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European Countries in their Native Language

Give the English names of the countries based on their names in a native language.
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Hope you know your Cyrillic and Greek alphabets!
Quiz by alphallama1
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Last updated: February 16, 2019
First submittedMarch 24, 2014
Times taken97,573
Average score82.2%
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Country
English
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Deutschland
Germany
Danmark
Denmark
España
Spain
Italia
Italy
Ísland
Iceland
Éire
Ireland
Nederland
Netherlands
Österreich
Austria
Magyarország
Hungary
België
Belgium
България
Bulgaria
Česká republika
Czech Republic
Schweiz
Switzerland
France
France
Country
English
Ελλάδα
Greece
Eesti
Estonia
Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein
Lëtzebuerg
Luxembourg
Hrvatska
Croatia
Polska
Poland
Suomi
Finland
Latvija
Latvia
Lietuva
Lithuania
Северна
Македонија
North Macedonia
Norge
Norway
Босна и
Херцеговина
Bosnia and
Herzegovina
Città del Vaticano
Vatican City
Србија
Serbia
Россия
Russia
Country
English
Andorra
Andorra
Monaco
Monaco
San Marino
San Marino
Slovensko
Slovakia
Malta
Malta
Moldova
Moldova
Portugal
Portugal
România
Romania
Shqipëri
Albania
Slovenija
Slovenia
Sverige
Sweden
Україна
Ukraine
Kosova
Kosovo
Црна Гора
Montenegro
Белару́сь
Belarus
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Level 44
Mar 26, 2014
For a person more or less familiar with cyrylic, the most awkward is definately Albania. Where did that come from?
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Level 72
Apr 25, 2014
Shqipëri translated from Albanian means "The Land of the Eagles".
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Level 89
May 8, 2014
I thought that was either Philadelphia or (Hotel) California....
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Level 58
Sep 13, 2021
It means nothing
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Level 76
Nov 13, 2014
Dude Shqipëri isn't cyrillic.
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Level 75
Jan 12, 2015
Hahahahahahahahahaha
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Level 67
Jan 22, 2020
Yea that is sort of his point. The Cyrillic ones werent tough for him, so that one was the hardest one.
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Level 57
Aug 14, 2022
That's not at all obvious from the first comment
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Level 75
Jan 12, 2015
Albania is not albanian word :D

Like Spain is not spanish word etc...

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Level 59
May 2, 2019
Spain and Espana both come from the same Latin word though (Hispania)
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Level 46
May 2, 2021
and there you lose all your credibility
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Level 73
Jun 28, 2017
I would think that Crna Gora is at least as tricky.
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Level 57
Oct 19, 2019
I thought "gora" sounded like "gorica", like the end of Podgorica. Thus, Montenegro.
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Level 50
Apr 27, 2020
Gora means mountain in Russian. So that gives it away
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Level 76
Aug 17, 2020
Does Crna mean black?
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Level 58
Nov 21, 2020
Yes
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Level 66
May 1, 2021
If I didn't already know all the names of the European countries in their own languages, crna would definitely have given it away. As a central European knowing the colours in Serbo-Croation or Slovenian or any other South Slavic language shouldn't be asking too much.
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Level 67
May 1, 2021
I got it because it's two words and I know Montenegro means "black mountain."
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Level 66
Oct 14, 2021
Црна Гора = Crna Gora, similar to Polish Czarna Góra = Black Mountain = Monte Negro some romance language (Medieval Latin? Early Italian?). That's how I got there from being able to read some Cyrillic and speaking some Polish.
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Level 44
May 12, 2022
Monte negro is Spanish I think

Mostly because of the negro

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Level 59
Oct 20, 2022
No, it's from Venetian. The Most Serene Republic had a colony at Kotor (which they called Cattaro), and there is a mountain just south of Kotor which is unusually heavily covered in trees, thus appearing darker than other mountains that had their rock exposed to the sun. That's where the name comes from.
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Level 76
May 3, 2019
definitely* :)
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Level 53
Jan 25, 2022
Yep agree. I can read basic cyrillic. Without it, might be a hard quiz.
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Level 72
Apr 25, 2014
100% and 3:03 left. But I'm from Bulgaria, so I'm familiar with the Cyrillic letters. :)
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Level 48
May 8, 2014
Great job, Maya, I am also Bulgarian, but Albania stomped me for a while :)
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Level 82
May 8, 2014
Finally that 4 years of Russian in high school came in handy. Helped with the Cyrillic, but i was totally lost on the Greek. Did the Cyrillic and English right away and just kind of process of elimination after that.
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Level 84
May 8, 2014
Don't know Cyrillic at all but got all of them except for Russia ::facepalm::
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Level 84
Sep 2, 2016
Have since been to Russia and learned to read Cyrillic. Much easier now!
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Level 84
May 8, 2014
How do more people get Spain, Denmark and Italy than the UK? Is it because of the tricky British English spelling?
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Level 59
May 8, 2014
In which language is Monaco called Manaco? I checked using both Wikipedia and Google Translate, neither showed Manaco in Spanish, French, Italian or Catalan. Furthermore, all the articles about Monaco in Wikipedia show the Monegasque versions being Munegu, Munegascu or similar.

Apart from that detail, good quiz.

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Level 69
May 8, 2014
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+3
Level 84
May 8, 2014
This is clearly a misspelling.
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Level ∞
May 8, 2014
Fixed
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Level 66
May 8, 2014
In Spanish, Monaco is Mónaco.
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Level 73
Sep 11, 2016
In Italian Monaco is München.
+4
Level 73
Dec 13, 2016
What is Munich in Italian?
+13
Level 65
Nov 16, 2018
Monaco di Baviera.
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Level 69
May 8, 2014
At first I thought it was just gonna be EU countries, but when I got to the Vatican, I was like wuuuut...?
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Level 84
May 8, 2014
Vatican ? Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia are not part of the EU... Ok, maybe the flag is misleading.
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Level 57
Sep 2, 2016
And neither are Iceland, Moldova, Macedonia, Montenegro, and (technically) Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein and San Marino.
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Level 28
Sep 3, 2016
Flag of Europe, it applies to us all, whether we're EU or not :)
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Level 75
Nov 24, 2020
@charliesmiley No it does not.
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Level 59
May 1, 2021
The flag is not just the flag of the EU, but also of the Council of Europe, of which the vast majority of European countries are a member (including inter alia, the UK, Russia, Iceland, Ukraine, and plenty of other non-EU member states).
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Level 27
May 8, 2014
It would be a lot more interesting the other way around ;)
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Level 67
Jan 13, 2019
More difficult yes. interesting, no. It should be atleast somewhat feasible to be interesting. (mind you I dont mean easy)
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Level 29
May 8, 2014
Where is Cyprus?
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Level 58
May 8, 2014
Turkey?
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Level 41
May 8, 2014
It's geographically considered Asia, I'm told.
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Level 41
May 8, 2014
Cyprus I mean. And only 3% of Turkey lies in Europe.
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Level 20
Jun 24, 2014
Cyprus is Europe, Turkey is not. Georgia and Armenia are often considered as european too.
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Level 24
Sep 6, 2016
That doesn't make any sense.

Ukraine is North of Turkey: Europe,

Armenia and Georgia are East of Turkey: Europe,

Bulgaria is West of Turkey: Europe,

Cyprus is South of Turkey: Europe,

so wtf

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Level 32
Jun 25, 2021
Actually this is not entirely true. Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia are Asian with a (small) part in Europe. Cyprus and Armenia are geographically Asian, but are culturally considered closer to Europe.
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Level 53
May 2, 2019
Europe quiz with EU flag but Cyprus is not included. Go figure.
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Level 29
May 8, 2014
Why Belgium is not also written in French? French is the second language of the country and is spoken by 40% of the population...
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Level 65
May 8, 2014
well Switzerland has 4 languages. Why isn't UK in Welsh or scot's Gaelic? come to think of it most of Ireland speaks English. Cant have them all in there. good quiz.
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Level 62
May 16, 2014
And Finland is as official as Suomi. Btw, the UK doesn't have an official language, however it has official minority languages, all being celtic languages, one of them even without any native speakers.
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Level 66
Nov 15, 2018
Indeed for Switzerland it should be schweiz / suisse / svizerro
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Level 68
Mar 19, 2020
Good point. When I first started doing Jetpunk quizzes I couldn't understand why "Eire" didn't work, that is what it's called in English. or "The Republic" if you already have context.
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Level 59
May 1, 2021
Eire is not what the Republic of Ireland is called in English. The Irish government and Irish people are clear on this, the country's short name in English is quite simply Ireland.
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Level 66
Nov 15, 2018
i agree .. for Belgium it should be Belgie / Belgique
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Level 82
May 8, 2014
This is perhaps my favorite non-geographic quiz. Do you have, or will you do more, with other continents?
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Level 48
May 8, 2014
Well, it is a bit geographic, you have to admit, but I like the idea for other countries!

Check my quizzes for EU Official languages. It has resemblances to this one.

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Level 41
May 8, 2014
Nice quiz, but you could have left out the ones that are the exact same in English. By the way, "The Netherlands" didn't work but "Netherlands" did.
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Level ∞
May 8, 2014
"The Netherlands" will work now.
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Level 67
Jan 13, 2019
I thought the same thing at first, then I realised it was a quiz that included ALL european countries, and not just a sample of countries. So I was ok with it again :) It is good to be thorough haha (but have indeed in other quizes seen a selection where the chosen ones were to easy, a few easy ones are fine, but it is nice if you have to think and it is not just a typing exercise for all the answers)
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Level 45
May 4, 2021
Well, 6% didn't guess that Portugal was Portugal
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Level 36
May 8, 2014
I guessed on the Ukraine, Serbia, and Russia ones. GOT EM ALL RIGHT!!!
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Level 54
May 8, 2014
FINALLY learning o read the Greek/Cyrillic alphabets has come in handy. Apart from Montenegro, I just kept saying "Tsrna Gora, Tsrrrna Gora" in the hope it would eventually sound like something... nope
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Level 49
May 8, 2014
Yeah, I did the same thing. Eventually got it by trying the name of every Slavic country in Europe.
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Level 38
May 8, 2014
45/45 -- but all of the ones that are exactly the same are not really necessary.
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Level 49
May 8, 2014
For people who enjoy trying to decypher the non-Latin alphabets, I encourage you to try my Cities by Greek Spelling series.
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Level 61
May 8, 2014
I got 37. Given the fact that I don't know cyrillic, I'm quite pleased with this.
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Level 29
May 10, 2014
United Kingdom is multiple countries. England, Scotland and Wales are all countries.
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Level 32
May 12, 2014
Most of the European countries are easy to guess since English translated from them are similar (except for Greece and Slavics)
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Level 52
Jun 10, 2014
I'm Serbian and I know cyrilics. :)
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Level 59
May 1, 2021
Well done for knowing your own alphabet!
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Level 48
Aug 14, 2014
100% with 2:07 left and I'm American. I do know some cyrillic though so that helped a bit
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Level 35
Sep 9, 2014
I wonder how some people were able not to guess France, UK, Monaco and some other being just the same as in English
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Level 61
Nov 20, 2014
43/45, only because I ran out of time trying to think what countries I hadn't put down yet.
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Level 66
Apr 24, 2015
finally got it. Kept getting things right and then forgetting when I redid them. Def a great quiz.
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Level 43
Apr 27, 2015
2:47 and 100%. I love these too much I guess
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Level 57
Jul 30, 2015
it's Kosovo, not Kosova
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Level 49
Jan 3, 2016
Saw photo of EU flag so got confused
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Level 63
May 27, 2016
When you saw the number of answers you had to give didn't that give it away that it wasn't just EU countries?
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Level 59
May 1, 2021
It's not just the flag of the EU, but also the flag of the Council of Europe, which has virtually every country on the continent of Europe as a member.
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Level 69
Jan 20, 2016
100% 3.11 left
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Level 83
Aug 14, 2016
Okay, I get people not getting Albania, but who are the people not getting UK or France?
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Level 50
Aug 30, 2016
I missed Albania and Bosnia. I didn't pick up on the Cyrllic until after I gave up. I didn't even think about what countries I didn't name...
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Level 21
Sep 2, 2016
Please accept Czechia for Czech Republic.
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Level 64
Sep 2, 2016
scoring not right? I only beat 30% of people yet got 3 pts?
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Level 36
Sep 3, 2016
Struggled with the South east, never learnt Cyrillic before. Serbia stumped me until about a second to go.
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Level 36
Sep 3, 2016
Really good quiz by the way!
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Level 39
Sep 3, 2016
Nice quiz. For Switzerland I think you should make it Schweiz/ Suisse/ Swizzera
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Level 44
Sep 5, 2016
that was hard and informative
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Level 52
Sep 5, 2016
only reason i got montenegro is i remembered it was anglicized to like crna gora, or something so i could kinda match that to the cyrillic letters
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Level 70
Feb 1, 2017
Like this quiz!
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Level 62
Feb 18, 2017
100%!!!

Drop that *whispers* hundo

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Level 62
Mar 13, 2017
Don't know cyrillic alphabet but having got most of them by knowing the major european countries with a bit of help from German just tried to get as many through guessing as possible. Got 40 so not dissapointed
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Level 60
Jun 28, 2017
It doesn't accept Czechia for Česko one.
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Level 48
Aug 6, 2017
for europeans the difficulty lies in translating them to english haha. thank god I'm on jetpunk a lot, that way I know the english translations ;)
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Level 72
Aug 6, 2017
How the hell did I forget RUSSIA?
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Level 74
Jul 27, 2018
Nice idea. However, as an English speaker, it was ridiculously easy. If you made it the other way round - translating from the English word to the "real" name, it would be far more entertaining.
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Level 74
Nov 15, 2018
Only missed Albania
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Level 57
Nov 16, 2018
Great idea... Howbout doing this on other major languages, too?
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Level 35
Nov 16, 2018
Finally got Montenegro with 3 secs left. I don't think I ever heard the name before even though I lived in Serbia for about 6 months.
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Level 66
Nov 16, 2018
Could you please add "Czechia" as an alternative to "Czech Republic"? You do on all your other quizzes and it isn't looking for a word-for-word translation here.
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Level ∞
Nov 16, 2018
Yes
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Level 45
Nov 16, 2018
I would have got every single country. I was at 44/45, but I kept saying "ukrainian" instead of "Ukraine". Lol, I should have gotten 45/45 but oh well
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Level 40
Jan 1, 2019
Who are the 4 % that couldn't figure that France is France?
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Level 67
Jan 13, 2019
happy to admit I only missed the last two. though i must admit it helps knowing all your countries, because the last four I just got by remembering which I had missed, and trying them out.

and yea weird how 7% didnt know what portugal, malta, monaco, or liechtenstein would be in english haha. 9% even for moldova.

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Level 45
Apr 14, 2019
Maybe you could remove all the countries that have the exact same name ? I think it makes it unnecessarily long...
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Level 59
May 2, 2019
Agreed, it did get silly after a while.
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Level 68
May 2, 2019
I'd recommend using Latin for Bosnia.
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Level 82
May 2, 2019
Slovensko is not Slovenia? That is not helpful.
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Level 53
May 2, 2019
Κύπρος.
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Level 72
Feb 20, 2021
Ασία.
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Level 38
May 2, 2019
Fun quiz, got all but 2.
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Level 72
May 2, 2019
Loved it!
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Level 54
May 2, 2019
I've got 44/45 and I "just" have 4 points, it's a bit of stupid because on others quizzes, even with a "low" score, we've got 5 points. Else, it's a good quizz
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Level 71
May 2, 2019
99% answered United Kingdom rightly. Who's that 1% who got it wrong?
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Level 55
Nov 6, 2019
the people who do this in different languages and dont speak english
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Level 59
May 1, 2021
People who start the quiz then decide not to finish it.
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Level 65
May 3, 2019
100% without cheating!
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Level 45
May 3, 2019
It is SO tyring that people thinks Switzerland is exclusively german speaking.

4 official languages! So to be correct: Schweiz, Suisse, Svizzera and Svizra

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Level 66
May 5, 2019
The only one I didn't get was Estonia yet it looks like it might be Estonia in hindsight. Sorry, Estonians!
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Level 62
Oct 5, 2019
00:35
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Level 55
Nov 6, 2019
Those Balkan ones are so hard, unless you know the language, because then you might know the others...
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Level 84
Nov 6, 2019
The majority would be very easy if they just used Roman transliteration.
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Level 56
Mar 25, 2020
im bosnian, but i only know a few cyrillic letters. i was able to figure all of them out because of that.
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Level 64
May 23, 2020
That one's really interesting ! Glad I know Cyrillic and Greek alphabets, so it all was pretty easy (except Albania, which I got by elimination)
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Level 23
Jun 12, 2020
I got it on my first try!!
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Level 58
Jun 28, 2020
got 100%
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Level 43
Aug 2, 2020
Wow, guessed Sweden at the last second.... Got 100%!
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Level 38
Dec 17, 2020
I'm pretty sure France is not France in French.
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Level 75
Dec 23, 2020
How sure?
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Level 72
Feb 20, 2021
It's spelled France but it's not pronounced France.
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Level 75
Aug 24, 2021
Agreed. It is pronounced France.
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Level 53
Mar 26, 2021
Lucky I can read Bulgarian
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Level 71
Apr 29, 2021
Oh man, some of the questions on this quiz were so hard! Like I had no clue what "United Kingdom" was, much less "Danmark," "France," "Portugal," "Moldova," "San Marino," and "Kosova"!

Real talk though: why do some Slavic countries not use the Cyrillic alphabet? Have a lot of the countries switched to distance themselves from Russia/cultivate closer ties to Western Europe? I know Kazakhstan switched alphabets recently for that reason exactly, so I wouldn't be surprised if it were the same for Croatia and Albania (among others).

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Level 34
May 1, 2021
Cyrillic alphabet was adopted only by countries that adopted orthodox christianity. Slavic coutries that adopted catholicism haven't used it. And Albania isn't slavic
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Level 48
May 7, 2021
Most Slavic countries that use the Latin alphabet use it because they were catholicised and under the rule of other Latin using countries (Germany, Hungary, Austria) for centuries
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Level 69
May 1, 2021
Why is Bosnia written in Cyrillic? The majority of the population (Bosniaks and Croats) use the latin alphabet.
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Level 53
May 5, 2021
cuz officialy bosnian is written in cyrillic
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Level 45
May 1, 2021
Please just make "Bosna i Hercegovina" (aka. Bosnia) from cyrillic alphabet to actual latin alphabet. Bosnian is almost always written in latinic except for the small minority in "Republika Srpska' (aka.Republic of Srpska')
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Level 54
May 2, 2021
41/45 nice
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Level 36
May 3, 2021
GOOD QUIZ
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Level 53
May 5, 2021
45/45 i didnt know what shiqpëri was but i saw it had "Ë" which is pretty much only in albanian so i guessed it and montenegro was just russian and meant black mountain so that was easy cuz

monte = mountain

negro = black

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Level 80
May 5, 2021
Czech Republic should be Česko, that's the usual native name.
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Level 58
Jun 3, 2021
When you get Russia last
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Level 60
Dec 20, 2021
Cyrillic-using countries & Greece : "we'll be the most confusing countries of the list"

Albania : "hold my beer"

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Level 46
Jan 22, 2022
I'm from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and we use both scripts to refer to our country, both "Bosna i Hercegovina" and "Босна и Херцеговина", however, Latin script has a wider use at national level than Cyrillic
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Level 33
Jun 21, 2022
All but bosnia. Darn