Countries with the Least Precipitation

Can you guess the countries that have the lowest average yearly precipitation?
Source: United Nations, Aquastat
2013-2017 averages
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Last updated: December 14, 2019
First submittedNovember 21, 2015
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Precipitation
Country
1.81 cm
Egypt
5.6 cm
Libya
5.9 cm
Saudi Arabia
7.4 cm
Qatar
7.8 cm
United Arab Emirates
8.3 cm
Bahrain
8.9 cm
Algeria
Precipitation
Country
9.2 cm
Mauritania
11.1 cm
Jordan
12.1 cm
Kuwait
12.5 cm
Oman
15.1 cm
Niger
16.1 cm
Turkmenistan
16.7 cm
Yemen
Precipitation
Country
20.6 cm
Uzbekistan
20.7 cm
Tunisia
21.6 cm
Iraq
22.0 cm
Djibouti
22.8 cm
Iran
22.8 cm
Cape Verde
24.1 cm
Mongolia
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Level 80
Nov 21, 2015
Cape Verde is drier than Chad?
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Level ∞
Nov 22, 2015
Yes:
http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/AG.LND.PRCP.MM
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Level 72
Aug 9, 2018
Guess it's not that verde then.
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Level ∞
Oct 29, 2019
The World Bank seems to be broken now. You can get the data directly from the original source here. Chad gets 32.2 cm per year on average.
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Level 62
Feb 2, 2016
I fit the curve perfectly, getting everything through Mongolia.
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Level 42
Jun 9, 2017
Same except for Jordan. I tried Israel and Lebanon and then gave up on that region... I also didn't bother to try Djibouti after Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia failed.
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Level 64
Jan 27, 2018
Well Israel and Jordan border the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan doesn't. Lebanon doesn't even have a desert.
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Level 43
Jul 1, 2020
@smartguy2 Jordan can’t both border the Mediterranean and not.
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Level 55
Jul 1, 2020
He meant "Israel and Lebanon border the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan doesn't".
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Level 79
Feb 2, 2016
only missed cape verde...hard one! but now i know!
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Level 60
Jul 1, 2020
same here, still got the rare imperfect 5/5
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Level 62
Feb 2, 2016
Good quiz.
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Level 68
Feb 2, 2016
I'm surprised Egypt takes the top spot...how is it dryer than Kuwait or Saudi Arabia? How exactly were these measurments taken?
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Level 76
Feb 20, 2017
Saudi gets some rain from Red Sea maybe
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Level 36
Apr 9, 2020
egypt is not "drier" than those countries, they it has the Nile. But practiclly all of the water from the nile comes from Ethiopia Sudan Uganda area. Actual Egypt gets next to no actual rain.
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Level 47
Jul 1, 2020
And it still has 100 million people..incredible
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Level 68
Jul 1, 2020
But I lived in both Egypt and the Persian Gulf region, and I can tell you that it rains much more frequently and heavily in the Nile Delta than anywhere in the eastern half of the Arabian Peninsula. I expected Qatar, UAE, and Kuwait to have less precipitation. I think it's the average rainfall over the total area the counts, and Egypt has a huge desert region, but even gets less than half the rainfall that Libya gets? Surprising for me.
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Level 58
Feb 2, 2016
Cape Verde can't be that "dry", It's a couple of tiny islands surrounded by water!!
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Level 78
Feb 2, 2016
Water, water, everywhere...
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Level 68
Jan 27, 2018
Nor any drop to drink.
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Level 79
Feb 2, 2016
It's at least as dry as my martini.
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Level 23
Feb 3, 2016
This quiz is about which countries get the least precipitation. Precipitation basically means 'rainfall', so having water around it won't mean anything. Yes, it is an island nation, however this does not mean that it will have a high precipitation rate.
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Level 58
Feb 4, 2016
I know, I get that, I was just joking. The only country I didn't manage to get in the quiz, once I've seen it it makes perfect sense with where it is.
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Level 69
Jan 27, 2018
Precipitation basically means rainfall? Then what was I shoveling this morning?
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Level 67
Feb 2, 2016
And unsurprisingly, the United Kingdom is not on this list...
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Level 86
Feb 3, 2016
And yet, in a stunning turn of events, it's raining in England as I take this quiz...
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Level 68
Feb 2, 2016
Please accept "Igypt" for "Egypt" and "Lybya" for Libya" and "Saudi Arebia" for "Saudi Arabia" and "Kwatar" for "Qatar" etc. many of these places are so hard to spell!!!11
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Level 43
Feb 4, 2016
And please accept Cherry for Kyrgyzstan cause I don't want to remember "Kyrgyzstan".
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Level 36
Feb 9, 2016
No they aren't
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Level 43
Jul 1, 2020
The first three are just you making a more complicated way of spelling it and you can just type KSA.
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Level 58
Feb 4, 2016
And Carrotstan and Kazakhstan please.
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Level 28
Feb 5, 2016
u forgot chile. It holds the atacama desert
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Level 82
Jul 6, 2016
Lots of countries have deserts. That doesn't make them the driest countries.
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Level 50
Apr 25, 2020
Actually, Chile is one of the wettest countries.
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Level 53
Jul 2, 2020
No its not.
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Level 42
Feb 5, 2016
I thought Antarctica was going to be at the bottom of this list
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Level 79
Feb 12, 2016
Not a country, for the purposes of this quiz.
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Level 41
Dec 9, 2016
Only missed Cape Verde. I was surprised that Mali, Chad, Syria and Kazakhstan weren't on the list.
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Level 47
Jan 27, 2018
Chad and Mali have quite a bit of jungle in the south. Kazakhstan has the Aral Sea, which regularly floods the entire country when it rains.
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Level 58
Jul 1, 2020
Hi I'm from the year 2050. What sea are you talking about? Never heard of it.
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Level 72
Jul 1, 2020
The meanings of 'sea' and 'lake' are mixed up in some languages. Yes, I know you were joking.
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Level 62
Jul 1, 2020
Floods the entire country? the 9th largest country in the world is completely flooded by a small dried out sea when it rains? xD
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Level 58
Jan 27, 2018
Typed every -stan except the correct ones...
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Level 63
Jan 27, 2018
No rain in Bahrain. How did I miss just that one?
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Level 65
Jul 3, 2020
Bah!
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Level 73
Jan 27, 2018
the 'stans' keep tripping me up. forgot uzbekistan, got cape verde though
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Level 55
May 26, 2019
I got Cape Verde and missed the UAE.
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Level 51
Oct 19, 2019
When the time ended, I thought "Cape Verde". I'm disappointed.
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Level 42
Oct 26, 2019
spelled saudi arabia wrong and thought it wasnt the right answer oof
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Level 64
Jul 1, 2020
I was JUST going to type Cape Verde in (and was in fact half way on typing the whole country name), but then I thought it's not very probable to be correct, so I then deleted it!!
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Level 34
Jul 1, 2020
bahRAIN
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Level 34
Jul 2, 2020
The name Bahrain is unusual. The reason why Bahrain is so hot is because of a bridge of Saudi Arabia and bahrain
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Level 15
Jul 1, 2020
Somalia should also included in this list