The EU stretches over the continent of Europe from Lapland in the north to the Mediterranean Sea in the south, and from the west coast of Ireland to the shores of Cyprus in the east: a rich tapestry of landscapes from rocky coastlines to sandy beaches, from fertile pastureland to arid plains, from lakes and forests to arctic tundra.
The peoples of Europe, with their diverse traditions, cultures and languages, make up around 7 % of the world’s population. Their historic heritage is charted in prehistoric cave paintings, Greek and Roman antiquities, Moorish architecture, medieval fortresses, Renaissance palaces and baroque churches. Modern Europe too attracts the traveller, with its vibrant cities, colourful cultural festivities, winter and summer sports and varied cuisine. Europeans love to travel.
Europe: a continent with thousands of years of history, a rich cultural heritage and some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. So much for the traveller to discover and explore and all made much easier thanks to the European Union (EU). You can cross many borders within the EU without being checked and your dog or cat can travel with you. You have easy access to healthcare should you need it and the euro makes it easier to shop around for bargains. If you drive, both your driving licence and your motor insurance policy issued in one EU country are valid in all the others. Using your mobile phone abroad is now also much cheaper. For more information, helpful tips and a map of Europe, see inside:
The removal of most passport and baggage formalities and the use of the same currency — the euro — in 19 EU countries have made travelling much easier. The creation of a single market of more than 510 million people has brought wider choice and lower prices. In fact most Europeans find it as easy to travel around the EU as it is to travel within their home country.
The EU is currently made up of 28 countries. In June 2016 one of these, the United Kingdom (UK), voted to leave the EU. However, until the withdrawal negotiations are complete, the UK remains a member of the EU with all the rights and obligations that derive from this.
For more information, helpful tips and a map of Europe, see https://bookshop.europa.eu/en/travelling-in-europe-2017-2018-pbNA0616168/
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