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Neutral European Countries of WWII

Name the countries of Europe that neither invaded other countries nor were themselves invaded during Word War II.
Does NOT count countries that declared neutrality but were invaded anyway
Does count countries whose overseas territories were occupied, as long as their European lands remained intact
Only countries that existed in 1939
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First submittedDecember 30, 2015
Last updatedMarch 15, 2019
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Country
Andorra
Ireland
Liechtenstein
Portugal
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Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Vatican City
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level 76
Dec 30, 2015
Monaco was invaded and occupied by both Italy and Germany.
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level 69
Dec 30, 2015
You are right.
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level 37
May 25, 2019
Yeah I guessed that, and was surprised at why it didn't work. Didn't know it had been invaded, but considering how Italy is right next door, I guess it makes sense.
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level 58
Jan 5, 2016
Luxembourg! Was that included in the invasion of the Netherlands?
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level 16
Mar 29, 2018
Yes, Luxembourg was taken by the germans during the take over of Benelux
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level 78
Mar 15, 2019
Ireland was hardly neutral. It gave active support in servicing and replenishing Nazi U-Boats.
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level 69
Mar 15, 2019
Read the directions. They neither invaded, nor were invaded.
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level 79
Mar 15, 2019
I have spent 50 years studying WWII and everything I have ever read, seen, or heard says that absolutely did not happened. The closest thing that I have ever seen as evidence of Ireland breaking neutrality was when they allowed Allied ships to be repaired in their dry docking facilities and by rescuing sailors from many nations including Germany. As far as supplying German submarines goes, they did not have supplies for their own needs so I doubt that they would have been able to provide that kind of assistance even if they wanted to do so.
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level 84
Mar 15, 2019
I also remember hearing that Allied servicemen were quietly put across the border into Northern Ireland.
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level ∞
Mar 15, 2019
If anything the Irish assisted the Allies. But the description for this quiz is written in an exact way that lets you know what we are looking for.

However, I can see why there would be resentment towards the Irish actions (or non-actions) during WWII, which seem to an outside observer to be incredibly stubborn. Surely, they could have joined the Allies once the threat of German invasion was neutralized?

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level 73
Mar 15, 2019
The reasons have been probably studied in detail, but off the top of my head: plenty of fighting just one generation back, including Easter rising, independence war with UK and the civil war, which also resulted in complicated relation with the UK and complex divisions within Ireland. Economic situation probably wasn't great either.
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level 58
May 25, 2019
Ireland had no reason to side with the Allies considering the animosity between Ireland and the UK during WWII. I'm sure we didn't appreciate being called a cabbage garden by a certain prime minister either.
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level 53
Mar 15, 2019
That's actually the opposite of what Ireland did in ww2
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level 58
May 25, 2019
I think you're getting your world wars mixed up, but even then Ireland never serviced Nazi U-boats.
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level 65
May 25, 2019
I believe you could make a better argument for Spain leaning toward the Axis Powers than you could Ireland. With that said, neither country invaded or was invaded by another country, so they both fit the scope of this quiz.
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level 22
Mar 15, 2019
Missed Ireland and Vatican City.
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level 64
Mar 15, 2019
Turkey was all the war neutral but declared just for fun war on the Axis when the war was actually over. To my knowledge, Turkey was neither invading or invaded during WW2. (Or do you just not consider Turkey as part of Europe?) On the other hand, Switzerland was bombed (probably accidentally) by both the Axis and the Allies and the Swiss shot down several planes from both the Axis and the Allies. And what is about the Spanish Blue Division? There is a difference between declaring neutrality and not invade/get invaded.
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level 73
Mar 15, 2019
Shooting down planes breaching your air space is in line with neutrality
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level 64
Mar 21, 2019
Switzerland had (inhabited!) POW penal camps during WW2. How would you call it when you fight/capture foreign soldiers on/above your territory? An invasion? Switzerland during WW2 is a nitpicking curiosity. But don't we all like those contra-intuitive facts/exceptions? ;-)
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level 69
Mar 22, 2019
Yes we do :) That's why all this 'negative' comments are actually positive.
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level 44
May 25, 2019
You have to capture soldiers of other countries if you're neutral. Belgian soldiers were also detained in the Netherlands in WWI. If you don't detain all soldiers fleeing to your country from all countries that are at war, you're breaking neutrality. The fact that a neutral State uses force to repel attempts to violate its neutrality cannot be regarded as a hostile act. Neutral States receiving troops belonging to the belligerent armies on their territory must intern them. It would be a violation of the duty of non-participation if the neutral State permitted such troops to take part again in hostilities. Source: https://www.icrc.org/en/doc/assets/files/other/law8_final.pdf
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level 75
Mar 17, 2019
Technically the Blue Division soldiers were "volunteers" (División Española de Voluntarios). This quiz might be better called 'countries who declared themselves neutral and were never invaded, and never officially declared war on another country (even though they did all kinds of non-neutral stuff).' Rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?
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level 71
Mar 15, 2019
San Marino wasn't invaded. The Italians were briefly there but it was never an actual invasion.
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level 44
Mar 17, 2019
Got them all with 1:40 remaining this morning. A good quiz! Also an easy quiz if you know your WWII history.
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level 53
Apr 24, 2019
What about Iceland? Wiki says it was "invaded" by the UK but that seems dubious.
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level 62
May 25, 2019
It was occupied to keep Germany out.
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level 40
May 25, 2019
Only missed Andorra.
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level 45
May 25, 2019
spain was on the axis powers' side...
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level 65
May 26, 2019
It was aligned ideologically, but never declared war. Franco considered the Spanish military unready for WW2.
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level 46
May 25, 2019
How did I miss Switzerland?
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level 37
May 25, 2019
I only got Switzerland for a while, but then in the last 30 seconds I got like 4.
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level 67
May 27, 2019
Typo in the description. World, not Word.
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level 26
May 27, 2019
0:36. Got hung up on Vatican City, as I kept trying Turkey as an answer.
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level 40
Jun 1, 2019
same
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level 40
May 27, 2019
Can anyone give insight as to why the Nazis never invaded nations they could've easily taken over, like Switzerland and Liechtenstein?
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level ∞
May 28, 2019
Not sure about Liechtenstein, but Switzerland was armed to the teeth. They mobilized hundreds of thousands of soldiers, and the country was protected by a ring of defensive positions. The Germans maybe could have conquered it, but their casualties would have been enormous.
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level 46
Jul 14, 2019
Also, Switzerland would probably have protected Liechtenstein if invaded.
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level 45
Sep 16, 2019
I think they didn't bother with Liechtenstein as it is very mountainous terrain and difficult to invade, and is a tiny country that wouldn't have given the Nazis anything rewarding.
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level 53
May 28, 2019
In the description, you spelled "were" as "where." I believe this is a typo. Also, there shouldn't be not after nor were: double negative equals a positive.
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level ∞
May 28, 2019
Fixed.
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level 46
Jul 14, 2019
Was San Marino invaded?
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level 63
Sep 6, 2019
Neutral is not the same as "non combatant" but the point is clear here.