The Swedish Nightingale
The statue of the Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind in Djurgarden, the biggest park of Stockholm. The staute fits perfectly into the the beauty of mother nature.
Typical swedish building in Djurgarden, Stockholm. This place is close to the worlds second open air ...
Lavvu is a temporary dwelling used by the Sami people of northern Scandinavia. It has a design simila...
The Biological Museum is situated at Djurg?rden. It was built in 1893 to a design by architect Agi Li...
Old shop in Stockholm's Skansen, the first open air museum and zoo in sweeden. It is located on the i...
The church of St. Peter and St. Sigfrid is also called "The English Church". It is located in the are...
English Church, Stockholm, Sweden.
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.