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B: Under the bridge over the Gauja River in Sigulda, Latvia

av Vil Muhametshin, 740 meter bort

This is one of the most impressive bridges in Latvia. It was opened in 1937, but already in 1941 duri...

Under the bridge over the Gauja River in Sigulda, Latvia

C: Bridge over Gauja River in Sigulda

av Uldis Bardins, 770 meter bort

Bridge over Gauja River in Sigulda

D: Gutmana Cave in the Gauja National Park

av Uldis Bardins, 920 meter bort

Most popular and largest cave in Latvia. It is 19 meters deep, 12 meters wide and 10 meters high.http...

Gutmana Cave in the Gauja National Park

E: Tourist resting place in Sigulda

av Uldis Bardins, 940 meter bort

Tourist resting place in Sigulda

I: Sigulda01l

av Martins Strubergs, 1.2 km bort

Sigulda in Spring

Sigulda01l

J: Walking-stick Park in Sigulda

av Uldis Bardins, 1.4 km bort

Walking-stick Park in Sigulda

Det här panoramat togs i Latvia, 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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