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Europe Geography Quiz #2

Can you answer these questions about the geography of Europe?
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Last updated: September 21, 2018
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Which European capital city is also a common female first name?
Sofia
Other than the Vatican, what country is entirely surrounded by Italy?
San Marino
What sea contains the gulfs of Finland and Bothnia?
Baltic Sea
What's the most populous city in Europe that starts with the letter M?
Moscow
What are the two major European cities that start with the letters Bel?
Belfast
Belgrade
What bay lies between France and Spain?
Bay of Biscay
On what river's "left bank" would you find the district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés?
Seine
What country is found on Bulgaria's northern border?
Romania
Into what sea does the Volga River flow?
Caspian Sea
It's the second biggest city in Northern Ireland. Some people call it Derry.
What do others call it?
Londonderry
What is the nearest major city to the tourist attraction of Pompeii?
Naples
What is the largest city that has territory in both Europe and Asia?
Istanbul
On what island is the city of Palma located?
Mallorca
What is the tallest mountain in Greece?
Mount Olympus
What island is located due north of Sardinia?
Corsica
Which British territory borders Spain?
Gibraltar
What capital city lies just 55 km west of Bratislava?
Vienna
What country is part of the E.U. but lies geographically closer to Asia and
Africa than it does to Europe?
Cyprus
What Dutch city is home to Europe's busiest port?
Rotterdam
85 Comments
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Level 86
Nov 19, 2015
The Cyprus question made me giggle, thinking of all the arguing that goes on in the comments sections.
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Level 90
Feb 3, 2016
Yeah... I don't see any.
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Level 64
Dec 2, 2016
Cyprus is obviously in North America.
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Level 67
Dec 22, 2016
I thought it was on Mars. It probably moved there to hide from the arguing.
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Level 68
Oct 21, 2020
Pluto
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Level 81
Oct 21, 2022
So Pluto and Cyprus reminisce on their rejection...
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Level 84
Jun 6, 2017
I thought Cyprus was a fictional land from one of the Harry Potter books?
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Level 59
Nov 4, 2020
No, I believe that would be Kyrgyzstan.
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Level 66
Feb 7, 2019
The Gilda Radner character Emily would ask, "So what's the big deal about the location of Billy Ray and Miley?"
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Level 79
Mar 12, 2021
I've always thought of Cyprus as being in Europe.
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Level 69
Jan 1, 2022
Cyprus is in Cyprus, argument solved
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Level 78
Nov 29, 2015
I tried Bellinzona. Pity. Belfast, of course, is much bigger.
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Level 57
Feb 3, 2016
I tried Belgorod. It's roughly the same size as Belfast, I think.
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Level 56
Feb 22, 2021
What about Belluno?
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Level 76
Aug 13, 2023
What about Belondon?
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Level 69
Dec 16, 2015
I got the first answer, but is Paris be a good answer too?
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Level 51
Jan 6, 2016
Paris isn't a very common name, not compared to Sofia, at least. Sofia, or versions of it, is common in at least a dozen languages.
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Level 69
Feb 3, 2016
I dunno, the Wikipedia pages for Paris and Sophia (Sofias are listed there) don't seem to be hugely disproportionate in their lists... lot of male Parises and fictional Sofias though.
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Level 60
Feb 3, 2016
Sophie is the more common English form of Sofia and there's thousands of those.
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Level 23
Feb 6, 2016
And Florence??
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Level 67
May 13, 2016
Florence is not a capital.
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Level 37
Feb 7, 2019
i guessed london
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Level 76
Feb 7, 2019
But what about Podgorica?!?!
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Level 52
Jan 7, 2021
Bah everyone knows the most common name is Zagreb
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Level 52
Aug 15, 2023
you're all wrong, it's Reykjavik.
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Level 48
Mar 13, 2022
Obviously, the most common is Ljubljana.
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Level 29
Jan 30, 2018
That was my first guess
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Level 68
Oct 21, 2020
I thought Vienna. I know multiple people named Vienna
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Level 60
Nov 7, 2020
i tried riga first
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Level 81
Jan 6, 2016
I call my wife Dublin. Every year she seems to be Dublin in size.
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Level 72
Feb 3, 2016
If you want to be passive-agressive, call her Andorra la Vella, she won't like that.
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Level 75
Feb 7, 2019
I hope you aren't the kind of husband who would Rome.
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Level 78
Nov 18, 2019
I used to have a wife until Val ate 'er.
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Level 70
Apr 28, 2019
Guess who's wife isn't on Jetpunk?
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Level 60
Aug 14, 2023
This joke absolutely killed me over 7 years later haha
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Level 51
Feb 5, 2016
I have never known anyone consider Cyprus part of Asia.
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Level 56
Feb 6, 2016
Welcome to Jetpunk! Cyprus is Asia.
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Level 37
Sep 30, 2016
Yep! Cyprus is in Asia much like Egypt is in the Middle East!
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Level 69
Oct 16, 2020
Yeah, doesn't really make any sense, but it seems to be a gigantic deal to Jetpunk admins!
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Level 60
Jan 22, 2021
You guys really need to figure out the difference between political/historical and geographical point of view.
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Level ∞
May 24, 2023
If we let Cyprus in, then Georgia and Armenia will ask "why not us?" The line must be drawn somewhere. We draw it geographically.
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Level 65
Mar 3, 2016
Good quiz boyz
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Level 84
Jun 6, 2017
By the time I remembered "Bay of Biscay", I only had 0:01 left. One full second of unadulterated forlorn resignation. So close to perfection, yet so far. :-(
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Level 77
Jul 6, 2017
Been to Rotterdam. Very clean, modern and beautiful city. Excellent Chinese, Surinamese, Indonesian and Israeli food.
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Level 45
Feb 7, 2019
Been to China, Suriname, Indonesia & Israel - they all do excellent Dutch food :)
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Level 66
Feb 7, 2019
Is there such a thing?
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Level 75
Feb 7, 2019
Scrumpy: seems you haven't updated your "countries visited" map for a while ;-)
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Level 52
Aug 15, 2023
Rotterdam is not a very memorable city.
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Level 77
Jul 18, 2017
HOW DO YOU SPELL MALLORCA??!?!!? MAJORCA?!?!??!?! WHAT IS IT???!?!?!??!!?!?
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Level 30
Mar 26, 2018
Florence is also a woman's name.
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Level 37
Feb 7, 2019
yeah but the capital is rome
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Level 60
Apr 13, 2018
Rotterdam is wrong. The airport is in AMSTERDAM
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Level 71
May 19, 2018
It's not asking for an airport.
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Level 58
Feb 7, 2019
Thanks for making me laugh!
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Level 45
Feb 7, 2019
Finally earned 15 points so I thought I'd post a random comment!
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Level 75
Feb 7, 2019
Congratulations. (It gets harder as you level up.)
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Level 59
Feb 7, 2019
The Northern Ireland clue should be changed. It is only Derry in the Republic of Ireland and to Republicans/nationalists in Northern Ireland. The answer is the official name and it is located in a county of the same name in the United Kingdom so it should be the other way around
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Level 69
Oct 16, 2020
It's clearly London... wait for it... Derry!
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Level 76
Aug 13, 2023
I'm neither and I call it Derry
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Level 76
May 3, 2024
Doesn't matter where they're from, they're still "some people". Unless you wanna argue irish republicans aren't human.
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Level 72
Feb 7, 2019
Belgorod has a greater population than Belfast (by city proper), so what exactly counts as a 'major' city? It's true that Belfast would be more well known than Belgorod, but perhaps it would be better if Belgorod was accepted as a type-in for Belfast?
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Level 86
Feb 7, 2019
Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland, so maybe that's what makes it more major? Or maybe because it's been such a part of the history with the Troubles. Or maybe the Quizmaster is a huge fan of Titanic, since that's where it was built.
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Level 71
Aug 14, 2023
Belgorod is the capital of Belgorod Oblast, so that can't be the distinction. And since these comments were written, it's certainly been in a troubled region and in the news a lot lately.

citypopulation.de doesn't list an urban area for Belgorod, but it does for Belfast, so I suspect the urban area for Belfast is larger than that of Belgorod. I'm not sure a difference of 300k people really makes an obvious distinction for "major", though.

QM should probably accept randomdude's suggestion or qualify what "major" means in the question context.

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Level 58
Feb 7, 2019
I thought about Turkey and Russia on the Asian country. Happily i didn't forget Cyprus
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Level 81
Feb 7, 2019
You are literally the only one who thinks Cyprus is part of Asia. You also happen to run a quiz site that has a lot of geography quizzes. Go figure.
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Level 86
Feb 8, 2019
Literally - "You keep using that word - I do not think it mean what you think it means." https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/what-continent-is-cyprus-in.html
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Level 70
Apr 28, 2019
Just for the record, I think that Cyprus is in Asia.
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Level ∞
May 24, 2023
There are dozens of us!
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Level 74
Feb 8, 2019
10% of the answers are Northern Irish - it's not even 10% of the UK!
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Level 79
Dec 12, 2023
You have to give us our wins where we can get them lol. I didn't even get Belfast, I hate letter-based questions haha (also, I wouldn't have thought so but it's actually about 14% by area, despite the mere 3% by population)
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Level 35
Mar 29, 2019
i was confused when i saw 5 question after i saw answers i was shamed that i didnt know Belgrade cuz its my home town /:
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Level 45
Apr 28, 2019
Was stuck on the Pompeii question but finished with 0:34 remaining :)
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Level 64
Nov 21, 2019
Only got Belfast because there is another Northern Ireland question
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Level 50
Jan 9, 2020
Same
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Level 50
Jan 9, 2020
No one thinks Cyprus is in Asia except quizmaster
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Level 59
Nov 4, 2020
... and the 62% of people that got the question right, apparently.
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Level 79
Oct 14, 2021
I assumed it was a (kind of) joke.
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Level 52
Apr 22, 2021
my granny lived in derry and she never called it that, or maybe she did and just used a really weird expression
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Level 48
Aug 6, 2022
Irish republicans call it Derry and British people and pro British northern Irish call it Londonderry
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Level 58
Aug 13, 2023
That's a simplification at best; it's not really reflective of reality. In practice people in Northern Ireland normally call the city Derry unless they are Making A Point. Most institutions in the city (Derry City football club, City of Derry Airport, City of Derry Rugby Football Club, City of Derry Golf Club, Derry City and Strabane District Council, etc.) use "Derry", as do most of its inhabitants.
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Level 84
Apr 27, 2022
This might be better as a yellow box quiz. I got three 'undeserved' answers (Belfast, Corsica, Cyprus) guessing on other questions.
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Level 67
Jan 20, 2023
Caspian sea is a lake, and I would probably have guessed it correctly had it been clear that it didn't necessarily mean a sea connected to the ocean.
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Level 76
May 3, 2024
Wether it's a sea or a lake is disputed.
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Level 67
May 15, 2023
I was literally in the middle of typing Mallorca as time ran out. 17/20, also missed Caspian and Londonberry
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Level 58
Aug 13, 2023
I guessed Belfast (because I was blank) for the Northern Ireland related question and accidentally got the Bel answer.ñ