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Countries by National Anthem Quiz

Based on the selected national anthem lyric, name the country.
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Last updated: July 24, 2019
First submittedOctober 31, 2011
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Lyric
Country
O! say can you see by the dawn's early light
United States
With glowing hearts we see thee rise / The True North strong and free!
Canada
God save our gracious Queen / Long live our noble Queen
United Kingdom
This is the country of every tribe / The land of Balochs and Uzbeks / Pashtuns and Hazaras /
Turkmens and Tajiks
Afghanistan
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross / We'll toil with hearts and hands
Australia
In Erin's cause, come woe or weal / 'Mid cannon's roar and rifles' peal / We'll chant a soldier's song
Ireland
And onward, towards the ends of the east / An eye still gazes toward Zion
Israel
A prince of Orange / am I, free and fearless
The Netherlands
Pity, God, the Magyar, then / Long by waves of danger tossed
Hungary
Souls and bodies we'll lay down, all for our freedom / And we'll show that we, brothers,
are of the Cossack nation!
Ukraine
Arise! All those who don't want to be slaves! / Let our flesh and blood forge our new Great Wall!
China
From the bones arisen / of the Hellenes, the sacred
Greece
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas / Mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges
India
And the saga night that sends / dreams to our earth
Norway
You are the seat of Peter, whose blood was shed in Rome
Vatican City
Vile despots would have themselves / The masters of our destinies! / To arms, citizens
France
The gold star afluttering / Leading the people of our native land out of misery and suffering
Vietnam
From the southern seas to the polar lands / Lie our forests and fields
Russia
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level 32
Oct 31, 2011
Awesome quiz!
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level 51
Oct 31, 2011
great quiz!
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level 56
Oct 31, 2011
Got all but France. Great quiz!
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level 66
Oct 31, 2011
I disagree. No clues in the norway lyric!
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level 34
Feb 8, 2013
Saga night???
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level 55
Jun 19, 2017
A saga is a the Norse word for a story or tale
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level 67
Jul 2, 2017
Actually the Norwegian national anthem never mentions the name of the nation in the first, most commonly sung verse: Yes, we love this land / as it thrusts forth / rugged, wind-beaten over the water / with its thousands of homes / Love it, love it and think / Of our fathers and mothers / And of the saga-night which lays / Dreams upon our earth.
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level 79
May 29, 2018
but the saga clue is there and does help
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level 67
Aug 17, 2018
Rugged, wind beaten over the water probably would have gotten me the answer.
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level 62
Sep 26, 2019
yea wind beaten over the water with its thousands of homes, would have gotten me the answer.
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level 70
May 27, 2019
I got it from the saga clue
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level 61
Nov 2, 2019
Me too. Tried Iceland first, then Norway next. It's a fair clue.
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level 52
Nov 3, 2011
Nice quiz!
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level 44
Nov 4, 2011
I did terribly, but that was fun! 50% for Australia, not bad I guess :)
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level 12
Feb 12, 2012
very hard. i only remeber uk, usa and canada.
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level 62
Sep 26, 2019
the clues made it easy ( not super easy it did make you think and figure it out, but it was get-able). I only really knew (which is even an overstatement, I know 3 words from each) uk and usa. And got all but the bottom 3>

I think it is an excellent quiz. the lines and or countries are well chosen

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level 50
Nov 2, 2019
Exactly. I only knew the UK and the Netherlands, the rest has clues hidden in them.
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level 58
May 8, 2012
God Save the Queen is indeed the UK national anthem. In fact, while Scotland and Wales also have their own national anthems, England doesn't, so God Save the Queen is the usual default at, for example, sporting events. People have argued for 'Jerusalem', 'Land of Hope & Glory' and 'I Vow to Thee My Country' as candidates, but so far with no official bearing.
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level 38
Mar 14, 2018
Isn't "Land of Hope and Glory" the processional used at high school and university graduations in the USA? It was at mine.
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level 65
Mar 29, 2018
It is, but both tune and lyrics are by English people, and it is very well known in the UK - and a traditional component of "The Last Night of the Proms".
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level 43
Nov 9, 2012
I can't believe I missed Afghanistan! For some reason I kept writing Pakistan over and over again... >.
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level 80
Oct 3, 2014
I tried every "-stan" but that one. No idea how I forgot it.
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level 47
Oct 17, 2014
same here...ended up trying different spellings for each of them, too.
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level 76
Apr 15, 2017
I was just typing it in as the clock ended - so close.
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level 76
Dec 10, 2012
I loved seeing the english translations of them! They really show the personalities of the countries. Norway's sounds especially beautiful, just like the country.
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level 77
Aug 29, 2013
I know it agrees with Wikipedia, but "Spread are our forests and fields" doesn't make any sense. If you follow Wikipedia's citation for the lyrics, you'll see that that source actually says "Lie our forests and our fields" here. No "are"!
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level 69
Oct 10, 2014
Missed Hungary and Vietnam. Good quiz.
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level 37
Oct 10, 2014
USA doesn't have a strong clue.
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level 47
Apr 16, 2017
Mostly Americans who visit this site, though, so hopefully it rings a bell.
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level 77
Mar 29, 2018
The US and French anthems are the hardest to guess without any prior knowledge of the song, but they're also probably the two most famous on the list possibly excepting the anthems for Canada and the UK.
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level 62
Sep 26, 2019
plus vietnam
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level 77
Sep 26, 2019
"the gold star afluttering" is a reference to the Vietnamese flag.
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level 70
May 27, 2019
I guessed that USA would be first in a quiz like this and I was right.
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level 63
Oct 10, 2014
Australia's national anthem can be sung to the Gilligan's Island theme tune.
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level 65
Oct 10, 2014
And especially well to Adam Hill's version, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVKngijexnw. Sung to Working Class Man. Love it!
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level 76
Oct 10, 2014
Great quiz. Missed France and Vietnam - didn't see a clue for France, and had no idea which flag had a golden star.
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level 77
Mar 29, 2018
The only clue for France that I can see is that the anthem was born out of the French Revolution during which thousands of nobles ("vile despots") had their heads cut off.
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level 65
Jun 28, 2019
I thought the "to arms, citizens" gave it away.
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level 62
Sep 26, 2019
why would it?
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level 15
Oct 10, 2014
Can Vatican be accepted for Vatican city
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level 71
Oct 10, 2014
Oh dear this is embarrassing. I'm Canadian and yet nearly missed Canada altogether; I only ever hear the original French version (or the bilingual one sung at Habs games in which the first half is in French), and the French and English "Ô Canada" are two completely different songs. It was easier to guess the other countries, as those were literal tranlsations in English. Well, I'll go to bed a little less ignorant tonight.
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level 66
Oct 11, 2014
With the «Southern Cross» reference, I tried South Africa and New Zealand, but I completely forgot Australia... Shame on me..
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level 54
Jan 27, 2015
I see that Vietnam was the one that most people missed. For me 'the gold star' was a dead giveaway, seeing as Vietnams falg is basically a gold star on a red background.
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level 62
Apr 16, 2017
Same. Easy to figure out.
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level 62
Sep 26, 2019
working backwards yes there is logic. But a) there are several countries wth stars on their flags and b) how would you know it was even about flags?? there are uncountable amount of stars in the sky and all countries could be referring to them. It is a word that is used metaphorically so often.

and afaik the star on the flag isnt fluttering unless they have put LED's in it. But it still wouldnt on paper etc. A fluttering star makes you think of a real one or atleast a symbolic one, not a flag.

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level 28
May 9, 2015
I don't know how anyone could make a quiz like this and not add the German national anthem. in my opinion, its the best, especially when you realize what it actually means when you translate it!
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level ∞
Oct 28, 2016
"Deutschland über alles" is no longer part of their official anthem. Their current anthem is very generic. The French anthem, on the other hand, is full of blood and guts.
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level 78
Apr 15, 2017
The lyrics were never changed, but they avoid to use the verse with "Deutschland über alles". Anyway, that text is obviously Lutheran. On the other hand, the Marseillaise is a revolutionary song, with all the violence that implies...
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level 62
Sep 26, 2019
Why does the german anthem sing about wine but not beer??
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level 70
Apr 15, 2017
Fun Fact: After the foundation of modern Germany, our first President Theo Heuss held a contest to find a better anthem for Germany, but all the submissions were so bad, that they just went with the most bland verse of that horribly song we have right now. East Germany hat a nice Anthem though.
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level 69
Sep 26, 2016
I only knew the US, Australia, the UK and France, but got them all thanks to the abundant clues - mostly with very little time. Norway and Russia I briefly struggled with, but got there.
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level 74
Oct 27, 2016
"The king of Spain I have always honoured" would be better clue for Netherlands :P
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level 47
Apr 16, 2017
Sorry to burst your bubble, but no. The Orange clue is quite a bit better.
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level 38
Mar 14, 2018
Almost missed the Netherlands clue altogether because I'd never seen the words in English. It is only when I saw "Orange" that I translated the rest of the sentence and realized that it was "Wilhelmus".
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level 50
Nov 2, 2019
That is the sentence that trips everybody up who do not know the history of the Netherlands and William of Orange.
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level 75
Nov 19, 2016
Very cool. Please do a sequel!
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level 39
Jan 19, 2017
Why won't the computer let me scroll down?
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level 31
Jan 20, 2017
only England and Northern ireland has GSTQ as the national anthem, Scotland and Wales dont.
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level 65
Mar 29, 2018
GSTQ is the National Anthem of the UK, including Wales and Scotland. At sporting events, they sing Land of my Fathers or Flower of Scotland, but that does not alter the fact.
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level 67
Apr 15, 2017
No spanish anthem?
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level 73
Apr 16, 2017
Seriously?
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level 67
May 9, 2017
:)
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level 74
Apr 18, 2017
:D
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level 65
Mar 29, 2018
The Spanish National Anthem, famously, has no lyrics, so hard to include in this quiz.
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level 29
Jul 23, 2019
Bosnian's has no lyrics either
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level 66
Apr 15, 2017
very nice
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level 68
Apr 15, 2017
This was fun, many different strategies are needed to get the clues!
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level 77
Apr 15, 2017
I got them all this time. Only missed Norway the first time. In retrospect "saga" is a giveaway.
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level 34
Apr 16, 2017
I'm surprised so few people knew Vietnam. The giveaway is the "gold star".
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level 62
Apr 16, 2017
Only missed Norway and France. Where is New Zealand? "God defend our free land". Good clue - it rhymes with "God defend New Zealand." Of course. And "Guard Pacific's triple star from the shafts of strife and war".
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level 62
Apr 16, 2017
Fun quiz though :-)
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level 69
Apr 16, 2017
great quiz! got them all by educated guesses
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level 52
Apr 18, 2017
If you're looking for a tricky one, here's Poland (crude translation): "we were given an example by Bonaparte how to win". Little people would have thought it's Poland, rather France or sth. The anthem comes from the very end of the 18th century, when Poland was annexed by Russia, Prussia and Austria (1795) and a bulk of Polish soldiers went to France to help Napoleon in his fight against these countries, hoping for the independence of Poland. Napoleon did introduced a semi-independent Polish duchy afterwards, but in the end nothing worked out.
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level 62
Sep 26, 2019
It all depends what parts you choose. If you want to confuse people you could say : I am of German blood (descend) and have always honoured the king of Spain. Which is in the dutch anthem...
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level 67
Apr 24, 2017
There are so many beautiful anthems but for me, the Icelandic anthem is the most beautiful and haunting. "Iceland's thousand years, Iceland's thousand years: one small flower in eternity with a quivering tear, which worships its God and dies." I could be biased, though. :)
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level 67
Apr 24, 2017
Íslands þúsund ár, Íslands þúsund ár! Eitt eilífðar smáblóm með titrandi tár, sem tilbiður guð sinn og deyr.
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level 62
Sep 28, 2019
It is indeed quite beautiful, poetic and sort of tragic. Flowers with trembling tears, and "from heavenly starbundles thou braided a wreath of thine legions gathered through time".

(perhaps I switched subject and indirect object though.. the complete translations I can find are all over the place so I decided to analyse it myself, but this is a hard distinction to figure out in many languages, if give you and you give has no difference or something added like give to)

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level 66
Jul 12, 2017
Hints: True North; noble Queen; Pashtuns, Southern Cross; Erin; Zion; Orange; Magyar; Cossack; Great Wall; Hellenes; Ganges/ Himalayas; saga; Peter & in Rome; Aux armes citoyens; Gold star; Polar lands forest and fields.
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level 62
Sep 4, 2017
Greattttt! My favourite subject!
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level 59
Oct 1, 2017
One of the best quizzes I have done so far ! Love it.
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level 67
Jan 3, 2018
"our new Great Wall"? United States?
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level 38
Aug 11, 2018
^ LOL. Maybe in the near future, if Mexico doesn't build one first. Talk about fake news; all this hoopla about the influx of illegal Mexicans is just that. Mexicans have been self-deporting from the USA for the last twenty years. For illegals, look to Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras.
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level 50
Mar 29, 2018
I didn't get France. It looks different when it's not in French.
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level 52
Mar 29, 2018
The Vatican City has an anthem?
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level 77
Jul 5, 2018
As soon as they get their field hockey team off the ground and win the gold they'll be ready.
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level 70
Apr 28, 2018
Does Russia have forests and fields in the southern seas? That confused me as I thought south meant southern hemisphere.
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level 77
Jul 5, 2018
southern in relation to Russia. There is no country with territory in the arctic that touches the Southern Ocean, so if you think about it for a second it becomes pretty obvious.
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level 71
Jan 2, 2019
I'm expecting San Marino and Bosnia to show in the next one.
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level 59
Apr 20, 2019
You should accept Cyprus for Greece, seeing as they share their national anthem. Another reason why Cyprus should be regarded as European, but that's another topic...
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level 57
Jun 6, 2019
Got Norway with 2 seconds remaining!
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level 62
Sep 26, 2019
Only missed the bottom 3, those are really the only 3 without any clues in them (cause I have never heard of any but uk and us)

Surprised at how low hungary was though, since it has the most obvious clue it basicly spells it out for you.

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level 62
Nov 2, 2019
Throw in some African countries!
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level 39
Nov 2, 2019
Holland is generally accepted for the Netherlands. Why isn’t it here?
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level 56
Nov 2, 2019
Greece and Cyprus share the same national anthem so Cyprus must be an accepted answer too.
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level 61
Nov 5, 2019
National anthems make me threw up in my mouth.