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aerial view Reinerberg Wasserschloss Aargau Switzerland

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A: At the river Aare in Windisch, Switzerland

by Stefan Seiz, 2.1 km away

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At the river Aare in Windisch, Switzerland

B: WWII Tank Trap near Gebenstorf, Switzerland

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C: Velobrügg Brugg

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D: beach at the river reuss

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E: Villigen, Swiss

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F: Kingsfield Park September 2012 aerial view

by Stefan Seiz, 2.4 km away

Kingsfield park in September 2012Aerial view, 40 shots 80m above ground

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G: Königsfelden Park Windisch

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H: Vision Mitte Construction Site

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I: Königsfelden Windisch

by Stefan Seiz, 2.5 km away

courtyard near the psychiatric clinic in Königsfelden, Windisch, Switzerland

Königsfelden Windisch

J: Königsfelden Abbey closeup aerial view

by Stefan Seiz, 2.5 km away

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This panorama was taken in Switzerland, Europe

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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. 

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