Swinoujscie,Park Zdrojowy,fontanny
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Swinoujscie,Park Zdrojowy,fontanny

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A: Swinoujscie , White Eagle Monument

by Artur Blaszak, 250 meters away

Swinoujscie , White Eagle Monument

B: Swinoujscie , Park Zdrojowy ,boisko

by Artur Blaszak, 290 meters away

Swinoujscie , Park Zdrojowy ,boisko

C: Swinoujscie , new traffic circle - Rose of Winds

by Artur Blaszak, 310 meters away

Swinoujscie , new traffic circle - Rose of Winds

D: Swinoujscie , Police Station building

by Artur Blaszak, 350 meters away

Swinoujscie , Police Station building

E: Park Zdrojowy

by Adam Ciarcinski, 400 meters away

Park Zdrojowy

F: The Tower

by Adam Ciarcinski, 450 meters away

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G: Swinoujscie , old Luteran Church tower

by Artur Blaszak, 470 meters away

Swinoujscie , old Luteran Church tower

H: Ave Stella Maris

by Adam Ciarcinski, 480 meters away

Ave Stella Maris

I: Compass

by Adam Ciarcinski, 530 meters away

Compass

This panorama was taken in Poland, 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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