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Brain Game: The European Seven


Feel free to consult a European map to assist you with today's Brain Game; a quick examination may help lead you to the answer. Good luck!

Geographically, what do these seven independent European nations - but no others on the continent - have in common? Denmark, Holy See (Vatican City), Republic of Ireland, Monaco, Portugal, San Marino, United Kingdom.

Here is the SOLUTION.


They are the only independent nations in Europe that border only ONE other independent European nation:

Denmark borders only Germany;
Holy See borders only Italy;
Republic of Ireland borders only the United Kingdom;
Monaco borders only France;
Portugal borders only Spain;
San Marino borders only Italy;
United Kingdom borders only the Republic of Ireland.