European Geography Multiple Choice #2

A multiple choice quiz about the geography of Europe.
For question 4, tallest building means tallest building, rather than tallest structure. (
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Last updated: December 29, 2020
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1. Which of these has the largest population?
The population of Catalonia is 7,522,596, while the population of Holland is 6,583,534 and the population of Scotland is roughly 5,463,300.
2. Which of these countries is the smallest by area?
Andorra covers an area of only 180.55 square miles, whereas Luxembourg and Kosovo cover 998.6 and 4,203 square miles respectively.
3. Which of these lakes is the deepest?
Lake Como has a maximum depth of 425 metres, Lake Geneva reaches a depth of 310 metres and Lake Constance is the shallowest at a maximum depth of 251 metres.
4. Which of these countries contains the tallest building?
The Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt has a height of 258.7 metres (300.1 metres if the antenna spire is included), making it the tallest building in Germany. The tallest building in Spain, the Torre de Cristal in Madrid, is 249 metres tall (based on the roof, its 250 metres if the tip is included), while the Unicredit Tower in Milan is 146 metres tall (as with the others, its height is 231 metres if the spire is included).
5. Which of these rivers is the largest in terms of discharge?
The Po flows at 1,460 cubic metres per second, while the Loire and the Elbe flow at 889 cubic metres per second and 860 cubic metres per second respectively.
6. Which of these capitals does the Danube flow through first?
The Danube flows roughly west to east, from rivers called the Breg and the Brigach in Germany to the Black Sea. Out of the three cities, Bratislava is the furthest west.
7. Which of these is the largest Greek island, by area, after Crete and Euboea?
Lesbos has an area of roughly 630 square miles. Rhodes has an area of roughly 541 square miles, making it the fourth largest. Corfu is the ninth largest with an area of roughly 229 square miles.
8. In which archipelago can the island of Spitsbergen and the settlement of Longyearbyen be found?
Faroe Islands
Spitsbergen is the largest island in the archipelago and Svalbard itself used to be known by the same name. Longyearbyen, located on Spitsbergen, is the northernmost permanent settlement in the world.
9. Which of these is the largest city in the Basque Country (by population)?
Barcelona and Burgos (the former being larger than Bilbao and the latter being smaller) are both located outside of the Basque Country. Bilbao is also the largest city in the province of Biscay, and the tenth largest city in Spain.
10. Which of these "republics" of Russia borders another European country (besides Russia itself)?
The Republic of Karelia borders Finland, and is one part of an area also known as Karelia (the other sections are Leningrad Oblast in Russia, and the regions of North Karelia and South Karelia in Finland). Udmurtia, or the Udmurt Republic, is located well within Russia's borders, while Tuva or the Tyva Republic borders Mongolia.
11. Which of these islands in the British Isles is also a UK county?
Isle of Man
Isle of Skye
Isle of Wight
Although it was once (briefly) part of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight has been a county since 1890. The Isle of Man is a Crown dependency, meaning that it is self-governing and not part of the United Kingdom. The Isle of Skye is part of the Highland council area of Scotland and part of the historic county of Inverness-shire.
12. Which of these countries has the longest coastline?
The coastline of Croatia stretches for roughly 3,626 miles; the mainland coast has a length of only around 1,104 miles, yet the coasts of the islands and islets have a combined length of around 2,522 miles. Latvia's coastline is 309 miles long, while the coastline of Bulgaria is 235 miles long.
13. Which of these is not a volcano?
The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. Etna is located on the east coast of Sicily and is one of the world's most active volcanoes, while Grímsvötn in Iceland is a subglacial volcano and has the highest eruption frequency of all the volcanoes in Iceland.
14. Which of these countries has the most first-level administrative subdivisions?
Germany consists of 16 states, Spain consists of 17 autonomous communities and 2 autonomous cities (Ceuta and Melilla) and Switzerland has 26 cantons.
15. Which of these capital cities was hit by two different tsunamis, one occurring in 1531 and the other in 1755?
They were both caused by earthquakes. The 1531 earthquake and tsunami killed 30,000 people and destroyed one third of the city. The 1755 disaster was worse; around 30,000 to 50,000 people were killed, and Lisbon was almost completely destroyed.
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