Council of Europe Office in Yerevan International Organisation
The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation.
It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
Official languages: English and French.
Headquarters: Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg, France, designed French architect Henry Bernard.
Budget: The Council of Europe is financed by member states. Contributions are based on population and wealth.
The European flag: twelve gold stars in a circle on a blue background, represents the union of Europe's peoples. The number of stars does not change, twelve symbolising perfection. Chosen as the Council of Europe's official emblem in 1955, the European flag was subsequently adopted by the European Community as well, in 1986. With the passage of time, it has come to symbolise Greater Europe.