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In pictures: Snowy Europe

Benches covered by snow in Berlin, Germany

An empty park in Berlin - a large swathe of Europe is shivering under a blanket of snow.

Trapped vehicles near Market Weighton, England

Britain's coldest December in a decade saw temperatures drop to an icy -11C overnight in north-east England and Scotland.

A snow plough in the Czech Republic

Snow ploughs are used to clear roads in the Czech Republic, as in much of Europe.

Prague's medieval Charles Bridge, in the Czech Republic

For strollers in Prague's historic old quarter the snow brings a new sparkle to ornate buildings.

A child slides down an icy street in Florence

Elsewhere, children experimented with alternative forms of transport - here with a snowy Florence as backdrop.

A dog watches a snow ball in Florence, Italy

Humans are not the only ones fascinated by the abundance of snow - this dog is also having fun in Florence.

A child with a sledge near the village of Afrika in the eastern German region of Brandenburg

Germany has been covered in snow from north to south, with three feet (1m) reported in some mountainous areas.

A snow-covered beach near Luebeck, northern Germany

People walk on the snow-covered beach of Travemuende near Luebeck, northern Germany.

Snowfall by the leaning tower of Pisa

Even a light dusting of snow lends an unfamiliar air to familiar landmarks, such as Pisa's leaning tower.

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