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The Pier

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A: Awaiting the Tide

by Adam Ciarcinski, 70 meters away

Awaiting the Tide

B: Stockfish, Rocks And Water

by Adam Ciarcinski, 70 meters away

Stockfish, Rocks And Water

C: On the Rocks

by Adam Ciarcinski, 750 meters away

On the Rocks

D: Picturesque bay

by Adam Ciarcinski, 1.7 km away

Picturesque bay

E: Uttakleiv - old bridle path

by Alexander Jensko, 14.9 km away

The old bridle path to Uttakleiv on the Vestvågøy island on the Lofoten. The steep path was the first...

Uttakleiv - old bridle path

F: Uttakleiv - old road

by Alexander Jensko, 15.0 km away

The old road to Uttakleiv on the Vestvågøy island on the Lofoten. Built in 1930s, the road was the fi...

Uttakleiv - old road

G: Lofoten, near Borg

by Henk Keijzer, 16.3 km away

Lofoten, near Borg

Lofoten, near Borg

H: Kalle - ebb tide

by Alexander Jensko, 17.0 km away

Kalle in the Lofoten archipelago. From the road crossing in Hopendelet, follow the road markers to th...

Kalle - ebb tide

I: Kalle - crossing the brook

by Alexander Jensko, 17.1 km away

Kalle in the Lofoten archipelago. From the road crossing in Hopendelet, follow the road markers to th...

Kalle - crossing the brook

J: Kalle - tents in Ovredalen

by Alexander Jensko, 17.1 km away

 Kalle in the Lofoten archipelago. From the road crossing in Hopendelet, follow the road markers to t...

Kalle - tents in Ovredalen

This panorama was taken in Norway, 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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