The Hague - Museon, skating on the pond
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The Hague - Museon, skating on the pond

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A: Gemeente Museum Den Haag Holland

by Mark de Graaf, 100 meters away

Gemeente Museum Den Haag Holland

B: Gemeente Museum Den Haag Garden

by Mark de Graaf, 150 meters away

The left hand side of the garden at The Gemeentemuseum den haag, Holland. Right next to Gember, a gre...

Gemeente Museum Den Haag Garden

C: The Hague - Home Made Market (2)

by Marco den Herder, 1.2 km away

The Hague - Home Made Market (2)

D: The Hague - Home Made Market (1)

by Marco den Herder, 1.2 km away

The Hague - Home Made Market (1)

E: The Hague - Zeeheldenfestival

by Marco den Herder, 1.2 km away

The Hague - Zeeheldenfestival

G: Hotel Sebel Den Haag

by Willy Kaemena, 1.3 km away

Hotel Sebel Den Haag

H: Hotel Sebel Den Haag

by Willy Kaemena, 1.3 km away

Hotel Sebel Den Haag

I: holland - den haag

by Valentin Arfire, 1.3 km away

holland - den haag

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, 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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