Europe Geography Decoder

Solve the short clues about European geography. Then combine the first letters of each answer to form a European location.
Except for the final location, all the answers are a single word
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Last updated: December 14, 2019
First submittedOctober 19, 2015
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Clue
Answer
T
London's main river
Thames
H
South Holland capital (The ... )
Hague
E
Northernmost Baltic state
Estonia
L
Doubly-landlocked country
Liechtenstein
E
Sicily stratovolcano: Mount ___
Etna
A
Mountain range spanning 7 countries
Alps
N
Inaccurately called Holland
Netherlands
I
Biggest city on the border of
Europe and Asia
Istanbul
N
City between Cannes and Monaco
Nice
G
UK territory bordering Spain
Gibraltar
T
Greece's 2nd biggest city
Thessaloniki
O
Annual celebration in Munich
Oktoberfest
Clue
Answer
W
"Cymru" in its native language
Wales
E
River of Hamburg and Dresden
Elbe
R
This city contains the Vatican
Rome
O
Third biggest Nordic city
Oslo
F
Germany's financial capital
Frankfurt
P
City where the Mona Lisa resides
Paris
I
"Capital" of the Scottish highlands
Inverness
S
26-country area with no
border controls
Schengen
A
Landlocked Pyrenees country
Andorra
 
Final European Location
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Level 53
Oct 19, 2015
I enjoyed that, and am looking forward to Asia Decoder, Oceania Decoder, etc.. (hint hint LOL)
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Level 63
Dec 3, 2015
Other Geography Decoders: World, Continental, Asia, and Africa.
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Level 85
Dec 3, 2015
I find the whole concept of "doubly landlocked" to be utterly ridiculous. You're either landlocked or not. Whether the countries that border you are also landlocked is not part of your landlockedness. It would be like if there were 3 houses in a row in which the wives were pregnant, and therefore the one in the middle was "doubly pregnant".
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Level 67
Dec 13, 2015
It is a fairly arbitrary term, nothing to get so up in arms about. All being doubly landlocked does is give extra detail to the location of the country, and your pregnancy situation is completely different and unrelated.
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Level 35
Jan 18, 2016
You don't get it!
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Level 70
Feb 8, 2016
I took "doubly landlocked" to mean a country wholly contained in a country which was itself landlocked.
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Level 54
Mar 29, 2017
Doubly landlocked means you are landlocked by only countries which are also landlocked. That's important because it means you have to persuade TWO countries to let you through to the ocean.
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Level 67
Jul 5, 2019
The concept is not ridiculous, but gives you an insight to the location of the countries. But yea, the term is a great one, not that I have a better suggestion,

Bobcat's interpretation fits the term better. But it is what it is, soooo many things have weird names (and seemingly incorrect or backwards), most we use so often we get used to them.

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Level 70
Apr 15, 2020
'tschutzer'......... I bet your loads of fun at a party.
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Level 80
Aug 13, 2020
I can't imagine anyone who uses this cliche insult being fun at parties.
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Level 52
Aug 13, 2020
I bet your loads of fun at a party kal
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Level 83
Aug 14, 2020
You guys better be fun at my birthday party.
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Level 61
Aug 14, 2020
I realise I am replying to a comment made almost 5 years ago, but doubly-landlocked is not a difficult concept to grasp, and it bears no resemblance to your irrational analogy.
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Level 72
Dec 11, 2015
100 % :)
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Level 74
Feb 8, 2016
Accept "Holland" for "Netherlands"?
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Level 44
Feb 8, 2016
hahaahaahahahaahhahaahhahaahahahahahahhahaahha
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Level 74
Feb 23, 2019
I had a geography book in school back in the day. It only had this country called "Holland" and no talk of any "Netherlands". The teacher simply said "It's an old book." and that was the end of discussion. However, then, in the test, both names were accepted. Earlier only one. You can guess which one.
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Level 70
Feb 8, 2016
No idea what the 'Shengen' question was about?
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Level 81
Feb 8, 2016
An area comprising 26 European countries that have foolishly abolished passport and any other type of border control at their common borders. Don't think it will last much longer!
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Level 48
Nov 27, 2016
May I ask what is so foolish about it?
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Level 65
Mar 16, 2017
Well not everybody thinks it's foolish. Some leaders see the safety and well being of their citizens as a top priority, while other leaders favor open borders and lawlessness.
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Level 58
Aug 13, 2020
The Schengen Area is a great achievement. Europe is one of the safest places on Earth.
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Level 65
Aug 13, 2020
The idea is that there already a border control at the point of entry. For example, I got a Shengen visa and went first to Spain, where they did the routine border check. From there, I was able to move freely among Shengen countries because I had already been approved by one. The countries are all countries with capable and reliable border patrols and similar standards for entry. It's not like they're forced into it. They join the Shengen zone because it confers a benefit on them and their citizens. It certainly doesn't create "lawlessness."
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Level 78
Jun 27, 2017
"26 country area with no border controls".....

"26-country area" should be hyphenated. It took a few moments to digest what was being asked. It was unnecessarily challenging because of the missing hyphen, which is used when 2 words are used as a single adjective. What type of area? A 26-country area. Crystal clear.
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Level 57
Feb 8, 2016
Only now, after finishing it, do I realise all the answers were about Europe, and not just the final one...
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Level 63
Feb 8, 2016
:D
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Level 40
Feb 8, 2016
what boders me the most is that i know cities or rivers in my own language but i dont know how to spell them in english
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Level 67
Feb 8, 2016
Got all but The Greek one.
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Level 57
Feb 8, 2016
This could use more time...otherwise a good quiz.
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Level 49
Feb 8, 2016
Could you reword the Schengen question please? I couldn't quite make out what it was asking. Perhaps if you reword the question as: "Area spanning 26 countries with no border controls" it would make it easier to guess.
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Level 78
Jun 27, 2017
The problem is easily solved if "26-country" is hyphenated, as it should be. As I mentioned above, when 2 words combine to act as a single adjective, they should be hyphenated.

What type of glasses? Rose-colored glasses.
What type of voyage? Ill-fated voyage.
What type of area? 26-country area.
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Level 63
Jun 27, 2017
Good point. Edited.
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Level 65
Aug 17, 2020
I understood what the question was asking about (didn't know the answer, but understood the question); however, it think it is missing the key point that there are no border controls *among the 26 countries*. They all still have border controls for anybody entering from a country not part of the Schengen.
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Level 69
Feb 9, 2016
yay 22.22 with 1.48 left :)
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Level 63
May 21, 2017
Uzbekistan is doubly landlocked as well!
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Level 64
May 29, 2017
Nice fact
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Level 78
Jun 27, 2017
And honey never goes bad.
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Level 70
Apr 15, 2020
Just think, if Uzbekistan becomes part of Europe it would mean we have 2 answers to the question and the word Ueaning would become possible.
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Level 37
Jul 5, 2019
Excellent quiz!
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Level 67
Jul 5, 2019
missed two, thesalslalonki... and schengen.. I was just reading about schengen earlier today...
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Level 67
Jul 5, 2019
I would not say Schengen is an area though. It is an agreement/treaty. There is no area called Schengen (you cant say I am going to Schengen etc). There is an area that fall under the agreement though, which you can refer to as the schengen area. But linguisticly it is not the same. Semantics, but I hope you get what I mean.
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Level 82
Jul 15, 2019
I'd say it is explicitly an area, actually. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Area
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Level 61
Aug 14, 2020
The Schengen Area is definitely a thing - note both words are capitalised. The Schengen area is another thing - it's the area around Schengen, Luxembourg.
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Level 66
Feb 26, 2020
*thessaloniki
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Level 61
Aug 13, 2020
Thesalsaniki
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Level 58
Nov 2, 2019
On Istanbul I was trying things like Ufa, Perm, Yekaterinburg or Donetsk­čśé
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Level 62
Feb 21, 2020
Ugh! I read "Between Cannes and Monaco" as "Between Cannes and Morocco" and that's why I didn't get it.
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Level 35
Apr 20, 2020
calling the netherlands holland isnt incorrect
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Level 41
Aug 13, 2020
It really is, though. The fact that people do it all the time (including some Dutch people) doesn't make it any more accurate. Holland covers two of the provinces of the Netherlands.
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Level 68
Aug 13, 2020
There's a difference between inaccurate and incorrect. I don't know whether the wording of the quiz was changed - it now says 'Holland' is inaccurate, which is true for the reason you mentioned. But the inaccurate use of Holland for the whole country is so widely used and accepted, not least in the Netherlands itself, that you can't say it's incorrect. I mean: no one ever complains that The Voice of Holland also features participants from the other 10 provinces. There are loads of examples like that. The leading Dutch Van Dale dictionary mentions 'Nederland' as one of the meanings of 'Holland'.
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Level 27
Jun 5, 2020
I don't understand how more people get Estonia than the Alps.
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Level 88
Aug 13, 2020
It's earlier in the quiz.
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Level 60
Aug 13, 2020
Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
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Level 74
Aug 20, 2020
Cue Kalbahamut's plea to change "peasy" for "breezy".
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Level 78
Aug 13, 2020
"This city contains the Vatican" - am I the only one who first tried Vatican City?
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Level 47
Aug 13, 2020
Great quiz!
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Level 67
Aug 15, 2020
Pretty sure Helsinki, Copenhagen and Stockholm are bigger than Oslo.