Saltdal Museum, Rognan, Norway
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Saltdal Museum, Rognan, Norway

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The museum is built up around a beautiful farmstead where the family of skipper Ellingsen lived from 1750 until the end of the nineteenth century. In the summer there is a café here and souvenirs can be purchased. Local photographers have made important contributions to the history of the district. A new exhibition of photography and photographic equipment is located on the first floor. The rest of the museum consists of some 20-odd buildings dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.  These include a “cookhouse”, storehouse, barn, smithy and schoolhouse. You can enter these buildings to view the exhibits. The traditions of boat-building in Saltdal are widely recognised. The museum houses two Nordland-boats. The cabin from the well-known polar vessel, “Quest”, is also here. Sir Ernest Shackleton died while on a research voyage to the Antarctic in 1922 and his ship, the “Quest”, was sold and sailed to Rognan for refitting. The cabin was then taken ashore for good.

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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".

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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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