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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
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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 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 68
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?