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  1. In which European country are people listed in telephone directories by their first name?
  2. The legal sound limit in Switzerland is 85 decibels for what?
  3. In which European city would you visit the largest castle in the world?
  4. What was actually composed in 1880 and first performed in Moscow in 1882?
  5. Marienplatz, translated to Mary's Square, has been the central plaza in which European city since it was founded in 1158?
  6. What is a coracle?

  7. Which city is known as the cradle of the Renaissance?
  8. Who once said: "If you want peace of mind, come to Montreux"?
  9. What was the currency of the Netherlands from the 17th century until 2002?
  10. What is nicknamed locally as "La dame de fer"?
  11. Which country is nicknamed the "Land of Fire and Ice"?
  12. In Scotland, a spurtle is used to do what?
  13. What colour are gondolas in Venice?
  14. What script is a writing system also known as Slavonic script or the Slavic script?
  15. Vlad the Impaler ruled Wallachia, which is a region of which country?
  16. The main coat of arms of which country is a checkerboard consisting of 13 red and 12 white squares?
  17. The Beatles built their early reputation by playing clubs in which two European cities?
  18. Which book is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest mechanically printed book?
  19. The Parthenon is a temple dedicated to which Greek goddess?
  20. Composer Frederic Chopin was what nationality?
  21. The Birth of Venus is a painting by which Italian artist?
  22. Whose performance as Lola-Lola in Josef von Sternberg's 1930 film The Blue Angel brought her international fame?
  23. By what first name is Greek singer and politician Ioanna Mouskouri better known?
  24. Doctor Faustus is an Elizabethan tragedy by which playwright?
  25. Saunas are an integral part of the way of life in which country?


  1. Iceland
  2. Cowbells
  3. Prague
  4. 1812 Overture (by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
  5. Munich
  6. A small one-person boat (traditionally used in Wales)
  7. Florence
  8. Freddie Mercury (a famous bronze statue now sits on the shores of Lake Montreux)
  9. The Dutch guilder
  10. The Eiffel Tower
  11. Iceland
  12. A wooden tool used to stir porridge, stews and broths
  13. Black
  14. Cyrillic script
  15. Romania
  16. Croatia
  17. Liverpool and Hamburg
  18. The Gutenberg Bible
  19. Athena
  20. Polish
  21. Sandro Botticelli
  22. Marlene Dietrich
  23. Nana (Nana Mouskouri)
  24. Christopher Marlowe
  25. Finland (also accept Estonia as an answer)

Quiz Questions

  1. Which palace and fortress complex is located in Granada, Andalusia?
  2. European Capital of Culture in 2019, name the second-largest city in Bulgaria?
  3. Museum Island is a museum complex in the historic heart of which European capital city?
  4. What is the most widely spoken Romance language?
  5. According to its website, which city's airport is the largest chocolate outlet in the world with 2 tonnes per day being sold?
  6. Which European country has a strange tradition of watching Donald Duck cartoons on Christmas Eve?
  7. Which bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen is displayed on a waterside rock at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen?
  8. What exactly is the translation of the Irish: Cloch na Blarnan?
  9. What animal is the emblem of Albania, Austria and Germany?
  10. Which type of pale lager takes its name from a Bohemian city?
  11. Which wine growing region on mainland Portugal is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
  12. Which Finnish hard rock and heavy metal band won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006?
  13. Four countries in Europe drive on the left: the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and which other two?
  14. Mozart was born in 1756 in which European city?
  15. Which former royal residence was built by King Louis XIV?
  16. Name the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina?
  17. The Guggenheim Museum is located in which city in northern Spain?
  18. Toompea castle is a medieval castle in the central part of which European capital city?
  19. "Opera of the Puppets" is a marionette theatre traditionally performed where in Italy?
  20. Due to its density of museums, which city is considered the cultural capital of Switzerland?
  21. Oscar Wilde wrote a famous poem in 1897 after his release from prison in which English city?
  22. The Franz Liszt Academy of Music is both a music university and concert hall in which city?
  23. Can you name the Swedish opera singer, often called the "Swedish Nightingale"?
  24. The well-known phrase 'band of brothers' is taken from which king's speech?
  25. Where in Europe is the last Grand Duchy in the world?
  26. By what name would we in the UK better know the television gameshow Jeux sans frontieres?
  27. Complete the title of the 1956 Brigitte Bardot film: "And God..."?
  28. Which European country's flag is the world's oldest?
  29. What is the offical language of Andorra?
  30. A statue of which scholar was the first public statue in bronze in the Netherlands? (It was unique in Europe as it honoured an intellectual rather than a political or military leader.)


  1. The Alhambra
  2. Plovdiv
  3. Berlin
  4. Spanish
  5. Brussels Airport
  6. Sweden
  7. The Little Mermaid
  8. Blarney Stone
  9. The (golden) eagle
  10. Pilsner
  11. The Douro Valley
  12. Lordi
  13. Malta and Cyprus
  14. Salzburg
  15. Palace of Versailles
  16. Sarajevo
  17. Bilbao
  18. Tallinn
  19. Sicily
  20. Basel
  21. Reading (the poem was The Ballad of Reading Gaol
  22. Budapest
  23. Jenny Lind
  24. Henry V's
  25. Luxembourg
  26. It's a knockout
  27. And God Created Woman
  28. Denmark's
  29. Catalan
  30. Erasmus