Do you know your capitals?

Last week MrB was struggling with a crossword clue and asked me if I could name the twenty-eight countries in the European Union and their capitals. There was a long pause . . . . . but I managed to give him his crossword answer.

There was then another pause and I realised I wasn’t going to get much further, I was struggling to confidently name the countries let alone their capitals! So today I decided to rectify that but before you click on continue reading, how many can you name off the top of your head?

  • Austria – Vienna
  • Belgium – Brussels
  • Bulgaria – Sofia
  • Croatia – Zagreb
  • Cyprus – Nicosia
  • The Czech Republic – Prague
  • Denmark – Copenhagen
  • Estonia – Tallinn
  • Finland – Helsinki
  • France – Paris
  • Germany – Berlin
  • Greece – Athens
  • Hungary – Budapest
  • Ireland – Dublin
  • Italy – Rome
  • Latvia – Riga
  • Lithuania – Vilnius
  • Luxembourg – Luxembourg
  • Malta – Valletta
  • The Netherlands – Amsterdam
  • Poland – Warsaw
  • Portugal – Lisbon
  • Romania – Bucharest
  • Slovakia – Bratislava
  • Slovenia – Ljubljana
  • Spain – Madrid
  • Sweden – Stockholm
  • United Kingdom – London

I have this vain hope that by writing them all down I might remember them! I am aware it may take me a while and so have decided not to list also the twenty-three European countries which are not in the EU. Their capitals will have to wait for another day!

However thinking about the others has made me curious, especially with BREXIT looming in our future. How many of the twenty-three are in the Eurozone, how many have signed up to the Schengen agreement, are in the European Economic Area (EEA) and most intriguing how many are physically on the European Continent? And then what about those within the EU which are not part of some of these agreements. Confused? Rest assured you won’t be alone! Take a peek at this short CGP Grey video and all will be explained. Or maybe not given the many EU asterisks!

33 thoughts on “Do you know your capitals?

  1. I would have had the least of everyone – but then, I don’t live in your part of the world so I’m ok with that. I’m a strong supporter of writing things down, it really does help. Now, where did I leave that notebook?

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    • Terrifying us too. Just find it extraordinary that they are persisting with it despite a flawed and possibly illegal referendum, a change in public views, and the clear evidence that whatever the deal it won’t be as good as staying in and properly engaging in the changes the EU needs. Why oh why did so many of then vote for Article 50 before a plan was agreed within government let alone parliament?! Still one upside I now know the 28countries!


  2. I think I could name about half the capitols, but not the countries in the EU. But, to be fair, how many Europeans or Australians could name all the states in the U.S.? Or for that many, how many Americans can name all the American states and their capitals? I know that I always forget a few. And the maps keep changing, too.

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    • You’ve done much much better than most Europeans 😊 and you are right most of us Europeans would struggle with American states and their capitals, especially as some of the capitals are not the cities you’d expect.


      • I have a brain that retains stuff for a short while but then someone will ask about something and I know the “answer”……when they ask how did I know that, most times I can’t tell them or sometimes it’s just a don’t ask lol

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