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A: Diga Della Verzasca

by www.360tourist.net, 50 meters away

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Diga Della Verzasca

B: Diga Della Verzasca

by www.360tourist.net, 90 meters away

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Diga Della Verzasca

C: Diga

by www.360tourist.net, 110 meters away

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Diga

D: Verzasca Dam

by Alexander Otte, 120 meters away

The Verzasca dam forming the Lago die Vogorno in the beautiful Verzasca valley in front of the Lago M...

Verzasca Dam

E: Dam of lago di Vogorno in the Verzasca valley

by Ruediger Kottmann, 120 meters away

Dam of lago di Vogorno in the Verzasca valley

F: Lago di Vogorno - Verzasca Valley

by Ruediger Kottmann, 130 meters away

Lago di Vogorno - Verzasca Valley

G: Lago Maggiore, Ascona

by Karsten Klasen, 2.2 km away

Overlooking the Lago Maggiore from Minusio, Locarno. Showing the beautiful landscape of the Ticino. F...

Lago Maggiore, Ascona

H: Treppe By Night

by Rico Riedi, 3.0 km away

Treppe By Night

I: Parking By Night

by Rico Riedi, 3.1 km away

Parking By Night

J: Bruecke By Night

by Rico Riedi, 3.3 km away

Bruecke By Night

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, 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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