How Well Do You Know Europe?

J.P. Naomi

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About This Quiz

The world is made of 195 countries spanning the six habitable continents. Europe, despite being the second smallest continent, has more countries than North and South America combined. With fifty countries, it has the second highest number following Africa's fifty-four. 

While the most powerful and recognizable nations of Europe are generally thought to be the bigger economic hitters such as France, Italy, and Germany, the European continent technically extends all the way up to the Caucasus Mountains, the real border with Asia. That means that Europe embraces several transcontinental countries that are both in Europe and Asia, such as Russia and Turkey.

From its westernmost point in the Atlantic Ocean to its shared border of Asia, how much do you know about Europe? You might know the capital of Portugal, but do you know the capital of Russia that lies within European borders? Can you remember in which countries you would find Stonehenge and the Grand Bazaar? Do you know the names of Europe's main rivers, its lengthy mountain ranges, or its notable ports? How about facts about the demographics of this relatively densely-populated continent? With dozens of countries and a history going back many thousands of years, it's hard to know everything about Europe. Let's see how you do!

What is the capital of France?

Paris is the capital and most populous city in France. Its population is about 12 million residents and boasts some of the most famous landmarks in Europe, including the Arc de Triomphe, the River Seine and the Louvre.

What is the only country that shares a border with Portugal?

Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It also includes the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira.

Where is the Acropolis located?

The word Acropolis means "highest, topmost, outermost" point of the "city" in Greek language. The Acropolis of Athens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Heading to Ireland? Be sure to check out the Cliffs of ______, seen famously in Harry Potter and The Princess Bride!

The Cliffs of Moher are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They rise 120 meters above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head and are a major tourist attraction of the country.

What is the capital of Spain?

Madrid is the capital and largest city in Spain. It is home to 3.1 million people and is the third-largest city in the European Union.

The Leaning Tower of ______ is located in ______, Italy!

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the freestanding bell tower of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. It is known worldwide for its unintended tilt which was designed by its architect Bonanno Pisano.

Studying at the University of Oxford? You must be in ________.

The University of Oxford is said to be the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It enrolls more than 11,000 undergraduate students each year and its motto is, "The Lord is my Light".

Where is the Eiffel Tower located?

The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower in 1887.

Take a cruise along the ________ to go from Germany to the Black Sea.

The Danube River drifts through the following countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. It is the second-longest river in Europe.

The United Kingdom is made up of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and __________.

The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh, while its largest city is Glasgow. Its motto is: "In My Defans God Me Defend."

_________ is home of the Brandenburg Gate, built as a sign of peace in the late 18th century.

Brandenburg Gate was built in 1788, and completed in 1791. It was designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans.

What is the name of the Italian city known for gondola rides and canals?

Called Venezia in Italian, Venice is located in northeastern Italy. It is home to about 264,000 residents who are known as Venetians, or Veneziani in Italian!

This famous tourist attraction in Istanbul, Turkey gets 15 million visitors each year!

The Grand Bazaar, also referred to as the "Covered Market" in Turkish, is located in Istanbul, Turkey. It is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops.

Which European country is known as the birthplace of golf?

With the modern game of golf originating in 15th century Scotland, the country is promoted as the home of golf. The Old Course in the Fife town of St. Andrews dates back to 1574!

What is the capital of Italy?

Rome is the capital and most populous city in Italy. It is known as The Eternal City and the Capital of the World. There are more than 2.8 million residents.

Which European country is a small island south of Turkey?

Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean. The official languages of the island are Greek and Turkish. People from Cyprus are known as Cypriots.

Hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights? Better spend a night in _________.

Iceland is a Nordic island country of Europe located in the North Atlantic Ocean. It has a population of 332,529 and the capital city is Reykjavik.

Home of St. Basil's, the GUM department store and the Kremlin complex, __________ is the focal point of Moscow, Russia.

Moscow, Russia is the capital and most populous city of Russia. There are more than 13 million residents and the city is situated on the Moskva River.

What is the capital of Greece?

Athens, Greece is home to more than 664,000 residents known as Athenians. The city dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities!

The _______ Chapel of Italy is home to Michelangelo's masterpiece of The Last Judgement.

The Sistine Chapel was created by Baccio Pontelli and Giovanni de Dolci. It began construction in 1473 and was completed 8 years later in 1481. It is called the Cappella Sistina in Italian.

Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and you'll be sure to return to this European city ...

The Trevi Fountain, or the Fontana di Trevi in Italian, is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy. It was designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci in 1762.

What is the name of the mountain peak in the Alps which straddles the border between Switzerland and Italy?

The Matterhorn is a large, near-symmetrical pyramidal peak in the extended Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps, whose summit is 4,478 meters high. It is one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe.

Denmark, Norway and Sweden are known as __________ countries.

Scandinavia is a historical and cultural region in Northern Europe. The region also includes Finland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and the Åland Islands.

What is the capital of Ireland?

Dublin is known as Baile Átha Cliath in Gaelic. It is the capital and largest city in Ireland. Its population is about 1.9 million people!

"The hills are alive" in ________, where scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed.

Austria is a landlocked country of about 8.7 million people. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west!

In which European country is Vatican City located?

Italy is located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea and shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City. Its total population is about 60 million residents.

In which country might one experience the Running of the Bulls?

The Running of the Bulls occurs annually in Pamplona, Spain. It is a practice that involves running in front of a small group of the toro bravo cattle breed that have been let loose on a course in the town's streets!

Have a date at The Hague? You must be in ________.

The Netherlands are also known as Holland. The national language is Dutch and its capital and largest city is Amsterdam. Holland is home to about 17 million people.

What is the capital of Poland?

Warsaw, or Warszawa as referred to in Polish, is the capital and largest city of Poland. The city is built on the Vistula River in east-central Poland and is home to 1.7 million residents.

The capital of Turkey is not Istanbul, rather _________.

Ankara is the capital of the Republic of Turkey with a population of 4.5 million people. Istanbul is often mistaken for the capital because it used to be under former empires in prior centuries!

Which European country's flag is red with a white cross in the center?

Switzerland is a landlocked European country. It is situated in Western-Central Europe and is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.

A favorite pastime in Prague is crossing the _________ Bridge over the Vltava River.

A pedestrian-only bridge, the Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava River. Its construction started in 1357 under rule of King Charles IV and finished in the beginning of the 15th century.

Minsk is the capital of this European country...

Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. It is home to about 9.4 million people.

Which European country is the largest by size?

Russia is home to about 144 million people and covers more than 6.5 million square miles. It stretches from Poland on the west to Alaska on the east.

What is the capital of Germany?

Berlin is the capital and the largest city of Germany. It is home to about 3.6 million people and is known for its renowned universities, orchestras, museums, and sporting and entertainment venues.

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