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Torsön, Båven

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Båven is one of the nicest lakes of Södermanland. Clean water, beautiful surroundings and a rich birdlife. The island of Torsön is a good place to get ashore for picnic or for bathing.

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A: Terrace at Fnöska

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Still warm as the sun sets. This has been a good summer so far.

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B: Fnöska and fireplace

by Mats Hjelte, 6.0 km away

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C: Rune stone at Fnöska

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D: Road to Öster Malma, Sörmland

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E: Öster Malma herrgård, Sörmland

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F: Öster Malma herrgård, Sörmland

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G: Nyköping main square with town hall

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This panorma is takes outside the town hall of Nyköping with a view of the main square.

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H: Nyköping Castle from bridge

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I: NK Villa at Nyköping

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J: Nyköping Castle and kids playing with chessboard

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This panorama was taken in Sweden, Europe

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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.

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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. 

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