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Countries that Beat France

For each selected category, name any of the countries that ranks higher than France.
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Last updated: March 19, 2019
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Rank
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Countries
2
Most countries colonized
United Kingdom
2
Most soccer players playing professionally
in another country
Brazil
3
Wine production
Italy, Spain
5
Highest tax as a % of GDP
Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, Cuba
4
Most UNESCO World Heritage sites
Italy, China, Spain
2
Birthplace of the most popes
Italy
2
Destination of the most British tourists
Spain
5
Largest country without a desert
D.R. Congo, Indonesia, Zambia, Myanmar
5
Wine consumption per capita
Andorra, Vatican City, Croatia, Portugal
3
Most countries bordered
China, Russia
4
Population in Europe
Russia, Germany, United Kingdom
2
Nuclear energy generated
United States
9
Cheese production per capita
New Zealand, Denmark, Czech Republic, ...
6
Most domesticated ducks
China, Vietnam, Indonesia, ...
2
Fastest train in service
China
5
Lowest percentage of energy coming from fossil fuels
Iceland, Estonia, Sweden, Finland
2
Most Oscars for foreign-language films
Italy
8
Destination of Chinese tourists
South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, ...
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level 62
Dec 25, 2018
The third from below misses Norway.
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level 75
Dec 26, 2018
France is almost twice as big as Norway.
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level 72
Dec 31, 2018
Norway has a lot of oil, I guess they use some of it.
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level 64
Mar 19, 2019
Norway does not use its oil and gas for energy generation. 98% of the country's energy is generated by hydropower plants.
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level ∞
Mar 19, 2019
96% of electricity is generated from hydro power. But people drive a lot. People fly a lot. People use a lot of natural gas to heat their homes. The world bank data says that 57% of total energy comes from fossil fuel sources.
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level 66
Mar 20, 2019
I think your explanation is correct (heating of homes and other buildings would be another major factor). Interestingly, however, fuel used for international flights (presumably involving the great majority of fuel used for flights originating or arriving at Norwegian airports) is not ascribed to any country. Thus, every country's carbon footprint is underestimated - some more than others, of course.
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level 55
Mar 20, 2019
@tshalla Do you have a source with more information about that? Does that go for all international flights?
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level 78
Dec 26, 2018
Should have guessed... seeing all those priests staggering around the Vatican, drunk out of their minds on cheap wine.
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level 58
Dec 26, 2018
Hilarious ! Vatican and wine consumption !
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level 64
Dec 28, 2018
Vatican's wine consumption per capita counts on the wine used during Masses?
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level 72
Dec 31, 2018
Why not?
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level 70
Jan 13, 2019
because the Masses will be full of non-Vatican residents
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level 60
Mar 19, 2019
Roughly 800 residents, probably about 100%. Plus Catholics can drink outside mass.
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level 67
Dec 28, 2018
Quite a few bloody tough/random ones on there. Amazed the average is so high.
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level 53
Jan 4, 2019
Most fearsome rival: Italy
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level 51
Jan 10, 2019
Shouldn't Bhutan be added for the fossil fuel question? The World Bank put their fossil fuel usage at 0%
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level 60
Jan 11, 2019
Hardest one
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level 44
Mar 19, 2019
I read this and thought Germany, United Kingdom, Italy... Then I realised it wasn't based on wars.
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level 56
Mar 19, 2019
Ah yes, the typical "french are weak and always lose" comment. How original. >__>
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level 65
Mar 19, 2019
Is there a desert in Brazil? Wikipedia seems to mention Jalapao in its list of deserts, but on the Jalapao page it says it's a semi-arid region... I'm not sure about it.
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level 52
Mar 19, 2019
I'm assuming they're counting Lençóis Maranhenses National Park? I was also very surprised to find that Brazil had a desert.
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level 36
Mar 19, 2019
Also try my french version of same quiz...
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level 57
Mar 19, 2019
Great quiz, thanks QM
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level 51
Mar 20, 2019
I did not know Ukraine had a desert :/
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level 60
Mar 20, 2019
I tried Ukraine for that one too. The only thing I can think of is that the territory counts French Guyana as part of France, which makes the territory bigger than Ukraine.
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