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The European Union's Member States

  There are a number of websites that have information that may be of use to students and teachers when they are investigating the fifteen member states of the European Union:
Austria; Belgium; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Ireland; Italy; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Portugal; Spain; Sweden; UK; for all member states.

There are a number of other websites that can provide useful information and advice for the education sector that can be found from the links index page.


European Governments Online links to government sites of EU & European countries
Embassies in the UK FCO's London Diplomatic List
European Member State Facts WorldInfoZone.com. information on European countries
Member States of the EU FCO's facts on the member states of the EU
Countrywatch an educational site with information on different countries
The Countries of Europe Worldskip's information on European countries
Europe's Countries Geographia's information on different countries
Economist's Country Profiles The Economist's pages on different countries

The Culture Department of the Virtual School
Antor UK - Tourist Offices links to tourist offices of European countries
National Geographic Flags and Maps mapmachine of the National Geographic website
Maps Atlapedia Online physical & political maps
Political Resources for Member States Europoint Communications political links page

Member States History more websites from the ERC links section
Member States Geography & Environment more websites from the ERC links section

European Statistics simple and easy to understand statistics
The EU Through Statistics online EC statistics publication
OECD Statistics the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development's statistics
UK Statistics the official national statistics website for the UK
Your Nation Statistics based on the information in the CIA World Factbook
Infonation easy-to-use, two-step database that compares the most up-to-date statistical
Statistics links page UNECE links page to international statistical agencies

World Service listen to the BBC's World Service in one of 43 languages

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AEIOU - Austria from A to Z cultural information from the Austrian government
Austria-Britannica information from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Austria Press and Information Service information from the Washington Embassy
Austria the Austrian National Tourist Office
Austrian Embassy the Austrian Embassy in the UK
Austrian Foreign Office Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Study Destination Austria information on studying in Austria
Salzburg from A to Z information about the city
The Imperial House of the Hapsburg information the royal family of Hapsburg
Carnuntum discover one of the most important towns in the Roman Empire
Congress of Vienna international conference that was called in order to remake Europe
The History of Austria by Richard Jaklitsch
Primary Sources of 20th century Austrian History over 130 links
Austrian Traditions & Festivals from the European Schoolnet
Sylvesterabend New Year's Eve is known as the Eve of Saint Sylvester in Austria
Silent Night the story behind the famous christmas carol
Vienna's Coffeehouses discover the Kaffeehäuser of Vienna
The Austrian State Opera one of the most famous Opera houses in the world
The Ball Season in Vienna from the Austrian National Tourist Office
Gustav Klimt Webmuseum's information on the painter & illustrator
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart the website of the Mozart Project
Billy Wilder the director of 'Some Like it Hot'
The Spanish Riding School website of the oldest Riding School in the world
Birds in Austria information on birds and their habitat
Lake Bodensee bordering Austria, Germany & Switzerland from Living Lakes.org

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Belgium-Lonely Planet information from the Lonely Planet guide to Belgium
Belgium-Britannica information from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Belgium-Learning Network infoplease.com's Learning Networks information pages
Belgium Embassy information from the Belgium Embassy in the UK
All About Belgium from the Belgium Government Online
Belgium-info lots of interesting links to Belgium culture
Belgium Federal Government lots of information about Belgium
Did you know? from the Foreign Ministry in the USA
Belgium History a brief history from Wikipedia.com
Belgium Cities Belgium Travel Networks information on Belgian cities
Tintin the famous cartoon character who comes from Belgium
Jaques Brel the official site looking at the life of the singer
Victor Horta information about the art nouveau architect
Famous Belgians a website listing many famous people who have been born in Belgium
Belgian Chocolate a wonderful taste story from the cocoa seed to chocolate
History of Lace Belgium is well-known for the quality of it's lace
History of Belgian Tapestry by Louise Verschueren
Trappist Beer beers made by (or under supervision of) trappist monks in Belgium
Begonia Belgium cultivates 60 million begonia flowers every year
The Brussels Atomium information on the building that is a model of an Iron Crystal

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Denmark lots of information from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Denmark-Britannica information from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Denmark-Learning Network infoplease.com's Learning Networks information pages
Denmark-Lonely Planet information from the Lonely Planet guide to Denmark
Danish Statistics information from Statistics Denmark
Danish Embassy the Royal Danish Embassy in the UK
Culturenet Denmark a portal to Danish culture on the Internet
Meet the Kids excellent site for school projects from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
National Gallery of Art discover the Danish museum for art
Danish Literature Information Centre discover Danish literature
A brief history of Denmark by Peter Ravn Rasmussen
History of Denmark history and other information about Denmark
Trelleborg find out about the Danish Viking Fortress
Noah Friends of the Earth, Denmark
Nature in Denmark news on flora, forna, mammals, birds and insects
Jægersborg Deer Park the history of which goes back more than 300 years
Danish Recipes over 600 recipes from Denmark
Copenhagen the official website of the Danish capital
The Green Knight a Danish version of Cinderella
I Know What I Know a Danish fairy tale
The Tales of Hans Christian Anderson lots of information about his tales
Hans Christian Anderson the Museum of Hans Christian Anderson
The Grauballe Man illustrated webpage on the famous bog- body
Jorn Utzon Great Buildings.com on the architect who designed the Sydney Opera House
Nikolai Grundtvig Infoplease.com's pages on the Danish educator, minister, and writer

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Finland-Britannica information from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Virtual Finland wide ranging information from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Finland Tourism the official Online Travel Guide to Finland
Finnish Institute promoting Finnish excellence in the arts and the sciences
Finland 500 years on the map of Europe
Finnish Maiden a collection of Finnish women's links
Finnish Statistics Finland in Figures contains key statistical data about Finland
Finland's Economy Facts from the Confederation of Finnish Industry and Employers
Rovaniemi the capital of Lapland
The Winter War Telegrams from each day of the Russo-Finnish war
The Northern Lights Virtual Finland's Aurora Borealis pages illustrated with video images
Nature in Finland a country with more than 60,000 lakes
Finland's National Nature Symbols find out about the sacred swans and the bears
Finland's Forests which are considered the country's national treasure
Birdlife Finland the parent organization of 29 Finnish ornithological societies
Father Christmas find out about the man who comes from Lapland
The Moomin World find out about the Finnish children's characters
Sampo a tale from Finland
The Battle of Song, A Hero Tale of Finland retold by Aaron Shepard
Art for Children from the Finnish National Gallery
Finnish Festivals find out about 62 Finnish festivals
The Ancient Religion of the Finns from the Virtual Finland website
The Kalevala the national epic of Finland
The Finnish Sauna the history of the Nordic Bath by Mikkel Aaland
Finnish Ice Hockey ice hockey is one of the most popular sports in Finland, find out more

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French Language many links for learners of French

France Inter Live French Radio
Educasource French education resources for many different subjects
France @ la Carte information about France and French education and culture
French Connection links to French cultural sites
France-Britannica information from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Discover France a portal with lots of information related to France
A Guide for France Maison de la France promoting France as a tourist destination
French Embassy in USA just for school children
The Regions of France France Holiday Store's regional information pages
The Cities of France discover some French cities
A trip to Paris Darleen and Dave, Mum and Dad's trip to Paris
Carcassonne discover the French medieval town
French Alps from the Geography site Virtual Montana
French Embassy the French Embassy in the UK
French Foreign Office French Foreign Ministry website
Alliance Française French language, French culture, French events in the UK
French Culture about.com's French culture pages
The Geography of France lots of geographic, environmental and population information
Beauty & the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont
Famous Caricatures a collection of (language) activities with cartoons
Legends of Charlemagne by Thomas Bulfinch
Louis Pasteur AmbaFrance's look at the famous scientist
Eleanor of Aquitaine one of the most fascinating personalities of feudal Europe
France 1461 to 1610 from History Learning
Joan of Arc find out about the French heroine
Medieval Life & The Hundred Years War an electronic book with numerous illustrations
Louis XIV a look at the French King who reigned for 72 years
Napoleon Napolean Foundation's information on the First and Second Empires
Napoleon from the Nova Online website
The French Revolution Warwick University's resource guide to the French Revolution
French Revolution Links from Clara.net
Musee Rodin the famous Sculptor
Archaeological Sites in France the great archaeological sites of France
The Monuments of France the great buildings of France
The Louvre official website of the famous museum & palace
The Eiffel Tower official website of the 324 metres high structure
The Château of Versailles find out about the Château of Versailles
The Cave of Lascaux discover the famous prehistoric paintings at Lascaux
Tour de France find out about the famous cycling race around France

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German Language many links for learners of German

The Voyage- A British German Connection for teachers and young people
Goethe Institut the German organisation promoting language and culture
Inter-Nationes for the teaching of German language and culture worldwide
About German Culture About.com's information pages and links on Germany
Germany-Britannica information from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Germany-Lonely Planet information from the Lonely Planet guide to Germany
German Embassy the German Embassy in the UK
British-German Connection bringing young people in Germany and the UK together
Germany Quiz why does Sandra Bullock speak fluent German?- find out
Cities of Germany discover some German cities
Celebrate Christmas this website, in German, celebrates this festive time of year
Frankfurt Christmas Market from the Birmingham City Council website
The Unification of Germany how Germany became a nation state
19th Century Short German Stories from the Virginia Commonwealth University
Projek Gutenberg information on lots of German authors
The Boy Who Wanted the Willies a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm
Snowboard Magazine find out about snowboarding in Germany in German
Environment Germany find out about environmental issues in Germany
The Stork Foundation once a common bird but now needs protection to survive
The Black Forest find out about the famous forest from Cheryl Morris
The Rhine River from Unesco.org
The Berlin Wall the history of the Berlin Wall, from its creation to its destruction
Aktion-Euro Germany and the Euro
Heuneburg discover an ancient Celtic town in Germany
Martin Luther Luther and the Reformation
The Brothers Grimm find out about the famous fables
Ludwig van Beethoven the Internet Public Library's look at the composer
Bismarck looking at Bismarck's impact on Prussia, Germany, and Europe
Hermann Hesse find out about the author of Steppenwolf
Albert Einstien from Nova Online
The Rise of Hitler from the BBC Education website
Oscar Schindler from Nova Online

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Greece-Britannica pages from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Hellenic Culture ODYSSEUS, the www server of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture
Information on Greece information on Greek cities and islands from the ANTOR site
The Real Story of the Olympics discover the secrets of the ancient games
Athens Olympics 2004 the official website of the next Olympics
Olympics Education the education section of the official site
Atlantis Activemind's exporation of the story of Atlantis
Ancient Greeks from the Grid Club
Greek Mythology excellent interactive site from Mythweb
The Ancient Gods a brief description of the ancient gods of Greece
Mycenaean(Achaean) Civilisation (1500-1000BC) discover this ancient Greek civilisation
The Atrium information about the Ancient Greek and Roman world
The Parthenon a jigsaw from the jigzone
Ancient Greece learn about many aspects of life in Ancient Greece
Greek Art and Artists Greek artists, theatres, galleries and other art related links
Ancient Greece Lesson plans from Mr Donn's Ancient History website
The Greeks - Crucible of Civilisation from the PBS website
The Iliad by Homer
Eros, young son of Aphrodite the most famous symbol of Valentines day
Greek Jewellery five thousands years of tradition
Tavli Greece's national game
Greek Alphabet look at the letters that make up the Greek alphabet
Greek Biotape/ Wetland Centre from the Goulandris Natural History Museum
The Nestos from the Living Lakes website
Arcturos for the Protection and Management of the Natural Environment and Wildlife
Eleonora’s falcon Greece contains 65% of the worlds population of this falcon
The Greek Revolution the Greek revolution and war of independence (started 1821)
Theo Angelopoulos find out about the Greek film director

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Ireland-Learning Network infoplease.com's Learning Networks information pages
Ireland-Britannica pages from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Ireland-Lonely Planet information from the Lonely Planet guide to Ireland
Ireland-Enchanted Learning excellent information for children about Ireland
The National Archives of Ireland the Public Records and State Papers of Ireland
The Irish Studies Network from Irish Knowledge.com
Irish surnames find out the roots of Irish surnames
Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklaw and Drama from Luminarium.org
Irish Fairies find out about Leprechauns, Pookas and Banchees amongst others
Irish Legends learn about the legend of the shamrock, the Blarney Stone and the harp
Chronology of Ireland history site on people and events connected to Ireland
The History of Dublin including books, articles, illustrations, photographs and maps
An Irish Geography Quiz by Peter McPherson
Clifton- Jigsaw try and do a jigsaw of Clifton
The Burren find out about the Iron Age stone forts (known as ring forts)
Irish Peatland Conservation Council Action for Bogs and wildlife
Birdwatch Ireland find out about birds in Ireland
Archéire Irish Architecture Online
Irish Folk Dancing find out all about Irish dancing
St Patricks Day activities and crafts to celebrate Ireland's national holiday
The Claddaugh Ring some folk legends about the Irish style of ring
Irish Lace a taste of the history and fine craftsmanship
Work in Progress- James Joyce a site devoted to the work of James Joyce
Oscar Wilde the official website of the famous wit

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Italian Language many links for learners of Italian

Italy Guide lots of practical information about Italy
Italian Resources Online portal to many Italian resources on the Internet
Italy-Atlapedia Altapedia Online's Facts and Maps about Italy
Windows on Italy various cultural information on Italy
Italy-Britannica pages from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Italy-Enchanted Learning excellent information for children about Italy
Tuttitalia for Italianists and Italy related studies
Italian Embassy the Italian Embassy in the UK
Italiansrus Italian culture on the net
Italia Online Channel 4 geography pages on Italy
Ancient maps of Sicily from Kauai Fine Arts
Food an eLearning award winning website on food, in Italian
Forum per la Laguna Institute for the Lagoon of Venice, an environmental pressure group
Zhong Guo the portal site of the Chinese community in Italy
Le Piazze D'Italia Piazzas of Italy (in Italian)
The Fall of the Leaning Tower of Pisa find out why the Tower of Pisa leans
The Leaning Tower of Pisa the official site
The Uffizi Gallery the official site of the Florence's famous Gallery
Venice discover all about the city on the water
The Ascoli Project aims to enhance the teaching and learning of anthropology
The Art of Florence find out about art in the home of the Renaissance
The Florence Art Guide discover art in Firenze
Florence a guide to the city
Design Boom Italian design magazine
The Best of Sicily discover it's sights, cities, history, culture and nature
Inventions from Italy lots of inventions made in Italy
The Prince the political book by Machiavelli
The Divine Comedy the famous book by Dante
Dante Alighieri a guide to online resources about the famous writer
Leonardo’s Workshop Sanford-Artedventures interactive workshop
Leonardo da Vinci Scientist, Inventor, Artist the Boston Museum of Science's pages
The Galileo Project information on the life and work of Galileo Galilei
Similaun Man information on the prehistoric iceman found on the Austrian-Italian border
The Romans the BBC's Roman History pages
The Romans from the Grid Club
Roman Civilisation lots of information on the Romans
Rome’s Imperial Forums the official website of the Roman Imperial Forums
Female Fury In The Forum women had no political rights in Roman Republic
The Riddles of Pompeii from the Channel 4 website
The Italian Renaissance the Webmuseum's pages on the Renaissance
The Italian Renaissance Art Project about Italian Renaissance history & artwork
Italian history 1815 to 1849 the post Napoleonic period
Fascism in Italy from the BBC Education website
Italian Football Soccerage's multil-ingual site
Italy's Volcanoes discover the volcanoes of Southern Italy
Giovannuzza the Fox an Italian myth about a fox from Coyotes.Org
Cinderella an Italian version of the fairytale

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Luxembourg-Lonely Planet information from the Lonely Planet guide to Luxembourg
Luxembourg-Britannica pages from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Luxembourg in a Nutshell with geography, history, economy, population & languages
Luxembourg Today the Europe Today pages on Luxembourg
Luxembourg in Figures from the Statistical Year Book Online
Luxembourg Government Online the official website of the Luxembourg Government
Luxembourg in pictures lots of interesting pictures
Luxembourg City lots of information about the capital
City of Luxembourg - World Heritage Site the UNESCO pages of the old city
Legends of Luxembourg discover some legends from Luxenbourg
The little boy who had the trees as friends a short story from the Council of Europe

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Netherlands-Britannica pages from the Encyclopedia Britannica
The Netherlands-Lonely Planet information from the Lonely Planet guide to Holland
The Dutch Golden Age a look at 16th & 17th Century Dutch history
Revolt of the Spanish Netherlands from History Learning
Dutch History Resources on the Internet from Leinden University
The Netherlands Photo Archive a photographic history of the Netherlands
North Sea Foundation a Dutch environmental site looking at the North Sea
Madurodam a miniature city of all of the famous features of Holland
Amsterdam Visit Amsterdam's City Guide
Radio Netherlands website of the Dutch radio station
Dutch Art Holland.com's Art and Culture section
Dutch Football Legends find out about some famous Dutch footballers
Sinterklaas the Dutch version of Father Christmas who comes from Spain
Windmills discover why windmills are a symbols for the Netherlands
De Hollandse Pot Dutch recipes
Disiderius Erasmus find out about the famous Dutch humanist

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Portugal-Britannica pages from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Welcome to Portugal Portugal's official information website
Portuguese Embassy the website of the Portuguese Embassy in the UK
Sapo - Portugal Online a portal to all things Portuguese on the www
Links to Portugal lots of links from Well.com
Historical Villages discover some old Portuguese villages
Learn Portuguese from the University of Glasgow
Portuguese Resources by Lauren Rosen
Contemporary Portuguese Politics & History University of Dundee's Portuguese Centre
The Portuguese Language a history of how the language evolved
Portuguese Literature explores the history of Portuguese literature
Portuguese Literature from Encarta
Viriato a warrior who fought the Romans in the Mons Herminus hills
The Portuguese Empire from Encarta
Illustrious Portuguese Navigators a look at some of the great explorers of the world
Vasco da Gama arrives in India from North Park University's website
Port Wine discover the fortified wine from the Douro Valley
Wines of Portugal the official website
Food in Portugal from Virtual Portugal
Custódio a tale from the Council of Europe website
Cork in Portugal find out about cork
Jose Saramaga a profile of the Nobel Prize for Literature Winner

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Spanish Language many links for learners of Spanish

Spain-Learning Network infoplease.com's Learning Networks information pages
Spain-Britannica pages from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Spanish Embassy the website of the Spanish Embassy in the UK
Tour Spain the Spanish Tourist Office
All about Spain lots of information about Spain and it's regions
World Heritage Cities of Spain discover the eight monumental centres in Spain
The Spanish Jigsaw game from the BBC Education
Travelling in Spain lots of historical and cultural links
Spanish Index a portal website for many Spanish cultural sites
Si Spain promotes free exchange of information on Spanish affairs
The Spanish Armada from Clara.net, history on the web
The Era of the Spanish Galleons the story of the Spanish treasure fleets
Spain under Phillip II from History Learning
The Spanish Civil War a website on the Spanish Revolution and Civil War
The Spanish Civil War a timeline on the major events
Spanish Lynx the most endangered feline in the world
Fundacio Natura a Spanish reforestation programme
La Nava in northwest Spain on the Tierra de Campos Plateau
Injuve promoting participation of young people in civic society
Bubers Basque Page information on the Basque country and its culture
The Tomatina of Bunol the famous tomato throwing festival
Flamenco designed for everyone interested in Flamenco
Spanish Art Spanish Arts.com portal to Spanish art on the web
Pablo Picasso the Online Picasso Project
Antoni Gaudi information and pictures on Gaudi's architecture

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Sweden-Britannica pages from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Go Sweden information about Sweden
Virtual Sweden the official gateway to Sweden on the internet
Swedish Institute spreading knowledge, connecting people, making Sweden visible
Visit Sweden Visit Sweden's tourist website
This is Sweden Quiz from the Sweden Information Smorgasbord
Flags of Sweden lots of different flags from Sweden
Swedish Statistics the official Swedish Statistics website
Sweden in Pictures images from Sweden
Stockholm the capital city of Sweden
The Nobel Foundation find out about the famous Nobel Prize
Sweden's Children's Museum a children's museums website in Swedish
Swedish Festivals find out about Lucia, Walpurgis Night and many more
Scut the Bull Elk and the Little Princess called Sedge Flower by Helge Kjellin
Lars, My Lad! a Swedish fairy tale
Beings of the Dark Woods of Sweden from Morion.com
The Swedish Language from the Sweden Information Smorgasbord
Swedish Society for Nature Conservation Sweden's largest environmental organisation
World Wildlife Fund- Sweden backing over 100 nature conservation projects
Great Reed Warbler long-distance migrant that spends the winter in tropical Africa
Swedish History an overview of Swedish history
The History of Sweden from Swedish Smorgasbord
Viking Heritage Database dedicated to Viking culture and the Viking age
Abba the website of the famous 70's popgroup
Kristina Wasa Queen of Sweden (1626-1689)
Ingmar Bergman find out about the famous Swedish director
Raoul Gustav Wallenberg who rescued hundreds of thousands of Jews from the Nazis

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UK-Britannica pages from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Culturelab UK style, culture & technology in the UK
MultilingualUK contrary to popular belief, the UK has always been multilingual
Explore Parliament the Parliamentary Education Unit's website
Surfers Against Sewage the environmental pressure group's website
Welsh Folk Dancing the website of the Welsh Folk Dance Society
The Woodlands Trust the UK's leading conservation charity
British Geography Quiz from triv.net
Internet Geography a geography site with several UK case studies
North Wales a geography site from Virtual Montana
The Eden Project a living theatre of plants & people
The Tate Gallery information on the Tate family of galleries
The National Gallery the national collection of European paintings
The Tower of London discover the history of the Tower of London in an interactive visit
Victoria and Albert Museum the world's largest museum of the decorative arts
The British Museum illuminating the history of cultures
Shakespeare's Globe find out about Shakespeare's orginal Globe Theatre
Medieval, Renaissance & 17th Century Literature edited by Anniina Jokinen
British History the Spartacus Encyclopaedia of British History
The Anglo-Saxons from the BBC Online website
The Battle of Hastings an in-depth look at the important battle
The Normans from the School History website
Elizabeth's Pirates discover the history of the Spanish Armada
Black & Asian History Map from Channel 4's UK history pages
A Web of English History from 1760 to 1850
Trade & Empire five interactive online activities about Britain 1750-1900
Nelson find out about Admiral Nelson
Joseph Mallord William Turner the Web Museum's biography of the artist
British Women in the 20th Century from History Learning

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