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Närliggande bilder i Greece

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A: Olive grove

av Burkhard Koerner, 80 meter bort

Olive grove

B: Corfu Park View

av Steric, 13.2 km bort

Corfu Park View

C: Corfu - Landing

av Győr 360°, 15.5 km bort

Corfu - Landing

D: Hilltop View to the Mouse Island and Vlacheraina monastery

av Branimir Minkov, 15.7 km bort

The panorama is taken at the hilltop of Kanoni peninsula. The airport of Corfu island is located next...

Hilltop View to the Mouse Island and Vlacheraina monastery

E: Airplane landing at Corfu from hilltop

av Branimir Minkov, 15.7 km bort

The panorama is taken at the hilltop of Kanoni peninsula. We see a plane that is just about to land o...

Airplane landing at Corfu from hilltop

F: Prasoudi 360

av Leonidas Tzanis, 16.0 km bort

Prasoudi 360

G: Palio Frourio Fin

av Iraklis Kavouklis, 18.6 km bort

Palio Frourio Fin

H: Palio Frourio Corfu - Greece

av Iraklis Kavouklis, 18.6 km bort

The Palaio Frourio (Old Fort) stands prominently at the top of a rocky island on the east side of Cor...

Palio Frourio Corfu - Greece

I: On the ferry from Igoumenitsa to Corfu

av Branimir Minkov, 18.6 km bort

The ferry from Igoumenitsa to Kerkira town in Corfu island takes approximately 45 minutes to travel 3...

On the ferry from Igoumenitsa to Corfu

J: In the middle of Spianada Square in Corfu

av Branimir Minkov, 18.8 km bort

The panorama is taken in an area full of interesting items - the old fortress, a Venetian fountain, t...

In the middle of Spianada Square in Corfu

Det här panoramat togs i Greece, 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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