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European Geography By Letter - I

Guess these European geographical answers that start with the letter I.
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Last updated: November 3, 2018
First submittedJune 22, 2014
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Clue
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European countries that start with I
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Turkish city straddling Europe and Asia
Istanbul
Austrian Olympic host city
Innsbruck
"Capital" of the Scottish highlands
Inverness
Peninsula of Spain and Portugal
Iberia
Gigantic Swedish furniture company
IKEA
One of Switzerland's official languages
Italian
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Answer
French region containing Paris
Île-de-France
County town of Suffolk
Ipswich
Famous German military decoration
Iron Cross
Symbolic barrier between Communist
and free Europe
Iron Curtain
Sea between Greece and Italy
Ionian
Island in the above sea, home to Odysseus
Ithaca
Russian for "John"
Ivan
Netherlands lake, created by the
closing of the Zuiderzee
IJsselmeer
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level 83
Jun 25, 2014
Got the Netherlands lake, no problem. Town in Suffolk, simple. Sea between Italy and Greece... Ithacan?
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level 56
Jan 22, 2017
the Ionean sea
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level 57
Mar 20, 2019
No, it's Ionian
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level 77
Jul 29, 2014
I lost Ithaca because I spelled it Ithica
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level 45
Jul 29, 2014
Well, I think Itaca and Ithaka should also be accepted.
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level 59
Dec 15, 2014
True... tried even Itaka, Itacca, Itakka. Never thought of puttin an h somewhere... :P
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level 67
Jan 17, 2017
Ithaka, maybe, but the original Greek has the Þ ("th" as in "think") sound: Ιθάκης, ithákis.
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level 61
Jan 17, 2017
Should be spelled both ways: Ithaca and Ithaka
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level 42
Jan 17, 2017
I cheated and Google translated it because I knew the French name but had no idea how it ended in English...
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level 46
Dec 25, 2014
Geography you say.... German Iron Cross and Russian Ivan??? not really geographic
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level 31
Dec 30, 2014
human geography
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level 59
Dec 8, 2017
Just as geographic as swedish furniture ;-)
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level 68
Jan 23, 2015
For "one of Switzerland's official languages" I wanted to put yodeling so bad.
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level 44
Mar 11, 2015
You should accept "isle of France"
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level 38
Oct 14, 2018
Why? - The name of the region is "Ile de France".
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level 72
Mar 15, 2015
Iron Cross, IKEA and Ivan hardly about geography!
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level 66
Oct 21, 2015
Human Geography!
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level 76
Nov 12, 2015
Human geography is pretty much everything. Try studying it and trying to work out exactly what ISN'T human geography.
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level 49
Jan 17, 2017
Yes, perhaps change it the graceful sounding "European Stuff with an I".
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level 71
Dec 20, 2015
Istanbul straddles the BORDER between Europe and Asia
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level 44
Jun 9, 2016
The IJ is pretty much one letter in Dutch (pretty muck like a 'y' with an umlaut, and then it is pronounced like the German 'ei'). I am not sure whether it should be included in this quiz. Apart from that, good quiz.
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level 57
Mar 20, 2019
But in English it indisputably starts with an I. Also the German 'ei' is pronounced /ai/, but the Dutch 'ij' is pronounced /ɛi/.
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level 62
Oct 21, 2019
I agree with paul It is not i-j nor do we pronounce it like that and noone writes it as two seperate letters, that just looks weird. Writing Ijsselmeer is indisputably wrong. It is IJsselmeer, the i and j form one letter. (therefore it does not start with an i, but the ij is not present on keyboards, it is on typewriters though)

And what has german got to do with it. (or pronunciation for that matter, in dutch ei and ij are pronounced basically the same, but just like your comment that hasnt got anything to with spelling. Lijden is something different from leiden even though they sound the same)

Our ij sounds exactly the same as your y in by (if you want to bring up pronunciation as an argument)

If it did start with i as a single letter and not the combined ij we would pronounced it very differently more like in knee (basicly like we pronounce i+e in dutch, like in "niet")

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level 62
Oct 21, 2019
There is tons of info on in, but to keep it in the realm of this quiz, even the wikipage of IJsselmeer mentions it. IJ is a single letter (not two letters combined to make a sound)

"I and J at the start of the name are both capitalized because the combination is a digraph in Dutch and therefore treated as a single letter."

It is just like æ or how the w formed out of vv (so not like sh or th that do make different sounds in those combinations, so an actual letter, not just a sound.)

You wouldn't say "who" starts with a v would you now..
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level 61
Sep 12, 2016
Too Ameri-centric :/
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level 76
Jan 17, 2017
Wholeheartedly agree. Americans eat Italian dressing, there's a city in NY named Ithaca, there is a Suffolk County in NY, many Americans buy IKEA furniture...QM, please remove everything in this quiz which might relate to America in any way!
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level 59
Dec 8, 2017
Next point is, that every question is written in American English. Please change it to Esperanto!
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level 44
Jan 3, 2017
Would never have got the Netherlands lake but did ok
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level 60
Jan 17, 2017
The "Dutch" clue provides that the answer ends in -meer and contains a J.
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level 61
Jan 17, 2017
Maybe the clue for the famous German military decoration should include "former".
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level 45
Jan 18, 2017
Really the wording for Ijsselmeer should be either "Lake in the Netherlands" or "Dutch lake". What it currently says in equivalent to "England lake"
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level 49
Jan 19, 2017
I liked the quiz, but calling it a geography quiz is a bit of a misnomer...I counted 5 questions that had little or nothing to do with geography (IKEA for example).
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level 44
Apr 10, 2017
il de france didnt work somehow ...
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level 59
Dec 8, 2017
Maybe becaude it "Ile" not "Il"...
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level 57
Mar 20, 2019
Yes, but because*, it's* :)
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level 45
Nov 18, 2018
*free*
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level 57
Mar 20, 2019
Not surprising this is coming from a 'Marxist'
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level 53
Nov 18, 2018
I thought john in Russian was Иоанн (Ioann)
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level 38
Mar 3, 2019
^ Yes! I've also seen it as "Ioann", but then, these quizzes anglicize just about everything they can get away with. (I believe that the original Ivan "Ivan the Terrible" was anglicized, and thereafter, it just became Ivan).