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The Only Remaining European Country . . .

For each box, enter the only European country that fits the description excluding countries that have already appeared on the quiz.
Any reference to city population refers to urban agglomeration population according to citypopulation.de
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Last updated: October 29, 2021
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The only country . . .
Country
to average more than 1 pope / square km
Vatican City
that had an operating steam-powered railway in 1825
United Kingdom
that touches both the North Sea and the Mediterranean
France
which has a megacity (population > 10,000,000)
Russia
larger than Yemen (~550,000 square km)
Ukraine
with an entirely blue and yellow flag
Sweden
to be connected by road or rail to a country it doesn't have a land border with
Denmark
with more than 25,000 km of coastline
Norway
to touch the Prime Meridian
Spain
that has been a republic since before 1600 AD
San Marino
with a population density less than 10 people / square km
Iceland
to enter the Renaissance in the 1300s
Italy
to touch the Arctic Circle
Finland
to win the FIFA World Cup
Germany
to have a population larger than Ghana (~30,000,000)
Poland
to be the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Greece
to have more than 2 Nobel Laureates in literature
Ireland
to be an island country
Malta
to share an inhabited island with another country
Netherlands
to have a name that ends in "-land"
Switzerland
to host a Summer Olympics
Belgium
to win more than 100 Winter Olympic medals
Austria
to contain an Olympic host city
Bosnia and Herzegovina
to not use multiple different vowels in its name
Kosovo
with no red on its flag
Estonia
with multiple Eurovision wins
Luxembourg
that has a Germanic language as the primary language
Liechtenstein
whose primary language is not Indo-European
Hungary
that produces more than 500,000 metric tons of wine per year
Portugal
to have an Alpha world city
Czech Republic
that is smaller than Barbados (~400 square km)
Monaco
that touches the Alps
Slovenia
that is a monarchy
Andorra
that has participated in the Olympics but never won a medal
Albania
with a smaller population than Honolulu (~1,000,000)
Montenegro
that borders Russia to the west
Lithuania
that touches the Baltic Sea
Latvia
that touches the Mediterranean Sea
Croatia
with a mammal on the flag
Moldova
whose primary language is a Romance language
Romania
to win more than 150 Olympic medals
Bulgaria
to be among the top 50 in the world in Human Development Index
Slovakia
that touches the Danube
Serbia
that has a city with a population of over 1,000,000
Belarus
to be in Europe
North Macedonia
101 Recent Comments
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Level 86
Oct 23, 2021
Big thanks to everyone who pointed out clues that were confusing, misleading, or downright wrong! This quiz is better because of you.

If you like this quiz, check out the sequel, which is the same concept but with entirely different clues.

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Level 65
Apr 18, 2019
a complimentary map would be nice
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Level 86
Sep 30, 2020
Now there is one!
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Level 86
May 28, 2022
"Complimentary" in the sense of "free." You know, as opposed to all those other quizzes that make you pay for the map ;)
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Level 59
Mar 21, 2024
very disappointed by the complimentary map. I was hoping for a kind remark about my looks or my intelligence. but instead... nothing.
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Level 61
Apr 11, 2020
macedonia is now north macedonia
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Level 86
Apr 11, 2020
Yes, I am aware. Unfortunately I don't have much free time to keep quizzes updated these days since they shut down the daycare.
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Level 86
Sep 30, 2020
Updated.
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Level 88
Nov 25, 2020
Great quiz!
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Level 77
Dec 13, 2020
North Macedonia also have multiple words in its common name, not just Czech Republic (which is also questionable since the name Czechia is now more used on JetPunk)
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Level 86
Dec 14, 2020
Fair points on both counts; I didn't think when I recently updated Macedonia to North Macedonia that it would invalidate an earlier clue. I'll try to get around to fixing this at some point, but at first glance it doesn't look like there are any easy fixes.
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Level 86
Dec 17, 2020
Fixed this by replacing the "multiple words" clue with something else.
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Level 71
Mar 3, 2021
This is a sweet quiz!
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Level 89
May 3, 2021
Am I missing something, or is there a mistake with the 'name that can be split' question?
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Level 86
May 3, 2021
Can you elaborate?
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Level 89
May 5, 2021
I just don't get why it's Moldova.
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Level 86
May 5, 2021
"mold" and "ova" are both words.
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Level 69
Oct 17, 2021
You should clarify that these two words use the American spelling. It's spelled "mould" elsewhere.
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Level 82
Jun 10, 2021
I found it a really confusing clue. Why is it "non-proper" English?
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Level 86
Jun 10, 2021
"Proper" here refers to proper noun. Looking back at the clue, I suppose it could be a little confusing. I can try to reword it.
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Level 72
Oct 14, 2021
That clue completely through me, but it looks like others were able to work it out, or had time to guess.
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Level 67
May 3, 2021
Belgrade has more than 1.000.000 inhabitants too, so you should correct that question...
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Level 86
May 3, 2021
Hmm, not sure how I missed that. Thanks for the pointer. At first glance, it looks like it shouldn't be hard to fix for that.
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Level 86
May 3, 2021
Should be fixed now.
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Level 64
May 10, 2021
Didn't Latvia, as Courland, own Tobago as a colony?
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Level 86
May 11, 2021
Yes, and (I now see) they had a few islands in the Gambia River as well. They don't appear to have controlled any of these places for more than 15 years or so. That doesn't exactly scream "colonial empire" to me.

If more people comment, I'll consider changing it, but I think it's fine as is for now.

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Level 58
Jun 10, 2021
You could argue that Courland was subbortinated to Poland, so it was Polish empire ;)
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Level 59
Jun 10, 2021
I'm not sure if I get this quiz... Ireland doesn't fit to being an island country, share an inhabited island with another country or end in "land"... and It was not already guessed.
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Level 86
Jun 10, 2021
Ireland is the answer to "To have more than 2 Nobel Laureates in literature", so it should not be considered for any of the other three clues that you mention, which all come after that one.
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Level 62
Oct 2, 2021
Yeah, I think the quiz is confusing. It wouldn't accept Bosnia for the country with no red on the flag, and other things like that. If I've understood it right, it shouldn't say the word "already" in the instructions - that line could be re-written, and it's not the case that, for instance, Estonia is the "only country which" has no red in its flag - that heading is a problem too.
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Level 57
Jun 10, 2021
Great quiz, I nominated!!
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Level 64
Jul 8, 2021
I think counting Latvia as having a colonial empire would be interesting for the purposes of this quiz, sure it wasn't long-standing but it's not technically wrong, besides, it will make for an interesting fact for all the confused people who come to this comment section and learn about Courland.
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Level 86
Jul 9, 2021
I gave in on the "colonial empire" question. It has been replaced with something else.
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Level 63
Jul 10, 2021
Awesome quiz, nominated!
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Level 80
Aug 8, 2021
Very interesting quiz. I hadn't come across the concept of alpha/beta/gamma cities before doing this quiz, nice to learn something new.
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Level 77
Sep 23, 2021
Nominated.
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Level 68
Oct 1, 2021
The UK and France are also connected by rail, but don't share a land border. Good quiz this though.
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Level 68
Oct 1, 2021
Ignore me, you knew this, and France and UK already appear so aren't valid. Same for Sweden of course.
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Level 73
Oct 1, 2021
What about Cyprus.. and it's in the EU
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Level 86
Oct 2, 2021
Oh, Cyprus . . .
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Level 83
Oct 11, 2021
Cyprus is in EU but not in Europe as it's much closer to the Asian and even African mainland. I'm surprised you haven't heard about this issue at level 70.
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Level 57
Oct 28, 2021
I'm surprised you think KingTom2 hasn't heard about this issue :p
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Level 65
Mar 21, 2024
Oh no, everyone's heard of that issue...there are a subset of users who like to bring it up on any quiz that Cyprus is (or isn't) involved in.
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Level 82
Oct 11, 2021
This was awesome! Please tell me there are more of these out there or in the works? One for every continent, perhaps?
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Level 86
Oct 11, 2021
I made one for Asia and one for U.S. states. I vaguely remember seeing one that somebody else made for Africa.
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Level 73
Oct 11, 2021
I'm not sure whether Andorra should technically qualify as a monarchy, since "mon-" implies only one ruler, while Andorra is a co-principality, ruled by two people.
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Level 86
Oct 11, 2021
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Level 78
Oct 18, 2021
I think wikipedia is wrong here. In fact, in their own article about monarchy they define it as "a form of government in which a person, the monarch, is head of state for life or until abdication." This isn't the case for neither of Andorra's co-princes (one is elected democratically every four years, the other can be replaced at any time by the Pope).

And of course, if we decided that the co-princes are "monarchs", then we should talk about a diarchy.

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Level 86
Oct 18, 2021
Well, for now I will follow Jetpunk, which includes Andorra on its Monarchies of the World quiz. If it gets removed from there, I will make an adjustment here.
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Level 75
Oct 12, 2021
Larger than Paraguay would still qualify Spain and Sweden as well, which haven't been used at that point..
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Level 86
Oct 12, 2021
Yup. I think some edits were made when the quiz was featured that caused this bug. A fix is now pending approval.
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Level 69
Oct 14, 2021
Great quiz, can only imagine the effort it took to think of criteria for each remaining country
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Level 76
Oct 16, 2021
Great quiz! Not sure about the Moldova clue though because "mold" is spelt "mould" everywhere except the US! How about "has an eagle and a cow on its flag" or "has a capital with an ă in its name"?
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Level 86
Oct 16, 2021
Oof, English spelling inconsistencies. I'll think about possible replacements for that one.
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Level 69
Oct 17, 2021
"Belarus" can also be split into two words - "belar" (an Australian tree) and "us". So the clue for Moldova needs to be changed.
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Level 86
Oct 17, 2021
The controversial "split into 2 words" clue has been retired (pending approval). Thanks to Jerry928 for inspiration on the replacement! Anyone who liked that clue can go here to see the quiz it was originally pulled from.
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Level 68
Oct 28, 2021
The Vatican does indeed have the highest pope density of any country in Europe, I guess.
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Level 71
Oct 28, 2021
Believe it or not, it is also the only European country with a pope density :O Shocking I know!
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Level 65
Mar 21, 2024
mmm, yeah, most other countries seem to have a pope density of 0 popes per square km. Wonder why?
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Level 55
Oct 28, 2021
Andorra isn't *technically* a monarchy, it's a diarchy.
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Level 86
Oct 28, 2021
This issue has already been discussed above.
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Level 84
Oct 28, 2021
Poor North Macedonia
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Level 71
Oct 28, 2021
The question "To host the Olympics", wasn't that rather Yugoslavia than that country?
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Level 86
Oct 28, 2021
Technically true. If I need to make other changes, I can reword this one to say "Contain an Olympic host city" instead.
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Level 63
Oct 28, 2021
Very cool quiz! Great job!
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Level 71
Oct 28, 2021
Fun quiz! Like how it made me use process of elimination to figure it out. It was very satisfying when I would come back to a clue I skipped and figure out what it was since there were no other possible answers :)
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Level 48
Oct 28, 2021
According to this article:

https://balkaninsight.com/2020/01/28/moldova-hits-new-records-in-wine-exports/

"Moldova exported 156,674 million litres of wine in 2019, with 12,607 million litres more compared to 2018."

Whatever the actual number is, it's certainly higher than the 600,000 liters asked in the Portugal question

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Level 75
Oct 28, 2021
Yeah Moldova is very big on wine.
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Level 86
Oct 29, 2021
Hmm. My source for this was https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/wine-producing-countries, which, now that I look closer, is a little inconsistent about its numbers, years, and units of measurement. I trust Wikipedia more, but its numbers are from 2014.

I think at that point in the quiz Portugal probably is still the biggest wine producer left, but I'm not sure I can confirm it, and I don't know a good cutoff number to use. Which means I will probably be looking for the fourth different clue to use for that one. Sigh . . .

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Level ∞
Oct 29, 2021
This quiz is up to date with the latest data from the FAO (2018). You can use that as a source.
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Level 76
Oct 28, 2021
This was harder than I thought.
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Level 67
Oct 28, 2021
Amazing quiz and well-deserved feature! Evidence of a lot of hard work right here.
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Level 86
Oct 29, 2021
Fixed a few issues that were brought up yesterday. Thanks to QM for help with the wine clue!
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Level 70
Oct 30, 2021
Good quiz, clues came from all directions, made me think and I'll have to come back and improve.
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Level 75
Oct 30, 2021
Genuinely one of the best quizzes I've taken on this site. Brilliant job cornflakes f*** you
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Level 86
Oct 30, 2021
Thanks! But that's not what the "f u" stands for :)
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Level 60
Nov 1, 2021
does it stand for 'for u'?
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Level 86
Nov 2, 2021
Nope. Try again :)
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Level 70
Jun 27, 2024
fank you?
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Level 32
Oct 30, 2021
It is really glitchy. I had not yet entered Netherlands and it would not accept Netherlands for country that ends in land
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Level 79
Oct 30, 2021
But the Netherlands ends in 'lands'.
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Level 86
Oct 30, 2021
Also Netherlands appears before that clue on the quiz anyway.
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Level 75
Oct 31, 2021
are "czechia" and "macedonia" not accepted yet? I thought naming convention was upheld so far.
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Level 86
Oct 31, 2021
I just checked, and yes, the quiz does accept both of those as type-ins.
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Level 60
Dec 22, 2021
I made a version with island countries :)
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Level 38
Jan 21, 2022
I like the ‘One Pope per square kilometre’
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Level 61
Jan 21, 2022
Isn't Croatia by the Adriatic sea rather than the Med?
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Level 86
Jan 21, 2022
The Adriatic Sea is considered part of the Mediterranean.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adriatic_Sea.

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Level 53
Jun 28, 2022
Romania is not the only country left with a romance language as the primary language, Moldova also speaks Romanian.
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Level 86
Jun 29, 2022
This is why Moldova appears before Romania on the quiz.
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Level 73
Nov 4, 2022
Started working my way down and forgot there was a map at the top. Made the quiz a lot harder trying to keep everything straight.
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Level 67
Mar 13, 2023
I was reading the boarder question as to the west of Russia which completely confused me
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Level 53
Aug 9, 2023
Heyy, great quiz!!!

Can I translate it to Spanish??

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Level 86
Aug 9, 2023
There's already a French version, so sure, go ahead.
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Level 53
Aug 22, 2023
It already got featured, thank you!
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Level 32
Mar 21, 2024
nice "quiz"
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Level 48
Mar 21, 2024
Great quiz, really fun
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Level 49
Mar 23, 2024
The question "with an entirely blue and yellow flag" can apply to both Sweden and Ukraine.
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Level ∞
Mar 24, 2024
The only *remaining European country.
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Level 47
Mar 24, 2024
made me hate sports :c