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A: Kanaalweg, Heiloo

av Nicolai van der Smagt, 4.8 km bort

The winter sun sets over snowy farmlands in Heiloo. In the distance the A9 motorway can just be made ...

Kanaalweg, Heiloo

B: City center De Rijp

av pro4pics-ton-den-ouden, 4.8 km bort

The historic center of De Rijp still looks very much as it did in the 17th century. The old town hall...

City center De Rijp

C: windmills in schermer

av Emile Duijker, 8.2 km bort

The windmills in the Schermer are authentic watermills dating from the 17th century. These mills toge...

windmills in schermer

D: Oil Mill 'De Bonte Hen'

av Jakub Hruska, 8.7 km bort

Oil mill 'De Bonte Hen' is situated in the most northern part of the Zaanse Schans. It was built in a...

Oil Mill 'De Bonte Hen'

E: Alkmaar: Waag at Night

av Felix Hagemann, 8.8 km bort

A night view on the Waagplein (weigh place) in the centre of Alkmaar. The Waagplein is the location o...

Alkmaar: Waag at Night

F: Kooltuin canal, Alkmaar, old city centre

av Nicolai van der Smagt, 8.8 km bort

Kooltuin canal in the old city centre of Alkmaar. This is one of the oldest canals of the city. The h...

Kooltuin canal, Alkmaar, old city centre

G: windmill in schermerhorn

av Emile Duijker, 9.1 km bort

windmill in schermerhorn

H: Paint Mill 'De Kat'

av Jakub Hruska, 9.1 km bort

Between 1646 and 1696 paint windmill 'De Kat' was built at its present site on the Kalverringdijk at ...

Paint Mill 'De Kat'

I: The Zaanse Schans, Zaandam, Netherlands

av Leszek Cuper, 9.1 km bort

The Zaanse Schans, Zaandam, Netherlands

J: Inside paint mill 'De Kat' in Zaanse Schans

av Jakub Hruska, 9.1 km bort

Between 1646 and 1696 paint windmill 'De Kat' was built at its present site on the Kalverringdijk at ...

Inside paint mill 'De Kat' in Zaanse Schans

Det här panoramat togs i Netherlands, Europe

Detta är en översikt av 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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