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Nearby images in Switzerland


A: Switzerland Bern Bahnhofshalle

by Markus Kaeppeli, 160 meters away

Switzerland Bern Bahnhofshalle

B: Bahnhofplatz Bern

by André Mürner, 240 meters away

The Bahnhofplatz (Train Station Plaza) is located in the city centre of Bern. The church illuminated ...

Bahnhofplatz Bern

C: cu(t)bus5 BLACK&WHITE

by Markus [meQ] Fischer, 390 meters away


cu(t)bus5 BLACK&WHITE

D: Switzerland Bern Waisenhausplatz Oppenheimbrunnen

by Markus Kaeppeli, 460 meters away

Switzerland Bern Waisenhausplatz Oppenheimbrunnen

E: Switzerland Bern Anna-Seiler-Brunnen

by Markus Kaeppeli, 500 meters away

Switzerland Bern Anna-Seiler-Brunnen

F: Bundesplatz

by David Haberthür, 540 meters away


G: Federal Palace of Switzerland

by Fritz Hanke, 540 meters away

This is the Federal Palace of Switzerland and the Bundesplatz with its surrounding buildings.See also...

Federal Palace of Switzerland

H: Switzerland Bern Bundesplatz

by Markus Kaeppeli, 540 meters away

Switzerland Bern Bundesplatz


by Bernhard Ehrminger, 550 meters away

J: Maman on the Bundesplatz in Bern

by David Haberthür, 580 meters away

Maman on the Bundesplatz in Bern, on a lovely saturday afternoon.

Maman on the Bundesplatz in Bern

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, 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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