Thursday, 15 May 2008

Europe Day quiz answers

As promised, here are the answers to my Europe Day quiz. many thanks to those who puzzled over it and it's a familiar name who wins the ALDE goodie bag. Take a bow Stephen Glenn!

1. How many stars does the European flag have? Twelve

2. Name one of the two top wine producing countries in the world? France (1st) & Italy (2nd)

3. What is the name of the Festival which takes place in Munich every Autumn? Oktoberfest

4. Which country has borders with Belarus, Lithuania, Estonia and Russia? Latvia

5. How many countries are currently part of the Euro area? 15

6. Known as the Holy Mountain it is the centre of Eastern Christian Orthodox Monasticism. set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it is a treasury housing many artefacts and monument of religious, national and artistic value. Where is it? Mount Athos

7. Which two European cities does Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities describe? London & Paris

8. How many time zones are there in the EU? 3

9. They played a major political, military and cultural role in medieval Europe and the Near East. famed for their martial spirit, Christian piety and their culture, such as their unique architecture. Invaders and conquerors, they established a kingdom in Sicily and southern Italy. Who were they? The Normans

10. Where did the singing revolution take place? Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania 1987-1990

1. When was the "Year of the Barricades", student riots in Paris and other cities? 1968

2. Karol Wojtyla became Pope in which year? 1978

3. Year the UK held a referendum on EEC membership? 1975

4. In what year was the Treaty of Rome signed? 1957 (25th March)

5. Year the Berlin Wall was built? 1961 - a couple of days before I was born!

6. Year and location of the 1st Eurovision Song Contest? 1956 in lugano, Swtzerland

7. In what year was decimal coinage introduced to the UK? 1971

8. Date of the great influenza pandemic which killed more than 50 million world-wide? 1918 to 1919

9. Year of the death of Franco? 1975

10. Date of the Russian Revolution? 1917 - 25th October


1. What is the name of the Roman road which runs from London to York via Lincoln? Ermine Street

2. Which is the longest river in the EU and how many EU countries does it flow through? Danube and it flows through 6 countries - Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria & Romania. Also flows through non-EU Croatia, Serbia, Moldova & Ukraine.

3. In what year did the Channel Tunnel open? 1991

4. From the 10th century to the present day, pilgrims have made their way to which Spanish cathedral city? Santiago de Compostela

5. developed in the late 1870s by ophthalmologist Dr Ludovic Zamenhof to promote international understanding, it was denounced by Stalin as "the language of spies". which language? Esperanto

6. Name the mechanism where locations in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired, with the goal of encouraging human contact and cultural links? Town Twinning

7. Name 3 of Paris's 6 railway stations? Choose from: Gare du Nord, de L'est, Austerlitz, Lyon, Montparnasse, Lyon

8. Who was the German printer who invented a mechanical way of making books? Johann Gutenberg

9. Originally founded in Spain in 1944, this household name has sister magazines in Britain, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Russia, Thailand, Canada, India, Mexico & UAE. What is the magazine's name? Hello magazine

10. Name the Italian cities where the following airports are located?
A. Leonardo Da Vinci - Rome
B. Galileo Galilei - Pisa
C. Amerigo Vespucci - Florence


Stephen Glenn said...


Then muses over his wrong answers.

Anonymous said...

I hope you'll allow me to comment on the "Esperanto" question. I would like to argue the case for Esperanto as the international language. It's worth more than a quiz answer. It is a planned language which belongs to no one country or group of states. Take a look at

Esperanto works! I've used it in speech and writing in a dozen countries over recent years.
Indeed, the language has some remarkable practical benefits. Personally, I've made friends around the world through Esperanto that I would never have been able to communicate with otherwise. And then there's the Pasporta Servo , which provides free lodging and local information to Esperanto-speaking travellers in over 90 countries. In the past year I have had guided tours of Berlin and Milan in the planned language. I have discussed philosophy with a Slovene poet, humour on television with a Bulgarian TV producer. I've discussed what life was like in East Berlin before the wall came down, how to cook perfect spaghetti, the advantages and disadvantages of monarchy, and so on. I recommend it, not just as an ideal but as a very practical way to overcome language barriers.

I'd be interested to know your view.