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Saeby Museum is the museum for local history. The musuem is situated in an old 17th century farmstead...
Klostertorvet, "The Monastery Square", is part of the old main street Algade with many old and intere...
The beautiful Church of St. Mary is the last part of a huge, 4-winged Carmelite Monastery from 1470 w...
Råbjerg Mile is a the largest moving dune in Northern Europe. It has a height of up to 40 m and cover...
View over Skiveren Camping, grass covered sand-dunes and the North Sea.
Sunset in the Skagerrak (North See) near Skiveren.
Dansk Fisker og Redningsmand - The "Danish Fisherman and Rescuer" was created by the danish sculptor ...
The harbour of Skagen is and old fishing harbour. Today modern yachts have taken the central part of ...
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.