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

By: Zoe Samuel
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If You Know ALL the Capitals of Europe You're Probably a Genius
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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!

What's the capital of the country Ireland?
Dublin
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.
Madrid
Pristina
Bratislava

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Can you identify the capital of France?
Brussels
Paris
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.
Amsterdam
Copenhagen

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Do you know the capital of the United Kingdom?
Edinburgh
London
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.
Belfast
Cardiff

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Which of these cities is the capital of Belgium?
Brussels
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.
Rome
Barcelona
Florence

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Which is the capital of Spain?
Rome
Berlin
Madrid
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.
Brussels

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Do you know the capital of Portugal?
Rome
Florence
Lisbon
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.
Monaco

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What's the capital of the country Denmark?
Rotterdam
Copenhagen
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.
Tromso
Reykjavik

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Which of these cities is the capital of the Czech Republic?
Prague
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.
Salzburg
Zurich
Geneva

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Which is the capital of Hungary?
Zagreb
Budapest
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.
Monaco
Bruges

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Do you know the capital of the Netherlands?
Bruges
Ghent
Antwerp
Amsterdam
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.

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Can you identify the capital of Austria?
Salzburg
Vienna
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.
Geneva
Zurich

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Can you identify the capital of Norway?
Reykijavik
Rotterdam
Oslo
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.
Malmo

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Which of these cities is the capital of Finland?
Helsinki
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.
Stockholm
Talinn
Riga

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Do you know the capital of Iceland?
Belfast
Glasgow
Reykjavik
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.
Galway

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

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Which is the capital of the Vatican?
Vatican City
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.
Vatican Village
Vatican Town
Vatican Way

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Which of these cities is the capital of Greece?
Athens
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.
Sparta
Marathon
Delphi

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What's the capital of the country Italy?
Paris
Rome
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.
Florence
Milan

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Can you identify the capital of Poland?
Warsaw
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.
Salzburg
Gdansk
Minsk

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Two of these are capitals of neighboring nations. Which pair are correct?
Berlin and Bern
These pairs all have one city in Switzerland and one in Germany. However the capitals are Berlin and Bern!
Munich and Zurich
Koln and Geneva
Hamburg and Basel

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What city is the capital of Romania?
Sarajevo
Belgrade
Bucharest
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.
Rome

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Which of these cities is the capital of Albania?
Tirana
Tirana is noted for its beautiful colorful buildings. These are from the Soviet, Ottoman and Fascist eras.
Sparta
Istanbul
Prague

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What's the capital of the country Bulgaria?
Plovdiv
Mostav
Burgas
Sofia
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.

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Can you identify the capital of Montenegro?
Podgorica
This city may be obscure but it's fabulous. Check out the Ostrog Monastery and Lake Scutari.
Hamburg
Cannes
Barcelona

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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 la Vella
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.
Sarajevo
Skopje
Pristina

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Do you know the capital of Slovakia?
Bratislava
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.
Milan
Leipzig
Graz

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What's the capital of the country Serbia?
Vienna
Milan
Belgrade
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.
Varna

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Can you identify the capital of Slovenia?
Izmir
Bursa
Ljubljana
Slovenia is the most northerly of the Yugoslavian nations. It has a very short coastline, with only a few miles on the Adriatic Sea.
Milan

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Do you know the capital of Croatia?
Sarajevo
Zagreb
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, another Yugolsavian nation. Croatia is a horseshoe-shaped country embracing the north end of Bosnia.
Athens
Florence

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Can you identify the capital of Turkey?
Istanbul
Konya
Ankara
Ankara is an important city and the capital of Turkey. However, Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, is the most economically important city in the country.
Adana

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Three of these are Baltic capitals. The other is Ukraine's. Which is the Ukrainian capital?
Riga
Vilnius
Talinn
Kiev
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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Which is the capital of Russia?
Gdansk
Moscow
Moscow has been the capital of Russia for a long time. However, the capital was moved to St. Petersburg for a while.
St. Petersburg
Oslo

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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?
San Marino
Vaduz
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.
Athens
Valetta

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Which is the capital of Belarus?
Pristina
Sofia
Minsk
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.
Varna

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Do you remember the capital of Moldova?
Chișinău
Moldova is a former Soviet state that is now part of the EU. It is sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine.
Varna
Turin
Genoa

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