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De Rijn

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A: Wolf

by Gerben Swijtink, less than 10 meters away

Wolf

B: trainstation arnhem

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 150 meters away

trainstation arnhem

C: Sweets de landasstraat 27 arnhem

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 320 meters away

Sweets de landasstraat 27 arnhem

D: Zijpendaalseweg 24 arnhem

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 330 meters away

Zijpendaalseweg 24 arnhem

E: BW Hotel Haarhuis Arnhem

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 340 meters away

BW Hotel Haarhuis Arnhem

F: Zijpendaalseweg 24 b Arnhem

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 350 meters away

Zijpendaalseweg 24 b Arnhem

G: visitorcentre de watermnolen sonsbeek park

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 360 meters away

visitorcentre de watermnolen sonsbeek park

H: Sonsbeek park

by Coos Dam, 380 meters away

In early spring a view on the white villa and the old water mill (now an information center) in Sonsb...

Sonsbeek park

I: "Blue Waves" outdoor parking project at the Mandela Bridge on the Rhine

by Carel Struycken, 460 meters away

This undulating field of blue and white was designed by a well known Dutch artist, Peter Struycken. I...

"Blue Waves" outdoor parking project at the Mandela Bridge on the Rhine

J: Lounge of healthclub Heijenoord

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 490 meters away

Lounge of healthclub Heijenoord

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, 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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