Can You Pass This European Geography Spelling Test?


By: Jouviane Alexandre

6 Min Quiz

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Lisban, Lisben, Lisbin, Lisbon, Lisbun? When it comes to this quiz, it might seem as if we're just trading vowels, but in the real world, spelling could get you into trouble! In this case, you'd probably still end up in Lisbon, Portugal, but that might not always be the case!

With all of the cities and countries in the world, the switch of one letter or sound could leave you traveling to the wrong part of the world. If you're booking a flight to the California Bay Area, you'd better be sure your flight to Oakland isn't replaced with an additional 15-23 hours on a plane to Auckland, New Zealand. You could be planning to travel to Granada, Spain, for the historic Alhambra, but a quick vowel change could leave you relaxing on a tropical Caribbean island.

Paris, Texas, to Paris, France, and Moscow, Kansas, to Moscow, Russia, many cities share a name, but can you nail down the spelling of the most common and obscure European locations? From the capital of Iceland to the countries that border Russia, let's see if you can map out the proper spelling for this European geography spelling test? The results could determine the location of your next vacation!

What is the capital of Belgium?

Brussels is the capital city of Belgium. The city has close to 1.2 million inhabitants. The vegetable, Brussels sprouts, is named after the city.


Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and _______________?

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a small country in Europe. Bordering Croatia and Montenegro, it shares a small border with the Adriatic Sea.


What is the body of water that separates the countries of Europe from Africa and Asia?

The Mediterranean Sea is a body of water that forms off the Atlantic Ocean. It lies between Europe and the Northern African countries. It is close to 1 million square miles in area.


What is the largest city in Turkey?

Although many might believe the city with the largest population is always the capital of its country, they'd be wrong. Ankara is the capital of Turkey but Istanbul has a greater population. In fact, it is the largest city in all of Europe with more than 15 million people.


This landmark is the highest point in France.

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Located in Paris, France, it was also at once point in time, the highest structure in the world. It stand just over 1,000 feet tall.


What river flows through Paris?

The fifth-longest river in France, the Seine runs right through the heart of France. It is just over 480 miles long.


Although only around 10 percent of its land falls within Europe, this Russian-bordering country is often considered to be in both Europe and Asia.

Kazakhstan is one of the few countries that is in the ambiguous Eurasian area. With 10 percent of its land in Europe, it is often considered to be on both continents. Its capital is Astana.


What is the capital of Montenegro?

Podgorica is the capital of, and largest city in, Montenegro. Montenegro is small in size compared to the other European countries. Podgorica has a population of just under 190,000.


Baku is the capital of _____________?

Azerbaijan is another small country that falls near the Eurasian border. Its capital is Baku and its official language is Azerbaijani.


This is the narrow strait between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

The Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow water passage that is at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea. It separates the sea from the Atlantic Ocean.


What is the largest city in Russia?

Moscow is the capital of Russia and is also has the second-largest population in all of Europe. Just after Istanbul, Moscow has more than 12 million residents.


You might take a trip to Rome to make a wish in this fountain.

The Trevi Fountain is a popular landmark in Rome, Italy, that has been around since 1762. Many people travel there from around the world to make their three wishes.


This is Europe's smallest country.

Vatican City is the smallest country in Europe. Its capital is Vatican City and the country has a population of less than 1,000 people.


What is the mountain range that separates Spain and France?

The Pyrenees mountain chain falls between Spain and France. Spanning their entire border, its more than 305 miles long.


What is the capital of Sweden?

Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden. Although not the largest, it is the most populous city within the country.


Nicosia is the capital of _________?

Cyprus is a small European country located in the Mediterranean Sea. The inhabitants speak Greek and Turkish. Nicosia is its capital city.


This body of water is found to the East of the Scandinavian countries of Europe.

Branching off from the Atlantic Ocean, the Baltic Sea is between Norway, Denmark and Sweden, and other European countries like Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.


What is the largest city in Bulgaria?

Sofia is the largest city in Bulgaria and also its capital. The city has more than 1 million residents and is on the western side of the country.


This ancient amphitheater is one of the major landmarks in Rome, Italy.

While commonly spelled Colosseum, this location can also go by Coliseum. This landmark was the largest amphitheater ever built and has been around since 80 AD. It is located in Rome, Italy.


This is the longest river in Europe.

The Volga River is the largest in Europe. Just under 2,300 feet long, it is just a bit smaller than the Mississippi River in the United States.


This popular city in France is known for its 'wine' name.

Bordeaux is a popular city located in France. Found in the southeast region of the country, the city is known for its wine production.


What is the capital of Ukraine?

Found in Ukraine, Kiev is both its largest and capital city. With close to 3 million residents, it is one of the most populous cities in Europe.


Bern is the capital of __________?

Bern is the capital of Switzerland. Located in Western Europe, Switzerland shares borders with France, Italy, and Germany. The country also has many official languages, which include those of its surrounding countries, German, French, and Italian.


What sea is found to the east of Italy?

The Adriatic Sea is a body of water that falls to the East of Italy. About 500 miles long, it also shares borders with Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Albania.


Prague is the largest city in which country?

When Czechoslovakia separated, it became the countries of Czech Republic and Slovakia. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, a country which has close to 11 million inhabitants.


This leaning bell tower can be found in which Italian city?

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a grand tourist site in Pisa, Italy. The tilt of the tower has been there since its construction in 1372 and it stands just under 200 feet tall.


Part of the United Kingdom, this country's capital is Cardiff.

Wales is small country that is part of the United Kingdom. Its capital is Cardiff and it has a population of just over 3 million people.


This European river runs through four capital cities.

The Danube is the second-longest river in Europe. What also makes it special is that it runs through four capital cities in Europe: Vienna, Austria, Budapest, Hungary, Belgrade, Serbia, and Bratislava, Slovakia.


What is the capital of Slovenia?

Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia. It is also the largest city with just over 275,000 residents.


Ankara is the capital of ____________?

While Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, Ankara is the capital. Located in central turkey, it is still one of the most populous cities with more than 5 million inhabitants.


This body of water is found between Iceland and Norway.

The Norwegian Sea is a northern body of water that lies between Iceland and Norway. It is just over half a million square miles in area.


What is the largest city in Hungary?

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. Budapest also has the largest population in the country with more than 1.7 million inhabitants. The city is one of the capitals through which the Danube River runs.


If you wanted to visit the popular Sacred Heart Basilica​ in Paris, to which area of the city would you head?

While it's easy to call in Sacred Heart because of its translation, if you're going to France, you need to call it the Sacre-Coeur Basilica. It is located in Paris.


This European country shares a name with its capital.

Luxembourg is a small country located in Western Europe. The country has just under 600,000 inhabitants and its capital city is also named Luxembourg.


What is the capital of Iceland?

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. Also the largest city in the country, it has around 120,000 inhabitants. It is also the northernmost country capital.


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