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Countries by Wikipedia Descriptions #5

Can you name these countries by excerpts from their Wikipedia descriptions?
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First submittedFebruary 15, 2019
Last updatedFebruary 15, 2019
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Its eastern half was claimed by Great Britain in 1770 and initially settled
through penal transportation
Australia
Geologically part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Iceland
The Apennine Mountains form the peninsula's backbone and the Alps form
most of its northern boundary
Italy
Other international airports include Gimpo, Busan, and Jeju
South Korea
Phuket, Krabi, Ranong, Phang Nga and Trang lay along the coasts of the Andaman Sea
Thailand
Urnes Stave Church in inner Sognefjord is on UNESCO's World Heritage List
Norway
Once formed the core of the Maya civilization
Guatemala
Has won the FIFA World Cup on two occasions, on home soil in 1930 and again in 1950
Uruguay
A 9.1-magnitude quake hit on March 11, 2011, and triggered a large tsunami
Japan
Includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometres
(620 mi) west of the mainland
Ecuador
About 77% of the population live in the western, European part of the country
Russia
Was invaded, and later annexed, by Saddam's Iraq
Kuwait
It has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815
Switzerland
The nation established independence from Australia on 16 September 1975
Papua New Guinea
The tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest in Africa
Algeria
Named in honor of King Philip II of Spain
Philippines
The number of princes is estimated to be at least 7,000
Saudi Arabia
Has the highest standard of living in the Middle East
Israel
Became the first state in the world to adopt Christianity as its official religion
in the late 3rd or early 4th century AD
Armenia
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level 21
Feb 17, 2019
Good quiz idea but can you try and feature my quizzes please. The series is countries by national animals. Thank you
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level 67
Feb 18, 2019
Get in the queue Nathan, I've got 217 quizzes and not one featured.
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level 72
Jul 11, 2019
Wow, what has QM got against Mal?
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level 75
Feb 21, 2019
Great quiz! But dangit, I never know if "largest" refers to area or population. Barking up the wrong tree again this time.
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level 70
Feb 21, 2019
"About 77% of the population live in the western, European part of the country"
Who else was looking forward to a Cyprus trick question?
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level 41
Jul 11, 2019
There needs to be some lee-way for the spelling of philipines please.
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level 37
Jul 11, 2019
Pretty upset I missed my own country of Australia.
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level 71
Jul 11, 2019
"AD" in the last question seems unnecessary.
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level 59
Jul 15, 2019
That's what's written in Wikipedia. If it's unnecessary (Christianity before Christ does sound funny), you might want to change the article.
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level 54
Jul 11, 2019
Did anyone else try Nigeria for the number of princes question?
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level 49
Jul 11, 2019
Israel the highest standard of living?! are you serious?
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level 67
Jul 11, 2019
Well, it's a Wikipedia description, so blame them. Besides, that description is a link with a pretty good explanation on how Israel's standard of living has been derived.
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level 61
Jul 11, 2019
Are YOU serious? What's another country in the Middle East with a higher standard of living?
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level 60
Jul 11, 2019
I am certainly no expert on the Middle East, but one would think UAE, Qatar, and Bahrain are all plausible guesses. I tried UAE and Qatar about five times before I tried anything else.
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level 35
Jul 11, 2019
the UAE comes to mind
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level 37
Jul 12, 2019
A lot of those oil nations - Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia - have a poor underclass of imported labourers which skews the stats.
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level 76
Jul 11, 2019
They've got the highest HDI score. Higher than Cyprus, Qatar, or the UAE.
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level 64
Jul 12, 2019
I received an email today informing me that Nigeria actually has the most princes!