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Countries Settled by Vikings

Guess the modern-day countries that were settled by Vikings.
According to this map
Includes Normans
Does not include areas that were raided but not settled
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First submittedSeptember 5, 2014
Last updatedJune 18, 2016
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Before 800 A.D.
Denmark
Estonia
Finland (Åland Islands)
Germany
Norway
Sweden
800 A.D. - 900 A.D.
Iceland
Ireland
Latvia
Lithuania
Poland
Russia
United Kingdom
900 A.D. - 1000 A.D.
Belarus
France
Ukraine
After 1000 A.D.
Canada
Italy
Malta
Turkey / Bulgaria
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level 76
Sep 5, 2014
I wonder if there's a difference between saying "A was settled by B" and saying that "B settled in A".
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level 60
Sep 29, 2014
It's just passive voice and active voice.
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level 44
Sep 29, 2014
"Was settled by" is generally taken to mean "founded". I agree that "settled in" presents a more accurate picture. If that is what you were indicating.
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level 69
Sep 18, 2016
If not founded, then it at least implies some sort of conquering, I agree
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level 64
Dec 23, 2016
One suggests that there was no one living in A, so B set up there, while the other would imply that B set up there, but there may have been other people already there.
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level 45
Oct 12, 2017
well there were definitely people living here in UK when the Vikings invaded
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level 67
Feb 27, 2018
How often (in the last ten thousand or so years) have settlers ever actually found terra nullius?
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level 45
Apr 27, 2019
Antarctica, but I think that's about it. (And no one has settled there permanently anyway!)
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level 77
Sep 24, 2014
It's strange that they did not settle at all in Finland. The Black Sea spot probably overlaps the modern frontier, both Bulgaria and Turkey would be correct answers.
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level 40
Sep 29, 2014
They definitely did settle in Finland. I've seen Viking castles n stuff while I was there. Not sure why it's not counted.
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level 59
Sep 29, 2014
The castles you mention were built during the Swedish administration well after the Viking age was over. As for why they didn't settle in the area of modern day Finland - it's probably because there wasn't much reason for them to do so.
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level 63
Feb 27, 2018
Well, there is plenty of viking stuff (graves, weapons, jewellery) found in Finland, but apparently they just co-existed, traded etc.
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level ∞
Jun 18, 2016
Finland has been added, but only because of the Åland islands, not because of castles n stuff.
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level 83
Sep 29, 2014
What map?
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level 59
Sep 29, 2014
I'm pretty sure that's Turkey, not Bulgaria. Eastern Belarus is definitely orange. I can also say that a bit of orange is on the Belgian coast. Compare the map given with a political map of Europe and you'll see what I mean.
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level ∞
Jun 18, 2016
Having stared at the map for awhile, it's difficult to say. It's probable that the yellow area includes parts of both countries. I simply combined the two answers.
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level 24
Sep 29, 2014
1 - Howcome Greenland is not on the list? 2 - Not completely acurate as I'm portuguese and we had two diferent clans of vikings ruling over us. The wiped the romans and kept there for 300years give or take
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level 55
Sep 29, 2014
Greenland isn't on the list because it is a territory of Denmark. While Portugal was subjected to frequent Viking raids, they never actually settled there. The Portuguese were ruled over by two Germanic barbarian tribes, not Vikings, after the fall of the Romans and then the Moors after them.
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level 60
Sep 30, 2014
I think you mean the Moops.
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level 61
Sep 5, 2019
what on earth is a moop? (makes me think of muppets or some sort of invented name)
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level 60
Sep 29, 2014
Just missed Canada :( I've never seen the Vikings at the school.
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level 22
Oct 4, 2014
It was the Normans who settled in Southern Italy, Sicily and Malta and not the Vikings. The Normans were the 'Frenchified' descendants of the Vikings but by then could no longer be considered as Vikings.
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level ∞
Jun 18, 2016
See the instructions
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level 54
Mar 29, 2015
Finland (via Aland), Belarus, Turkey and Belgium need to go on, maybe Bulgaria come off.
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level ∞
Jun 18, 2016
Added Finland and Belarus. Combined Bulgaria and Turkey. Not sure about Belgium.
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level 43
Jul 12, 2016
nice quizz !
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level 43
Sep 18, 2016
Perhaps adding Spain and/or Greece? I don't know much if they settled there but I could provide evidence that they did.
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level 40
Mar 25, 2019
The Normans attacked the Byzantine Empire in the Balkans and - briefly - occupied Corfu so Greece should be one here.
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level 47
Sep 22, 2016
Did it by fluke! After filling in the obvious ones, I started guessing randomly and got the last one (Malta) with just 7 seconds left!
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level 75
Nov 5, 2016
Great quiz!
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level 44
Dec 23, 2016
Oooh I didn't realise they went that far south just missed the 1
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level 57
Dec 23, 2016
Ragnar Lothbrook!
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level 55
Dec 23, 2016
good quiz! got lucky with Malta
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level 62
Feb 15, 2017
100%!!!!! Malta for the win!
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level 68
Sep 28, 2017
For whatever reason Germany didn't work when I typed it in (I know I spelled it right), so I missed one. Took the quiz again and it worked fine. I have no idea what happened.
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level 61
Sep 5, 2019
maybe a key on your kb didnt take. I know mine doesnt take the i's like 2 % of the time
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level 46
Feb 27, 2018
Looking at the map, it seems like Tunisia could be included and maybe Algeria too.
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level 67
Feb 27, 2018
Definitely Tunisia anyway.
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level 60
Apr 30, 2018
According to the map used as reference, Tunisia should also be included
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level 51
Jul 17, 2018
Um ..... So just who are we defining as Vikings? Vikings are those Scandinavians that travelled WESTWARDS from (mainly) Denmark and Norway. Varangians are those Scandinavians who travelled mostly EASTWARDS AND SOUTHWARDS from (mostly) Sweden. I am not certain that the term Viking or Varangian has any basis in historical nomenclature. I did however get most of the answers - although not Malta The Northmen who settled in Byzantium were definitely Varangians and not Vikings cf Varangian Guard. Still an interesting one
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level 51
Jul 17, 2018
OK - I've re-read the blurb and you are using a map. Doesn't make it correct tho'
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level 71
Oct 22, 2018
Viking is not a nationality. It's a lifestyle of going from bay to bay, inlet to inlet ... in other words from vik to vik a.k.a. viking. ;) Based on DNA, the Nordics are the homelands of the Vikings. If you go by the common haplotype, West Finland has the most of it, today, right behind being Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Close behind the Baltic states. A noticeable amount elsewhere in Europe esp. West/more Northern parts. Then again, there are many traces of Vikings picking up spouses from wherever (e.g. see Iceland where there are many genetic markers from Scotland and Ireland), settling here and there, mixing with locals, even continuing all the way to Georgia to settle, Canada to attempt and many other places incl. in Islamic Levant, North Africa... and then many Vikings simply disappearing from history due to who knows what reason, maybe just settling in wherever you might find blue eyes these days. So, in the lack of full evidence: you define who is a Viking.
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level 80
Sep 8, 2018
Also agree that Tunisia needs to be added as an answer. It's on the map provided as a source. It would make the quiz more challenging too.
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level 72
Oct 9, 2018
Quizmaster, according to the map you've linked I would agree with the comments that Tunisia should be added, maybe even Belgium.
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level 38
Apr 27, 2019
Strange that they went to Denmark, Germany and Norway, but overlooked the Netherlands and Belgium. Also, didn't realize that they ventured as far south as Malta and Turkey.
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level 63
Apr 27, 2019
missed Sweden. WHY!!!!!!!!!
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level 35
Apr 27, 2019
So close to getting them all first try... but I forgot about Malta.
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level 61
Sep 5, 2019
wow I had no idea about italy, malta, turkey/bulgaria. I tried netherlands, belgium, ireland and usa. They seemed to make the most sense, coastal, northern and neighbours of countries allready on the list.