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European Geography Multiple Choice #1

A multiple choice quiz about the geography of Europe.
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1. How many countries exist on the Italic Peninsula?
1
2
3
Italy, San Marino and Vatican City.
2. Which of the Baltic States does not have a Baltic language as its official language?
Latvia
Estonia
Lithuania
Estonian is one of the Finnic languages. Along with Finnish, it is one of the two major modern languages of the group, though there are other languages with fewer speakers.
3. Which county in England is also one of the Celtic nations?
Norfolk
Cumbria
Cornwall
The Celtic nations are areas where Celtic languages and/or cultural traits have survived. The languages spoken within each of the widely considered Celtic nations belong to either of the two branches of the Insular Celtic group: the Brittonic languages (spoken in Wales, Cornwall and Brittany) and the Gaelic languages (spoken in Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man).
4. Which of these countries is the largest in terms of total area?
Belarus
Belgium
Bulgaria
Belarus has an area of 80,153 square miles. Bulgaria covers 42,854.9 square miles, while Belgium is the smallest at 11,849 square miles.
5. Which of these Russian cities is the oldest?
Volgograd
St Petersburg
Vladivostok
The first documented evidence of the existence of Volgograd (then known as Tsaritsyn) comes from 1589, though it may have been founded in 1555. Swedish colonists first built a fort on the site of modern St Petersburg in 1611, after which the small town of Nyen grew around it. The Russians under Peter the Great captured the fortress on 12th May 1703, and the first building of the new city (the Peter and Paul Fortress) was completed by the 27th of the same month. Vladivostok was founded as a Russian outpost in 1860.
6. Which river empties out into the Mediterranean?
Danube
Rhône
Tagus
It empties into the sea in southern France, creating the Carmargue delta, within which Arles is located. The Danube drains into the Black Sea, while the Tagus empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
7. Which of these countries is a grand duchy?
Luxembourg
Monaco
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg is the only grand duchy that exists today, though others existed in the past. Liechtenstein and Monaco are both principalities.
8. Which country has no active volcanoes?
Norway
Germany
Bulgaria
Bulgaria does, however, contain the extinct volcanoes Adatepe and Kozhuh. A region of the Eifel Mountains in Germany, the Volcanic Eifel, is volcanically active, and on the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen there is the stratovolcano Berrenberg (which is the northernmost surface level active volcano in the world).
9. The world's largest castle is located in which country?
Czech Republic
United Kingdom
Poland
The castle in question, Malbork Castle, was constructed by the Teutonic Knights and covers an area of 52 acres. This makes it far larger than the already massive Prague Castle (Czech Republic) and Windsor Castle (UK), which have areas of roughly 17 and 13 acres respectively.
10. Which of these is not a historical region of Romania?
Dobruja
Dalmatia
Moldavia
It is a historical region of Croatia. Transylvania and Wallachia are the other two historical regions of Romania.
11. Where are the Wicklow Mountains located?
Northern Ireland
Scotland
Republic of Ireland
The mountains form the largest continuous upland area in Ireland.
12. Where is the oldest company in Europe located?
France
Austria
Italy
St. Peter Stiftskulinarium is a restaurant within the walls of St. Peters Abbey in Salzburg that is claimed to date back to at least 803 AD. This makes it slightly older than companies in Germany and France established during the same century. It also makes it the oldest company in the world after you exclude those from Japan (there are five Japanese companies that are older).
13. Which city will likely be struck by a powerful earthquake by 2030, according to seismologists?
Naples
Istanbul
Lisbon
Istanbul is located near to the North Anatolian Fault, so has been hit by several deadly earthquakes throughout its history. The city is at risk of being hit by a 7.6-magnitude or greater earthquake in the near future.
14. Which of these Greek islands is the remnant of a volcanic caldera?
Santorini
Samos
Anafi
The caldera is the result of the Minoan (or Thera) eruption, which was one of the largest eruptions in recorded history. The eruption was powerful enough to cause the caldera at the time to collapse.
15. The busiest container port in Europe is the Port of Rotterdam. Where is the second busiest located?
Hamburg
Antwerp
Valencia
The Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Antwerp are also the largest and second largest ports in Europe, respectively. The Port of Hamburg is the third busiest while the Port of Valencia is the fifth.
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