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Neutral European Countries of WWII

Name the countries of Europe that neither invaded other countries nor where not 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
Last updated: March 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 75
Dec 30, 2015
Monaco was invaded and occupied by both Italy and Germany.
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level 68
Dec 30, 2015
You are right.
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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 75
Mar 15, 2019
Ireland was hardly neutral. It gave active support in servicing and replenishing Nazi U-Boats.
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level 68
Mar 15, 2019
Read the directions. They neither invaded, nor were invaded.
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level 77
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 82
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 72
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 47
Mar 15, 2019
That's actually the opposite of what Ireland did in ww2
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level 21
Mar 15, 2019
Missed Ireland and Vatican City.
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level 62
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 72
Mar 15, 2019
Shooting down planes breaching your air space is in line with neutrality
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level 62
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 68
Mar 22, 2019
Yes we do :) That's why all this 'negative' comments are actually positive.
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level 73
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 69
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 34
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 72
Mar 18, 2019
pretty sure the description should read "nor were they invaded..." otherwise it has a double negative, also typo on were.
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level 71
Mar 21, 2019
Is this part of a "Word War"?