European Capitals with the Least Sunshine

Can you guess the 10 capital cities in Europe with the fewest hours of sunshine per year?
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Quiz by georgekotz
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Last updated: October 19, 2017
First submittedJune 27, 2017
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hours/year
capital
1,323
Reykjavik
1,447
Dublin
1,516
Vaduz
1,546
Brussels
1,588
Vilnius
hours/year
capital
1,619
Warsaw
1,626
Berlin
1,633
London
1,662
Amsterdam
1,662
Paris
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Level 72
Oct 19, 2017
All the ones near Luxembourg make the list but maybe there is no data for Luxembourg?
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Level 82
Oct 19, 2017
It's way more inland than the others on the list though. And there's some foothills in between there and the sea, Apennines, isn't there? So that would explain the difference. I'd expect there to be data for that one as it's not all about big cities.
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Level 64
Feb 6, 2018
Ardennes – the Apennines are on the Italian peninsula.
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Level 38
Feb 6, 2018
luxemburg ist just by the alpes, not the apennines.
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Level 59
Oct 8, 2020
Roteswasser you're probably thinking about Liechtenstein, not Luxembourg.
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Level 83
Oct 20, 2017
Luxembourg is not more inland than Vaduz, and there aren't any mountains to stop clouds over Brussels or Amsterdam from getting to Luxembourg..
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Level 71
Oct 20, 2017
Indeed, but Vaduz is located in the mountains, which are a factor for cloud formation and maybe even block sunlight themselves.
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Level 77
Oct 20, 2017
Microclimate depends on many things, as pointed out in sillie's and georgekotz's comments.
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Level 71
Oct 20, 2017
According to Wikipedia, Luxembourg has 1725 hours of sunshine per year. Not much lower than the nearby capitals that made the list, but, as sillie points out, the inland location behind the Ardennes probably makes the difference!
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Level 81
Oct 26, 2017
Tried Tallinn and Riga, no go, so didn't bother with Vilnius. When will I learn?
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Level 69
Feb 6, 2018
I tried Riga, Tallinn, Stockholm, Helsinki and Oslo and started wondering if there's a bug with the quiz or if I have problems with my laptop / internet connection since none of these worked. I was expecting that Scandinavia will have much fewer sunshine hours than, let's say, Paris. I still got them all in the end, but it was more challenging than I was expecting.
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Level 67
Feb 6, 2018
Same here Qikiq. And I also can't believe that Paris gets less sun than Stockholm or Helsinki.
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Level 58
Feb 8, 2018
Nordic capitals may get less sunshine in the winter, but midnight sun at the rate of 20 hours / day in the summer makes up for that deficit nicely
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Level 44
Aug 3, 2018
The polar nights are balanced out by the midnight sun. I tried them too, after I used the gulf-stream capitals up, but nope, the 16+ hour days in summer seem to balance the 6 hour winter days quite well....
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Level 74
Feb 6, 2018
Vilniu(0:00)..fuuuu....
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Level 31
Feb 15, 2020
Same
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Level 70
Feb 6, 2018
Good quiz, like capitals?....... try my Double Trouble Capitals 4 quiz.....here it is
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Level 66
Feb 6, 2018
Coming from one of the sunniest capitals (Athens) and now living in London, it's really killing me...
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Level 53
Feb 6, 2018
feeling you...lived in Nicosia and then moved to the Netherlands ...I almost died
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Level 70
Jan 17, 2020
I moved from UK to Gibraltar. Far better plan. Much more sunshine.
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Level 83
Feb 6, 2018
Definitely helps to read the directions. Kept typing in Iceland, Ireland, UK and was about to throw my laptop.
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Level 53
Feb 7, 2018
Or maybe even to read the title of the quiz?
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Level 61
Feb 9, 2018
I wonder where Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast would rank on this list if they were included? Very surprised that Paris was there yet no Scandinavian Countries. Vilnius only one that I missed.
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Level 57
Nov 20, 2018
No Scandinavians really baffles me!
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Level 80
Sep 23, 2019
Lots of darkness in the winter, but lots of sunshine in the summer.
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Level 52
Oct 6, 2020
Also, the number of hours of sunshine doesn't tell you how hot it gets. I'm pretty sure that one hour of sunshine doesn't feel the same in Dublin in January as it does in Nicosia, or other Southern European capitals, in July.
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Level 62
Sep 13, 2020
Fun Fact: Pittsburgh (which happens to be the closest major city to where I live) is widely considered the least sunny city in America. According to Wikipedia, it still gets 2,021 hours of sunlight--way more than even the "sunniest" city on this list.
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Level 24
Oct 6, 2020
Was going to guess Reykjavik, but forgot how to spell it.
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Level 23
Oct 8, 2020
Exactly. I kept trying different combinations hoping to be close enough.
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Level 30
Oct 6, 2020
Oh no! I think that it is Countries and typed several countriesಠ︵ಠ