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A: Culture and Convention Center of Lucerne

by Lucas Corato, 100 meters away

design by Architect Jean Nouvel, in a winter scene; compare with nearby panorama taken in summertime....

Culture and Convention Center of Lucerne

B: KKL Lucerne

by Willy Kaemena, 120 meters away

Culture and Convention Center of Lucerne KKL

KKL Lucerne

C: Switzerland Lucerne Frohburgsteg Parking Deck

by Markus Kaeppeli, 130 meters away

Switzerland Lucerne Frohburgsteg Parking Deck

D: Lake Lucerne

by Willy Kaemena, 160 meters away

Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne

E: Lucerne Train Station

by Willy Kaemena, 170 meters away

Narrow gauge trains in Lucerne train station July 2008

Lucerne Train Station

F: Switzerland Lucerne Inseli Werft

by Markus Kaeppeli, 170 meters away

Switzerland Lucerne Inseli Werft

G: KKL - Lucerne Switzerland

by i360HD, 180 meters away

KKL - culture and convention center ( German: Kultur- und Kongresszentrum) and Concert hall.The KKL L...

KKL - Lucerne Switzerland

H: Switzerland Lucerne KKL Pier

by Markus Kaeppeli, 180 meters away

Switzerland Lucerne KKL Pier

I: Bicycles at Station

by Willy Kaemena, 180 meters away

Bicycle parking facilities at Lucerne Train Station

Bicycles at Station

J: Lucerne Train Station

by Willy Kaemena, 200 meters away

Lucerne Train Station

Lucerne Train Station

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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