area in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands

De Schelp van Oosterheem, Zoetermeer

C: Kermis Silverdome Zoetermeer

by Hasan Ismail, 3.9 km away

Once a while, the parking space in Zoetermeer's Silverdome sports complex gets converted for outdoor ...

Kermis Silverdome Zoetermeer

D: Grand Cafe 'School' - Bistro and Restaurant in Zoetermeer's Dorpstraat

by Hasan Ismail, 5.3 km away

Surrounded by various bistros and cafes, restaurants and ice cream parlour with shopping street just ...

Grand Cafe 'School' - Bistro and Restaurant in Zoetermeer's Dorpstraat

E: Benthuizerplas - A Bird Sanctuary

by Hasan Ismail, 5.8 km away

De Benthuizerplas is a small sanctuary catered specially for migrating birds. Kingfishers, Geese and ...

Benthuizerplas - A Bird Sanctuary

F: Stadhuisplein Zoetermeer

by Mark de Graaf, 6.0 km away

Stadhuisplein Zoetermeer

G: Happy Moose Restaurant

by Hasan Ismail, 6.8 km away

On the South East side of Noord AA lake lays a log cabin which looks like its teleported out of Sitka...

Happy Moose Restaurant

H: The Dutch Dragons's Boat Dock

by Hasan Ismail, 7.1 km away

One of Netherlands's best dragon boat team resides in Zoetermeer's Noord-AA. The team formed back in ...

The Dutch Dragons's Boat Dock

I: Peilstok Rokkeveen

by Henk Keijzer, 7.2 km away

The water-level gauge, in the Rokkeveen Quarter in the city of Zoetermeer, was erected 19 years ago w...

Peilstok Rokkeveen

J: Taking the Train to Gouda

by - Roelof de Vries, 7.2 km away

Just a random shot of my friend Johan and me, travelling by train from Rotterdam to Gouda. Mostly I t...

Taking the Train to Gouda

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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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