northern lights in kirkenes snow hotel
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Panoramic photo by luis davilla EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 18:46, 09/03/2012 - Views loading...

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northern lights in kirkenes snow hotel

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A: kirkenes snow hotel

by luis davilla, less than 10 meters away

kirkenes snow hotel

B: Soldaterbukta in Kirkenes

by Henk Keijzer, 2.2 km away

Marina in Kirkenes

Soldaterbukta in Kirkenes

C: King Oscar II Chapel

by David Rowley, 30.9 km away

After the border was agreed upon in 1826, there were often disputes between Norwegian and Russian fis...

King Oscar II Chapel

D: ATV-Murman

by Andrei Kuznetcov, 57.1 km away

 ATV Can-am test-drive

ATV-Murman

E: ATV German road

by Andrei Kuznetcov, 57.3 km away

ATV Can-am test drive

ATV German road

F: soviet trench

by Mikhail Romashov, 66.0 km away

soviet trench

G: Unusual rocky breeds 5

by Andrei Kuznetcov, 66.5 km away

Unusual rocky breeds 5

H: Sredniy peninsula

by Andrei Kuznetcov, 66.5 km away

Sredniy peninsula

Sredniy peninsula

I: Rusty stones 2011.11

by Kirill Smirnov, 66.6 km away

Rusty stones 2011.11

J: Unusual rocky breeds 4

by Andrei Kuznetcov, 66.6 km away

Unusual rocky breeds 4

This panorama was taken in Norway, 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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