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Spring of Rhine

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A: Badushütte

by Quantasquest, 450 meters away

Badushütte

B: Hiking

by Quantasquest, 2.0 km away

Hiking

C: Oberalp Pass in Central Switzerland

by Thomas Bredenfeld, 3.1 km away

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Oberalp Pass in Central Switzerland

D: Switzerland Andermatt Village

by Markus Kaeppeli, 5.4 km away

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E: Suworow monument

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 6.1 km away

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Suworow monument

F: Suworow Monument and Devil's Bridge on the Gotthard route in Switzerland

by Thomas Bredenfeld, 6.1 km away

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Suworow Monument and Devil's Bridge on the Gotthard route in Switzerland

G: Switzerland Goeschenen Schoellenen

by Markus Kaeppeli, 6.4 km away

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Switzerland Goeschenen Schoellenen

H: Gotthard

by Markus Lissner, 8.2 km away

Gotthard

I: orient express luxury train

by luis davilla, 10.7 km away

orient express luxury train

orient express luxury train

J: Gotthard03

by www.360tourist.net, 11.3 km away

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This panorama was taken in Grisons, 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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