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A: Motgang i naustet

by Dag Andersen, 20 meters away

Medvirkende i dette bildet:Kristine Olsen, Leonore Olsen, Ivar Andersen, Dag Andersen, Dagros, Dnepr ...

Motgang i naustet

B: Freighter M/S Fjordlast, Indre Kvarøy

by Dag Andersen, 30 meters away

Freighter M/S Fjordlast, Indre Kvarøy

C: At the ferry dock

by Dag Andersen, 50 meters away

At the ferry dock

D: Art exhibition at Kvarøy

by Dag Andersen, 80 meters away

Art exhibition at Kvarøy

E: Pirats on the roof

by Dag Andersen, 90 meters away

Pirats on the roof

F: Around midnight on Kvarøy harbor

by Dag Andersen, 110 meters away

Around midnight on Kvarøy harbor

G: Breakfast crew

by Dag Andersen, 120 meters away

Fra venstre: Magna, Kristin, Sigrunn og Trine

Breakfast crew

H: Ved Kjærlighetsbenken, Indre Kvarøy

by Dag Andersen, 190 meters away

Ved Kjærlighetsbenken, Indre Kvarøy

I: By the harbor

by Dag Andersen, 270 meters away

By the harbor

J: Summer morning

by Dag Andersen, 280 meters away

Summer morning

This panorama was taken in Norway, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

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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