Today I have been mostly researching Denmark and Finland. You will see that this has influenced today's quiz a tad!:
(By the way I'm very proud of question 7 - you'll see).
1. Which town in the Nagapattinam district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1620, was a Danish colony from 1620 until 1845?
2. Directed by Max Spielberg, the son of Steven, and with the tagline "This time it's really personal", 'Jaws 19' was a holofilm playing at the Holomax Theater in the year 2015 in which real film of 1989?
3. By what Anglicised name is Antti Hulkko, the lead singer of the Finnish rock group Hanoi Rocks, better know?
4. In which sport did the Indonesian Rudy Hartono win the All England Championship seven years in succession?
5. Opened in July 2000, the Oresund Bridge connects Copenhagen to which Swedish city?
6. By what name is the abnormal movement disorder chorea better known?
7. Where could you find the statement, "...il suffit que je sois bien malheureuse pour avoir droit a votre bienveillance"?
8. Building began in 1748 of which inhabited sea fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Helsinki?
9. In which city are the headquarters of the European Central Bank?
10. Which body of water, linking the Coral Sea with the Arafura Sea, separates Cape York Peninsula in Queensland from the Western Province of Papua New Guinea?
11. Britain fought Denmark-Norway in which war, during the Napoleonic Wars, that lasted from 1807 until ended by the Treaty of Kiel in 1814?
12. According to Greek mythology, who sacrificed his son Pelops and served up his flesh at a banquet for the Gods?
13. Which three European countries are the only countries in the world in which a Uralic language is spoken by the majority of the population?
14. The Avesta is the sacred book of which Asian religion?
15. Which two Danish authors shared the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1917?
16. Born in Elston Hall near Newark-on Trent in 1731, which naturalist and poet wrote the important scientific work 'Zoönomia'?
17. The Kings of Italy from 1861 until the end of World War II belonged to which royal house?
18. Who became the first President of Finland in 1919?
19. Which city did Astana replace as capital of Kazakhstan in 1998?
20. At either 8’4” or 8’5”, which Ukrainian veterinary surgeon is listed by the ‘Guinness Book of Records’ as the world’s tallest living man?
21. Named in part after a German river, what was the codename of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Denmark and Norway on 9th April 1940, during which the Danish military offered just two hours of resistance before surrendering?
22. The Treaty of Teschen, signed in 1779, officially ended which war?
23. Petrozavodsk is the capital of which Republic and federal subject of the Russian Federation?
24. Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko Lindström, and bassist Mikko Paananen, which group, whose albums include ‘Love Metal’ and ‘Gold Light’, are the only Finnish band ever to go Gold in the USA?
25. Located in Copenhagen, what is the name of the winter home of the Danish royal family?
26. Which pseudonym was used by the Danish Baroness Karen Blixen when she wrote her autobiographical book 'Out of Africa'?
27. Which English scientist discovered the Law of Partial Pressures in 1801?
28. Which European capital city was known as Reval until 1918?
29. Italy is separated into political areas known as regions; how many regions are there?
30. Which English Civil War General later led the English forces at the Sieges of Limerick and was made Lord Deputy of Ireland by Oliver Cromwell in 1650?
31. Also known as Christiansø, Denmark’s most easterly point lies on which archipelago in the Baltic Sea, home to just 95 permanent residents?
32. Who was the tenant of the serial killer John Christie who was hanged for supposedly killing his own wife and child?
33. Opened in October 2006, 'Óðamansgarði' (or 'The Madman´s Garden') is the first opera ever to be performed in which language?
34. Which Panamanian boxer was known as 'Manos de Piedra', or 'Hands of Stone'?
35. In 1969, Denmark became the first country to officially legalise what?
36. The name of which dinosaur means 'Swift Thief' in Latin?
37. Which English poet, as a young man, fought with Sir Walter Raleigh against the Spanish at Cadiz and the Azores?
38. Also known as Finnish baseball, which is the national sport of Finland?
39. In which prison was Adolf Hitler incarcerated in 1924?
40. Which current Labour MP was, in 1976, acquitted on charges of bank robbery?
41. The Danish companies Lundbeck and Novo Nordisk are both involved in which industry?
42. Opened in 1988, the Essen Opera House was designed by, and is named after, which architect?
43. The St. George’s Night Uprising is the name given to a series of rebellions that took place between 1343 and 1345 against the primarily German rulers of which European country?
44. Which dramatist's first play was 'Catalina', published in 1850?
45. In December 2006, which Danish American footballer became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the National Football League?
46. Which poet wrote the sonnet 'The New Colossus' that was inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty?
47. Who is the only actor ever to have played three different American Presidents in three different films? Namely Abraham Lincoln in 'The Perfect Tribute', Ulysses S. Grant in 'The Legend of the Lone Ranger' and Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 'FDR: The Final Years'. Ironically, he won his first Oscar while playing a non-Presidential role in the 1976 film 'All the President's Men'.
48. Which one of the flying Finns won four gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, including the 10,000 metres and the 3000 metres steeplechase and followed that with a gold medal for the 5000 metres at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam?
49. Inspired by the European masters such as Claude Lorrain and John Constable, Thomas Cole is acknowledged as the founder of which artistic movement, also associated with Frederic Church and Sanford Robinson Gifford?
50. Which American Old West outlaw, who boasted that he had killed more than forty men, was himself shot dead by the El Paso lawman John Selman in 1895?
And the answers:
1. THARANGAMBADI (OR TRANQUEBAR)
2. BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II
3. ANDY McCOY
6. ST VITUS' DANCE
7. WRITTEN ON THE LETTER IN DAVID'S 'THE DEATH OF MARAT'
8. SUOMENLINNA (or VIAPORI)
10. TORRES STRAIT
11. GUNBOAT WAR
13. ESTONIA, FINLAND & HUNGARY
15. HENRIK PONTOPPIDAN & KARL GJELLERUP (aka EPIGONOS)
16. ERASMUS DARWIN
18. KAARLO JUHO STÅHLBERG
20. LEONID STADNYK
21. OPERATION WESERÜBUNG
22. WAR OF THE BAVARIAN SUCCESSION
23. REPUBLIC OF KARELIA
25. AMALIENBORG PALACE
26. ISAK DINESEN
27. JOHN DALTON
30. HENRY IRETON
32. TIMOTHY EVANS
34. ROBERTO DURÁN
37. JOHN DONNE
40. PETER HAIN
42. ALVAR AALTO
44. HENRIK IBSEN
45. MORTEN ANDERSEN
46. EMMA LAZARUS
47. JASON ROBARDS
48. VILLE RITOLA
49. HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL
50. JOHN WESLEY HARDING