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A: Red Factory in Zürich

by Monika Moser Nagy, 1.2 km away

If you enter the Red Factory (Rote Fabrik)- former factory site in Zürich-Wollishofen, on the Lake Zü...

Red Factory in Zürich

B: Ironman 2011 Switzerland in Zürich, Transition Area

by Fritz Dallenbach, 1.4 km away

The transition area of the Ironman Switzerland 2011 in Zürich. On one side there is the bike park an ...

Ironman 2011 Switzerland in Zürich, Transition Area

C: Village of the Ironman Switzerland, Zürich 2011

by Fritz Dallenbach, 1.4 km away

The Village of the Ironman 2011 in Zürich, Switzerland. Here are all the shops of the famous sports b...

Village of the Ironman Switzerland, Zürich 2011

D: Ironman Zürich 2011 Finishline

by Fritz Dallenbach, 1.4 km away

This is a panorama of the finishline of the Ironman Switzerland in Zürich 2011.

Ironman Zürich 2011 Finishline

E: Belvoir Park Zürich

by Fritz Dallenbach, 1.8 km away

Belvoir Park Zürich

F: Garden Belvoirpark in Zurich

by Fritz Dallenbach, 1.8 km away

Garden Belvoirpark in Zurich

G: Restaurant Belvoirpark

by Fritz Dallenbach, 1.9 km away

Restaurant Belvoirpark

H: Entrance hall

by Fritz Dallenbach, 2.0 km away

Entrance hall

I: Zurich Uetliberg Lookout

by Markus Kaeppeli, 2.2 km away

The Uetliberg is a mountain west of Zurich. From the main station of Zurich it can be reached within ...

Zurich Uetliberg Lookout

J: Zurich Enge station

by Jeffrey Martin, 2.4 km away

Zurich Enge station

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, 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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