10 Westernmost Countries in Europe

Can you name the ten westernmost European countries?
Not including overseas territories
Quiz by Quizzer6794
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Last updated: October 27, 2016
First submittedOctober 26, 2016
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Longitude
Country
24°32' W
Iceland
10°28' W
Ireland
9°50' W
Portugal
9°18' W
Spain
9°04' W
Norway
Longitude
Country
8°10' W
United Kingdom
5°08' W
France
1°24' E
Andorra
2°35' E
Belgium
3°21'E
Netherlands
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Level 63
Oct 26, 2016
Surprised Switzerland or Monaco didn't make it.
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Level 60
Jan 14, 2017
they are not in the western part of Europe
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Level 37
Apr 22, 2017
Norway too, but it's on the list
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Level 74
Mar 27, 2020
Norway is very much in Western Europe.
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Level 50
Nov 24, 2020
Northern
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Level 50
Nov 24, 2020
Norway is in Western Europe, but so are Monaco and Switzerland, Norway is only there (and above UK) because of Jan Mayen, an island near Greenland and Iceland.
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Level 39
May 24, 2021
> not including overseas territory

mercator messes with your head a bit

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Level 68
Oct 26, 2016
Luxembourg over Netherlands?
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Level 90
Oct 26, 2016
Yeah, Netherlands ought to be about 3°22' E.
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Level 35
Feb 22, 2019
More like Norway over netherlands
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Level 74
Oct 26, 2016
Yeah...should be Netherlands by two whole degrees.
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Level 65
Oct 26, 2016
Pending Netherlands
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Level 75
Oct 26, 2016
The Azores (Portugal) and Canary Islands (Spain) are farther west than Ireland. I don't think either are really considered "overseas" territories?
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Level 65
Oct 26, 2016
we don't include so-called territories :)
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Level 74
Nov 1, 2016
None of these are territories, they are integral parts of their countries, the same way Madrid and Lisbon are.
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Level 65
Nov 1, 2016
They are not a part of Europe.
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Level 69
Nov 25, 2016
what? of course they are a part of Europe!
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Level 47
Dec 1, 2016
They are part of Africa.
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Level 74
Dec 12, 2016
Maybe you could specifie which definition of "Europe" you use. The Azores are located (partly) on the eurasian plate and culturaly they are strongly influenced by Portugal. So I wonder, what definition you chose, to exclude them.
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Level 83
Dec 12, 2016
Of course territories on other continents must be excluded, but most of the Azores are indeed in Europe.
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Level 85
May 27, 2018
In response to QRU, while Azores are culturally influenced by Portugal, that does not make them part of Europe. This quiz is talking about the sovereign countries of Europe, and neither the Azores nor the Canary Islands are sovereign. The only islands in Europe that are sovereign countries are: Malta, Iceland, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
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Level 50
Aug 3, 2018
Whether you include them or not the countries on the list remain the same.
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Level 30
Feb 23, 2019
The Canary Islands Arent in Europe, but the Azores definitely are.
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Level 50
Nov 24, 2020
Theodore, they weren't calling them sovereign, they were saying they are extensions of their countries, much like Hawaii or Alaska for the US, or French Guiana for France. But no one in their right mind would put France as the westernmost nation in Europe because of French Guiana.
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Level 32
Jun 4, 2021
The Azores are in Atlantis.
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Level 60
Jan 14, 2017
but not independat states
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Level 34
Mar 20, 2019
Then you could include French Guyana...
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Level 42
Nov 24, 2019
If the Azores aren't in Europe, then neither is Iceland.
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Level 75
Oct 26, 2016
And yes, the Netherlands is WAY farther west than Luxembourg, at least according to a map.
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Level 76
Oct 27, 2016
Surprised about Norway - is that something like Svalbard, so far north?
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Level 76
Oct 27, 2016
Or Jan Mayen, more likely...
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Level 83
Dec 12, 2016
But that would be a territory... I mean, that island is barely populated. There is no way mainland Norway is 9°W. What is your explanation, Quizzer?
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Level 50
Nov 24, 2020
Jan Mayen IS a main part of Norway, much like Hawaii is to the U.S.

The problem is that people who don't know this will use this as reasoning for including the Azores, which are an Autonomous Region of Portugal, and NOT a state/district/etc. like Hawaii is.

Regardless of whether you think the Azores are European or not(I think that most of the islands are, while some are on a different plate), It still wouldn't count for Portugal.

The U.S.'s leftmost point is Alaska, not Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands.

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Level 55
Nov 24, 2020
The Azores are fully a part of Portugal (and of the EU). You may be reading too much into the term "autonomous region". Madrid is an autonomous community of Spain but nobody would say it's not a part of Spain.

Two useful ways to distinguish between territories and integral parts of the country:

- Do the laws passed by the national parliament for the whole country have effect in that region without needing to be ratified or separately enacted by the local parliament? Azores: yes, except in delegated matters. Similar to Northern Ireland, for example.

- Are the locals represented in the national parliament on the same terms as any other region? Azores: yes.

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Level 30
May 26, 2021
yeah, the Jan Mayen thing is really dubious. Why not count the Faeroe as part of Denmark then?
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Level 71
Dec 12, 2016
Norway happens to stretch quite a bit from the mainland west coast to the eastern border with Russia. Funny detail is that Norway would therefore also be in the most eastern countries in Europe. Probably #5 or so.
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Level 20
May 27, 2018
Faroe islands are owned by Norway right?
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Level 73
May 31, 2018
Denmark
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Level 60
Dec 12, 2016
What about French Guinea, in South America? Just depends on the map you use.
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Level 59
Dec 12, 2016
French Guinea was in Africa.
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Level 63
Dec 12, 2016
Never knew French Guiana was in Europe.
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Level 59
Dec 12, 2016
French Guiana is in South America. It's close to (but not bordering, strangely enough) actual Guiana, the country.
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Level 60
Mar 30, 2020
@LordGuacaba, I think you mean the independant country of Guyana
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Level 54
Dec 18, 2016
Guiana not guinea.
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Level 37
Dec 8, 2017
Guyana! - not guinea or guiana.
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Level 47
May 27, 2018
in french its spelled guinana. guyana is the english spelling(and a country)
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Level 58
Mar 20, 2019
Nope, in French we spell it Guyane...
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Level 70
Feb 26, 2020
It's French Guiana, it has nothing to do with the country of Guyana
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Level 50
Nov 24, 2020
Well actually it does, there were 3 'Guyana's with British Guyana, Dutch Guyana, and French Guyana (Guiana).

Dutch Guyana became Suriname, and British Guyana became just Guyana, where as French Guiana stayed a department of France.

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Level 22
Mar 20, 2019
The quizzmaster might want to clear this one up with a quick rewrite. Guadeloupe in the Carribbean is even further west than French Guiana. It's not a country but an overseas department of France. It's one of what the EU calls an 'outermost region', quite distinct from what it terms 'overseas countries and territories'.

However, the definition of 'overseas territory' can be interpreted to include such things, depending on which side of the bed you got out of, so maybe it should read 'Not including overseas territories, regions, departments etc.', or make France #1.

There doesn't appear to be a definition of 'overseas territory' in any established dictionary that I can find, other than one that applies only to British overseas territories (https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/overseas-territory)

Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_member_state_territories_and_the_European_Union

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overseas_department_and_region

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Level 67
Jul 2, 2019
aruba is even more west... you could go around in circles like this.

but a clearer disciption/caveat would be helpfull yes.

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Level 38
Jun 4, 2020
While I see the point you are trying to make regarding the confusion that can arise - your comment about making France #1 is incorrect as this quiz is about the westernmost countries in Europe. Some of France's overseas departments are very far west but they are not in Europe themselves, therefore France is not the westernmost country in Europe.
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Level 64
Dec 12, 2016
What about Denmark? Greenland is part of Denmark and is further west than Ireland.
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Level 63
Dec 12, 2016
Not including overseas territories.
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Level 65
Dec 12, 2016
No need to yell. We're all friends here.
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Level 50
Nov 24, 2020
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Level 47
Dec 13, 2016
Greenland is in North America by nearly everybody's standards.
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Level 30
Feb 23, 2019
Greenland isn’t in Europe anyway, but the Faroe Islands would make the list.
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Level 68
Dec 12, 2016
Surprised to find out that Azores are not part of Portugal any more... :)
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Level 63
Dec 12, 2016
The Azores are part of Africa, not Europe. Even if it was considered, what difference does it make? It'd still be on the quiz.
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Level 54
Dec 18, 2016
Essentially territories. That's why they're not included. Read the bits above.
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Level 29
Feb 17, 2021
4 azorean islands are in the african plate, 2 are in the north american plate and 3 (São Miguel, Graciosa and Terceira) are in the eurasian plate, so geographically some of the azorean islands are part of europe, not africa
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Level 17
Dec 12, 2016
Don't Monaco, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Switzerland all have points west of Norway?
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Level 37
Dec 12, 2016
Netherlands yes. But not Monaco or Luxembourg. The criteria is westernmost points of Europe. Monaco is nearest the Mediterranean and Luxembourg is trumped by Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain and Portugal.
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Level 41
Dec 13, 2016
He is counting the island of Jan Mayen, which is closer to Greenland than to Norway. So technically the westernmost point of Norway is further West than those other countries.
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Level 56
Oct 19, 2020
If Jan Mayen is counted, the Azores should too.
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Level 50
Nov 24, 2020
Once again *sigh*

Jan Mayen is to Norway as Hawaii is to the U.S.

The Azores are to Portugal as Guam is to the U.S.

This is a pretty rough analogy since no two territories are really the same, but it gets the point across.

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Level 29
Feb 17, 2021
that azores and guam comparison is completely wrong. the azores are fully part of portugal, just like lisbon or porto
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Level 30
May 26, 2021
I agree with you on this; then again, that would move Portugal up a few notches, but wouldn't change the content of the list.
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Level 58
Dec 12, 2016
Wow, I put England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Can we please get credit for UK on one of those, at least? After that, my brain turned off of UK, regardless of the lat/long.
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Level 65
Dec 12, 2016
Only if we should accept Catalonia for Spain
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Level 67
Jul 2, 2019
catalonia is not a country though, soveriegn or not.
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Level 71
Dec 12, 2016
There's always one!
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Level 54
Dec 18, 2016
Welcome to Jetpunk. No
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Level 65
Dec 12, 2016
Interesting statistic: Portugal, not including the Azores, ranks 3rd, which makes the cut. Another one: Portugal is 99% guessed, and the other 1% probably can't spell Portugal. And now a question: why all the fuss?
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Level 79
Dec 13, 2016
To have a correct list of answers, not just a solved quiz :)

I'm really not sure why Jan Mayen would count and not Azores

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Level 56
Oct 19, 2020
Same with the Faroe Islands and Denmark.
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Level 50
Nov 24, 2020
Just going to copy my comment above:

Jan Mayen is to Norway as Hawaii is to the U.S.

The Azores are to Portugal as Guam is to the U.S.

This is a pretty rough analogy since no two territories are really the same, but it gets the point across.

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Level 30
May 26, 2021
It does. The only problem is, it's completely wrong.
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Level 83
Dec 13, 2016
My motto would be "Consistency and accuracy".
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Level 47
May 27, 2018
not to mention iceland is half on the eurasian plate and entirely european in culture and language
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Level 67
Jul 2, 2019
people need something to do to spend their evenings ;)
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Level 78
Dec 12, 2016
I couldn't figure out why Russia, Ukraine, etc. weren't accepted. Finally, it kicked in. Still managed to get them all but it took far longer than it should have. At least I'm ready for what I assume will be the next one in this series.
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Level 82
Dec 12, 2016
All these featured quizzes lately about the 10 most this or that by continent (or continents in the case of "America") are way too easy. Could be a 30 second quiz and would still be easy.
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Level 71
Nov 24, 2019
Please go back to planet Kyrpton.
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Level 82
Jan 26, 2020
was this hard for you?
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Level 56
Oct 19, 2020
30 secs wouldn’t be easy. I don’t think most people can type 10 countries in 30 secs, much less think about them too.
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Level 34
Mar 15, 2017
What about Denmark and Greenland?
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Level 65
Jan 13, 2018
Greenland isn't in Europe.
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Level 50
Nov 24, 2020
And it's an Overseas territory
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Level 33
Apr 17, 2017
I'm struggling on which bit of Norway is farther west than any of UK
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Level 82
Oct 28, 2017
This island of Jan Mayen. North of Iceland. East of Greenland. Further west than the UK.
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Level 20
May 27, 2018
Umm... Faroe islands anyone? (Actually i don't know it their danish or norwegian but still)
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Level 73
May 31, 2018
Still Danish
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Level 45
Jul 1, 2018
I don't understand how Norway is in it...AND so high on the list

It is so much more west than the rest of the countries and

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Level 67
Jul 2, 2019
Well if you read the comments you would. I didnt think Norway to be considered so far west either, but learned of a new place today.
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Level 48
Jul 22, 2018
Nice quiz! Greetings from Iceland.
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Level 33
Sep 25, 2018
Why don't you count Faroe Islands when you count the island of Jan Mayen. Denmark would appear on that list.
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Level 38
Jun 4, 2020
Faroe Islands are not counted as they are an overseas territory of Denmark, therefore excluded by the caveat listed at the top.

Despite being VERY far from mainland Norway, Jan Mayen is a fully integral part of Norway, so it counts.

Definitely confusing for us quiz-takers, but the quiz author is correct here on including Norway and excluding Denmark.

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Level 50
Nov 24, 2020
Think of it as Hawaii and the U.S., but if Hawaii was still in North America.
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Level 65
Feb 22, 2019
Got them all with 1:20 left at 4:43 27 PM on February 22, 2019. This is a good, not too hard quiz to earn a few more points on.
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Level 65
Feb 22, 2019
Well, how about Russia? I thought it's so far east it comes to west (ik how it sounds lol), and I guess it's not an overseas territory
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Level 55
Mar 20, 2019
That russian part is part of asia
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Level 53
Mar 20, 2019
15 seconds, thanks for the free 5 points
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Level 32
Mar 24, 2019
weird flex, not okay
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Level 54
Jan 26, 2020
I forgot Ireland - lol
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Level 38
Mar 11, 2020
Gotta love these top10 quizes!
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Level 55
Jul 11, 2020
got them all in 0:38
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Level 71
Sep 7, 2020
People love to argue they are right even when they haven't got a clue. And some can't even be arsed undertaking even the smallest bit of research or even reading the rubric in the question before shouting their mouth off. It is truly incredible.
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Level 15
Nov 20, 2020
Where is Denmark?!

Greenland is more west than any if these countries

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Level 50
Nov 24, 2020
Did you look at a single one of the comments above before asking this question? or did you just assume you were the only one who noticed the biggest island in the World?
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Level 48
Nov 27, 2020
Hey, judging by your level, you seem new to JetPunk, if so, Welcome! One tip I should give you is to read the caveats for the quiz, it will help you greatly! They can be found to the right of the picture for the quiz at the top of the page.
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Level 27
Nov 26, 2020
0.25 first try
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Level 25
Apr 7, 2021
can someone explain how ireland is more west than the UK
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Level 25
Apr 7, 2021
oh nvm lol i forget for a sec that ireland was west of uk
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Level 43
May 10, 2021
almost missed norway. fun quiz
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Level 19
Jun 8, 2021
0:46 (I Don't know why say 1:14 in green and big) and 10/10 (100%) inever got 10/10 (in a long time) I'm not going to say the answers because some people might cheat
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Level 50
Jul 4, 2021
It's curious Norway is in both lists westernmost and easternmost in European countries. :)