Countries by Wikipedia Descriptions #5

Can you name these countries by excerpts from their Wikipedia descriptions?
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Last updated: February 15, 2019
First submittedFebruary 15, 2019
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Its eastern half was claimed by Great Britain in 1770 and initially settled
through penal transportation
Geologically part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
The Apennine Mountains form the peninsula's backbone and the Alps form
most of its northern boundary
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
Urnes Stave Church in inner Sognefjord is on UNESCO's World Heritage List
Once formed the core of the Maya civilization
Has won the FIFA World Cup on two occasions, on home soil in 1930 and again in 1950
A 9.1-magnitude quake hit on March 11, 2011, and triggered a large tsunami
Includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometres
(620 mi) west of the mainland
About 77% of the population live in the western, European part of the country
Was invaded, and later annexed, by Saddam's Iraq
It has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815
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
Named in honor of King Philip II of Spain
The number of princes is estimated to be at least 7,000
Saudi Arabia
Has the highest standard of living in the Middle East
Became the first state in the world to adopt Christianity as its official religion
in the late 3rd or early 4th century AD
Level 22
Feb 17, 2019
Good quiz idea but can you try and feature my quizzes please. The series is countries by national animals. Thank you
Level 71
Feb 18, 2019
Get in the queue Nathan, I've got 217 quizzes and not one featured.
Level 75
Jul 11, 2019
Wow, what has QM got against Mal?
Level 76
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.
Level 84
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?

Level 58
Jul 11, 2019
There needs to be some lee-way for the spelling of philipines please.
Level 61
Mar 5, 2020
Just remember that there is 3 "p"s in total and everything else is as you would expect
Level 87
Jul 11, 2019
Pretty upset I missed my own country of Australia.
Level 77
Jul 11, 2019
"AD" in the last question seems unnecessary.
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.
Level 66
Jul 11, 2019
Did anyone else try Nigeria for the number of princes question?
Level 59
Jul 11, 2019
Israel the highest standard of living?! are you serious?
Level 73
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.
Level 62
Jul 11, 2019
Are YOU serious? What's another country in the Middle East with a higher standard of living?
Level 66
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.
Level 38
Jul 11, 2019
the UAE comes to mind
Level 43
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.
Level 72
Aug 6, 2020
Try being a woman or indentured servant in any of those countries. Or god forbid, be attracted to someone of the same sex.
Level 82
Jul 11, 2019
They've got the highest HDI score. Higher than Cyprus, Qatar, or the UAE.
Level 60
Jul 22, 2020
I suppose it depends on which side of the apartheid divide they're talking about.
Level 53
Jun 8, 2021
Can you please accept Italian Peninsula for italy