Appelkroken in the Swedish east cost archipelago
This is Äppelkroken, which is located on the northeastern part of the small island Håskö in the Swedish east cost archipelago.
This is the bay on the east side of the island Väggö in the Swedish east coast archipelago.
This is the beacon (kummel in Swedish) at Kupa Klint in the Swedish east coast archipelago. The "kumm...
This is the Harbour at Gryts Brygga in Östergötland, Sweden.
Verholmen is located in St Annas Skärgård in the Swedish east coast archipelago.
Mem is the small village where Göta Kanal begins on the Swedish east coast. You can travel by boat al...
A view from the small boat harbour of Nyköping. In the distance you can see the canoeing stadium of N...
The harbour at Nyköping has been renovated in 2014 to become an even more inviting place than before.
This panorama was taken in the town of Nyköping, just outside the old castle. Nearby, some children w...
The NK Villa was built for Nordiska Kompaniet as an exhibition house in 1906. It is now open to the p...
This panorama shows Nyköping Castle from the bridge crossing the nearby stream. An interested spectat...
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.