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Laerdal Tunnel, Norway : The World's Longest Road Tunnel

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In June 1992 the Norwegian Parliament decided to construct the world's longest road tunnel. The 24.5km-long stretch of tunnel stretches between Aurland and Laerdal on the new main highway connecting Oslo and Bergen.

The construction was approved to traverse a section of country with relatively poor levels of reliability in road transport due to the mountainous area and narrow roads combined with many fjord crossings.

The Laerdal tunnel is an important part of the extension of a ferry-free, reliable road link between the two largest cities in Norway. The decision to build a tunnel rather than refurbish existing roads was taken to avoid difficult terrain with high risks of rock falls. From an environmental perspective, the tunnel was seen as a justifiable investment to avoid destroying sections of the unspoiled natural landscape.

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A: Borgund Stave Church, Borgund, Laerdal, Norway

di Jedsada Puangsaichai, 3.2 km di distanza

Borgund stave church is located in Lærdal, Norway. This is the best preserved of Norway's 28 extant s...

Borgund Stave Church, Borgund, Laerdal, Norway

B: Borgund Stave Church

di Jedsada Puangsaichai, 3.2 km di distanza

Borgund stave church is located in Lærdal, Norway. This is the best preserved of Norway's 28 extant s...

Borgund Stave Church

C: Borgund Stave Church, Laerdal, Norway

di Mark Fink, 4.2 km di distanza

The Borgund stave church, located in Borgund, Laerdal, Norway, was built in the late 1100's and remai...

Borgund Stave Church, Laerdal, Norway

D: Borgund Laerdal New Church

di Mark Fink, 4.2 km di distanza

This is the "new" church built near the stave church at Borgund.

Borgund Laerdal New Church

E: Historic route Borgund

di Alexander Ruttgers, 6.8 km di distanza

Nice spot just a few minutes away from the crowds at the Borgund Stavkirke.

Historic route Borgund

F: Lindstrom Hotel Laerdal, Norway in B&W

di Jedsada Puangsaichai, 19.7 km di distanza

The Lindstrom Hotel is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests to Laerdal. All of the ...

Lindstrom Hotel Laerdal, Norway in B&W

G: Lindstrom Hotel Laerdal, Norway

di Jedsada Puangsaichai, 19.7 km di distanza

The Lindstrom Hotel is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests to Laerdal. All of the ...

Lindstrom Hotel Laerdal, Norway

H: Laerdal, Norway

di Jedsada Puangsaichai, 20.1 km di distanza

Lærdal is a municipality in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, Norway.The Lærdal valley is deeply incise...

Laerdal, Norway

I: Konsing climbing team :)

di Bane Obradović, 23.9 km di distanza

Konsing climbing team :)

J: Cabins And Apples At Vindedal Camping Laerdal Norway

di Ronald Tichelaar, 28.0 km di distanza

Vindedal camping is a small camping I stumbled upon while searching for a camping in the Lærdal area....

Cabins And Apples At Vindedal Camping Laerdal Norway

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Norway, Europe

Questa è una vista generale di 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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