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Slowup 2009

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slowUp - der autofreie Erlebnistag von SchweizMobil

Das slowUp-Rezept ist so einfach wie überzeugend: Man nehme rund 30 km Strassen in einer attraktiven Landschaft, sperre sie einen Tag für den motorisierten Verkehr und sorge für ein vielseitiges Rahmenprogramm entlang der Strecke. Daraus wird ein Fest, anders als alle anderen: Jung und Alt, Familien und Singles, Bewegungsmenschen und Genussmenschen geniessen die fröhliche Stimmung im autofreien Ambiente. slowUp-Strecken sind möglichst flach. Tempo und Distanz können individuell gewählt werden. Für An- und Rückreise empfiehlt sich die eigene Muskelkraft oder der öffentliche Verkehr. Die Teilnahme ist gratis. Die slowUp-Erfolgsgeschichte ist eindrücklich. Seit dem Start im Jahre 2000 als Vorevent der Expo.02 hat slowUp ein stürmisches Wachstum erlebt. Jahr für Jahr stiegen die Zahl der Events und die Zahl der Teilnehmenden. Aus der Idee ist in kurzer Zeit ein nationaler Event geworden, einer der grössten, was die Zahl der aktiv Teilnehmenden betrifft. Über 400'000 Personen nehmen jährlich an einem der mittlerweile 15 slowUp teil (Stand 2009).

Website (german/french/italian):

http://www.slowup.ch/

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This panorama was taken in Switzerland, 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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