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Central European Time
CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME (CET), used in most parts of Europe
Europe
and a few North African
North African
countries, is a standard time which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time
Coordinated Universal Time
(UTC). The time offset from UTC
UTC
can be written as +01:00 . The same standard time, UTC+01:00 , is also known as MIDDLE EUROPEAN TIME (MET, German: MEZ) and under other names like BERLIN TIME, ROMANCE STANDARD TIME (RST), PARIS TIME or ROME TIME. The 15th meridian east is the central axis for UTC+01:00 in the world system of time zones . As of 2011, all member states of the European Union observe summer time; those that during the winter use CET use Central European Summer Time (CEST) (or: UTC+02:00 , daylight saving time ) in summer (from last Sunday of March to last Sunday of October)
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UTC
COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME abbreviated to UTC, is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. It is within about 1 second of mean solar time at 0° longitude ; it does not observe daylight saving time . For most purposes, UTC is considered interchangeable with Greenwich Mean Time
Greenwich Mean Time
(GMT), but GMT
GMT
is no longer precisely defined by the scientific community. The first Coordinated Universal Time was informally adopted on 1 January 1960, but the official abbreviation of UTC and the official English name of Coordinated Universal Time (along with the French equivalent), was not adopted until 1967. The system was adjusted several times, including a brief period where time coordination radio signals broadcast both UTC and "Stepped Atomic Time
Time
(SAT)" until a new UTC was adopted in 1970 and implemented in 1972
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Member States Of The European Union
The European Union
European Union
(EU) consists of 28 member states. Each member state is party to the founding treaties of the union and thereby subject to the privileges and obligations of membership. Unlike members of most international organisations , the member states of the EU are subjected to binding laws in exchange for representation within the common legislative and judicial institutions. Member states must agree unanimously for the EU to adopt policies concerning defence and foreign affairs . Subsidiarity
Subsidiarity
is a founding principle of the EU. In 1957, six core states founded the EU's predecessor, the European Economic Community ( Belgium
Belgium
, France
France
, Italy
Italy
, Luxembourg
Luxembourg
, the Netherlands
Netherlands
and West Germany
Germany
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Coordinated Universal Time
COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME abbreviated to UTC, is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. It is within about 1 second of mean solar time at 0° longitude ; it does not observe daylight saving time . For most purposes, UTC is considered interchangeable with Greenwich Mean Time
Greenwich Mean Time
(GMT), but GMT
GMT
is no longer precisely defined by the scientific community. The first Coordinated Universal Time was informally adopted on 1 January 1960, but the official abbreviation of UTC and the official English name of Coordinated Universal Time (along with the French equivalent), was not adopted until 1967. The system was adjusted several times, including a brief period where time coordination radio signals broadcast both UTC and "Stepped Atomic Time
Time
(SAT)" until a new UTC was adopted in 1970 and implemented in 1972
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North African
NORTH AFRICA is a group of Mediterranean
Mediterranean
countries situated in the northern-most region of the African continent . The term "North Africa" has no single accepted definition. It is sometimes defined as stretching from the Atlantic shores of Morocco
Morocco
in the west, to the Suez Canal
Suez Canal
and the Red Sea
Red Sea
in the east. Others have limited it to the countries of Morocco
Morocco
, Algeria
Algeria
, and Tunisia
Tunisia
, a region known by the French during colonial times as “Afrique du Nord” and by the Arabs as the Maghreb
Maghreb
(“West”)
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Cape Verde
CAPE VERDE /ˌkeɪp ˈvɜːrd/ or CABO VERDE /kɑːboʊ ˈvɜːrdeɪ/ , /kæ-/ (Portuguese : Cabo Verde, pronounced ), officially the REPUBLIC OF CABO VERDE, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
. Located 570 kilometres (350 mi) west of the Cape Verde Peninsula in West Africa
Africa
, the islands cover a combined area of slightly over 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi). The Cape Verde
Cape Verde
archipelago was uninhabited until the 15th century, when Portuguese explorers discovered and colonized the islands, establishing the first European settlement in the tropics. Ideally located for the Atlantic slave trade
Atlantic slave trade
, the islands grew prosperous throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, attracting merchants, privateers , and pirates
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Europe
EUROPE is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere
Northern Hemisphere
and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere
Eastern Hemisphere
. It is bordered by the Arctic
Arctic
Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia
Eurasia
. Since around 1850, Europe
Europe
is most commonly considered as separated from Asia
Asia
by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus
Caucasus
Mountains , the Ural River , the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways of the Turkish Straits . Though the term "continent" implies physical geography defines it, the land border is somewhat arbitrary and has moved since its first conception in classical antiquity
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Tunisia
TUNISIA ( Arabic
Arabic
: تونس‎‎ Tūnis ; Berber : ⵜⵓⵏⴻⵙ tunes; French : Tunisie), officially the REPUBLIC OF TUNISIA (Arabic : الجمهورية التونسية‎‎ al-Jumhūrīya at-Tūnisīya ; Berber : ⵜⴰⴳⴷⵓⴷⴰ ⵏ ⵜⵓⵏⴻⵙ tagduda n tunes) is a country in North Africa
Africa
, covering 165,000 square kilometres (64,000 square miles). Its northernmost point, Cape Angela , is the northernmost point on the African continent. It is bordered by Algeria
Algeria
to the west and southwest, Libya
Libya
to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
to the north and east. Tunisia's population was estimated to be just under 11 million in 2014. Tunisia's name is derived from its capital city, Tunis
Tunis
, which is located on Tunisia's northeast coast
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Algeria
Coordinates : 28°N 2°E / 28°N 2°E / 28; 2 People's Democratic Republic of Algeria الجمهورية الجزائرية الديمقراطية الشعبية ( Arabic
Arabic
) ⵟⴰⴳⴷⵓⴷⴰ ⵜⴰⵎⴻⴳⴷⴰⵢⵜ ⵜⴰⵖⴻⵔⴼⴰⵏⵜ ⵜⴰⵣⵣⴰⵢⵔⵉⵜ (Berber ) République démocratique populaire d'Algérie (French ) Flag Emblem MOTTO: بالشّعب وللشّعب By the people and for the people ANTHEM: Kassaman (English: "We Pledge")
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Stargard
STARGARD ( listen ) (German : Stargard
Stargard
in Pommern; Kashubian : Stôrgard) is a city in northwestern Poland
Poland
, with a population of 71,017 (2005). Situated on the Ina River it is the capital of Stargard County and since 1999 has been in the West Pomeranian Voivodeship ; prior to that it was in the Szczecin Voivodeship (1975–1998). Before World War II
World War II
the town was in Prussia, Germany. The city's name is of Pomeranian (Kashubian ) origin and stands for old (STARI) town/city (GARD or GôRD). It's one of the biggest towns of Szczecin agglomeration . Stargard
Stargard
is a major railroad junction, where the southwards connection from Szczecin
Szczecin
splits into two directions - one towards Poznań
Poznań
and the other towards Gdańsk
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Croatia
Coordinates : 45°10′N 15°30′E / 45.167°N 15.500°E / 45.167; 15.500 Republic of Croatia Republika Hrvatska (Croatian ) Flag Coat of arms ANTHEM: " Lijepa naša domovino " "Our Beautiful Homeland" Location of Croatia
Croatia
(dark green) – in
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Austria
Coordinates : 47°20′N 13°20′E / 47.333°N 13.333°E / 47.333; 13.333 Republic
Republic
of Austria Republik Österreich (German ) Flag Coat of arms ANTHEM: * Land der Berge, Land am Strome (German ) * Land of Mountains, Land by the River * Location of <
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Belgium
Coordinates : 50°50′N 4°00′E / 50.833°N 4.000°E / 50.833; 4.000 Kingdom of Belgium * Koninkrijk België (Dutch ) * Royaume de Belgique (French ) * Königreich Belgien (German ) Flag Coat of arms MOTTO: "Eendracht maakt macht" (Dutch ) "L'union fait la force" (French ) "Einigkeit macht stark" (German ) "Unity makes Strength" ANTHEM: " La Brabançonne
La Brabançonne
" Location of Belgium
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Albania
ALBANIA (/ælˈbeɪniə, ɔːl-/ ( listen ), a(w)l-BAY-nee-ə ; Albanian : Shqipëri/Shqipëria; Gheg Albanian : Shqipni/Shqipnia or Shqypni/Shqypnia ), officially the REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA (Albanian : Republika e Shqipërisë, pronounced ), is a country in Southeastern Europe
Europe
. Albania
Albania
spans 28,748 square kilometres (11,100 square miles) and had a total population of almost 3 million people as of 2016 . Albania
Albania
is a unitary parliamentary constitutional republic with the capital in Tirana
Tirana
, the country's largest city and main economic and commercial centre, followed by Durrës
Durrës
and Vlorë
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Andorra
ANDORRA (/ænˈdɔːrə/ ( listen ); Catalan: , locally ), officially the PRINCIPALITY OF ANDORRA (Catalan : Principat d'Andorra), also called the PRINCIPALITY OF THE VALLEYS OF ANDORRA (Catalan: Principat de les Valls d'Andorra), is a sovereign landlocked microstate in Southwestern Europe
Europe
, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain
Spain
and France
France
. Created under a charter in 988, the present principality was formed in 1278. It is known as a principality as it is a diarchy headed by two Co-Princes – the Catholic Bishop of Urgell in Spain, and the President of France
France
. Andorra
Andorra
is the sixth-smallest nation in Europe
Europe
, having an area of 468 km2 (181 sq mi) and a population of approximately 85,000
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