The Only Remaining European Country . . .

For each box, enter the only European country that fits the description excluding countries that have already appeared on the quiz.
Any reference to city population refers to urban agglomeration population according to citypopulation.de
Quiz by cornflakesfu
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Last updated: October 29, 2021
First submittedDecember 30, 2018
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Average score64.4%
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The only country . . .
Country
To average more than 1 pope / square km
Vatican City
To have an operating steam-powered railway in 1825
United Kingdom
To touch both the North Sea and the Mediterranean
France
To have a megacity (population > 10,000,000)
Russia
To be larger than Yemen (~550,000 square km)
Ukraine
To have a flag that is entirely blue and yellow
Sweden
To be connected by road or rail to a country it doesn't have a land border with
Denmark
To have more than 25,000 km of coastline
Norway
To touch the Prime Meridian
Spain
To be a republic since 1600
San Marino
To have a population density less than 10 people / square km
Iceland
To enter the Renaissance in the 1300s
Italy
To touch the Arctic Circle
Finland
To win the FIFA World Cup
Germany
To have a population larger than Ghana (~30,000,000)
Poland
To be the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Greece
To have more than 2 Nobel Laureates in literature
Ireland
To be an island country
Malta
To share an inhabited island with another country
Netherlands
To have a name that ends in "-land"
Switzerland
To host a Summer Olympics
Belgium
To win more than 100 Winter Olympic medals
Austria
To contain an Olympic host city
Bosnia and Herzegovina
To not use multiple different vowels in its name
Kosovo
To not have red on their flag
Estonia
To have multiple Eurovision wins
Luxembourg
To have a Germanic language as the primary language
Liechtenstein
To have a non-Indo-European language as the primary language
Hungary
To produce more than 500,000 metric tons of wine per year
Portugal
To have an alpha city
Czech Republic
To be smaller than Barbados (~400 square km)
Monaco
To touch the Alps
Slovenia
To have a monarchy
Andorra
To have participated in the Olympics but never won a medal
Albania
To have a smaller population than Honolulu (~1,000,000)
Montenegro
To have a border with Russia to the west
Lithuania
To touch the Baltic Sea
Latvia
To touch the Mediterranean Sea
Croatia
To have a mammal on the flag
Moldova
To have a Romance language as the primary language
Romania
To win more than 150 Olympic medals
Bulgaria
To be among the top 50 in the world in Human Development Index
Slovakia
To touch the Danube
Serbia
To have a city with a population of over 1,000,000
Belarus
To be in Europe
North Macedonia
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Level 83
Oct 23, 2021
Big thanks to everyone who pointed out clues that were confusing, misleading, or downright wrong! This quiz is better because of you.

If you like this quiz, check out the sequel, which is the same concept but with entirely different clues.

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Level 81
Dec 30, 2018
There's two answers "to host a Summer Olympics"; the Netherlands hosted the 1928 Olympics.
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Level 83
Dec 30, 2018
Well that's an embarrassing miss. I'll fix this soon. Just need to make sure I don't mess up any of the other answers in the process.
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Level 69
Oct 11, 2021
Ireland shares an island with UK.
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Level 71
Oct 28, 2021
Only *remaining* country. The UK was taken out of the running after question 2, and Ireland was also out before the Netherlands. Maybe before taking a quiz, work out what the quiz is actually about.
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Level 83
Dec 30, 2018
Fixed. Fortunately that wound up being simpler than I expected. Just needed to rearrange one answer.
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Level 71
Dec 31, 2018
Fun but exhaustive! However silly it may sound, but Monaco is also one of the Alpine countries along with Slovenia.
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Level 83
Dec 31, 2018
Interesting. I was using the Jetpunk quiz "Countries in the Alps" as a source, but I probably should have been using Wikipedia instead. Or at least have read the comments section on that quiz XD
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Level 55
Dec 31, 2018
There's two answers "To win more than 100 Winter Olympic medals" Austria and Bulgaria, and there's two answers "To not have red on their flag" Estonia and Kosovo
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Level 83
Dec 31, 2018
You're right about Kosovo, and I'll get to fixing that soon, but where are you getting more than 100 Winter Olympic medals for Bulgaria? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-time_Olympic_Games_medal_table has them at a grand total of 6.
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Level 82
Oct 28, 2021
If you are going to make any edits to the one about vowels, would it be possible to add "of the alphabet" in the clue? My idiot brain kept trying to think of a country with 5 vowels in it.

Otherwise this is a fantastic quiz!

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Level 83
Oct 28, 2021
Will consider rewording that clue if I need to make other changes.
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Level 57
Nov 1, 2021
Ireland also has no red on their flag
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Level 83
Dec 31, 2018
The issues with "To not have red on their flag" and "To touch the Alps" have been fixed. Thanks to those who pointed them out!
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Level 65
Apr 18, 2019
a complimentary map would be nice
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Level 83
Sep 30, 2020
Now there is one!
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Level 48
Apr 11, 2020
macedonia is now north macedonia
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Level 83
Apr 11, 2020
Yes, I am aware. Unfortunately I don't have much free time to keep quizzes updated these days since they shut down the daycare.
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Level 83
Sep 30, 2020
Updated.
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Level 84
Nov 25, 2020
Great quiz!
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Level 74
Dec 13, 2020
North Macedonia also have multiple words in its common name, not just Czech Republic (which is also questionable since the name Czechia is now more used on JetPunk)
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Level 83
Dec 14, 2020
Fair points on both counts; I didn't think when I recently updated Macedonia to North Macedonia that it would invalidate an earlier clue. I'll try to get around to fixing this at some point, but at first glance it doesn't look like there are any easy fixes.
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Level 83
Dec 17, 2020
Fixed this by replacing the "multiple words" clue with something else.
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Level 65
Mar 3, 2021
This is a sweet quiz!
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Level 86
May 3, 2021
Am I missing something, or is there a mistake with the 'name that can be split' question?
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Level 83
May 3, 2021
Can you elaborate?
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Level 86
May 5, 2021
I just don't get why it's Moldova.
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Level 83
May 5, 2021
"mold" and "ova" are both words.
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Level 66
Oct 17, 2021
You should clarify that these two words use the American spelling. It's spelled "mould" elsewhere.
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Level 77
Jun 10, 2021
I found it a really confusing clue. Why is it "non-proper" English?
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Level 83
Jun 10, 2021
"Proper" here refers to proper noun. Looking back at the clue, I suppose it could be a little confusing. I can try to reword it.
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2021
That clue completely through me, but it looks like others were able to work it out, or had time to guess.
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Level 68
May 3, 2021
Belgrade has more than 1.000.000 inhabitants too, so you should correct that question...
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Level 83
May 3, 2021
Hmm, not sure how I missed that. Thanks for the pointer. At first glance, it looks like it shouldn't be hard to fix for that.
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Level 83
May 3, 2021
Should be fixed now.
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Level 56
May 10, 2021
Didn't Latvia, as Courland, own Tobago as a colony?
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Level 83
May 11, 2021
Yes, and (I now see) they had a few islands in the Gambia River as well. They don't appear to have controlled any of these places for more than 15 years or so. That doesn't exactly scream "colonial empire" to me.

If more people comment, I'll consider changing it, but I think it's fine as is for now.

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Level 59
Jun 10, 2021
You could argue that Courland was subbortinated to Poland, so it was Polish empire ;)
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Level 52
Jun 10, 2021
I'm not sure if I get this quiz... Ireland doesn't fit to being an island country, share an inhabited island with another country or end in "land"... and It was not already guessed.
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Level 83
Jun 10, 2021
Ireland is the answer to "To have more than 2 Nobel Laureates in literature", so it should not be considered for any of the other three clues that you mention, which all come after that one.
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Level 55
Oct 2, 2021
Yeah, I think the quiz is confusing. It wouldn't accept Bosnia for the country with no red on the flag, and other things like that. If I've understood it right, it shouldn't say the word "already" in the instructions - that line could be re-written, and it's not the case that, for instance, Estonia is the "only country which" has no red in its flag - that heading is a problem too.
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Level 55
Jun 10, 2021
Great quiz, I nominated!!
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Level 57
Jul 8, 2021
I think counting Latvia as having a colonial empire would be interesting for the purposes of this quiz, sure it wasn't long-standing but it's not technically wrong, besides, it will make for an interesting fact for all the confused people who come to this comment section and learn about Courland.
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Level 83
Jul 9, 2021
I gave in on the "colonial empire" question. It has been replaced with something else.
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Level 58
Jul 10, 2021
Awesome quiz, nominated!
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Level 76
Aug 8, 2021
Very interesting quiz. I hadn't come across the concept of alpha/beta/gamma cities before doing this quiz, nice to learn something new.
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Level 74
Sep 23, 2021
Nominated.
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Level 65
Oct 1, 2021
The UK and France are also connected by rail, but don't share a land border. Good quiz this though.
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Level 65
Oct 1, 2021
Ignore me, you knew this, and France and UK already appear so aren't valid. Same for Sweden of course.
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Level 71
Oct 1, 2021
What about Cyprus.. and it's in the EU
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Level 83
Oct 2, 2021
Oh, Cyprus . . .
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Level 80
Oct 11, 2021
Cyprus is in EU but not in Europe as it's much closer to the Asian and even African mainland. I'm surprised you haven't heard about this issue at level 70.
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Level 58
Oct 28, 2021
I'm surprised you think KingTom2 hasn't heard about this issue :p
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Level 71
Oct 11, 2021
This was awesome! Please tell me there are more of these out there or in the works? One for every continent, perhaps?
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Level 83
Oct 11, 2021
I made one for Asia and one for U.S. states. I vaguely remember seeing one that somebody else made for Africa.
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Level 71
Oct 11, 2021
I'm not sure whether Andorra should technically qualify as a monarchy, since "mon-" implies only one ruler, while Andorra is a co-principality, ruled by two people.
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Level 83
Oct 11, 2021
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Level 76
Oct 18, 2021
I think wikipedia is wrong here. In fact, in their own article about monarchy they define it as "a form of government in which a person, the monarch, is head of state for life or until abdication." This isn't the case for neither of Andorra's co-princes (one is elected democratically every four years, the other can be replaced at any time by the Pope).

And of course, if we decided that the co-princes are "monarchs", then we should talk about a diarchy.

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Level 83
Oct 18, 2021
Well, for now I will follow Jetpunk, which includes Andorra on its Monarchies of the World quiz. If it gets removed from there, I will make an adjustment here.
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Level 72
Oct 12, 2021
Larger than Paraguay would still qualify Spain and Sweden as well, which haven't been used at that point..
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Level 83
Oct 12, 2021
Yup. I think some edits were made when the quiz was featured that caused this bug. A fix is now pending approval.
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Level 67
Oct 14, 2021
Great quiz, can only imagine the effort it took to think of criteria for each remaining country
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Level 75
Oct 16, 2021
Great quiz! Not sure about the Moldova clue though because "mold" is spelt "mould" everywhere except the US! How about "has an eagle and a cow on its flag" or "has a capital with an ă in its name"?
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Level 83
Oct 16, 2021
Oof, English spelling inconsistencies. I'll think about possible replacements for that one.
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Level 66
Oct 17, 2021
"Belarus" can also be split into two words - "belar" (an Australian tree) and "us". So the clue for Moldova needs to be changed.
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Level 83
Oct 17, 2021
The controversial "split into 2 words" clue has been retired (pending approval). Thanks to Jerry928 for inspiration on the replacement! Anyone who liked that clue can go here to see the quiz it was originally pulled from.
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Level 58
Oct 28, 2021
The Vatican does indeed have the highest pope density of any country in Europe, I guess.
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Level 70
Oct 28, 2021
Believe it or not, it is also the only European country with a pope density :O Shocking I know!
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Level 51
Oct 28, 2021
Andorra isn't *technically* a monarchy, it's a diarchy.
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Level 83
Oct 28, 2021
This issue has already been discussed above.
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Level 77
Oct 28, 2021
Poor North Macedonia
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Level 68
Oct 28, 2021
The question "To host the Olympics", wasn't that rather Yugoslavia than that country?
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Level 83
Oct 28, 2021
Technically true. If I need to make other changes, I can reword this one to say "Contain an Olympic host city" instead.
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Level 63
Oct 28, 2021
Very cool quiz! Great job!
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Level 70
Oct 28, 2021
Fun quiz! Like how it made me use process of elimination to figure it out. It was very satisfying when I would come back to a clue I skipped and figure out what it was since there were no other possible answers :)
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Level 48
Oct 28, 2021
According to this article:

https://balkaninsight.com/2020/01/28/moldova-hits-new-records-in-wine-exports/

"Moldova exported 156,674 million litres of wine in 2019, with 12,607 million litres more compared to 2018."

Whatever the actual number is, it's certainly higher than the 600,000 liters asked in the Portugal question

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Level 70
Oct 28, 2021
Yeah Moldova is very big on wine.
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Level 83
Oct 29, 2021
Hmm. My source for this was https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/wine-producing-countries, which, now that I look closer, is a little inconsistent about its numbers, years, and units of measurement. I trust Wikipedia more, but its numbers are from 2014.

I think at that point in the quiz Portugal probably is still the biggest wine producer left, but I'm not sure I can confirm it, and I don't know a good cutoff number to use. Which means I will probably be looking for the fourth different clue to use for that one. Sigh . . .

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Level ∞
Oct 29, 2021
This quiz is up to date with the latest data from the FAO (2018). You can use that as a source.
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Level 69
Oct 28, 2021
This was harder than I thought.
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Level 60
Oct 28, 2021
Amazing quiz and well-deserved feature! Evidence of a lot of hard work right here.
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Level 83
Oct 29, 2021
Fixed a few issues that were brought up yesterday. Thanks to QM for help with the wine clue!
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Level 72
Oct 30, 2021
Good quiz, clues came from all directions, made me think and I'll have to come back and improve.
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Level 70
Oct 30, 2021
Genuinely one of the best quizzes I've taken on this site. Brilliant job cornflakes f*** you
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Level 83
Oct 30, 2021
Thanks! But that's not what the "f u" stands for :)
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Level 54
Nov 1, 2021
does it stand for 'for u'?
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Level 83
Nov 2, 2021
Nope. Try again :)
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Level 33
Oct 30, 2021
It is really glitchy. I had not yet entered Netherlands and it would not accept Netherlands for country that ends in land
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Level 75
Oct 30, 2021
But the Netherlands ends in 'lands'.
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Level 83
Oct 30, 2021
Also Netherlands appears before that clue on the quiz anyway.
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Level 67
Oct 31, 2021
are "czechia" and "macedonia" not accepted yet? I thought naming convention was upheld so far.
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Level 83
Oct 31, 2021
I just checked, and yes, the quiz does accept both of those as type-ins.
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Level 52
Dec 22, 2021
I made a version with island countries :)
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Level 26
Jan 21, 2022
I like the ‘One Pope per square kilometre’
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Level 45
Jan 21, 2022
Isn't Croatia by the Adriatic sea rather than the Med?
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Level 83
Jan 21, 2022
The Adriatic Sea is considered part of the Mediterranean.

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