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Countries in their Native Language

Given their native name, can you guess the English names of these countries?
  • Using one official languages of that country, not necessarily the most-spoken one
  • Native names have been converted to the Roman alphabet
  • Answer must correspond to highlighted box
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Oct 21, 2016
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Native
English
Deutschland
Hellas
Éire
España
Polska
Nederland 
Hrvatska
Schweiz
Native
English
Ísland
Italia
Al-Jazā'ir
Österreich
Kampuchea
Kypros
Česká Republika
Miṣr
Native
English
Ityop'ia
Suomi
Magyarország
Nihon
Mongol Uls
Aotearoa
Norge
Civitas Vaticana
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(19)
What a great idea for a quiz! Pretty tough!
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Sep 5, 2012
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Apr 2, 2015
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Not really. That's a completely different quiz, one about recognizing the spatial/visual patterns commonly made by symbols of languages you probably can't read, rather than this one, which is about either a) recognizing the actual names of the countries or b) recognizing common phonetic patterns of languages you probably don't speak. Totally different things.
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Apr 2, 2015
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Though, having taken both, I share your opinion that yours is tougher.
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Apr 2, 2015
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Great quiz, but not that difficult. Got 22/24.
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Sep 17, 2012
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I got 24/24
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Apr 2, 2015
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Me too. In the second attempt!
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Mar 13, 2017
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I love languages so great quiz! I got 24 :)
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Sep 17, 2012
(36)
Got all 24 with 1 minute left. Very hard quiz!!!
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Sep 17, 2012
(68)
Hmm, added this ones myself Aug. 6, slightly different, but yet very much the same. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/15906/simple-country-names
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Sep 17, 2012
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D: You have stolen my quiz idea!
http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/25526/countries-by-official-name-1
http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/25526/countries-by-official-name-2
http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/25526/countries-by-official-name-3
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Sep 17, 2012
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Seriously, I thought I checked if there wasn't some similar quiz around, and I couldn't find anything when typing 'countries' in the search box. When you type 'official' in the search box though... Anyway, great minds think alike (and fools never differ)
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Sep 17, 2012
Agreed that great minds make alike. I made this quiz several months ago.
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Sep 17, 2012
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I live in NZ and Maori Is NOT our official language it's our second
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Sep 4, 2016
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Yeah, I was about to say that I respectfully disagree. Kiwis speak English and Maori is not the official language.
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Jan 28, 2017
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Maori, along with English, is an official language. Guys our national anthem is sung in Maori before English, come on you should know that.
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Mar 13, 2017
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I made one very similar on November 28, 2015; here it is: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/81707/countries-in-their-original-language
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Mar 13, 2017
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Woah, I made a quiz that's exactly the same as this a month and a half ago. If I had known this one existed I wouldn't have made it :( Seriously I don't remember seeing it in the tags!
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Sep 17, 2012
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How did we English speakers get Finland from Suomi, or Egypt from Misr?
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Sep 17, 2012
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We probably named the areas long before we actually spoke to the natives. I'm guessing the name Finland was made up to describe a part of Russia (like Siberia) but then it became its own country and we kept calling it that cos it's easier for us.
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Sep 18, 2012
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Suomi was called Finland long before it was part of Russia (Finland was part of Russia for approx. 100 years 1800-1900). For the 600 years before that Finland was part of Sweden. Finland is the swedish name for Suomi.
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Apr 2, 2015
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I agree with Tallukka, and also the people who lived (and still live) in the area modern day Helsinki is, were called Finns, which is where the name Finland came from.
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Mar 13, 2017
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The origins of the name Egypt are older than the name Misr. Misr is the Arabic name for Egypt. When Arabs conquered and colonized Egypt, all but obliterating the native culture, Arabic became the official language, and Misr the official name. The English name Egypt comes from the old French name Egypte. William the Conquerer brought the French language to England. France in turn was conquered and became part of the Roman Empire, and got their name for Egypt from the Latin Aegyptus. Of course the Romans borrowed the word like so many other things from the Greeks, whose name for Egypt was Aigyptos. One theory is that the Greek name came from the Egyptian name for Memphis "Hikuptah" which in turn was a corruption from early Egyptian "Hwt ka Ptah" or "home of the soul." Another theory is that Aigyptos was a compound of Aigaiou Huptios (below the Aegean). The Arabic word comes from the Hebrew name for Egypt Mitzrayim, meaning "two straits," referring to upper and lower Egypt.
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Jan 10, 2013
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Kalbahamut, that's one of the best comments I've read in a while.
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Feb 11, 2013
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But Egyptians still call it Misr. Right? At least the Egyptians I know do. :)
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Dec 19, 2013
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wordgirl: well, yes, of course they do now. Contemporary Egyptians speak Arabic. Prior to the Arab invasion of 640 A.D. most people in Egypt spoke Greek and/or Coptic, the latter being derivative of the language spoken in Egypt for thousands of years. Nobody speaks Coptic anymore except some members of the Christian Egyptian church.
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Apr 2, 2015
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it's still called mitzrayim in israel today.
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Jan 14, 2016
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Arabic and Hebrew are both Semitic languages. There are a lot of similarities.
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Jan 28, 2017
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It's called Mısır in Turkish. And funny side not we called corn "mısır" in Turkish. So we have a similar situation in Turkish for Egypt-Corn like we have in English Turkey-turkey(bird). But I don't know why the country and the grain have the same name. I checked Turkish etymological dictionary and It seems They don't really know too.
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Mar 12, 2017
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The reasons why the bird and the country share a name is well known, I think. I read about it before. Interesting story. Don't know about the grain, but almost certainly the name for the country made it's way into Turkish via Arabic, like many other words following the Ottoman conquest of the Middle East and North Africa.
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Mar 13, 2017
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The grain connection (assuming it's related at all, which isn't guaranteed) is probably because Egypt was a breadbasket for thousands of years - notably Rome imported tons of its grain from Egypt.
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Mar 13, 2017
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I don't think that's correct Corrode, Corn comes from the Americas, specifically Mexico, there must be some other explanation.
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Mar 13, 2017
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I was thinking the same thing as Corrode, actually. Corn in British English just means the seeds of a plant and it can commonly refer to wheat, which was grown in abundance in Egypt, which was in antiquity a vital food source for the Roman Empire as C pointed out. The corn you are thinking of is known as Indian Corn or Maize outside of the USA (and maybe Canada?).
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Mar 13, 2017
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even in Mexico they call it maíz
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Mar 13, 2017
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I got Egypt from the song Misirlou, the opening theme in Pulp Fiction Here is its history and lyrics in many languages http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misirlou
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Sep 5, 2014
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Along the same lines I used to wonder how Germans would say Deutschland, English say Germany, Spanish say Aleman, and Italians say Tedesco (okay, at least the language). I was quite lucky that the first German I ever asked - game designer Dirk Henn - knew the answer in great detail.
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Jan 28, 2017
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The name Egypt is derived from "Aigyptos", the Ancient Greek name for the region. This was borrowed from Egyptian "Hikuptah", an ancient name for the city of Memphis. The name Finland has its roots in the 13th century and is likely a Swedish name for its neighbour. Swedish and Finnish are fairly dissimilar languages (Swedish being Germanic and Finnish being Finno-Urgic) so this is probably why the names are so different.
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Sep 20, 2012
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And the Finnish call Sweden Ruotsi which refers to the Rus people. Russia is named after them too :)
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Mar 10, 2014
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can netherlands be netherland???? is it possible?
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Sep 20, 2012
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Not really as it's a collection of the Netherlands. You don't call USA the United State of America do you?
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Sep 20, 2012
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Lowlands, lowland, what's the difference really? Not the same thing as a collection of distinct states.
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Apr 2, 2015
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Kalbahamut, the Netherlands is a collection of distinct states, provinces, or whatever. Holland is the largest of these, I'm sure you've heard of it.
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May 31, 2015
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All of which could still collectively be referred to as "the lowland" and it would make grammatical sense.
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Oct 2, 2016
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Actually, the name "De Nederlanden" (the lowlands) originated when Belgium and Luxembourg were part of the Netherlands. Once they became separate entities, the dutch renamed their country, "Nederland" (singular). English speakers are the ones who still insist on referring to it in the plural, the Netherlands.
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Feb 17, 2017
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Can't believe I didn't get Iceland. That should have been a no-brainer. :)
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Oct 3, 2012
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Ha! I kept reading it like "island," so when the translation popped up, I smacked my forehead. :p
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Dec 19, 2013
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Ís is iclenadic for ice :)
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Mar 10, 2014
(68)
One sentence, 5 words, 4 of them the same (ish). Cracking effort.
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Mar 13, 2017
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You should also add Georgia - Sakartvelo, Armenia - Hayastan and Lithuania - Lietuva
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Apr 3, 2013
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Wales- Cymru.
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Jun 9, 2015
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Lithuania is interesting. From the spelling I would have assumed it is Latvia. What is the name for Latvia?
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Mar 13, 2017
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Latvia gains a j (Latvija) but is otherwise unchanged.
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Mar 13, 2017
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Few interesting suggestions: Crna Gora - Montenegro, Zhōngguó - China, Bharat - India, Myanmar - Burma and so on :-)
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Apr 14, 2013
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cool quiz
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Jun 25, 2013
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I 20 out of 24. I've got to disagree about New Zealand though. It is "New Zealand" in their native language.
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Sep 11, 2013
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Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand, and is widely used. New Zealand is just an adaptation of the Dutch Nova Zeelandia.
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Jan 26, 2014
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Maori is an official language of NZ.
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Mar 13, 2017
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23/24... I Missed Egypt!
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Sep 13, 2013
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'Finland' is derived form Old English 'Finnas', corresponding to Old Norse 'Finnre'. (Equivalent to modern day 'Finn', a person from Finland.)
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Nov 28, 2013
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That is one theory among many, but there are others. Nobody knows the origins of the word 'Finland' for certain - or for the word 'Suomi' for that matter.
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Apr 3, 2015
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Something seems to have gone wrong with this quiz. I had several correct answers, e.g. Norway, Japan, Iceland, Hungary and Vatican city and more rejected. I tried reloading the quiz, but that didn't help.
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Mar 31, 2014
On some quizzes, the answer has to correspond to the yellow box, which can be moved with the arrow keys, clicking a cell, or by hitting Tab / Shift Tab.
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Mar 31, 2014
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Why new zeeland was not accepted this time?
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Apr 25, 2014
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New Zealand is the correct spelling. I think Zeeland is in the Netherlands
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Apr 2, 2015
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If it wasn't for Olympic hockey I never would have known Finland.
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May 2, 2014
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surprised I knew quite a lot of these
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May 3, 2014
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Cool quiz, 24/24.
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Jun 10, 2014
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If you want a harder quiz then try my one http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/56111/places-in-their-native-celtic-languages
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Oct 4, 2014
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100% with 2:16 left!
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Dec 7, 2014
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Got all of them except Egypt!
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Apr 2, 2015
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24/24, 2:19 left :)
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Apr 2, 2015
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Finland and Hungary were really difficult. I guessed many.
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Apr 2, 2015
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Mad at myself for missing Japan, 'cause I knew it.
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Apr 25, 2015
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Hellas is Greece in Ancient Greek. In Modern Greek it is called Ellada.
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Jul 5, 2015
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Got all except Algeria (and Egypt was a lucky guess).
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Mar 9, 2016
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Way too European centric.
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Apr 24, 2016
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De Nederlandes? That means the Netherlands not just Netherland
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Jul 4, 2016
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Czech Republic should be just Česko in native language https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%8Cesko
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Oct 4, 2016
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Wonderful quiz! Liked it very much. Thank you
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Oct 8, 2016
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I like this because it helps me learn the countries in other languages. Fun quiz!
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Jan 28, 2017
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loved this quiz
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Jan 28, 2017
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Pretty easy, I would add Crna Gora, Sakartvelo, Hayastan, Zhongguo and Bharat.
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Mar 13, 2017
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Great quiz, I missed Egypt.
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Mar 13, 2017
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Didn't know New Zealand
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Mar 13, 2017
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Aotearoa is Maori for "Land of the long white cloud", and yep, it's pretty cloudy here in New Zealand.
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Apr 23, 2017
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Try my first Jetpunk quiz, I think it's pretty fun if you like movies. And who doesn't? :) http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/212585/guess-the-name-surname-in-a-movie-title
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Mar 13, 2017
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got all 1:03 left
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Mar 13, 2017
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That is great - you must be really smart.
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Mar 13, 2017
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Was thinking for a moment that the Vatican was wrong - and then realised you used Latin instead of Italian. Good call!
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Mar 13, 2017
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On all Egypt's postage stamps for instance, the word Misr does not appear it is Egypt all the way apart from the Arabic.
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Mar 15, 2017
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I studied stuff like this a while back, Hungary was by far the hardest to remember, but i still got 24/24 in first try. I thought that it was somewhat common knowledge that Misr was Egypt in arabic.
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Mar 16, 2017
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I have just created a quiz with all the countries in their native language
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Mar 17, 2017
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