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Eastern Europe Map Quiz

We made a map of all the countries that are historically considered to be part of Eastern Europe.
Fill in the map by clicking each highlighted country.
This is mostly based on the Cold War
Last updated: February 17, 2019
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Albania
Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Estonia
Hungary
Kosovo
Latvia
Lithuania
Moldova
Montenegro
North Macedonia
Poland
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Ukraine
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level 59
Nov 12, 2017
You always make the best maps! :)
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level 75
Aug 23, 2018
Very easy. But great quiz. Good work, Quizmaster. All of these countries are definitely in Eastern Europe.
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level 74
Feb 25, 2018
I understand the Cold War and Iron Curtain politics of the countries on the map, but it seems ironic that Greece is a western European country that is east of the borders of eastern European countries.
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level 63
Feb 25, 2018
In 1946-1949, there was a civil war in Greece and the communists wanted to take power.
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level 70
Feb 28, 2018
Finland is also considered western European, yet wholly to the east of e.g. Slovenia. And given Finland's history with Russia, some countries considered eastern European might think they had at least equal right to be considered western.
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level 58
Aug 20, 2018
Well, Slovenia is part of central Europe, so the fact that Finland is more to the east, is irrelevant. And, as the quiz is based on the cold war, I don't understand what former yugoslavic countries are even doing here, as Yugoslavia was never aligned with Soviet Union.
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level 68
Aug 20, 2018
Greece is my favourite Eastern, Southern, Western European country
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level 31
Aug 20, 2018
It's the only one.
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level 65
Aug 23, 2018
Greece is South European and Finland is Nordic.
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level 60
Mar 19, 2019
Greece is in a league of her own! One of a kind! There's no other place like Greece on earth, from all aspects.
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level 61
Feb 26, 2018
people from half of these countries would be very annoyed if you called them Eastern Europeans
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level 78
Feb 26, 2018
People from that half are currently proving politically that they really ARE Eastern Europeans, except the Baltics and Slovenia
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level 61
Feb 26, 2018
You could say that about almost any country though
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level 67
Aug 20, 2018
but including the US...
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level 38
Aug 21, 2018
Alaska has some islands that cross over into the eastern Hemisphere, So the US is also an eastern nation...
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level 40
Feb 1, 2019
Croatia is ok as well
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level 75
Jul 31, 2018
They need to get over that.
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level 70
Mar 1, 2018
Have we accepted that Russia has stolen the Crimea then?
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level 30
Jul 21, 2018
Don't even start that debate LOL
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level 70
Jul 21, 2018
Going by the traditional rules, yes. Russia conquered Crimea, and the people of Crimea agreed to become a part of Russia. We may not like it but that doesn't change the fact that Crimea is definitely under Russian control.
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level 67
Aug 20, 2018
Is it considered an overseas territory like Greenland of Gibraltar, or a de facto part of Russia? I think right now it's murky because the international community including the United Nations, do not recognize the annexation.
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level 60
Mar 6, 2018
This map quiz will help me so much. The Eastern European part I got down but I always struggle with the Western European area below Poland with a few excpetions because I've been there or I'm interested in them.
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level 43
Apr 6, 2018
Just got my 25th level in the page by this quiz. I am Hungarian so I'm proud of it! :)
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level 29
Apr 8, 2018
Yay!
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level 43
May 21, 2018
This was my idea originally, but you have taken it to a whole new level!
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level 75
Jul 31, 2018
I've been to every one of these countries; lived in several; lots of memories in others, good and bad. In my opinion best ones to spend time in: 1. Russia 2. Romania 3. Ukraine 4. Czechia 5. Albania 6. Poland 7. Croatia 8. Montenegro 9. Hungary 10. Estonia 11. Slovenia 12. Belarus 13. Slovakia 14. Bulgaria 15. Bosnia 16. Kosovo 17. Lithuania 18. Macedonia 19. Latvia 20. Moldova 21. Serbia
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level 75
Aug 20, 2018
Interesting, since I've never been to any of them, although my parents made a farm tour of Europe and the Soviet Union in the 1970s and they considered it the trip of their lifetime. What criteria do you use for ranking them? (I think you once said the quality of nightlife and singles scenes are important to you so I'm guessing your rankings have little to do with their farming methods.) :)
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level 75
Aug 20, 2018
I did no agro-tourism during the years I spent here; so, yes, that might result in different rankings. :D

Scanning my list, things that jump to mind that led to high/low rankings:
1. my experience with locals, including women I was involved with. This includes everything from how rude or friendly the average person was on the street to the quality of relationships I formed both friendly and romantic, long and short, and the ease with which I could form them. 2. food. 3. history. 4. architecture/civic beauty. 5. quality of museums. 6. infrastructure. 7. how far my dollars would stretch. 8. attractiveness of local women 9. experience with crime (though this seems to not be a significant factor, as I was assaulted and hospitalized in Ukraine but I think at worst I moved them down a single place in the rankings because of this). 10. weather 11. natural beauty & topography. 12. how often my car was stolen by corrupt local police 13... ambience? just... feelings
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level 75
Aug 20, 2018
I also value unique cultural or touristic experiences. I had some of those in some of these places and I'm sure this influenced my personal rankings as well. In places where there is little interesting to do and I felt bored I ranked them lower.
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level 75
Aug 20, 2018
I don't spend much time engaging in "nightlife" anymore. I did this more when I was in SE Asia ten years ago. I visited some clubs and nightlife hangouts in Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Bosnia, maybe some other places, but it's not really my thing and I didn't add or dock anyone points based on my experiences in those places, which were pretty similar.
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level 73
Aug 20, 2018
Visiting over half your list, I would agree with your ranking. I would move Estonia up and Hungary down though
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level 75
Aug 20, 2018
I like Estonia quite a lot I think my main gripe with it is the climate and weather.
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level 41
Aug 1, 2018
I don't appreciate seeing my country being completely considered as a part of the north sea between France and the Netherlands here... #Belgiumrepresent
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level 64
Aug 20, 2018
#Wearebelgium Luxembourgish people have feelings too btw :)
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level 67
Aug 20, 2018
I appreciate that when the leaders of the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) were naming their respective countries, that they took the time and consideration of others and named them alphabetically from North to South. 21/21 :-)
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level 75
Aug 20, 2018
I'm sure countless school children (in places where geography is still taught!) agree - myself included.
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level 60
Aug 20, 2018
Need to change the 2nd line on featured quizzes page to EASTERN Europe.
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level 29
Aug 20, 2018
Look at the front page...
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level ∞
Aug 20, 2018
Fixed, thanks!
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level 78
Aug 20, 2018
This is another one of those quizzes that I probably would have struggled to get 60-75% on before Jetpunk. But now it's an easy 100%
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level 78
Aug 20, 2018
Though making this quiz probably helped me more than any quiz I took.
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level 58
Aug 20, 2018
Try a 1980 version of this quiz!
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level 75
Aug 20, 2018
For an even shorter one, try Europe in 1920. That would make a good new series - continental maps from earlier eras. Great quiz, Pinocchio, even though I scored zero points my first time through. It's hard getting that map from 1960s high school geography out of my head, but I keep trying.
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level 53
Aug 20, 2018
Only Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria are East Europe. The rest is Central, Balkan or Balte countries
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level 75
Aug 20, 2018
By the odd and narrow definition you are using, perhaps. I'm not even sure what a Balte country is. I tried looking it up and came up with a city in Bosnia. Is Bosnia in a category all by itself?
If you divide Europe in to West and East, as it often is and historically has been, all of these countries would be grouped in to Eastern Europe. In addition to being farther East geographically than other European countries minus Finland and Greece, they were also countries behind the so-called "Iron Curtain" and they share certain historical, economic, political and cultural similarities because of this. They are also different in many ways but that's missing the point. If Europe is Western Europe and Eastern Europe, this is Eastern Europe. If you want to further subdivide the continent then you would come up with different categorizations.
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level 68
Aug 20, 2018
Not all of those countries were behind the Iron Curtain. Yugoslavia never was a part of it.
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level 75
Aug 20, 2018
Yugoslavia and Albania were in a grey area. They were originally backed by the Soviets and Communist. Later they tried to assert their independence and neutrality and adopt some aspects of a market economy; Yugoslavia in the late 40s and Albania in the 60s. The term "iron curtain" was famously used by Winston Churchill in 1946, and by the Germans even before World War 2. At that time Yugoslavia would definitely have been included with the countries behind it. Quoted from Churchill's famous speech:

"Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere"
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level 15
Aug 28, 2018
Most of these countries have been behind the Iron Curtain for only about 45 years and it was almost 30 years ago. How long will it stay relevant to categorize them as Eastern only because of that short part of their history?
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level 15
Aug 28, 2018
I assume that by "Balte" he was meaning Baltic countries and so Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
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level 75
Feb 1, 2019
anit: but he said "Balkan or Balte" implying they were two different things.
re: how long these countries will be categorized this way? For as long as they continue to share certain historical, economic, political, and cultural similarities, and as long as we continue using the same compass to determine where East and West are. In other words certainly today, and on in to the foreseeable future.
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level 56
Mar 13, 2019
The Baltic States and the Balkans are two different things.
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level 43
Aug 23, 2018
Half of them countries are not anywhere near eastern Europe. Considering different sources centre of Europe would be in either eastern Poland, Latvia or Belarus, so even if we take the most western centre of Europe which would be east of Poland it still means that Poland is central European with most of territory closer to the west than east of Europe. So Czech Republic for example is not even touching eastern part of Europe
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level 75
Aug 23, 2018
Belarus is the center of Europe? So the only country in Eastern Europe is Russia? That's just dumb. Why don't we just name Japan Eastern Europe, and Siberia can be Central Europe, so all these Eastern European countries can call themselves Western Europe and feel better about themselves.
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level 36
Aug 29, 2018
Its not Czech Republic anymore. Although the name they've changed to, Czechia, is a TERRIBLE name. They should have just gone with Czech.
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level 75
Feb 1, 2019
And Germany should be called "German?" France should be "French?"
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level 52
Feb 2, 2019
And this quiz got me to level 50 :)
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level 29
Feb 2, 2019
Yay!