The EU in Europe

Using the country profiles to find the answers

This activity would work best where students can explore the Countries & People module either individually or in small groups.  Here are some suggested starter questions for looking up facts.

1. Which EU countries mainly speak German?  
2. Which two states in the centre of Europe are not members of the EU?
3. Which EU countries do not use the Latin alphabet?
4. Which EU countries have a border with the Baltic Sea?
5. Find an EU state which has no land borders. 
6. Which EU countries are these islands part of?  Sardinia, Corsica, Minorca, Gotland, Crete
7. Which EU countries does the River Danube flow through or form part of the border?
8. Which of these countries is in the €urozone? France, UK, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Portugal.

Answers
1. Which EU countries mainly speak German?
    Germany and Austria; it is one of the official languages of Luxembourg;
    Belgium has a German-speaking enclave


2. Which two states in the centre of Europe are not members of the EU?
    Switzerland and Liechtenstein

3. Which EU countries do not use the Latin alphabet?
    Bulgaria – Cyrillic;  Greece - Greek

4. Which EU countries have a border with the Baltic Sea?
    Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark.
    Kaliningrad is not in the EU.

5. Find an EU state which has no land borders.
    Malta
    Cyprus - the whole island is in the EU, though EU rules and privileges do not apply
    in the unrecognised Turkish republic)


6. Which EU countries are these islands part of?
    Sardinia - Italy, Corsica - France, Minorca - Spain, Gotland - Sweden,
    Crete - Greece

7. Which EU countries does the River Danube flow through or form part of the border?
    Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania.

    Non EU countries – Serbia, Moldova, Ukraine.
    Tracing the route across the maps note the several different names:
    Danube, Donau, Dunaj, Duna, Dunav, Dunârea

8. Which of these countries is in the €urozone?
    France, UK, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Portugal.
    France, Ireland, Germany, Portugal