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A strange idea that neighbouring countries should join together for the common good. Most have been fighting each other for centuries and see no reason to stop now.

The folk culture across the countries that make up Europe is rich and appreciated by all and in the spirit of folk, all differences are forgotten. However, what 'Europe' has produced is EFCO - an organisation for European Folk and Culture which divides Europe into 11 handy regions with loads of special committees.

The similarities of music and dance unite and the differences delight. Sometimes, the folk cuture is geographically bounded. England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Manx and Shetland are fortunate here. Elsewhere in Europe, the culture is more ethnic than geographic.

In places like America the immigration from Europe formed such a melting pot that new forms of folk music arose incorporating European and later African influences.