To mark the Guardian’s deepened commitment to all things European, have a go at our fiendishly hard European trivia quiz – and find out just how much you really know about our continent.
Which of these countries does not have a monarchy? Liechtenstein Belgium Finland Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse was invited to become the King of Finland in the aftermath of the Finnish civil war, but he declined the offer. Finland then emerged as an independent, democratic republic Norway Which country has won the most Eurovision titles? Ireland Ireland won seven times in 53 appearances, thanks mainly to a flurry of four wins in five years in the early 1990s. It’s been suggested the nation began to send acts like Jedward and Dustin the Turkey to Eurovision with the sole aim of avoiding the expense of hosting the extravaganza ever again United Kingdom Luxembourg Sweden Which European country’s flag has the most different colours on it? Croatia The Trobojnica may be mostly red white and blue, but thanks to the inset detail of the Croatian coat of arms in the middle, it also contains cyan, yellow and black. The five smaller shields above the chequerboard pattern represent five different historical regions North Macedonia Portugal Vatican City Which of these languages is the most commonly spoken first language in Europe? English French German Approximately 90–95 million people “Sprechen Sie Deutsch” as a first language. And if you’ve never heard John Peel’s 1980s favourite I Wish I Could Sprechen Sie Deutsch, we wholeheartedly recommend it Italian Which of these countries is in the European Economic Area, but not the European Union? Slovenia Iceland Iceland signed the EEA agreement in 1992 and joined when it came into force on 1 January 1994. The EEA extends the EU’s single market to non-EU members. Lithuania At an altitude of just 75 metres, which country has the lowest high point? Monaco Denmark Vatican City There aren’t many mountains in the centre of the Rome. And Vatican City doesn’t even extend out far enough to encompass any of the city’s famous seven hills. Which of these sequences is the correct route for the countries the Danube flows through from origin? Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Bulgaria Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine The river originates in the Black Forest of Germany and empties into the Black Sea. It flows through 10 countries, more than any other river in the world Which of these countries joined the European Union most recently? Romania Bulgaria Croatia Croatia joined in July 2013, the seventh enlargement of the European Union. Countries currently in various stages of applying to join are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey Slovenia Which of these is the main country shown in this satellite image? Switzerland Distinguishing features include Lac Léman, Lac de Neuchâtel, Lac de Thun and the Eiger. You can see a smidgeon of France in the picture too, but that wasn’t one of your options Austria Slovakia Norway Which European country has the longest total coastline? United Kingdom Norway Famously a punchline in Douglas Adam’s book The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, all the fiddly fjord-bits around the coast mean that Norway wins this European award Greece Which of these countries’ capitals is spelled the same in its native language as in English? Austria Poland Spain Please don’t say you picked Roma, Wien or Warszawa? Put these three key European treaties – which came into force in 1958, 1993 and 2009 – in correct chronological order: Lisbon treaty, treaty of Rome, Maastricht treaty Maastricht treaty, treaty of Rome, Lisbon treaty Treaty of Rome, Maastricht treaty, Lisbon treaty First came the treaty establishing the European Economic Community in Italy, then the treaty on European Union in the Netherlands, and finally the reform treaty in Portugal Treaty of Rome, Lisbon treaty, Maastricht treaty Which of these famous winds is not European? Harmattan The Bora is active in the Adriatic, Föhn winds was a name originally applied to winds in the European Alps region and the Mistral is a strong, northwesterly wind that blows from southern France into the Gulf of Lion in the northern Mediterranean. The Harmattan though is a dry and dusty northeasterly trade wind which blows from the Sahara over west Africa into the Gulf of Guinea Mistral Which of these cities is not a host of the Euro 2020 football championship Porto As a one-off special to to mark the 60th anniversary of the tournament, instead of a host nation or host nations, the tournament’s 51 matches will be held in 12 host cities across the continent, starting with an opening game in Rome and finishing with a final in London. The host countries are Azerbaijan, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland, Romania, Russia, Scotland and Spain. Several of them are hosting tournament finals matches for the first time. Bucharest Budapest Bilbao At the border of which three countries is the town of Schengen, after which the border-control-free travel area is named? Austria, Slovakia, Hungary Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany Luxembourg, France, Germany The commune border of Schengen includes the tripoint where the borders of Germany, France, and Luxembourg meet. The place has a population of around 4,500, and a castle which originally dated back to 1390 but was nearly completely rebuilt in the 19th century
C’est magnifique! C’est parfait!
No, non, nein, not good enough!
Could do better!
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