Road trip to Norway Linda & Jiri
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Road trip to Norway Linda & Jiri

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A: view of the Fannarak glacier at the sognefjell

by Hans-Nikolaus Meiforth, 8.6 km away

view of the Fannarak glacier at the sognefjell

B: Guridalen

by Ola Heloe, 10.4 km away

Guridalen

C: 1 Panorama near Turtagro 2011

by Jiri Vambera, 11.2 km away

1 Panorama near Turtagro 2011

D: Skogadalsboen

by Ola Heloe, 11.7 km away

Skogadalsboen

E: Jotunheimen Viewpoint on Riksvei 55

by Stephan Rautenberg, 12.0 km away

Jotunheimen Viewpoint on Riksvei 55

F: Utladalen Valley

by Ola Heloe, 14.0 km away

Utladalen Valley

G: Jotunheimen 4

by Stephan Rautenberg, 15.1 km away

Jotunheimen 4

H: Peak 1669

by Ola Heloe, 15.5 km away

This peak (1669 m/5476 ft) that unfortunately doesn’t have any name other than a black dot and a numb...

Peak 1669

I: Southwestern Smorstabbtind

by Ola Heloe, 15.6 km away

Southwestern Smørstabbtind (2045 m/6709 ft) is an easy accessible peak south of the Smørstabbreen gla...

Southwestern Smorstabbtind

J: Camp near Leirbreen

by Ola Heloe, 15.8 km away

This is a good starting point for day trips to the peaks around the Leirbreen and Smørstabbreen glaci...

Camp near Leirbreen

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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