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A: The sculpture "Puhkaja" (holidaymaker) by Tauno Kangro

by Andrew Bodrov, 90 meters away

Tauno Kangro is one of Estonia's top, and certainly most recognised, sculptor. sculpts using a variet...

The sculpture "Puhkaja" (holidaymaker) by Tauno Kangro

B: Toompark

by Andrew Bodrov, 160 meters away

Toompark

C: St Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn, Estonia

by Vladimir Patras, 210 meters away

St Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn, Estonia

D: Toompark

by Andrew Bodrov, 240 meters away

Toompark

E: Platform Patkuli

by Андрей Гр, 240 meters away

Platform Patkuli

F: A panorama view to old town in Tallinn from the Toompea loss, Estonia

by Sven Seiler, 240 meters away

A panorama view to old town in Tallinn from the Toompea loss, Estonia

A panorama view to old town in Tallinn from the Toompea loss, Estonia

G: Toomkirik

by Min Heo, 260 meters away

Toomkirik

H: Toomkooli street

by Andrew Bodrov, 280 meters away

Toomkooli street

I: Skoone hotel - View to Old Town

by Andrew Bodrov, 280 meters away

Skoone hotel - View to Old Town

J: A Last view to Tallinn before departure

by Sven Seiler, 300 meters away

A last view to Tallinn old town before departuring.

A Last view to Tallinn before departure

This panorama was taken in Tallinn, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

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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