Can You Identify All of These European Countries by Just a Map Outline?

By: J.P. Naomi

From Alain Ducasse to Daniel Boulud, some of the most famous chefs in the world are natives of France. Today, home cooks and trained chefs alike work to perfect their best versions of coq au vin, bouillabaisse and crème brûlée.

Consisting of 16 states, Germany is home to 83 million residents and is the second most populous country in Europe. Its capital and largest city is Berlin, despite the fact that Frankfurt has the busiest airport.

Known for its rolling hills of green and lush fields, did you know that more than 240,000 golfers visit Ireland every year? Other notable tourist attractions on the Emerald Isle include the Cliffs of Moher, the Guinness Factory and the Blarney Castle.

Nearly 10 million people live in Hungary. These residents, who primarily speak Hungarian, are descendants of the Celts, Romans, West Slavs, Avars and various Germanic tribes who lived in present-day Hungary centuries ago.

Known as the Risorgimento, or Resurgence, Italy was founded in 1861. Today the country is led by President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte alongside the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament.

Home to Athens, one of the oldest cities in the world, Greece is known as the gateway between Europe and Asia. Given its geographic location and vast coastlines, it is often the link between continents for the purpose of imports and exports.

Spain is located on the Iberian Peninsula alongside Portugal. It is the only European country to share a border with Africa by way of Gibraltar. Spain is the fourth-largest country in Europe and home to approximately 46 million residents, 87 percent of which are Roman Catholic.

Did you know that Vladimir Putin has spent more than 19 years as one of the two most prominent leaders of Russia? He became the prime minister in 1999, president in 2000, prime minister again in 2008, and president once more in 2012. His current term will end in 2024.

The United Kingdom has the world's fifth-largest economy. While Parliament is ruled by Prime Minister Theresa May and the monarchy by Queen Elizabeth II, the future of the economy is at the mercy of an impending "Brexit."

Thanks to its geographic location and economical flights, Iceland has become a popular tourist destination in recent years. Visitors indulge in rotten shark, visit the Golden Circle, and stay up all night to catch glimpse of the Northern Lights - or at least try!

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756, in present-day Salzburg, Austria. Commonly known for his piano compositions, most people don't realize that he was also a brilliant violinist.

The Kingdom of Denmark is ruled by Margrethe II, the Queen of Denmark, who was crowned in 1972. She is the daughter of Frederick IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden, and her elder son, Crown Prince Frederik, is the heir to the throne​.

Though located mainly in Western Asia, part of Turkey sits in Southeast Europe on the Balkan Peninsula. Starting in 2005, the country made attempts to join the European Union, however, their bid ended in 2017. Fellow European countries just couldn't agree with their politics.

With tourism leading the way for economic growth in Portugal, the country welcomes more than 20 million tourists to Lisbon, Fatima, Madeira, Algarve and Porto each year. In fact, the country has been named "The Best European Country" and the "World's Leading Destination."

The Netherlands is home to The Hague, or Den Haag in Dutch. The Hague is the seat of the country's government as well as the royal family. The Hague is considered the "International City of Peace and Justice."​

Norway has a long and narrow coastline that stretches nearly 1,000 miles. Situated along the cold North Atlantic Ocean and the ​Barents Sea, it shares a vast border with Sweden while its northeast region touches Finland and Russia.

Known as Ukrayina in its native Ukrainian language, Ukraine was previously a member of the Soviet Union. It gained its independence in 1991 though ​still battles today with Russia over its Crimean Peninsula territory.

Just 25,000 square miles in size, it's not hard to find one of Lithuania's castles at any turn. Whether you'll see a full castle or just the remains depends on its building materials. Today's standing castles are made of stone but the earlier wooden castles didn't quite make it.

Finland, known as Suomi in Finnish, became an independent country following the 1917 Russian Revolution. Today more than 5.5 million people inhabit its 130,000 square miles along the Fennoscandia Peninsula.

The Republic of Poland was established on April 14, 966, and its ruler, Mieszko I, declared Christianity as its state religion. Today, despite its Germanic, Latinate and Byzantine roots, Catholic Christians make up about 87 percent of the population.

Given its geographic location, it should come as no surprise that the residents of Cyprus are descendants of the Greeks, Turks and Armenians. While the official languages are Greek and Turkish, Armenian and Cypriot Arabic can be heard around the island.

While wine lovers enjoy boeuf bourguignon in France, beer lovers head to Belgium for a real treat. You see, the Belgians make a similar beef stew known as Stoverij, but it is made with beer instead of wine.

While Georgia is technically located in Asia, residents of the country identify as Europeans. If the Caucasus Mountains have anything to say about it, well, they are located at the easternmost border of Europe.

While the official name of Luxembourg is the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, locals are known simply as Luxembourgers. The country is governed by a constitutional monarchy in which Xavier Bettel is the Prime Minister and Henri is the Grand Duke.

In the Romanian city of Brașov, located in the historical region of Transylvania, lies Bran Castle. We don't know for certain if Bran Castle was Dracula's actual home but it sure fits the description in Bram Stoker's novel!

Not only is Sweden known for its meatballs, pickled herring and, of course, the Muppets' Swedish Chef, it is also responsible for our Ikea furniture, Spotify music players and Candy Crush addiction. Thank you, Sweden!

A particular fact that isn't well known is that Estonia is one of the most digitally-advanced countries in the world. In 2014, it was the first country to hold elections over the internet.

Switzerland's official country name is the Swiss Confederation. Landlocked between Italy, France, Germany and Austria, Switzerland stands among the Alps and the Jura Mountains. It is said that nearly 3 million people ski in the Swiss Alps each year.

More than 8 million tourists travel to Prague each year. In fact, it is currently ranked as the fourth most visited city in Europe. International travelers make sure to check out the Old Town Square, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and famous astronomical clock when they're in town.

Just 21,000 square miles in area, Croatia is home to 4 million residents. The majority of the population is Christian and the patron saint of the country is Saint Joseph.

There are more Albanians living outside of the country than in it. Approximately 8 million nationals live throughout Europe, particularly in Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro. Only about 3 million live in the country.

Slovenia is home to the Postojna Cave, an underground system that is 79,140 feet (approximately 15 miles) long. It is one of the top tourist​ sites in the country and if you visit, you might just see some native olms.

Due to the 1915 Armenian Genocide, Armenians today comprise one of the largest diasporas in the world. With more than 5 million Armenians living outside of the country, major populations exist in Russia and the U.S., while others are spread throughout Europe, South America and Western Asia.

Though bordered by Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus, one would think Latvia is landlocked. But its interesting shape gives way to 307 miles of beautiful coastline along the Baltic Sea.

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko has been in office since the position was created in 1994. He is currently serving his fifth term as each term is five years long. Though always contested, he prevailed by a landslide in each election.

The Bulgarian population combines influences from the Greek, Slavic, Ottoman and Persian cultures. The country's "Rose Valley," near the town of Kazanlak, produces 85 percent of the world's rose oil.

Azerbaijan is located in the South Caucasus region of Europe. It is home to the world's first offshore oil platform and is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. The town where it is located is known as Oil Rocks, or locally as Neft Daşları.

Located in Central Europe, Slovakia is home to more than 6,000 caves, 1,600 mineral springs and 180 castles. Tourists can expect to end each day with a hearty traditional soup of varying ingredients and a slice of black rye bread.

Previously ruled by the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, Serbia gained its independence on June 5, 2006. Its current prime minister, Ana Brnabić, is the first woman and first openly gay person to hold this office. She serves alongside President Aleksandar Vučić.

Did you know that Moldova is one of the least visited countries in Europe? In 2016, border patrol recorded just 121,000 visitors entering the country. Rich in cultural and political history, many Moldovans speak Romanian, Russian and the Turkic language, Gagauz.

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About This Quiz

It's time to pack your bags! We're taking you on a jaunt across Europe to find out just how well you know these country borders! Do you think you're up for the challenge? Will you skip to the head of this geography class or will it be back to study hall to stare at the globe? We're ready to find out!

From the pointy Rock of Gibraltar to the infamous, and, of course, fashionable boot of Italy, Europe is filled with dozens of countries of all shapes and sizes. Perhaps you simply recognize the country because you're a smarty-pants - in which case you will undoubtedly ace this quiz - but the majority of us see the outlines of these European countries as nothing more than identifiable objects. To the naked eye, countries like Finland, Sweden and Norway appear to us as fingers. The only problem we face is remembering their order. Another example? Well, some people say that the United Kingdom looks like a dragon blowing puffs of smoke out of his mouth. If your creativity can match that, then you've got this quiz in the bag!

 Are you ready to show off? The time has come to see if Italy's boot fits you. Good luck and travel safely!

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