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A: Verbier, Tete payenne (Bruson)

by Didier Meaux, 70 meters away

Verbier, Tete payenne (Bruson)

B: Chalet Switzerland

by Didier Meaux, 290 meters away

Photo:Didier Meaux 

Chalet Switzerland

C: Stchristophe, Verbier, Photo: Didier Meaux - www.natural-spirit.org

by Didier Meaux, 2.4 km away

Photo: Didier Meaux - www.natural-spirit.org

Stchristophe, Verbier, Photo: Didier Meaux - www.natural-spirit.org

D: View near to the Pierre Avoi, Martigny

by Christian Elser, 6.0 km away

View near to the Pierre Avoi, Martigny

E: View over the rhone valley

by Christian Elser, 6.6 km away

You can see an impressing view over the rhone valley near Ecône. There is situated the International ...

View over the rhone valley

F: View on Ecône

by Christian Elser, 6.8 km away

The International Seminary of Saint Pius X is situated at Ecône in the Valais Canton of Switzerland. ...

View on Ecône

G: Seminary Church to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

by Christian Elser, 6.9 km away

The International Seminary of Saint Pius X is situated at Ecône in the Valais Canton of Switzerland. ...

Seminary Church to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

H: Statue of Pius X.

by Christian Elser, 6.9 km away

The International Seminary of Saint Pius X is situated at Ecône in the Valais Canton of Switzerland. ...

Statue of Pius X.

I: Entrance to the Seminary of Econe

by Christian Elser, 6.9 km away

The International Seminary of Saint Pius X is situated at Ecône in the Valais Canton of Switzerland. ...

Entrance to the Seminary of Econe

J: La salentse en hiver

by Victor-Paulino, 10.1 km away

La salentse en hiver

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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