Countries by Wikipedia Descriptions #4

Can you name these countries by excerpts from their Wikipedia descriptions?
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Last updated: June 1, 2019
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The most populous democracy in the world
India
During Tết, many people from the major cities will return to their villages for
family reunions and praying for dead ancestors
Vietnam
The world's oldest tennis tournament, the Wimbledon championships, first occurred in 1877
United Kingdom
In about 1000 AD, the Norse built a small encampment that only lasted
a few years at L'Anse aux Meadows
Canada
The only Portuguese-speaking nation in the Americas
Brazil
This represented a state of hyperinflation, and the central bank introduced
a new 100 trillion dollar note
Zimbabwe
Most of the country is dominated by the fertile Ganges-Brahmaputra delta
Bangladesh
Officially the Republic of China
Taiwan
Is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund
Sweden
On 15 July 2016, an unsuccessful coup attempt tried to oust the government
Turkey
Most of the areas below sea level, known as polders, are the result of land reclamation
Netherlands
It is sandwiched between China to the south and Russia to the north
Mongolia
In 2016, it overtook South Africa and became Africa's second largest economy (after Nigeria)
Egypt
It is sometimes anachronistically referred to by its former name of Zaire
D.R. Congo
One of only two landlocked countries in South America (the other is Bolivia)
Paraguay
The three medieval principalities of Wallachia, Moldavia, and Transylvania
Romania
The Petronas Towers are the tallest twin-towers in the world
Malaysia
Has remained a close partner with the Czech Republic
Slovakia
The only landlocked country in Southeast Asia
Laos
Has 17,504 islands scattered over both sides of the equator, with about
6,000 of them inhabited
Indonesia
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Level 51
Feb 14, 2019
Good quiz. I enjoyed it a lot.
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Level 22
Feb 15, 2019
Loved it too check out my quizzes and quizmaster can u feature them
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Level 85
Feb 16, 2019
Actually, it would be more impressive to say that Zimbabwe issued a 100 TRILLION dollar note (I have one!).
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Level 74
Jun 1, 2019
Let me edit Wikipedia so it has to say trillion
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Level 50
Jun 20, 2022
Why do you even have one though, although, good job on getting the limited edition dollar bill
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Level 74
Jun 1, 2019
Quizmaster, please change it to a one trillion $ note, wikipedia changed it since the quiz was made
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Level 83
Jun 1, 2019
I wonder who made the change.
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Level 67
Jun 1, 2019
Lol
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Level ∞
Jun 1, 2019
Changed it
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Level 34
Jun 2, 2019
Shouldn't 'England' be a correct answer for the Wimbledon one? The United Kingdom is made up of four different countries (England, Scotland, Wales, N Ireland) and Wimbledon is only in England - wouldn't accepting both be more correct?
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Level 60
Jun 2, 2019
no
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Level 69
Jun 4, 2019
Why do the British feel the need to rehash this point so often? We know you consider your four main administrative divisions to be countries, you know JetPunk (and the rest of the world, really) doesn't consider them to be countries because they are not sovereign, your comment on this point isn't going to change anything, so why make it?
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Level 53
Dec 20, 2020
"English"
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Level 49
Oct 26, 2021
England is a country. Your point about sovereignty holds no water as the union itself was formed by England. Also I am English, do not consider myself British.
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Level 66
Jan 17, 2022
Then Brexit out of the UK, form the Kingdom (or Republic) of England, and then the rest of the world will also consider you a country.
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Level 60
Oct 5, 2020
By being in England it is also therefore in the UK.
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Level 70
Jan 17, 2022
I know this may be controversial, but I don't consider India to be entirely a democracy anymore. Definitely on paper, but the government has been using many authoritarian tactics.

Per Wikipedia: "Cornerstones of democracy include freedom of assembly, association and speech, inclusiveness and equality, citizenship, consent of the governed, voting rights, freedom from unwarranted governmental deprivation of the right to life and liberty, and minority rights." India definitely doesn't have all of those. I'm not criticizing the clue itself, but just bringing up an important rhetorical question about the state of Indian politics today.

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Level ∞
Jan 17, 2022
Are there any countries outside the United States which have freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in 2022? For example, in Germany you can be jailed for denying the holocaust. In the United Kingdom people are now getting arrested for tweets. And of course, because of Covid, many countries have denied freedom of assembly, often despite not having any legal basis to do so.

I'd say India is just as much a democracy as most places in the western world, for now at least.

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Level 66
Jan 17, 2022
Wait, are you suggesting that all democracies are imperfect, or that only the US is a perfect democracy?
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Level 70
Jan 17, 2022
I'll grant that's true, but I think reasoning matters also. Germany has good reason to prevent Holocaust denial given its history--it's done ultimately for the good of German society, not to silence opposition. In contrast, Indian journalists are harassed, often by BJP members, just for being critical of the government. The government has even used sedition laws against journalists and opposition figures. And sure, the West has freedom of speech issues, but when has a family member of a top government official actively run over protesters with their car? Not to mention increasing violence against religious minorities and total lockdown in Kashmir.

For sure, India is still better than many countries. Even so, I don't think it meets the standards of Western democracies and backsliding has occurred at an alarming rate in recent years.

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Level ∞
Jan 17, 2022
I agree that sounds pretty bad.
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Level 66
Jan 17, 2022
Does anyone know why the AD/CE is used, and when it "needs" to be applied? If something happened in 1971, I don't need the appended "AD" or "CE" for reference. I would say the same goes for dates like 1650, 1422, and the year 1000 that's in this quiz. Even years in the triple digits really doesn't need the "AD/CE" affixed to it. It seems the BC/BCE would be the only needed addition, as if it's not used, the reader knows it's AD/CE.
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Level 73
Jan 17, 2022
I think probably this sentence was in a section about the country pre-colonization, and may have been talking about BC/BCE dates in that same section so the AC/CE is really for clarity in that part.
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Level 59
Jan 17, 2022
Missed Malaysia, Zimbabwe, and Turkey
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Level 25
Feb 5, 2022
I missed tukey too, but got the other 19
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Level 59
May 24, 2022
I keep getting the "coup" one wrong. For some reason, I kept typing in the US, but I had the year wrong...