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A: Thingvellir-Þingvellir National Park-Iceland-2013

by Jook Leung | 360VR Images, 40 meters away

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B: 140201 Silfra Þingvellir 003

by Louis-Alexis Fontaine, 80 meters away

The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site of the country. They are located just b...

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C: 140201 Silfra Þingvellir 002

by Louis-Alexis Fontaine, 110 meters away

The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site of the country. They are located just b...

140201 Silfra Þingvellir 002

D: 140201 Silfra Þingvellir 001

by Louis-Alexis Fontaine, 110 meters away

The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site of the country. They are located just b...

140201 Silfra Þingvellir 001

E: Þingvellir National Park

by Tom Mills, 190 meters away

Þingvellir (usual transliteration:Thingvellir ), near the peninsula of Reykjanes and the Hengill volc...

Þingvellir National Park

F: Þingvellir National Park

by Tom Mills, 190 meters away

Þingvellir (usual transliteration:Thingvellir ), near the peninsula of Reykjanes and the Hengill volc...

Þingvellir National Park

G: Almannagjá

by Jakub Hruska, 220 meters away

Almannagj? is a vast gorge, distinctive demonstration of a fault which marks the west part of a ?ingv...

Almannagjá

H: Þingvellir National Park

by Jonathan Danforth, 350 meters away

No single place epitomizes the history of Iceland and the Icelandic nation better than Þingvellir by ...

Þingvellir National Park

I: Thingvellir National Park viewpoint

by Heinz Kirschner, 390 meters away

There are only few places on earth where you can watch the continental drift of the eurasian and amer...

Thingvellir National Park viewpoint

J: 140201 Silfra Þingvellir 004

by Louis-Alexis Fontaine, 390 meters away

The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site of the country. They are located just b...

140201 Silfra Þingvellir 004

This panorama was taken in Iceland, 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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