White Bridge in Vilnius, New Year
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White Bridge in Vilnius, New Year

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Nearby images in http://www.360cities.net/area/vilnius-lithuania

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A: Vilnius challenge 2010

by Aleksandr Reznik, 110 meters away

Urban adventure race in Vilnius, Lithuania - 800 participants from 10 countries http://www.sban.com/v...

Vilnius challenge 2010

B: 2013 07 05 22 01 21 Kulturos Naktis

by Aleksandr Reznik, 270 meters away

2013 07 05 22 01 21 Kulturos Naktis

C: 2013.05.05 1825 vilnius sakura blossom Chiune Sugihara park

by Aleksandr Reznik, 280 meters away

Sakura park was founded in Vinius in  2001 to mark the 100 anniversary of Chiune Sugihara - japanese ...

2013.05.05 1825 vilnius sakura blossom Chiune Sugihara park

D: Swedbank Terrase

by Bogdana Pashkevich, 290 meters away

The view of Vilnius on the sunny day from Swedbank terrase.

Swedbank Terrase

E: Swedbank

by Jonas Nosalis, 300 meters away

Swedbank

F: 20131128 141605 Lukiskiu Roof

by Aleksandr Reznik, 300 meters away

20131128 141605 Lukiskiu Roof

G: National Gallery of Art. HDR

by Vita Pecialiune, 410 meters away

National Gallery of Art. HDR

I: Churhc of st. Raphael the Archangel

by Jonas Nosalis, 410 meters away

Churhc of st. Raphael the Archangel

J: National Gallery of Art. Lobby

by Vita Pecialiune, 430 meters away

National Gallery of Art. Lobby

This panorama was taken in http://www.360cities.net/area/vilnius-lithuania, 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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