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Country Nicknames Quiz

For each selected nickname, guess the country.
Answer must correspond to highlighted box. Some countries are used more than once.
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One of these countries no longer exists
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Last updated: March 18, 2015
First submittedJuly 29, 2012
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Nickname
Country
Land of the Rising Sun
Japan
The Boot
Italy
The Emerald Isle
Ireland
Oz
Australia
Graveyard of Empires
Afghanistan
Land of the Free
United States
The Middle Kingdom
China
The Great White North
Canada
The Hexagon
France
The Bread Basket of Europe
Ukraine
Land of the Incas
Peru
India's Teardrop
Sri Lanka
Nickname
Country
The Hermit Kingdom
North Korea
Rainbow Nation
South Africa
The Gift of the Nile
Egypt
Land of Saints and Scholars
Ireland
The Great Satan
United States
America's Hat
Canada
The Evil Empire
Soviet Union
Kiwiland
New Zealand
Land of Smiles
Thailand
Down Under
Australia or New Zealand
'Nam
Vietnam
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level 71
Aug 11, 2012
Could we please accept U.S.S.R. along with Soviet Union, since the actual name of the place was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics while the Soviet Union was also a nickname? Thank you!
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level ∞
Oct 29, 2012
USSR works
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level 54
Apr 17, 2015
Would it be possible to extend Russia as an acceptable answer to that? I've seen some quizzes that allow it.
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level 70
May 7, 2015
The "Evil Empire" was used by Ronald Reagan specifically for the USSR. With the fall of the communist regime, the moniker no longer applies.
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level 77
May 22, 2015
When Reagan gave that speech, Russia and USSR were synonymous.
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level 77
May 23, 2015
They're not quite as evil and much less of an empire. But Putin's obviously nostalgic for the days when they were both.
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level 77
Jun 1, 2015
Many people used them that way. Thus, they were synonymous. Nobody uses Texas instead of the USA, thus your question is ridiculous.
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level 68
Jan 31, 2016
Just because it was a common thing that "Many people were doing" doesn't mean we need to perpetuate the misnaming of a country. Nobody uses Texas for the whole of the USA, and nobody should have used Russia as the whole of the Soviet Union.
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level 77
Jan 3, 2018
List ten good reasons why they shouldn't have and I won't think less of you.
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level 65
May 4, 2018
Many Texans I encounter seem to regard their state as its own country. Sometimes I wish they were right.
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level 63
Jul 18, 2019
I would think it obvious, but the USSR was composed of many Soviet Republics, only one of which was Russia. Even if it was the biggest and most powerful one, this in no way means both names are synonymous. As previously stated by jm, the fact that many people made that error doesn't make it right. Of course, in colloquial speech it doesn't matter really, it's a case of perfectly understandable synecdoche. But if we wanna get technical, then we should make clear there is a difference between both names.
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level 20
Oct 29, 2012
Never heard of the Great Satan, I assumed it was Iraq or Iran or some hateful place, ironic it was the US, thats what I get for assuming!
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level 63
Oct 29, 2012
It's what Iran calls the US.
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level 34
Oct 31, 2012
why?
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level 22
Aug 25, 2013
I was not very stunned. They have reasons to call us that.
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level 80
Jun 27, 2014
Yes, because Iran is such a lovely place.
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level 66
Jul 9, 2014
Not just Iran. Most Muslim countries call US that. It's because we're not Muslim and because we tend to stick our military noses into places (I won't say whether I think they belong or not - this isn't the forum for such discussions).
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level 77
May 22, 2015
Iran's ayatollahs call the USA the Great Satan because they need external bogeymen like Israel and the US to distract their own people from their own abject failures as leaders. Having someone to hate gives them something to unify behind, keeps them fearful so that they will accept the brutal police state they live in (100x worse than the Shah's Iran), and allows the ayatollah's to put their own goals of staying in power indefinitely, enriching themselves, forwarding a pro-shia agenda around the Middle East, and keeping the country stuck in the Middle Ages ahead of other goals such as normalizing relations with the West, creating jobs, and lifting the country out of poverty.
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level 77
May 22, 2015
Also while the term is obviously hyperbolic and ridiculous, and intellectuals/liberals in the United States overthink it while projecting their own values and erroneously believe it has something to do with Mossadegh, and the real reasons for it are what I stated above; when the Ayatollah first used this expression what he was actually acting mad about then was 1. US-led sanctions against Iran, 2. refusing to extradite an elderly and ailing man (the Shah) to a country where he'd almost certainly be put to death after a show trial, 3. supporting democracy and liberal values (Israel) in the Middle East, and 4. embodying everything the Ayatollahs hated about the Shah and the liberal Western values that he embraced. (freedom, gender equality, etc).
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level 73
Aug 4, 2013
was my first choice
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level 63
Jul 18, 2019
Oh the irony. Self righteous comments like these exemplify why the US is seen by many people all around the globe as a bad thing.
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level 14
Oct 29, 2012
isnt it that the land of the free is thailand?
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level 34
Oct 31, 2012
Then end of the national anthem of the USA goes "the land of the free, and the home of the brave."
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level 77
Jan 3, 2018
I love Thailand but it's not exactly a free country. Maybe when they're not under military rule and it's legal to criticize the obscenely wealthy king without going to jail for it...
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level 76
Oct 29, 2012
New Zealand is also the Land of the Long White Cloud.
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level 74
Sep 27, 2013
Indeed. I'm from Australia; we have a LOT of nicknames for New Zealand :o) but I've never heard it called 'Kiwiland'.
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level 65
Oct 23, 2014
lol we all call new zealanders kiwis !!! i think it's not very much a trend in oceania but
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level 57
May 22, 2015
A quiz a few days ago called it the gateway to Mordor.
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level 67
May 22, 2015
TheWombat .......... I can't believe you live in Australia and have never heard the expression Kiwiland........
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level 38
Jan 14, 2016
same here
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level 62
Jan 6, 2017
I have lived in New Zealand (the Land of the Long White Cloud) all my life. No one here calls it Kiwiland.
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level 62
Jan 6, 2017
New Zealand has been known as Middle Earth though.
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level 73
Aug 13, 2018
It's probably similar to Boston being called BeanTown. Nobody in Boston calls it that, but many others do.
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level 67
Aug 14, 2018
I agree 'Walacama'........ these nicknames are not what natives of a country call themselves but what others have or do call them. (others being one person in some instances)
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level 29
Oct 29, 2012
How about Mexico-America's Beard?
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level 60
Jul 24, 2019
US = Mexico’s sombrero
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level 44
Oct 30, 2012
At the moment, New Zealand is also Middle Earth. Yay for Kiwi tourism!
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level 21
Oct 31, 2012
The Evil Empire was a named used by Ronald Reagan,scary that only 18% knew that,and the Great Satan was used by Soviet Primers you have to use Soviet Union since Russia is a different country
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level 76
Jun 10, 2014
Great Satan in reference to the US was first used by the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran in 1979.
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level 44
Apr 13, 2018
Why is it scary that only 18% of people who took this quiz knew something completely useless and no longer relevant?
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level 66
Oct 31, 2012
Isn't it "the land of a thousand smiles"?
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level 77
May 22, 2015
I've seen simply Land of Smiles before on tourist literature.
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level 30
Feb 26, 2013
Good old Australia, got on there twice :)
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level 57
May 22, 2015
Yesterday I watched the Simpson's episode where they go 'down under', so when I saw the clue "the boot" I immediately thought of Australia!
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level 64
Oct 30, 2013
I immediately thought of the Yankees when I read "The Evil Empire."
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level 66
Jun 2, 2014
I am a New Zealander, and I was actually insulted to see 'Kiwiland'. Kiwiland? What the hell is kiwi land? I have never heard that before. Instead, you could use 'Land of the Long White Cloud' (Aotearoa), rather than a rubbish nickname that foreigners can associate with NZ. If you think my correct suggestion is too hard to guess, then just omit New Zealand altogether.
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level 15
Oct 7, 2014
Although australians call New zealanders kiwis, I ve never heard of kiwi land
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level 76
Feb 9, 2015
Americans don't call ourselves The Great Satan, either (most of us don't, anyway) but we're used to hearing negativity from the rest of the world and we usually just ignore it. If you google, "Kiwiland," Wiktionary says it is humorous and informal for New Zealand. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Kiwiland
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level 51
May 7, 2015
Is that a reliable source? I found other, rather unflattering definitions that didn't specifically refer to New Zealand. I agree, Kiwiland is not a widely used nickname - if it's used at all. Land of the Long White Cloud is so much nicer.
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level 35
Apr 11, 2018
Anyone who calls America the great satan is just jealous.... and trying to get the moral upper hand
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level 63
Jul 18, 2019
"Jealous", ha. The ego. The blind arrogant ego. I don't have enough hands to facepalm correctly.
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level 67
May 22, 2015
Some of these Kiwis are either very very young, or have never travelled much, I have heard Kiwiland used all over the place in Australia, not by Kiwis but by Aussies.
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level 62
May 22, 2015
How on earth is 'kiwiland' insulting? I'm from New Zealand and have heard (and used) the nickname before to describe where I'm from in a casual, humorous way. I've never heard it used derogatively. You've overreacted.
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level 76
Dec 6, 2015
This isn't anywhere near the most derogatory nickname on this quiz.
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level 40
Nov 26, 2014
Yeah in NZ we don't use Kiwiland, it's the first I've heard of it. We call ourselves kiwis though. The nickname is Aotearoa. We aren't associated with down under either that's just Aussie.
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level 55
Nov 30, 2014
Canadian's don't call themselves America's hat either, but we get over it.
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level 76
Feb 9, 2015
You already are over us.
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level 33
Apr 30, 2015
Aotearoa isn't a nickname, it is the Maori name for New Zealand
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level 62
Jan 6, 2017
Ask anyone in New Zealand what Down Under is, and they would say Australia. But I guess people in other parts of the world consider both countries Down Under??
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level 55
Nov 30, 2014
America was the "Great Satan"? I thought it was "God's country" :P
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level 77
May 22, 2015
Funny thing about god... everyone always thinks he agrees with them, even thought none of these people agree with each other. Mysterious ways...
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level 67
Aug 14, 2018
'He'
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level 45
May 22, 2015
Mexico should also work for the "Boot", if Canada is the hat.
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level 71
May 22, 2015
"The Boot" (shape), not "America's boot".
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level 34
May 22, 2015
Cool quiz. Interesting comments with some nationals getting hot under the collar. One key characteristic of a nickname in most cases is that when one sticks, the person/group of people referred to consider it derogatory. Anyway, on to a few suggestions: land of a thousand hills - Rwanda pearl of Africa - Uganda horn of Africa - Somalia
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level 77
May 22, 2015
Not always. Yankee was a pejorative term used by the British to describe Americans, later adopted by Americans as something positive.

As to other nicknames, I often heard Saudi Arabia referred to as the "Magic Kingdom" when I lived there.
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level 77
May 22, 2015
Though if we're going to do Disney themepark rip-offs I might vote for "the crappiest place on Earth"
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level 77
Apr 23, 2018
People who eat cheese for breakfast? So... Egyptians and Jordanians, then? The guys I worked with would just get a big block of white cheese and pour honey on it. Then they would get some flat bread and tear of pieces of it which they would use like a utensil to break off pieces of the honey-soaked cheese. I ate this sometimes myself.
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level 65
May 22, 2015
I prefer Canada's pants for the USA.
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level 76
Dec 6, 2015
I always laugh too much at these comments because in the UK pants is used for underwear, not trousers.
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level 24
May 23, 2015
Would 'the gold coast' be one?
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level 56
Jan 3, 2018
Gold Coast isn't a nickname though, it's just the former (colonial) name for Ghana.
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level 62
May 24, 2015
Having repeated countries threw me off.
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level 52
Oct 10, 2018
that's why the yellow box,to prevent auto type (or what ever it's called)
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level 21
May 26, 2015
An easy one would be "USA" for United States! Nobody would get that one! :`D
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level 8
Oct 20, 2015
the best quiz ever very nice :)
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level 69
May 30, 2016
I feel 'Land of the Long White Cloud' would be a more interesting choice for NZ.
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level 43
Jul 4, 2016
What about having 'land of the rising sun' as Macedonia? I mean, it has a sun in its flag.
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level 69
Jan 3, 2018
There are also suns in the flags of Argentina, Uruguay, Antigua, Taiwan, Kiribati, Tibet, Rwanda,... But only Japan is called the land of the rising sun.
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level 48
Jul 5, 2016
Hwo did you manage to put the same answers twice?
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level 58
Sep 7, 2016
Hi my name is 'nam, viet nam.
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level 67
Oct 11, 2016
Land of the free ............ you wish.
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level 58
Oct 25, 2016
Why the hell is France called the Hexagon when (not specifically) its 5 sides, like a Pentagon?
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level 56
Jan 3, 2018
Because it looks a little like a hexagon. You can even use a hexagon as a guide for drawing a rough outline of the country. Plenty of examples on google of the country shown with a hexagon on it. L'Hexagone is often used in French journalism to refer to France.
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level 62
Jan 6, 2017
The Friendly Islands - Tonga.
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level 38
May 25, 2017
I cannot believe that I'm saying this, but I agree with Kal... in this argument. His take on the issue more sense than some of the official explanations we have been fed. I may not always (or hardly ever) agree with him, but in this instance, he's on the money. Give the devil his due.
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level 47
Sep 5, 2017
Kiwiland is... not really what New Zealand is called. Land of the Long White Cloud or Middle Earth are better
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level 65
May 4, 2018
So many complaints about Kiwiland for New Zealand. From reading the comnents, you would have never known it was one of the most-guessed answers.
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level 71
Sep 19, 2019
It's not hard to guess what it should mean, but Malbaby is the only commenter who claims to have heard it used. There are many more who have never heard it.
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level 67
Aug 14, 2018
Over many, many years I've heard 'Kiwiland' used for New Zealand throughout UK, Australia and other countries by English speaking people including Kiwis. I have never yet heard a person refer to NZ as 'The land of the long white cloud' or 'Middle Earth' I think these are terms that some romantic people who have never travelled would like to think NZ is referred as.
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level 47
Oct 15, 2017
Can you accept DPRK for North Korea?
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level 71
Dec 31, 2017
A bit repetitive...
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level 18
Oct 7, 2018
silly that you have to put the answers in order !! I was typing United States and was like wtf??? why wont it work then Canada and sri lanka before I realised
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level 70
Jan 21, 2019
Belgium didn't work for "Evil Empire".
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level 41
Jul 21, 2019
UK also didn't worked.
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level 52
Nov 18, 2019
Who calls France the hexagon?
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level 63
Dec 10, 2019
Who calls Canada "America's hat"? Nobody, sounds like bullshit to me.