European Geography By Letter - N

Can you guess these European geographical answers that start with the letter N?
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Last updated: December 19, 2019
First submittedJuly 10, 2014
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Country known for fjords
Norway
City where pizza is said to have originated
Naples
The above, in Italian
Napoli
Scottish lake with a famous monster
Loch Ness
Paris's most famous cathedral
Notre Dame de Paris
One of the four "countries" of the United Kingdom
Northern Ireland
Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland
The Nordic Countries
Region of northern Spain, once an independent kingdom
Navarre
City in Lorraine, France that is also a women's name in English
Nancy
Country incorrectly known as Holland
Netherlands
City near Sherwood Forest
Nottingham
England's northernmost county
Northumberland
Most populous city on the Volga river, formerly known as Gorky
Nizhny Novgorod
City that hosted Nazi rallies and, later, war tribunals
Nuremberg
People from here are known as "Geordies"
Newcastle upon Tyne
Second or third largest city in Serbia (name either)
Novi Sad / Niš
French region and D-Day landing site
Normandy
"Pleasant" city on the French Riviera
Nice
Gentrified London district that hosts an annual carnival
Notting Hill
Small German town that gave its name to many other things
including, indirectly, the capital of Bahamas
Nassau
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Level 84
Jul 15, 2014
At first, I thought that there was just one cathedral in Paris but of course not. Notre Dame is the main roman catholic cathedral, but there are other branches of catholicism as well as orthodoxy. In the end, it seems there are ten of them!
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Level 57
Mar 10, 2020
So sad after the fire incident...
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Level 83
Aug 27, 2014
Nassau was named for William III of Orange-Nassau. Not for a German city.
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Level 44
Aug 27, 2014
I was thinking the same thing. Maybe if it said German house or castle or family?
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Level ∞
Aug 27, 2014
@kalbahamat. You are right. I left out a few steps. The original Nassau was the German city.
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Level 58
Dec 15, 2014
I knew the 3rd city of Serbia, it also begins with N... :(
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Level ∞
Dec 19, 2019
I changed the question so that you can no guess either the second or third biggest.
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Level 83
Jun 17, 2020
I read "Siberia" instead of "Serbia". D'oh!
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Level 78
Feb 18, 2015
why is Loch Ness in a letter n-quiz?
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Level 47
Feb 18, 2015
Because it's called Loch Ness
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Level 81
Oct 15, 2016
Because "Loch" is lake. Similarly you'd find Lake Michigan under M.
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Level 76
Apr 3, 2020
Los Angeles would be under L because the two words comprise the name of the city.
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Level 65
Jul 8, 2018
would Rio Grande be under "R" or "G"? and Los Angeles under "L" or "A"?
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Level 66
Oct 7, 2020
"Rio Grande" feels like an R, and "Loch Ness" like an N - I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe because in "Rio Grande", both parts are more a description than a name - as in, it's a big river, not a river named "Grande", whereas Loch Ness is a Loch named Ness, not a Nessy Loch. Does that make sense?
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Level 66
Oct 7, 2020
This reflection inspired me to look up the etymology of Loch Ness, in case anyone finds it interesting: "Loch Ness is named for the river Ness which flows from the loch's northern end. The river's name probably derives from an old Celtic word meaning "roaring one"." (Wikipedia)
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Level 73
May 8, 2021
Rio Grande probably "should" be under G, but in the English-speaking world seems to fit under R.
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Level 60
Jul 4, 2016
Tried navarro, navarra and finally got it. Took me far too long
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Level 71
Nov 23, 2020
I think 'Navarra' should be accepted as a type-in.
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Level 82
Nov 20, 2016
Guess I need to study the difference between Northumberland and Northumbria!
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Level 60
Mar 11, 2017
Nancyboys ?
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Level 59
Apr 2, 2017
Maybe instead of having two questions about Naples you could replace one with Neman (river that flows through Belarus, Lithuania and Russia), Nizhny Novgorod (major city and the centre of the river tourism in Russia) or Novaya Zemlya (archipelago where Soviets tested the most powerful atomic bomb in history)?
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Level 74
Jun 1, 2020
I guess you must be from Russia? Nizhny Novgorod made the quiz, but I doubt the other two would get many guesses except maybe from Russian people - if that.
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Level 71
Nov 23, 2020
I agree the Naples double-act is odd. How about Nijmegen - the oldest city in the Netherlands :)
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Level 60
Nov 14, 2021
Is Novaya Zemlya even in Europe? It probably is, given where the Ural mountains reach the coast, but still, it wouldn't be mine first thought for an european place.
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Level 56
Aug 18, 2017
Can Northumbria be accepted for northernmost English county?
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Level 47
Jun 17, 2020
Agree entirely. That's how I knew it.
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Level 57
Jun 17, 2020
Northumbria is the old Saxon kingdom that covered the whole North of England. Shared etymology I'm sure, but it's never been a county.
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Level 58
Jun 19, 2020
@Jarris - Northumbria was an Anglian kingdom, not a Saxon kingdom.
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Level 34
Mar 10, 2018
Got Novi Sad thanks to European football.
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Level 75
Dec 22, 2019
Vojvodina.
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Level 74
Jun 1, 2020
Got it thanks to Monica Seles.
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Level 75
Oct 12, 2018
The French cathedral Notre-Dame is hyphenated, although the US university is not.
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Level 67
Aug 18, 2019
I’ve never heard of Notting hill. Am I stupid?
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Level 77
Dec 21, 2019
I've only heard of it because of the Hugh Grant-Julia Roberts film.
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Level 77
Dec 19, 2019
The "gentrification" of Notting Hill has often been greatly exaggerated, largely thanks to that bloody film.
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Level 55
Oct 9, 2020
Huh? It is one of the wealthiest areas of London...
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Level 83
Dec 20, 2019
Hmmm... Novosibirsk is the largest city in Siberia. Maybe Novokuznetsk is second or third. Only other one I can think of that starts with "N". Perhaps I should read the question a little more closely.
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Level 84
Dec 21, 2019
And perhaps you should have realized that it didn't fit in an European geography quiz.
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Level 83
Jun 17, 2020
I read "Siberia" too. Didn't occur to this wee little brain of mine that I had now strayed far beyond the bounds of Europe. My virtually empty mental rollodex of Siberian cities was too busy flying to "N".

When a clock is ticking down, the pressure's on and you're locked-in, sometimes you miss things you otherwise never would.

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Level 77
Dec 21, 2019
Pulled Novgorod from somewhere deep in the grey matter. Unfortunately I forgot to pick up Nizhny on the way.
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Level 77
Jun 17, 2020
Just did it again. Sigh.
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Level 70
Mar 5, 2021
I always remember that one solely because it's such a distinctive name. It's one of like 4 Russian cities I can ever remember.
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Level 56
Apr 8, 2020
Did anyone else get the Nottingham question thanks to Robin Hood?
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Level 51
Oct 28, 2020
I got it because I live there.
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Level 60
Nov 14, 2021
Did anyone (exept DanielJS) NOT get it because of Robin Hood?
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Level 86
Apr 29, 2020
Hmmm...I tried Novi Saad. I'm sure I've seen it spelled that way before. A quick Google search shows it's Novi Sad, but I'm wondering if it changed recently. Anyone?
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Level 87
Jun 17, 2020
All I'm seeing is Novi Sad. Maybe you saw it spelled that way in a different language?
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Level 67
Jun 18, 2020
No major language spells it with double A. Even languages that denote long vowels by doubling, like Finnish or Estonian, use a single A there.

Novi Sad (Нови Сад) means “New Garden” or “New Orchard” in Serbian. It has had many official names with the same meaning throughout history: Neoplanta (Latin), Neusatz (German), Újvidék (Hungarian), Nový Sad (Slovak), Нови Сад (Rusyn).

Anyway, it has always been with a single A in Serbian. If anyone had ever spelled it with double A in some other language, it must have been a really really old source. Or, it could have been a misspeling or a joke.

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Level 51
Jun 17, 2020
Nearly half of these are in Great Britain
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Level 74
Jul 15, 2020
Not far off - nearly a third. 6 to be precise. And 4 of them are in the bottom 10 answered correctly. Shame on those British.
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Level 84
Nov 21, 2020
Nice quiz! :)
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Level 71
Nov 23, 2020
Misspelled a French city and got a Serbian one - never ever would've got 100% without that little bit of serendipity!
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Level 60
Dec 31, 2021
Cool quiz but very UK based.. had to cook up cities while typing!