Sremska Kamenica is a town and urban neighborhood of Novi Sad, in Serbia. The town is located in the Syrmia region, on the northern slopes of the Fruška Gora mountain range and on the river Danube. The Freedom Bridge crosses the River Danube and connects the town with the main part of Novi Sad. Sremska Kamenica and the villages Bukovac, Ledinci and Stari Ledinci, are all part of Petrovaradin urban municipality. The town is divided into a couple of neighborhoods: Donja Kamenica (Lower Kamenica), Gornja Kamenica (Upper Kamenica), Bocke, Tatarsko Brdo, Čardak, and Staroiriški Put. The settlements of Paragovo, Popovica, Glavica, and Artinjeva (Artiljevo) are also administratively parts of Sremska Kamenica. These settlements are a weekend retreat for people from Novi Sad into the countryside, because of their location on the edge of Fruška Gora National Park. In Upper Kamenica, a small forest houses the Sremska Kamenica Institute, which is the most important and well known institute for cardiology, oncology, and pneumonic diseases in Serbia. There is also a police academy in Upper Kamenica; which until 2006 was the only secondary police school in Serbia. In Lower Kamenica, there is a town square and the house of Jovan Jovanović Zmaj, now a museum dedicated to his memory. There are also Serbian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches from the 18th century. Next to the Danube river is Kamenica Park with Castle of the Count Karačonji from the 17th century and SOS Dečije Selo (an orphanage). The seat of the Fruška Gora National Park is situated in Sremska Kamenica, and there is also a business faculty known as FABUS in the town.
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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.