Påskebadet 2009 (2)
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Påskebadet 2009 (2)

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A: Påskebadet 2009 (1)

by Kyrre Andersen, 40 meters away

Yearly Eastern Bathing in Kragero. 7 degrees Celsius in the water. See from Eastern bathing 2008 here...

Påskebadet 2009 (1)

B: Sjelefred

by Kyrre Andersen, 40 meters away

Sjelefred

C: Bybrua by winter night

by Kyrre Andersen, 50 meters away

Bybrua by winter night

D: Koggregatta 2010

by Kyrre Andersen, 80 meters away

Koggregatta 2010

E: Kragero Torv

by Kyrre Andersen, 110 meters away

Kragero Torv

F: Jøransberg

by Kyrre Andersen, 180 meters away

Jøransberg

G: Jøransberg

by Kyrre Andersen, 190 meters away

Jøransberg

H: Steinmann

by Kyrre Andersen, 220 meters away

Steinmann

I: Steinmann June 09

by Kyrre Andersen, 220 meters away

Steinmann June 09

J: Gunnarsholmen Kragero

by Kyrre Andersen, 380 meters away

Gunnarsholmen Kragero

This panorama was taken in Kragero, 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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