European Geography By Letter - S #1

Can you guess these European geographical answers that start with the letter S?
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Last updated: December 21, 2019
First submittedMay 30, 2013
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Clue
Answer
Country in Iberia
Spain
Edinburgh is its capital
Scotland
Nordic country
Sweden
Peninsula on which the above sits
Scandinavia
Birthplace of Shakespeare
Stratford-
upon-Avon
French city with a German name;
Seat of the EU Parliament
Strasbourg
"Sound of Music" city
Salzburg
Capital of Bulgaria
Sofia
Finnish name for Finland
Suomi
Isolationist country in the Alps
Switzerland
Richest of the former Yugoslavian
countries
Slovenia
Clue
Answer
River that flows through Paris
Seine
Capital of Andalusia
Seville
Island where the term "Mafia" originated
Sicily
Second largest Mediterranean island
Sardinia
"Steel City" of Northern England
Sheffield
Spanish Catholic pilgrim destination
Santiago de
Compostela
French river; Site of the bloodiest
battle of WWI
Somme
Where an archduke met his end in 1914
Sarajevo
Island chain north of Britain with ponies
Shetland
Tallest mountain in Wales
Snowdon
City once known as Leningrad
St. Petersburg
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Level 71
Jun 1, 2013
Please do more!
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Level 68
Aug 14, 2014
D'oh! I know Sheffield, but in my mind it's associated mainly with it's theater where some of the snooker tournaments are played.
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Level 60
Dec 6, 2016
Have you never used a knife and fork?
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Level 69
May 6, 2017
The theater is called the Crucible and it only hosts one tournanment: The World Snooker Championship. Of course it's the oldest and most prestiguous snooker championship, and so some people would call the Crucible the Church of Snooker and the world trophy the Holy Grail of trophies that every snooker player dreams of getting. I know it doesnt mean much for non-snooker fans but for non-britons who happen to enjoy snooker and have never used a knife and fork forged in Sheffield's steel furnaces this is mostly what Sheffield means to them, especially since the steel industry declined there of late. For those wo'd like to know the final of the 2017 world championship was held just a few days ago and Mark Selby came victorious after beating four-time champion John Higgins.
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Level 64
May 7, 2017
The theatre is called the Crucible, 'cos a Crucible is a thing for making steel
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Level 82
Sep 12, 2014
Thanks for the "ponies" part of the clue, as I don't think I'd have gotten it otherwise!
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Level 78
May 6, 2017
Just finished watching the Shetland series on Netflix which made this one easy.
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Level 51
Apr 8, 2020
For some reason, I tried 'Skye!
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Level 70
Sep 24, 2014
Only missed the Spanish pilgrim one. Good quiz.
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Level 63
Sep 24, 2014
When I read "Capital of Andalusia," my first thought was, "The animated city from 'Enchanted'?!" Nope... that's Andalasia. Whoops.
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Level 38
Feb 10, 2016
I think you should accept "Yr Wyddfa" for Mount Snowdon because that's what it is in Welsh.
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Level 48
Apr 22, 2016
And starts with "s" ... No wait...
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Level 34
Jun 3, 2016
1) This is an S answer quiz and 2) No answer is ever accepted in another language in an English quiz on this website.So it shouldn't he accepted
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Level 73
May 6, 2017
Sardegna and Sevilla are accepted though, not to mention Suomi 😂
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Level 70
Feb 10, 2019
Possums, whereas I entirely agree with your point 1, point 2 is plain daft. As Ruudsje points out, Sardegena and Sevilla - which are the correct names after all - are perfectly acceptable. I would argue that anglicisation of other peoples' geographical entities is a pointless and ultimately ignorant thing to do.
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Level 37
Feb 10, 2019
Possums: Oh no? So what are Suomi, Somme, Seine, Sardinia, Santiago de Compostela and Strasbourg then, English?
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Level 67
Sep 22, 2019
@possum, really get your facts straight, the original name is nearly always accepted !!
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Level ∞
Dec 21, 2019
The original name is sometimes accepted by not always. In this case it definitely will not be since all the answers start with S.
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Level 81
Jun 16, 2016
Argh - Tried "Snowden", thought I was wrong and didn't try any other spellings.
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Level 47
Jan 2, 2017
Finally!, got them all right on one of these quizzes.
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Level 24
Mar 13, 2017
i always forget the scandinavia peninsula cos i always associate those countries as being nordic
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Level 67
Aug 23, 2019
They are also Nordic countries.
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Level 48
May 6, 2017
Should Sankt Petersburg work as well? At least, it also starts with an S.
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Level 58
May 6, 2017
"alps" should be capitalized!
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Level 69
Jul 20, 2017
Would appreciate accepting Soumi for Suomi; I knew the essence of the answer, and it's as unusual a word as many for which misspellings are accepted.
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Level 70
Feb 10, 2019
Not unusual for 5.5 million Finns.
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Level 55
Jun 6, 2020
Dude, it's five letters, not that hard. I get that people have trouble spelling complicates words like Reykjavik or Ljubljana, but that's like wanting to accept Loas for Laos. All four are unusual, but not all are difficult.
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Level 48
Aug 12, 2020
or "complicated"
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Level 28
Feb 10, 2019
Only one I didn't get was Santiago de Compostela >:-(
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Level 66
May 12, 2019
Please capitalise the 'A' in 'Alps'.
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Level 54
Sep 11, 2019
Shetland isn't North of Britain, it is part of Britain. Also it's Great Britain. Maybe reword to say North of the British mainland.
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Level 48
Aug 12, 2020
Great Britain is one island, and Shetland ain't a part of it.
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Level 54
Aug 12, 2020
I read that as 'in the north of Britain' - which would be better I think.
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Level 44
Dec 20, 2019
Granted you're from the UK quizmaster, but still 5 out of 22 questions about UK in a european quiz ? ... Here are some ideas : Schleswig-Holstein, Stuttgart, Silesia, 's Hertogenbosch, Skopje, Split
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Level ∞
Dec 21, 2019
I'm not from the UK. It's even worse. I'm American.
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Level 51
Apr 8, 2020
Oh dear! There isn't any references to America here! How sad you must feel. Wait, this is Europe, so there isn't supposed to be any American questions. Although my country isn't in Europe, it probably has more lasting ties, being part of the Commonwealth.
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Level 66
Feb 15, 2020
Oh QM what sympathy I feel. 2 questions re England, 2 Scotland, 1 Wales 3 Spain, 2 France 2 Italy, etc, and the quiz is not diverse!!
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Level 58
Aug 12, 2020
QM's job isn't to make people NOT get the answer. Switch Sheffield with some random town in Montenegro and literally less than 5% of people are going to get it. This quiz isn't about being "diverse" or "worldwide", it's about having answers that everyone knows. So if the majority of the answers are about Great Britain, so be it. Go make your own quiz called "European Geography by Letter EXCLUDING Answers that everyone should know and replacing them with things that nobody cares nor wants to learn about - S.
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Level 30
Apr 5, 2020
Although not being member of the European Union, Switzerland is not an isolationist country.
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Level 63
Aug 12, 2020
Ah yes, Switzerland has a long proud history of standing up for what's right ... oh wait, that's basically every other country in the world except for Switzerland. I always get those two confused!
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Level 48
Aug 12, 2020
What do you think 'isolationist' means?
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Level 56
Aug 13, 2020
You speaking of the neutrality which has literally nothing to do with isolationism. About 25% of the inhabitants are foreigners - not counting the ones who acquired the Swiss citizenship. In addition are the Swiss not in the EU, but has an agreement for the freedom of movement and Switzerland is in the European Single Market. Switzerland does not stand up for "what's right" because it's a strategy to survive in the middle of European superpowers. According to the fact that Switzerland wasn't the speed bump of the Germans in both WW it's a successful strategy. And before someone want it to mention: Yes, Switzerland traded with the Nazis, which is a cause for the peace in WWII too. However: Isolationist is a strong word. I'd use it for North Korea for example, but not for a Country like Switzerland.
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Level 52
Sep 17, 2020
Isolationists are not necessarily countries that do not allow immigration nor information to leak out of its borders. The US was considered an isolationist country prior to World War One. It was not very much like North Korea at all. Calling Switzerland an isolationist country is accurate; they did not want to get entangled in the affairs of the other countries of Europe.
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Level 58
Aug 14, 2020
Slovakia: "Am i a joke to you"