Countries by a Single Clue #9

Can you name the country that corresponds to each clue?
Answer must correspond to yellow box!
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Last updated: March 28, 2020
First submittedMay 18, 2017
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Clue
Country
Northernmost country in Africa
Tunisia
Has the highest GDP per capita in the Southern Hemisphere
Australia
Where the rivers Shannon and Liffey flow
Ireland
Sea pirates from this country inspired the movie "Captain Phillips"
Somalia
Has the oldest constitution still in use (technically the oldest codified constitution)
United States
Its emperors were buried in jade suits
China
Location of the Atacama Desert
Chile
Has the most Catholics of any country in Eastern Europe
Poland
Much of its land area is within the Ganges delta
Bangladesh
Largest landlocked country in the Western Hemisphere
Bolivia
Its capital city is Vilnius
Lithuania
The southernmost country in Central America
Panama
Has an autonomous Kurdish region with its own Parliament
Iraq
Gets a total volume of rainfall greater than any other country
Brazil
Until 1480, it was possible to walk from this country to India
Sri Lanka
Led by King Abdullah II - who is sometimes considered a benevolent dictator
Jordan
Most educated country in the Middle East
Israel
The only majority Hindu country other than India
Nepal
The Romani people (Gypsies) originally came from this country
India
Melania Trump was born in this small Alpine country
Slovenia
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Level 70
May 18, 2017
Missed the 5th one. I thought one of the European nations would have had a constitution that was older. Clearly not.
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Level 81
May 18, 2017
We move with the times in Europe. It said "still in use".
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Level 56
Oct 30, 2017
US "moves with the times" also, to an extent. The Constitution is simply amended, not replaced.
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Level 66
Oct 30, 2017
Ours is better than yours. That's why we don't have to replace it.
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Level 59
Nov 1, 2017
The second amendment begs to differ, my dear friend.
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Level 78
Jul 3, 2018
I agree with Aaron. Because the US Constitution is amendable it can be changed to reflect the opinions and conventions of the times - case in point the 18th and 21st Amendments. It's age and the fact that it is still in use doesn't indicate an outdated, immovable, set-in-stone document rather one whose authors had the foresight to include a way to make revisions as they are needed to update the whole and keep it current with changing needs. Moving with the times is not an exclusively European virtue. It's just my opinion, but to this outsider it appears that Europe clings much more tightly to its traditions than anything in the New World (i.e. royalty, monarchies, patrimonies etc.).

MeestuhDuht, I don't understand you reference to the 2nd amendment. Could you please clarify your meaning?

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Level 63
Feb 9, 2021
Having "the oldest written constitution" does not in any way mean that it's better, just that Americans prefer to add amendments rather than rewriting the document. It's really just an editing choice.
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Level 82
May 19, 2017
The "Statutes" of San Marino are from 1600, but are not quite a full constitution. Apart from that, the oldest in Europe is the Norwegian one (1814).
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Level 78
May 19, 2017
British would be older as well, but it's not codified.
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Level 74
Oct 23, 2017
The question doesn't say codified whatever that means in this context. Lots of the still effective parts of the UK constitution were enacted/agreed centuries before the USA even existed. Judged just against the UK, the most that could be said of the U.S. constitution is that it might be the world's oldest still effective constitution with the word 'constitution' written on it. But that doesn't work because of San Marino - whose constitution dates from 1600. So what the USA is left with is that it might have the oldest still effective constitution with the word 'constitution' written on it in English - which makes the claim, and the question, effectively meaningless.
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Level 69
Oct 30, 2017
Different meanings of the word Constitution. It can either mean the rules/customs/means of governing a country, or it can mean a single document that officially lays out those rules for the country. The U.S. definitely has the oldest of the latter, with the closest being San Marino which is older but also not one document.
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Level 82
Oct 30, 2017
rufty you don't know what you're talking about.
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Level ∞
Mar 28, 2020
Okay, I added a caveat for the nitpickers.
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Level 37
Apr 12, 2018
I just couldn't wrap my head around the idea that the US, which is a relatively new country, had an older constitution than the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, etc., etc.
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Level 67
May 10, 2018
Although France and Germany have a long history, as modern states they are relatively young. The French Fifth Republic came into being in 1958; Germany was only united into one country in 1871, and the current constitution was instituted after WWII.

Denmark's constitution was originally adopted in 1849 - before that it was an absolute monarchy.

The UK dates from 1707, with the union of the crowns of England and Scotland. It has a constitution, but not one that is written down in a single document.

England has a history of legal and constitutional development (Magna Carta, Bill of Rights, Common Law) that goes back a long way, and influenced the drafters of the US Constitution.

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Level 45
Dec 15, 2020
india or china are the oldest countries, so i wouldve thought it was going to be ne of the( i think india came before china)
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Level 56
Feb 9, 2021
Middle eastern are older
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Level 39
Feb 9, 2021
According to Wikipedia, the first French Constitution was adopted in 1791, and there has been at least 13 constitutions since (the most recent one, from 1958, established the Fifth Republic).

I wouldn't say that France is young as a modern state.

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Level 66
Feb 11, 2021
Culture ≠ Country. The current iteration of China is significantly different than the China of centuries past. Ditto with India. That's not a judgement on their present or respective histories
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Level 70
May 25, 2021
USA wins the oldest constitution competition. U-S-A, U-S-A, ho ho ho.
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Level 37
Aug 15, 2018
And yet - I would have voted for the UK, Greece, the Netherlands or even France, before thinking of the USA as having the oldest constitution.
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Level 71
May 18, 2017
What happened in 1480?
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Level 64
May 19, 2017
Cyclones supposedly sunk the landbridge.
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Level 60
Oct 30, 2017
Those one-eyed hooligans!
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Level 79
Oct 30, 2017
I thought it was the Cylons.
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Level 78
May 19, 2017
(Almost) nobody knows this about the gypsies??
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Level 71
Oct 30, 2017
I guess the word Romani made the clue misleading. I personally thought the gypsies came somewhere from Eastern Europe. Also had an impression they resided in Ireland and northern U.K.
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Level 61
Oct 30, 2017
They're all different things.

Roma/Romani are a nomadic Indian people who ended up mostly migrating to Europe. They now mostly live in eastern Europe. Somewhere between .25-0.5 million of them were killed in the Holocast. They're the original "gypsies," which word possibly originates from people thinking they were Egyptian.

Most gypsies in the UK and Ireland are Irish travellers rather than Roma, although there's Roma groups too.

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Level 82
Oct 30, 2017
(Some of, perhaps a plurality- popular misconception that it's possible for "a people" to be discrete and extant for all time) the ancestors of today's Roma migrated to Europe from India. I was under the impression that the name Roma/Romani came from the fact that many of them first settled in Romania before spreading elsewhere in Europe, but looked it up before posting and apparently that's not the case. Anyway there are still huge numbers in Romania but they are all over Europe.
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Level 75
May 20, 2017
Slovenia is mainly flat plains. The northern border with Austria is alpine, but that only covers a small proportion of the country.
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Level 78
May 20, 2017
Far from "mostly flat plains", it's mostly hilly. Alpine and subalpine regions cover about 40% of the country. In any case, it's an Alpine country just as it is also a Mediterranean country.
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Level 39
Oct 30, 2017
"Bolivia" is the one answer I missed, just because I'm ignorant and didn't get the meaning of "Western Hemisphere" (I thought it was the "Northern Hemisphere"). Shame on me.
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Level 82
Oct 30, 2017
easy
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Level 71
Oct 30, 2017
Mauritius also has a Hindu majority. Slim majority at 51.9% (as per wikipedia), but still a majority.
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Level 65
Oct 30, 2017
I don't think pirates from Somalia "inspired" the move "Captain Philips" seeing how it was based on a true story.
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Level 82
Oct 30, 2017
..... what do you think the word inspired means?
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Level 67
Oct 21, 2019
Never heard of the movie but immediately knew it had to be somalia.
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Level 76
Feb 11, 2021
I tried UK first lol
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Level 67
Oct 21, 2019
Plus people generally get information from real things and or events, or is your problem the opposite?
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Level 71
Oct 30, 2017
The Atacama Desert extends into Bolivia, Argentina and Peru as well depending on which source you're using. But it's certainly not only Chile.
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Level 67
Oct 21, 2019
The "small" threw me of in the melania question for eastern european standards is it of average size ( I know it said alpine, but that got me more confused, after liechtenstein not working I started to even doubt were the alps were, thought what small countries could there be.. monaco? san marino?)

I would leave it out it doesn't help the question,at all

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Level 61
Feb 9, 2021
@Sifhraven - that's just not accurate at all. None of the European microstates are in Eastern Europe. Slovenia is either the second- or third-smallest country in Eastern Europe, depending on whether you consider Kosovo a country. It's certainly not 'average by Eastern European standards'.
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Level 74
Nov 7, 2019
Cocos Island is the southernmost point of Costa Rica and is further south than any point in Panama
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Level 67
Mar 23, 2020
Isn't Fiji also majority Hindu?
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Level 79
Sep 15, 2020
I'm guessing the smallish bit of Mali that's in the eastern hemisphere is bigger than the difference in size between it and Bolivia, or otherwise excludes it.
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Level 76
Dec 29, 2020
can the word starting with g in the clue about the romani please be removed seeing as that word (the one with the g) is considered an ethnic slur. thank you.
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Level 26
Jan 11, 2021
mauritius isch majority hindu du fischgurke
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Level 61
Feb 9, 2021
Mauritius is indeed also majority Hindu
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Level 73
Feb 9, 2021
According to the 2011 census, Mauritius is plurality Hindu, but not majority.
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Level 21
Feb 9, 2021
hey quizmaster nice to talk to you , I just wanted to ask how to eligible points on our quiz

thank you by lovecountry

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Level 67
Feb 9, 2021
Might I ask: Isn't there one island in Costa Rica that goes farther south than Panama?

I'm sure that would count as part of Central America still.

Cocos Island

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Level 57
Feb 9, 2021
Aren't Mauritius and Fiji Hindu too?
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Level 49
Feb 9, 2021
It's always weird when the only question I didn't get is one of the most-known ones. Looks like I should watch more pirate films...
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Level 36
Feb 9, 2021
I randomly guessed India for the gypsies one because why not
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Level 70
Feb 9, 2021
I understand you wanted to clarify who the Romani are for those who may not know, but g*psy is commonly regarded as a slur by most (though certainly not all) Roma people. Can you please remove this word? Potential ignorance of readers as to who the Roma are isn't a valid excuse for invoking a slur. At least put an asterisk in it so folks can learn that this word is offensive to many. I appreciate your understanding. :-)
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Level 63
Feb 9, 2021
Melania Trump wasn't actually born in Slovenia because Slovenia didn't exist at the time. Melania Trump was actually born in Yugoslavia. You might want to reword that clue.