Western Europe Map Quiz

We made a map of all the countries that are historically considered to be part of Western Europe.
Fill in the map by clicking each highlighted country.
This is mostly based on the Cold War
We are aware that some of these countries seem pretty far east
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Last updated: October 28, 2018
First submittedNovember 12, 2017
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Andorra
Austria
Belgium
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
San Marino
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
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Level 45
Feb 25, 2018
Why is Finland considered Western Europe country?
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Level 79
Feb 25, 2018
I think it vaguely follows the Nato/Warsaw pact dynamic
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Level 58
Jun 21, 2018
Finland, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, and all of the micronations except Luxembourg are not part of NATO. Most European countries are (although they all joined after the collapse of the Warsaw pact, of course).
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Level 71
Feb 25, 2018
Dude ... Finland is nothing ... Greece ! like ...just why?
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Level 55
May 29, 2020
And further west.
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Level 61
Jun 16, 2020
daraconn, yes, somehow, it is further west by about 0.1°. Only barely, though, thanks to the Åland archipelago.
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Level 22
Jan 15, 2021
Maybe because of the Iron Curtain.
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Level 68
Feb 25, 2018
Why is Greece Western Europe XD?
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Level 62
Feb 25, 2018
Because it was a NATO country during the cold war and politically aligned with the 'West'.
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Level 65
Jun 21, 2018
Czechia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and many others are also part of NATO and not included here. This quiz is really questionable
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Level 71
Jun 21, 2018
These only joined nato after the collapse of the Soviet Bloc.
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Level 37
Sep 5, 2018
Here we go again, conflating geography with politics. A blind man can see that, given the parameters, Greece is in Eastern Europe!
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Level 60
May 29, 2020
So I guess Israel is now a part of Europe?
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Level 71
May 29, 2020
The problem is that the 'Western Europe' definition is mostly a political one, rather than geographical. The boundaries of this particular region is precise country borders, rather than geographical boundaries like mountains or rivers. When you think about it, there isn't any utility for Geographers in splitting Europe in half. The modern term for this separation specifically follows the cold-war alliance dynamic between East and West, hence the inclusion of Greece and Finland. The geography purist side of me is also mildly annoyed with that, but there's no point arguing about it, really.
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Level 68
Jun 1, 2020
That wouldn't change the fact that Greece is geographically located more western than all the 'non-western European' countries west of Greece. Plus, Greece is much more culturally eastern european, being religiously orthodox and using a writing system sharing a history with the Cyrillic alphabet used by Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia, yada yada.
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Level 67
Mar 2, 2021
Greece is still markedly different from the rest of Eastern Europe as the only non-Slavic country in the region. Sure, Greek culture influenced Slavic culture, but it also influenced Roman culture, which went on to become the basis for basically all of W. Europe, especially Italy, Spain, and France. At the same time, it has plenty of elements not found anywhere else in Europe.

My point? Greece is both Eastern and Western Europe, and in some ways its own category even. If I personally had to choose a term, I'd call it "Southeastern Europe," but obviously that doesn't have the same connotations.

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Level 79
Mar 10, 2018
The general geography knowledge hasn't been updated much since about 1990.
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Level 58
Jun 21, 2018
I would say it ties back to Greece being seen as the "birthplace of Western civilization". Whether that historical characterization has much bearing on current cultural or geopolitical realities, I am not sure.
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Level 72
Jun 21, 2018
I wonder if Aristotle knew that he was representing "the West." He and his contemporaries might even have been crazy enough to think that Persians (and others) offered more of "civilizational" value than folks present elsewhere on this map.
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Level 67
Jun 29, 2019
Because it isnt eastern europe.
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Level 68
Nov 3, 2019
Greece has been considered a western country throughout the last century. Its politics were mostly aligned with the West, it was a member of NATO and it had a western, "developed" way of life especially compared to the rest of the Balkans. Of course it retains some eastern elements, such as Orthodoxy and cultural similarities with both the Middle East and the Balkans but it is ethnolinguistically distinct.
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Level 80
Feb 25, 2018
Why aren't there any country names in the Answer Stats?
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Level ∞
Feb 26, 2018
Fixed!
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Level 68
Feb 25, 2018
never understood the point of having to select the countries from a list instead of just typing them out
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Level 71
Feb 27, 2018
This way you're sure to get the correct answer even if you don't know the proper spelling of the country.(Monaco is easy to spell, Philippines - not so much.) It's also easier for the not-geography-nerds to have a limited list of countries from which they have to choose.
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Level 64
Mar 6, 2018
I always take way longer for Switzerland and Austria than I should. They're my neighbors yet I have to think about which is which. Knowing where Basel belongs to and what it borders usually helps me out.
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Level 58
Jun 21, 2018
It might help to remember that about a quarter of Switerland('s population) speaks French!
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Level 67
Jun 29, 2019
Me too, always ! And been on this site 6 months now, so have come across quizzes with both of them several times.

With this quiz it finally clicked though AUSTria is east... you know... it is the eastern country... Österreich..

I feel silly now not having looked at it that way before (and no not 100% obvious, cause switzerland is east of something aswell... but between these though I keep mixing up, the most eastern country is the eastern realm/lands :)

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Level 67
Jun 21, 2018
Got 100% on this, but never can handle Eastern Europe (Damn you Yugoslavia breakup!).
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Level 48
Jun 26, 2018
Wasn't part of eastern block...more like undecided;)
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Level 76
May 29, 2020
Eastern Europe ≠ Eastern bloc
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Level 23
Jun 21, 2018
Great quiz!
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Level 43
Jun 21, 2018
You should make now for eastern europe!!!
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Level 65
Jun 21, 2018
Cheese and Rice that would be controversial.
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Level 43
Jun 21, 2018
Why?
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Level 82
May 29, 2020
There's an eastern Europe map quiz.
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Level 45
Jun 21, 2018
I don't get this quiz at all, Finland is way more to the east than Poland, Czech Republic or Slovakia, in the south you added Greece but Croatia, Albania or Slovenia would be more to the west than Greece.

So you included some of north east but didnt include some of central european countries, what sense does it make?

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Level 62
Jun 21, 2018
I hope that one day you will get internet and will be able to google "Western Europe"
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Level 53
Mar 24, 2019
I destroyed my computer in anger.
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Level 64
May 29, 2020
lol chill bro
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Level 67
Jun 29, 2019
You dont seriously think that the guy creating ths quiz has just made it up did you? That is like saying on a quiz (not as a general thought, but aimed at the quizmaker) Why is british colombia (in the west of canada..) not considered to be usa.. alaska is, and it is much further north than british colombia... So so should british colombia.. fix the quiz please..
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Level 67
Jun 29, 2019
And yes, in a way all borders are made up obviously (just not by jetpunk quizmakers)
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Level 65
Jun 21, 2018
So, when have the Nordic Nations or Greece been considered "Western Europe. I learned the regions of europe like this:

Western Europe: Portugal, Spain, France, Andorra, Monaco, UK and Ireland.

Northern Europe: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland

Southern Europe: Italy, Vatican, San Marino, Malta, Cyprus, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Northern Macedonia, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Georgia, Azerbaijan Armenia and Turkey.

Eastern Europe: Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan

Central Europe: Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czechia and Slovakia.

This is just my opinion and I may be wrong don't judge me.

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Level 25
Jun 21, 2018
This is my vision, based on geographic and historical elements : 1529594902-monde-colore.png - envoi d'image avec NoelShack
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Level 70
Jun 21, 2018
You're not wrong, and neither is the quiz... Western Europe is not an official term, and Greece and Finland might belong to it on cultural or historical grounds. I presume that the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg belong to Western Europe in your system? :)
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Level 82
Nov 3, 2019
what tour said. Also the definitions of western and eastern Europe used on the two jetpunk map quizzes pertaining to them seem to sort each according to whether they were more in the American or Soviet sphere of influence after World War 2. This was a very common way of dividing up the continent during the Cold War and up through today.
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Level 58
May 29, 2020
Bulgaria is definitely eastern europe
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Level 68
Jun 21, 2018
I got Denmark wrong because I wasn't paying attention and assumed Sweden would be after Norway
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Level 37
Jun 21, 2018
Yeah i did that too!
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Level 48
Jun 21, 2018
Is Turkey in Europe?
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Level 48
Jun 21, 2018
I mean the animal not the country.
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Level 82
Nov 3, 2019
Guineafowl, birds from the west coast of Africa that resemble American turkeys, were imported to Europe around the time that European colonial empires were being founded via the Ottoman Empire, and thus via Turkey, and so came to be called "turkey hens" in Europe to differentiate from the chickens that were more common on the continent. When Europeans first settled in North America and saw the American fauna there, they noticed some birds that resembled these African fowl, and took to calling them "turkey birds" as well. Even though they had never seen this exact species of animal before.
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Level 52
Jun 24, 2018
Western Europe according to what?

Just FYI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_geoscheme_for_Europe

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Level 53
Mar 24, 2019
FYI according to what? Let's argue about some more irrelevant stuff.
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Level 55
Mar 3, 2020
I think the "New" East/West border is between the Russia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine borders to the rest of Europe.
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Level 66
Mar 23, 2020
Seems to me that the geographical terms North South East and West when applied to Europe depend on context. Countries can be more than one, and different ones depending on what you are talking about, so I don't agree with ^divantilya that this is just a question of geography. UK is Western sure, but in some aspects you might consider it to be Northern, and lump it together with Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands. Germany is a rather Western and rather Northern but more Central, not really Eastern well not any more perhaps. Spain and Italy are definitely but not entirely Southern. Greece has a long, close and complicated relationship with Italy, it is primarily a Mediterranean European country which makes it Southern, albeit in the South East corner and despite such Western tendencies as it may have. If we are to accept the tyranny of Geography we will have to accept that Greece is partly Asian, which is a lot stranger than calling it Western.
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Level 32
May 29, 2020
SO EASY
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Level 51
May 29, 2020
Politics, Nato, History need to be kept out of this quiz. Purely based on geography Greece is not western europe. There are other countries much further west!
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Level 82
May 29, 2020
What do you think geography is about if not politics, history, and popular convention? Your concept of east and west depends on these things, too. But that aside, this quiz is about "Western Europe"- which is a term describing a concept with political and historical connotations. It is not about "the westernmost countries of Europe." That would be a different thing.
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Level 60
May 29, 2020
Then I guess Israel should be in Europe, no?
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Level 82
May 29, 2020
No. There is no historical or popular convention that places Israel in Europe at all. Historical, political, and popular convention says that Israel is in Asia... even though it lies on the same land mass as Europe and Africa and there's nothing really that distinguishes these things apart from convention.
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Level 82
May 29, 2020
Israel lies further west than Russia or Ukraine, but it is not in Europe. It lies further south than Tunisia or Algeria, and further west than Somalia or Madagascar, but it is not in Africa. We conceptualize it as existing in Asia because the concept of Asia does not 100% rigidly adhere to lines of latitude and longitude, even though you could use cardinal directions to sort of paint a picture of where it was. For example you could say: Asia is the landmass to the east of the Urals and Caucuses, or Asia is the landmass east of the Sinai or the Suez. People would understand this description without becoming dunderheads pointing out that Somalia is east of the Suez, or that Turkey is west of the Urals. (of course this goes out the window when it comes time to talk about Cyprus).

In much the same way, you can describe Western Europe as that part of Europe that is west of the Iron Curtain, or west of Eastern Europe, or historically in the Western sphere of influence.

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Level 82
May 29, 2020
and most people would understand perfectly fine what you meant. Thanks for providing a good example that makes my point for me, even if accidentally.
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Level 64
Sep 22, 2021
"There is no historical or popular convention that places Israel in Europe at all"

What about Eurovision? Clearly Israel and Australia are in Europe

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Level 80
May 29, 2020
Although you can make the case for Norway, Sweden and Denmark based on both geography and history, Finland is entirely different. It has a long history with Russia with little contact with "the west" except during periods of Swedish domination. And geographically its out of the way. Greece can only be termed western for sentimental reasons. Even Austria can be viewed as central Europe -- historically the Austria-Hungary Empire was the very definition of central Europe, as my Austrian friend pointed out. He also claimed the Balkans weren't European at all -- not a claim I accepted.
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Level 60
May 30, 2020
You seem to have very little knowledge about Finland if you think that we're culturally more eastern than western european.
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Level 82
May 29, 2020
Dunderheads and Rapscallions: think of it this way: Think of the whole of "Western Europe" as the block of countries found on this quiz. Think of the whole of "Eastern Europe" as the block of countries found on the Eastern Europe map quiz. Divorce them for a second from the terms "Western" and "Eastern" and just think of them as groups of countries bound by geopolitics etc.

Then, ask yourself, of those two groups of countries, which one is more west and which one is more east?

See how these terms were arrived at now?

You could say that the United States is south of Canada.

But you would not then try to argue that Toronto is in the United States because it's farther south than Anchorage. That would be dumb.

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Level 64
May 29, 2020
Greece is my favorite Western, Eastern, and Southern European country
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Level 38
May 31, 2020
Damn it, I got confused between Andorra and Monaco
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Level 67
Jun 3, 2020
This one and the polish version both got FP'd on the same day! Wow! I wonder if Quizmaster purposefully did that
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Level 71
Oct 19, 2020
Cyprus should be in Western Europe rather than Eastern Europe.
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Level 49
Nov 12, 2020
I love the caveat "we are aware that some of these countries are pretty far east"

Dare I say it, but if you're thinking about countries which are historically considered to be part of Western Europe, especially in regards to the Cold War, then Cyprus should be included too....!

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Level 25
Apr 1, 2021
It is hard to do these types of quizzes on mobile because you click something but it says you clicked something else
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Level 52
Sep 14, 2021
Eh. I don’t really have that problem *crosses fingers behind back*