The Cotter's Homestead - Kjelvik.
This path is leading to what's known as The Cotter's Homestead (barely visible in the panorama) - an authentic homestead open to the audience, just as it was left when the least tenant died in 1967. At the time, the sea still provided the only means of transport out there, and most goods and equipment had to be carried from the shore and up to the farm, a 2 kilometer long stretch involving a climb of 300 meters. What remains today are tools, inventory and clothing as they were used in bygone times. There are no cordons with "No admittance" placards anywhere, no labels with exhibit numbers. anybody who wants to can hold the rake handle, the scythe, the plane, the draw knife or the blacksmith's tongs in their own hands. This is a museum to which welcomes you to go into the tiny rooms, and let your thoughts run free, and imagine how life must have been for those who lived here - with no running water, no electricity, and before the nearby road was built in 1986.
This area was once a Sami settlement. It started with reindeer herding and then moved on to fishing and farming. People lived here from 1747. The buildings consist of a cottage, a cowshed/barn, a wood-hall, "Patihuset" (a "cookhouse" and smithy), "sjeltersjåg" (shed), a cellar and a mill.
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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.