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European Coastal Capitals

Can you name the national capitals of Europe whose city center is less than 10km from the sea?
Includes gulfs, bays, inlets, etc...
Also see Asian coastal capitals by WolfCam
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Last updated: December 22, 2019
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First submittedMarch 1, 2017
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Capital
Athens
Copenhagen
Dublin
Helsinki
Lisbon
Monaco
Capital
Oslo
Reykjavík
Riga
Stockholm
Tallinn
Valletta
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Level 92
Mar 1, 2017
Worked my way around the coast, even remembered to pick up Malta, but then couldn't think what would be between Norway's and Latvia's capitals...
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2017
Same here :(.
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Level 77
Mar 2, 2017
I remembered that one, but almost failed Ireland.
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Level 76
Mar 1, 2017
nice quiz!
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Level 69
Mar 2, 2017
Amsterdam?
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Level 71
Mar 2, 2017
It was coastal, but then the sea was turned into a lake so it doesn't count anymore.
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Level 83
Mar 3, 2017
Dang it. When did that happen?
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Level 63
Mar 6, 2017
In the 1930's they first built a dike that split the Waddenzee (part of the North Sea) and the Ijselmeer. Then a second dike in the 1970's that split the Ijselmeer and the Markermeer which borders Amsterdam.
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Level 74
Mar 2, 2017
Enjoyed that!
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Level 71
Jun 2, 2017
Good quiz, forgot Monaco when time ran out. For a sprint quiz try my 60 sec Capital Quiz on ........ http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/120558/mals-1-minute-20-easiest-no-thinking-capitals-quiz
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Level 67
Jun 2, 2017
Why not Istanbul?
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Level 55
Jun 2, 2017
because it's not a capital?
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Level 70
Jun 3, 2017
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Level 57
Jun 2, 2017
And Turkey is Asian.
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Level 55
Aug 29, 2019
It's actually both...... ;)
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Level 60
Aug 6, 2020
The quiz doesn't ask for capitals of European countries, only for capitals in Europe. So by that logic, Istanbul would qualify. If it was a capital, of course.
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Level 30
May 27, 2022
Turkey's capital is now Ankara in the smack dam in the Turkish mainland, Istanbul is in the European area. And is an old capital
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Level 65
Jun 2, 2017
My first guess was London, 'cos the Thames is tidal :)
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Level 62
Jun 2, 2017
The Thames is a terrible sea
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Level 71
Jun 2, 2017
What about Nicosia? ;-)
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Level 57
Jun 2, 2017
Cyprus is Asian on these quizzes.
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Level 60
Jun 2, 2017
Never noticed the winky face did you?
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Level 81
Aug 28, 2019
Not to mention Baku
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Level 58
Aug 29, 2019
Yeah, and what about Buenos Aires? Sounds pretty coastal to me...
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Level 60
Dec 2, 2023
Worth noting that Baku isn't that ridiculous. Some people consider the Caucasus to be comprised of European countries because it is partly in Europe.
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Level 80
Aug 29, 2019
I mean, even if it wasn't counted as Asia but Europe, Nicosia is still further away from the sea than 10 km.

(I know this was a joke, just wanted to share that though.)

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Level 66
May 30, 2022
Nicosia is in the mainland, nowhere near a sea. Also, Cyprus is Asian
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Level 60
Nov 29, 2023
its not coastal...
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Level 50
Jun 26, 2017
London is missing - quiz says it includes gulfs, bays, inlets, etc. And the Thames in London is still tidal.
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Level 80
Feb 12, 2019
Hm. I tried London too, but the Thames, while a tidal river as far as the centre of the city, is clearly not a bay, a gulf, or an inlet.
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Level 45
Dec 31, 2017
Isn't Tirana costal?
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Level 86
Nov 13, 2018
It's close, but by my rough estimate it looks about 15km or so from the ocean.
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Level 68
Aug 28, 2019
On google maps, it’s 16 miles, so 25 kilometres.
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Level 65
Feb 19, 2020
Yea 16 miles not km
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Level 43
Feb 6, 2018
You should accept Monte Carlo in answers, after all it is a capital of Monaco.
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Level 76
Dec 5, 2018
When did that happen?
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Level 69
Aug 28, 2019
Monte Carlo is the largest quartier of Monaco, but Monaco is a City State, like Singapore or Vatican. To say Monte Carlo is the capital of Monaco is akin to Manhattan being the capital of NYC or Sandton the capital of Johannesburg. It's just not the case.
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Level 60
May 27, 2022
I agree, but I think it's a better comparison to say Monte Carlo is the capital of Monaco is akin to Manhattan being the capital instead of NYC (if it was a capital) or Sandton being the capital of instead of Johannesburg as they're referring to Monaco as the country not as the city presumably.
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Level 48
Feb 7, 2019
Might be worth extending the distance from 10km to 15km, the center of Riga is just slightly more than 10km from the sea
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Level 65
Jun 17, 2019
If we consider the whole city in place of just the city center, then Rome is on the coast.
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Level 65
Aug 8, 2019
Bah i missed soe obvious ones, islands and baltic.. cool idea. you have to double think.
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Level 82
Aug 28, 2019
On another quiz Rome is considered on the Mediterranean.
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Level 65
May 28, 2022
This quiz requires the city center to be less than 10km from the sea. While the city of Rome is actually on the coast, its city center is more than 10km far from the seaside, so it does not qualify.
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Level 82
Aug 28, 2019
and I think Amsterdam should probably count, too. They artificially control the sea level through dykes but still...
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Level 82
Aug 28, 2019
Plus it's only a few miles going in the other direction to get through Haarlem and the North Sea. Why is it not on here?
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Level 69
Aug 29, 2019
almost 18 k
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Level 82
Aug 29, 2019
doesn't appear that way on Google maps. Are you measuring from the city center?
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Level 69
Aug 30, 2019
no, but even from the westernmost point of the amsterdam port (where no-one lives), still 12 k.

a caveat telling us where to meausure from wouldn't be too bad. i think i've seen rome count as a capital by the sea on another jp-quiz

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Level 65
Feb 19, 2020
30km from the ocean, (measured from the city center as (was allready) mentioned in the description)
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Level 81
Aug 28, 2019
What about the Hague?
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Level 82
Aug 29, 2019
not the capital of the Netherlands
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Level 78
Mar 16, 2021
The Hague is the administrative capital of the country and the home of the court and government, though Amsterdam is the official capital.
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Level 59
May 27, 2022
The Constitution of the Netherlands is very clear about this: Amsterdam is the nation's capital, regardless of where the country's government is based.
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Level 79
Aug 29, 2019
I TRIED ISTANBUL AND MISSED VALLETTA...
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Level 75
Dec 30, 2020
Out of curiosity, who decides where the centre of a city is?
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Level 29
Jul 6, 2021
Whoever builds it I guess :)
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Level 79
Oct 20, 2023
Probably Chuck Norris
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Level 68
Jun 29, 2021
Amsterdam??? Amsterdam is definitely coastal.
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Level 73
Jul 14, 2021
Rome is on the seaside. In fact, most of the city it's some 20 km. from the sea, but Lido di Ostia (right on the seaside) is a quartier of Rome
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Level 64
Nov 12, 2021
amsterdam?
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Level 67
May 27, 2022
I always thought Amsterdam and Rome are coastal.
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Level 65
Nov 29, 2023
This quiz pertains to the distance from the city center. Although the city of Rome is located on the coast, its center is more than 10 km inland.
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Level 46
May 27, 2022
Baku should count, it's well above the south most mountains of the Greater Caucasus range so it's in Europe, and it's right on the sea.
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Level 74
May 27, 2022
Even if all this was true, the Caspian Sea is still a lake.
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Level 82
May 28, 2022
and Azerbaijan is not in Europe.
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Level 60
Feb 18, 2023
10/12 blast your goggley eyes.
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Level 79
Oct 20, 2023
I don't know what 'blast your goggley eyes' means but it's pretty unsettling
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Level 70
Nov 29, 2023
Really requiring that second "n" on Tallinn?
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Level 48
Nov 29, 2023
Living in Finland, I noticed now that my concept of capitals being on coast is very Baltic and Nordic (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Norway and Sweden). Thank you for learning something new!
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Level 55
Nov 29, 2023
I am sure this picture is not the best choice to represent a capital of a lutheran, not orthodox nation. Being represented by an alien church is actually quite insulting.
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Level 58
Nov 29, 2023
Orthodox Christianity is by far the biggest religion in Estonia by number of adherents. Fewer than 10% of the population describe themselves as Lutheran.
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Level 55
Nov 30, 2023
Hardly anyone knows the situation better than locals. Maybe this is not very easy to understand.

The fact is that this is a Russian church and estonians do not go there.

This church, belonging to Patriarchy of Moscow, was completed only in 1900 during the time of russification. Many see that building as a symbol of oppression.

There also exists Estonian Orthodox church which is under the Patriarchy of Constantinople.

Even if estonians are one the least religious nations, lutheranism is still by far the most followed religion among them.

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Level 50
Nov 29, 2023
Forgot reykjavik
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Level 46
Nov 29, 2023
forgot to add rome
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Level 37
Nov 29, 2023
100% first try. Good quiz
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Level 56
Dec 2, 2023
Athens is not coastal.Piraeus is coastal!