European Geography By Letter - I

Can you guess these European geographical answers that start with the letter I?
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Last updated: December 19, 2019
First submittedJune 22, 2014
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Clue
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European countries that start with I
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Turkish city straddling Europe and Asia
Istanbul
Most common male first name in
Bulgaria, Croatia, and possibly Russia
Ivan
One of Switzerland's official languages
Italian
"Capital" of the Scottish highlands
Inverness
County town of Suffolk
Ipswich
French region containing Paris
Île-de-France
Peninsula of Spain and Portugal
Iberia
Clue
Answer
Netherlands lake, created by the
closing of the Zuiderzee
IJsselmeer
Sea between Greece and Italy
Ionian
Island in the above sea, home
to Odysseus
Ithaca
Symbolic barrier between Communist
and free Europe
Iron Curtain
This country is the largest source of
immigrants to the U.K.
India
Austrian Winter Olympics host city
Innsbruck
Island in the Hebrides known for
tourism and Scotch whisky
Islay
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Level 87
Jun 25, 2014
Got the Netherlands lake, no problem. Town in Suffolk, simple. Sea between Italy and Greece... Ithacan?
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Level 59
Jan 22, 2017
the Ionean sea
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Level 65
Mar 20, 2019
No, it's Ionian
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Level 43
Apr 22, 2020
Why didn't you just look at the results? Oh because you want to boast about getting the Dutch lake. Yawn.
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Level 69
Apr 22, 2020
Not everyday do you see three poor souls in a row completely missing the point. Looks like the 'I' quiz attracts idiots in larger proportions.
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Level 65
Apr 23, 2020
You're calling me an idiot then?
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Level 79
Jul 29, 2014
I lost Ithaca because I spelled it Ithica
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Level 45
Jul 29, 2014
Well, I think Itaca and Ithaka should also be accepted.
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Level 59
Dec 15, 2014
True... tried even Itaka, Itacca, Itakka. Never thought of puttin an h somewhere... :P
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Level 70
Jan 17, 2017
Ithaka, maybe, but the original Greek has the Þ ("th" as in "think") sound: Ιθάκης, ithákis.
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Level 65
Jan 17, 2017
Should be spelled both ways: Ithaca and Ithaka
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Level 42
Jan 17, 2017
I cheated and Google translated it because I knew the French name but had no idea how it ended in English...
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Level 78
Apr 22, 2020
I don't think it's cheating if you know the name in another language and use Google to translate. It's cheating if you use Google because you don't know the name in any language.
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Level 61
Dec 19, 2019
I tried also every possible spelling, but always with k instead of c, because the greek spelling is with k. On the other hand "IJ" is enough for Ijsselmeer. And Insbruk is also accepted for Innsbruck. Are you kidding me???
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Level 69
Jan 23, 2015
For "one of Switzerland's official languages" I wanted to put yodeling so bad.
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Level 37
Apr 22, 2020
iodelling?
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Level 44
Mar 11, 2015
You should accept "isle of France"
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Level 38
Oct 14, 2018
Why? - The name of the region is "Ile de France".
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Level 72
Dec 20, 2015
Istanbul straddles the BORDER between Europe and Asia
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Level 46
Jun 9, 2016
The IJ is pretty much one letter in Dutch (pretty muck like a 'y' with an umlaut, and then it is pronounced like the German 'ei'). I am not sure whether it should be included in this quiz. Apart from that, good quiz.
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Level 65
Mar 20, 2019
But in English it indisputably starts with an I. Also the German 'ei' is pronounced /ai/, but the Dutch 'ij' is pronounced /ɛi/.
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Level 77
Dec 19, 2019
Even in English the IJ is clearly treated as one letter, otherwise it would be written Ijsselmeer.
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Level 65
Feb 10, 2020
But it's two letters: I and J, albeit both capitalised (as in Dutch).
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Level 61
Sep 12, 2016
Too Ameri-centric :/
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Level 78
Jan 17, 2017
Wholeheartedly agree. Americans eat Italian dressing, there's a city in NY named Ithaca, there is a Suffolk County in NY, many Americans buy IKEA furniture...QM, please remove everything in this quiz which might relate to America in any way!
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Level 61
Dec 8, 2017
Next point is, that every question is written in American English. Please change it to Esperanto!
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Level 65
Dec 18, 2019
Hmm, that sounds like an Americentric way of looking at things too.. and Esperanto is too easily corruptable. I propose this quiz be changed to Proto Indo-European.
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Level 65
Feb 10, 2020
You're joking.
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Level 44
Jan 3, 2017
Would never have got the Netherlands lake but did ok
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Level 63
Jan 17, 2017
The "Dutch" clue provides that the answer ends in -meer and contains a J.
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Level 45
Jan 18, 2017
Really the wording for Ijsselmeer should be either "Lake in the Netherlands" or "Dutch lake". What it currently says in equivalent to "England lake"
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Level 67
Dec 20, 2019
You are right. The question shouldn't be on here in the first place though, it doesnt start with an i. In dutch the ij is one letter, basically the english y, but with the dots above it. And the overused argument "well this is an english quiz" (which people like to throw out there without even thinking about if itwas is in any way relevant) Then it still shouldn't be on here, English kept the same spelling as dutch (l believe all languages but afrikaans, for those with a latin alphabet). If it would have been anglicised it would be yssel lake.

Just a few examples of it being treated as one letter: if accents are used, it isn't just used on one half of the letter, but on both parts

When someone's name starts with it, its initial will show the whole thing. So for instance IJsbrand Peters will have the initials IJ. P.

In crossword puzzels etc the letter always takes up just one square. So the word bij takes 2 squares not 3.

And both parts of the letter are capitalized

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Level 43
Apr 10, 2017
il de france didnt work somehow ...
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Level 61
Dec 8, 2017
Maybe becaude it "Ile" not "Il"...
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Level 65
Mar 20, 2019
Yes, but because*, it's* :)
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Level 46
Nov 18, 2018
*free*
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Level ∞
Dec 18, 2019
Yes, free. The citizens of western Europe were free to leave their countries. The citizens of Communist Europe were not. People trapped in the east risked death to escape to a better life in a non-Communist country, knowing that even if they succeeded they may never see their loved ones again. Be thankful you live in a free country. We don't know how good we have it.
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Level 65
Apr 22, 2020
You post some of the most amusing comments on this site.
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Level 70
Dec 19, 2019
There is a typo in the third clue: Crotia
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Level ∞
Dec 19, 2019
Okay, fixed
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2019
Iron curtain was/is the symbolic name of the physical barrier between the Communist and free Europe. But the barrier existed: barbed wire / mined areas etc. The definition is not completely correct.
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Level 78
Apr 22, 2020
In the beginning it wasn't a physical boundary. That came later, so I'd either way is correct.
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Level 69
Dec 19, 2019
can you accept Ipswitch please?
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Level ∞
Dec 19, 2019
Okay
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Level 54
Apr 22, 2020
Why?
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Level 69
Dec 19, 2019
You could change the "free" to "capitalist" or "liberal", cause that's quite imprecise
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Level ∞
Dec 20, 2019
Freedom (of speech, of thought, of movement, of ability to operate a business) was the most salient difference between the west and the east.
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Level 80
Dec 21, 2019
I don't think the question about India is a good idea. It's related to the UK, but it's not an European answer...
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Level 55
Apr 22, 2020
Agree, there's so many other better questions that could be used, it should be changed.
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Level 56
Jan 1, 2020
India is not a part of Europe
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Level 79
Feb 12, 2020
Somebody forgot to tell Empress Victoria
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Level 65
Apr 3, 2020
But it relates to a European country by being the largest source of immigrants to that country.
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Level 63
Apr 24, 2020
I agree. This one stumped me for a while, because I figured all answers had to be European.
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Level 55
Feb 22, 2020
I did pretty terrible but I can't believe I couldn't think of Islay!!!
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Level 55
Apr 22, 2020
Exactly a month later but I got it this time!
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Level 66
Apr 22, 2020
Great quiz, though having both "Italy" and "Italian" as answers does feel a touch repetitive.
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Level 43
Apr 22, 2020
The 'India' and repetition of 'Italy'/'Italian' somewhat lessen the impact of this quiz. You could replace them with clues for e.g. 'Indo-European', 'Imperial College London' (ICL/Imperial), 'Isaac Newton'/'Immanuel Kant' ...
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Level 68
Apr 22, 2020
Actually Georgi is the most common male name in Bulgaria. Ivan is a close second.