Can You Ace This European Capitals Quiz?



By: Bambi Turner

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

If you live in North America, Europe may be the second-most well-known continent in the world for you. It is located in the Northern Hemisphere, mostly on the eastern side and borders the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. Europe is one of the few continents that has countries that are both in it and in Asia (Eurasia) where Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Kazakhstan and Russia are located.

But these countries aren't included in our quiz. What we want to know is just how much you know about the countries that are one hundred percent European. We're talking about France, England, Ireland, Sweden and a lot of the countries you have come to know about, either by watching television, reading or being a world traveler. Just how many European capitals do you think you can name if we asked you a question about the country? 

This is the ultimate test of the capitals of Europe, and not many people have what it takes even to get 50% on this quiz. So will you be one of the few who passes or aces it? Will your name go down as one of the most knowledgeable European capitals connoisseurs? Why don't you go ahead and get started on this quiz so we can find out? 

This French capital city is the largest metro area in Europe, outside of London.

Located along the banks of the River Seine, Paris is known as the City of Lights. Home to sites like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, it's also one of the most popular cities in the world for tourists.


Humans have lived in this Greek capital city since at least the 7th century B.C., and many consider it to be the birthplace of democracy.

Athens, Greece, is one of the oldest cities in Europe and serves as the Greek capital to this day. The city is known for its classical monuments, including the Acropolis and the Parthenon.


This capital city of Italy has been occupied by humans for at least 10,000 years.

It's true that all roads lead to Rome! This Italian capital city has been occupied for at least 10,000 years, and it is home to such masterpieces as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon.


What is the capital of Poland?

Situated along the Vistula River, Poland's capital city of Warsaw was decimated during WWII. Since then, much of the Old Town has been reconstructed, and the city still serves as an important location in the history of the Jewish faith.


This Spanish capital city lies along the River Manzanares.

Madrid became the capital of Spain way back in 1606, just as Spanish conquistadors were colonizing parts of the new world. Today, this bustling capital city is known for its food, fashion and culture.


Visitors flock to this capital city of Denmark to see an unassuming statue called The Little Mermaid.

Denmark's capital city of Copenhagen started off as a small Viking village. Today, it's a major city and popular tourist destination, thanks to sites like its famous statue of The Little Mermaid and Tivoli Gardens -- the world's second-oldest amusement park.


What capital city in the United Kingdom is split by the mighty River Thames?

Founded by the Romans back in 43 A.D., the U.K.'s capital city of London was the largest city in the world from the early 19th century to the 1920s. Today it remains a cultural and economic powerhouse -- as well as one of the most visited cities on the planet.


This capital city of the Czech Republic is known for its ancient castle.

Located in the Czech Republic's capital city of Prague, the majestic Prague Castle was built in the 9th century, It is the largest remaining ancient castle in the world.


This capital city of Portugal was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1755.

Occupied since Neolithic times, Lisbon was nearly flattened by a 1755 earthquake. Today, it's the westernmost capital city in continental Europe.


This capital city of Belgium is also the de facto capital of the European Union.

Founded in 979 A.D., Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium, but also the home of major political organizations and governing bodies for the European Union.


First Lady Melania Trump was born in Slovenia, which maintains administrative and government offices in this capital city.

The capital city of Slovenia is Ljubljana -- a city which uses the dragon as its symbol, based on ancient Slavic myths related to fertility. Images of dragons can be found on the city seal, local castles and the iconic Dragon Bridge.


What is the capital of Switzerland?

Bern has been the capital of Switzerland since 1848. its Parliament Building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, open to the public.


This capital of Hungary is bisected by the River Danube.

Once two separate cities -- Buda and Pest -- Hungary's capital city of Budapest became a single unified city in 1873. Today, the entire central downtown area along the Danube is a UNESCO heritage site.


What is the name of Croatia's capital city?

Croatia's capital city of Zagreb is located in the northern part of the country, along the Sava River. It didn't become the capital until 1945, making it one of Europe's newer capital cities.


What capital city of Albania sits next to Dajti Mountain and overlooks the Adriatic Sea?

Albania's capital city of Tirana combines Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences. The area has been occupied by humans for more than 30,000 years.


What is the capital city of Belarus, a country located between Russia and Poland?

The capital city of Minsk is built into the hills of Belarus. Like the rest of the country, the city is heavily forested.


This Latvian capital city sits on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the River Daugava.

Riga is both the capital and largest city in Latvia, with around a third of Latvia's entire population calling Riga home.


This capital city of the Netherlands is known for its 17th-century canals -- as well as its infamous red light district.

Amsterdam is known as the land of canals, and as the home of Anne Frank after her family left Germany. While Amsterdam serves as the official capital city of the Netherlands, most government and administrative business is conducted at The Hague.


This Swedish capital consists of more than a dozen small islands.

Founded in 1252, Stockholm is the most populous city throughout all of the Nordic countries. It's also a coastal town, set on 14 islands along the southeast coast of the country.


For around 300 years, this capital city of Norway was actually known as Christiania.

Founded in 1040, Oslo has served as the capital of Norway since the 1300s, though the city was actually known as Christiania or Kristiania from 1624 until 1925.


Vlad the Impaler -- who many associated with Dracula -- built his palace near this Romanian capital city in the 15th century.

Situated on the banks of the Dambovita River, Bucharest became the capital of Romania in the 1860s. It's still a popular launching point for visitors preparing to explore the country's vampire legends.


Situated along the River Vilnia, the Old World architecture of this Lithuanian capital city has been named an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Historically the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius once again became the country's official capital city after the Soviet Union recognized Lithuania as an independent state in 1991.


The name of this Irish capital city means "dark pool" in the ancient Irish tongue.

The River Liffey runs through the heart of Dublin, Ireland; it was actually this meandering waterway that gave Dublin its name.


This German capital city was once split into east and west by a wall.

Located in northeast Germany, the capital city of Berlin was divided by a wall after WWII. By 1990, the wall was torn down and the city reunified.


What capital city of Ukraine has been occupied since the Stone Age?

Located along the Dnieper River, Ukraine's capital city of Kiev celebrated its 1,500th anniversary in 1982.


This Estonian capital city is the home of Skype.

More than one-third of Estonia's people live in the capital city of Tallinn, which is situated on the Gulf of Finland and happens to be the home of tech giant Skype.


What is the capital of Finland, a country nicknamed "Land of a Thousand Lakes"?

Founded in 1550, Helsinki celebrated 100 years of independence from Russia in 2017. More than one million of Finland's five million residents call Helsinki home.


This city, divided between a Republican-occupied south and a Turkish-occupied north, is the capital of the island nation of Cyprus.

The island of Cyprus sits in the eastern Mediterranean, just south of Turkey, so it's culture has been influenced by numerous nations nearby. In the capital city of Nicosia, for instance, you're likely to hear a blend of Turkish, Greek and English spoken by locals.


This Austrian capital city is the second-largest German-speaking city in the world, after Berlin.

Known for its rich Baroque architecture -- and also as the home to Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss -- Austria's capital city of Vienna also has a surprisingly large German-speaking population.


This Bulgarian capital city sits at the base of the Vitosha Mountains.

Founded by the Romans thousands of years ago, the capital city of Sofia, Bulgaria, was once known as Serdica.


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