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A: Mountain hut "Strzecha Akademicka"

by Tomek Zuk, 440 meters away

Mountain hut "Strzecha Akademicka"

B: Schronisko Samotnia

by Tomek Zuk, 870 meters away

Schronisko Samotnia

C: Maly Staw

by Tomek Zuk, 910 meters away

Maly Staw

D: Samotnia shelter over Small Lake in the Sudetenland

by Zbigniew Pilip, 930 meters away

Small Lake in Sudetenland and the Samotnia shelter are one of the most beautiful places of todays Pol...

Samotnia shelter over Small Lake in the Sudetenland

E: Samotnia 03

by Tomek Zuk, 970 meters away

Samotnia 03

F: The Giant Mountains - The Small Pond

by Grzegorz Jóźków, 990 meters away

View on glacial lake The Small Pond (Mały Staw) and mountain hut "Samotnia" in polish part of The Gia...

The Giant Mountains - The Small Pond

G: The Giant Mountains (Karkonosze) near the mountain hut "Samotnia"

by Grzegorz Jóźków, 1.1 km away

A view from near of blue trail between mountain hut "Samotnia" and The Hunting Lodge. The glacial cir...

The Giant Mountains (Karkonosze) near the mountain hut "Samotnia"

H: On the Path to Refuge Samotnia in Karkonosze

by Zbigniew Pilip, 1.2 km away

Charming route to the shelter Samotnia  in the Giant Mountains (Karkonosze), south-western Poland. Th...

On the Path to Refuge Samotnia in Karkonosze

I: Karpacz

by Patryk Szarek, 1.3 km away

Karpacz

J: View on Śnieżka Pick from Side of Łomniczka Valley

by Zbigniew Pilip, 1.5 km away

View of the Śnieżka (German: Śchneekoppe) from the Łomniczka Valley shows the grandeur and magnitude ...

View on Śnieżka Pick from Side of Łomniczka Valley

This panorama was taken in Poland, 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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