If You Know ALL the Capitals of Europe You're Probably a Genius

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Europe is the second smallest continent, with only Australia being smaller. The European continent technically extends somewhat into Russia up to the Caucasus Mountains. It also includes Turkey, which culturally is something of a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. On the western side, Europe extends out into the ocean as far as Iceland, which is not a member of the European Union but does compete in the Eurovision song contest. Heading south, Europe ends at the Mediterranean coastline. In the north, it goes all the way up to the Arctic, where Norway faces the icy ocean.

Crammed into these approximately four million square miles are more countries than you can shake a stick at. Indeed, though nearly half of Europe's landmass is taken up by Russia, the rest is divided into dozens of smaller sovereign states. They may not all have a long history in their present form - indeed, many of them only came into being after the fall of the Ottoman, Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires - but they do all have a capital city. You have likely heard of most of them, but you have to be a real geography boffin to match the right city and country 100% of the time. Let's see how you do!

Which is the capital of Russia?

Moscow has been the capital of Russia for a long time. However, the capital was moved to St. Petersburg for a while.

Do you know the capital of the United Kingdom?

London is the capital of the whole UK. The other three options here are the respective capitals of its components: Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.

What's the capital of the country Ireland?

Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland. The Republic is separate from Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. The question of what happens to the border once the UK leaves the EU in 2019 is still unresolved.

Two of these are capitals of neighboring nations. Which pair are correct?

These pairs all have one city in Switzerland and one in Germany. However the capitals are Berlin and Bern!

Can you identify the capital of France?

You probably got this one. Paris is the capital of France and has been around for well over a thousand years. However, contrary to what Hollywood would have us believe, Paris is a modern city and you cannot actually see the Eiffel Tower from every hotel room within it.

Do you know the capital of Portugal?

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe. Like Rome, the city was built originally on seven hills - and it is on the Atlantic coast.

Which is the capital of Spain?

Madrid is over 2,000 feet above sea level. The city is over 1,200 years old and boasts one of the best soccer teams in the world.

Which of these cities is the capital of Belgium?

Brussels is the capital of Belgium. It's also the capital of the European Union, as well as a place that you can find a very delicious little cabbage.

What's the capital of the country Denmark?

Copenhagen is one of the most livable cities in the world. It's home to the world famous Little Mermaid statue, built to honor the story by Hans Christian Andersen.

Can you identify the capital of Austria?

Vienna is where Mozart comes from, and is still home to a glorious opera. It's also home to Sigmund Freud and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Do you know the capital of the Netherlands?

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, also known as Holland. It used to be part of Spain but achieved independence after eighty years of war.

Which of these cities is the capital of the Czech Republic?

Prague is known as the City of a Hundred Spires becuase of all its beautiful old churches. It's the capital of the Czech Republic, which split from Slovakia after 1993.

Which is the capital of Hungary?

Buda and Pest used to be two separate cities across a river, but they are now one city. Budapest was one of two capitals of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; the other was Vienna.

What city is the capital of Romania?

Bucharest is a beautiful and very old city noted for the palace of Vlad the Impaler. Romania itself is noted for the Carpathian Mountains that separate it from the Balkans.

Can you identify the capital of Norway?

Oslo is the capital of Norway, which is among the wealthiest societies in human history. Norway is also home to a great healthcare system and universal free education.

Which of these cities is the capital of Finland?

Helsinki is on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. Finland is another Nordic country and is also one of the most equal in the world.

Which is the capital of Sweden?

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. It is noted for its remarkable landscape, where mountains plunge directly into the sea to create fjords.

Do you know the capital of Iceland?

Reykjavik is the largest city in Iceland, but only has 300,000 residents. It's also home to an outsized airport, legacy of a time when planes couldn't cross the Atlantic in one hop and had to stop in Iceland.

Can you identify the capital of Turkey?

Ankara is an important city and the capital of Turkey. However, Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, is the most economically important city in the country.

Which of these cities is the capital of Greece?

Greece used to be a loose grouping of city states that sometimes warred on each other. Since it was united and independent from the Ottoman Empire, Athens has been its capital.

What's the capital of the country Italy?

Rome is the heart of Catholicism and of Italy. Italy is a very beautiful country that has a long and frustrating history of breathtakingly corrupt governments.

Which is the capital of the Vatican?

Vatican City is an independent state even though it is only a few blocks in Rome. It has observer status at the United Nations as it is not really big enough to warrant a seat.

Can you identify the capital of Poland?

Warsaw is the capital of Poland, which is a country that as clung onto independence in the face of some truly amazing odds. It has been previously conquered by all of its neighbors.

Which of these cities is the capital of Albania?

Tirana is noted for its beautiful colorful buildings. These are from the Soviet, Ottoman and Fascist eras.

Three of these are capitals of sovereign states that were once part of Yugoslavia. Which one is the capital of a state that is wholly bordered by France and Spain?

Andorra is a tiny little state between France and Spain. The other cities listed here are in the former components of Yugoslavia, which broke up after a dreadful war in the 1990s.

Do you know the capital of Croatia?

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, another Yugolsavian nation. Croatia is a horseshoe-shaped country embracing the north end of Bosnia.

What's the capital of the country Serbia?

Belgrade was the capital of Yugoslavia, which broke up into lots of nations after a civil war. The Serb majority conducted a genocide against the ethnic minority Muslim population, resulting in war.

Can you identify the capital of Montenegro?

This city may be obscure but it's fabulous. Check out the Ostrog Monastery and Lake Scutari.

Which is the capital of Belarus?

Minsk is the capital of Belarus. Like Poland, Belarus has had to put up with being conquered an awful lot, but now it is independent.

What's the capital of the country Bulgaria?

Bulgaria has been in four empires: Roman, Ottoman, Greek and Soviet. That means that it has a great mix of architectural styles throughout the city.

Can you identify the capital of Slovenia?

Slovenia is the most northerly of the Yugoslavian nations. It has a very short coastline, with only a few miles on the Adriatic Sea.

Do you remember the capital of Moldova?

Moldova is a former Soviet state that is now part of the EU. It is sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine.

Do you know the capital of Slovakia?

Slovakia used to be part of Czechoslovakia. Before this, it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. However, it works as an independent country because it was always its own region within bigger nations.

Three of these are capitals of nations on the Mediterranean coast, or fully in the Mediterranean. The other is the capital of Liechtenstein. Which is the latter?

Liechtenstein is a small country just by Switzerland that you can drive across in less than an hour. San Marino is a city state, and Veltta is the capital of Malta, an island nation.

Three of these are Baltic capitals. The other is Ukraine's. Which is the Ukrainian capital?

Kiev is the capital of Ukraine, which has in common with the Baltic states that Russia has conquered it an awful lot. Ukraine is clinging to independence despite renewed Russian aggression in the last five years, including an invasion of its eastern regions.

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