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Countries with Five Letters Quiz

Name the countries of the world whose common English name is 5 letters long.
Quiz idea: World1945
Burma is filled in because we now use the name Myanmar
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Last updated: October 20, 2018
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First submittedJune 30, 2012
Times taken211,803
Average score70.8%
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Africa
Benin
Egypt
Gabon
Ghana
Kenya
Libya
Niger
Sudan
Asia
Burma
China
India
Japan
Nepal
Qatar
Syria
Yemen
Europe
Italy
Malta
Spain
North America
Haiti
Oceania
Nauru
Palau
Samoa
Tonga
South America
Chile
103 Recent Comments
+3
Level 8
Jul 18, 2013
Wales technically but then not exactly a country
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Level 31
Jan 2, 2014
Thank you. That is very clear, sort of.
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Level 43
Nov 24, 2014
I understand it completely. Now can you explain it to me?
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Level 55
Jan 18, 2017
Yes, I can a little, maybe possibly of course not.
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Level 51
Oct 18, 2017
This comment chain is very good and I dislike it a lot or maybe just a little.
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Level 25
Jun 9, 2024
that's true. They should add it for sure not maybe
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Level 19
Jan 25, 2014
Is the country Niger where they got the bad word from?
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Level 56
Jan 30, 2014
You can't be serious.
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Level 83
Jul 16, 2016
Actually, the root is the same. Niger comes from the Latin for black.
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Level 75
Oct 10, 2014
Yes, but no. The country was named after the River and the river most likely after a section which was locally referred to as "black river". In both cases (the river and your word) the reference is made to black or it's latin/spanish equivalent rather. The same origins, but in a slightly different way.
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Level 81
Nov 18, 2020
Also the French pronunciation, which seems to be becoming more common, is more like "nee-ZHAIR", so you don't have to worry about any confusion.
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Level 52
Jun 7, 2024
arent the pronounciations already different? niger is pronounced like NYE-DJURR right
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Level 71
Jun 7, 2024
Both are pretty common; it's never been pronounced (in either context) like the slur.

And it apparently seems most likely to not be based on Latin. From The Wikpedia article (and has both pronunciations):

The name comes from the Niger River which flows through the west of the country. The origin of the river's name is uncertain. Alexandrian geographer Ptolemy wrote descriptions of the wadi Gir (in neighbouring modern Algeria) and the Ni-Gir 'Lower Gir' to the south, possibly referring to the Niger River. The modern spelling Niger was first recorded by Berber scholar Leo Africanus in 1550, possibly derived from the Tuareg phrase the (e)gărăw-n-gărăwăn meaning 'river of rivers'. There is broad consensus among linguists that it does not derive from the Latin niger 'black' as was first erroneously believed. The standard pronunciation in English is /niːˈʒɛər/, while in some Anglophone media /ˈnaɪdʒər/ is also used.

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Level 25
Jun 9, 2024
this is random but I'm shocked to have found a comment on this second from just 2 days ago.
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Level 5
Mar 14, 2014
You have Malta for Europe but no Wales, well done...
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Level 51
Oct 18, 2017
Constituent countries are countries the way dwarf planets are planets.
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Level 69
Jun 13, 2019
That is a ridiculous comment
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Level 47
Jun 7, 2024
It does work for a good analogy.
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Level 52
Jun 7, 2024
not really no. a more fitting analogy would be islands vs continental landmasses and planets vs dwarf planets i think
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Level 53
Sep 8, 2022
malta is a soverign country while wales technically isnt.
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Level 66
May 25, 2014
I don't know why do you accept Burma in all the quizzes, should be only Myanmar.
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Level 55
Aug 17, 2014
If it was my quiz, just to stop the complaints I would have included Congo (and filled in two boxes) and Korea. In all these cases it would be on the grounds that the "name" part of the country name - even if it's shared - has five letters in English. (And Congo counts not twice but three times - because of Zaire!) I wouldn't have included Wales because it's not a sovereign nation and it's not included in the Countries of the World quiz.

But like I say, I'm just saying what I would have done, not criticizing the quizmaster's decisions.

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Level 56
Nov 12, 2014
Don't give in! There are two countries - Democratic Republic of Congo, and Republic of Congo (which I'm guessing is....less democratic!). No such place as Congo anymore. If you're going to call it Congo, why not go all out and call DRC the old name of Zaire and it would still be on the list!
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Level 69
Jun 13, 2019
I think one of those countries should be the responsible one and change their names. If only to stop a war breaking out on jetpunk ;)
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Level 72
May 15, 2020
I think the best way of handling Congo is to treat it the same as Burma -- put it in greyed out. There are lots of other countries with "Republic" in the name that we don't use in Jetpunk. The only reason we need to use it in this case is to distinguish it from the DRC. So to remove the controversy, I suggest treating it like Burma.
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Level 19
Nov 12, 2014
where is korea???
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Level 54
Nov 29, 2014
north korea, south korea
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Level 61
Nov 24, 2020
Asia.
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Level 58
Dec 17, 2014
That moment you realize you missed India...
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Level 55
Jan 23, 2015
Imagine nearly missing Italy! And you have Italian heritage!!
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Level 46
Apr 15, 2018
And then you realized you missed China...
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Level 58
Dec 22, 2014
I missed Benin :(
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Level 41
Jan 5, 2015
Missed Syria, and INDIA :(
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Level 68
Jan 23, 2015
Only missed three. Awesome.
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Level 61
Jan 23, 2015
Got all except three but somehow missed India.
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Level 66
Jan 23, 2015
How could I miss Yemen? Skipped it when I was thinking about the Arabic Peninsula.

24/25 :(

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Level 55
Jan 18, 2017
Yemen, how could you?
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Level 75
Nov 18, 2020
Enough of the misogynistic name of this country being forced on us. It's time it was split it into two equal parts, Yemen and Yewomen. Guyana's just as bad. Half of it should become Galana. I refuse to travel to these places until these atrocities are corrected. On second thought forget about Guyana, Portugal kind of balances it out, but Yemen, I'm still looking at you.
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Level 81
Jan 24, 2015
Very nice quiz!
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Level 24
Jan 25, 2015
Putting Burma in there was hardly fair, but still, great quiz!
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Level 38
May 2, 2015
Got them all except Spain lol
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Level 43
Jun 24, 2015
Managed to get Palau and Burma but neither Spain or Italy :S
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Level 23
Jul 13, 2015
Burma is not the name of a country Myanmar is
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Level 66
Jan 30, 2016
I feel like an idiot for explaining this, because this is THE most common argument that shows up in all the quizzes including Burma(Myanmar). I'm sure people are exhausted of hearing this argument.

Anyway, Burma had been used for centuries before 1948, when Burma got independence. The military there changed the name to Myanmar, but many countries still call it Burma. Jetpunk agrees with it being called Burma. Many Burmese call themselves Burmese, and it is still the official title. Honestly, I'd rather be called Burmese than the alternative, Myanmese.

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Level 55
Jan 18, 2017
So I looked it up because Myanmese just didn't seem quite right, and apparently people from there are called either Burmese or Myanma. TMYK. And here I was over here trying to make Myanmarian a word...
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Level 84
Nov 2, 2019
Yes, but what do the pythons refer to themselves as?
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Level 69
Aug 14, 2015
100% with 36 seconds left.
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Level 46
Dec 21, 2015
It accepts burma and doesnt accept congo or wales.Thats just the way it is.Its a good quiz and some people just need to get a bit of a life and stop whining.Plenty of other quizzes to crack on with if this one stops you sleeping at night.
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Level 73
May 24, 2016
I still had to type in Burma to get the point
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Level 84
May 25, 2016
This. I was looking for a blank box that I missed.
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Level 75
Jun 17, 2016
+1. Definitely needs to be remedied.
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Level ∞
Jun 17, 2016
Fixed
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Level 85
Jun 22, 2016
Dang, only missed Benin
+1
Level 67
Jan 15, 2017
China! CHINA!!!!!!! It has a picture a the top!!!!!!!!!
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Level 67
Jan 15, 2017
Made it 53 seconds left. Strategy, baby.
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Level 51
Jan 15, 2017
With the way Warays sometimes spell, "Philippines" would be "P-L-P-N-S" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Level 25
Jan 16, 2017
Sure. We Jetpunkers like to pick holes, don't we?
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Level 83
May 29, 2024
Please don't pick my holes. Feel free to pick nits regarding the quiz or poke holes in any arguments you see here, though.
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Level 45
Dec 28, 2017
Dang.... got gabon with a second left
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Level 64
Mar 21, 2018
Seriously, I get Egypt and miss Libya right next door......DOH!
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Level 53
May 20, 2018
CONGO is conspicuously missing. whether dem. republic or what, but the name is congo. Type-in be accepted for both of the countries. Keeping in mind that many countries included in the list have complete official names otherwise (more than five letters), CONGO should be accepted me thinks
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Level 52
Nov 18, 2020
No, see bec- Wait a second. I got better things to do than explain this to you
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Level 54
Aug 24, 2018
i keep forgetting malta exists. i also forgot palau
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Level 45
Jan 3, 2019
finished with nepal at 1:43 :)
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Level 47
Mar 19, 2019
Please accept 'Merca
+3
Level 71
Jun 5, 2019
how did i forget china lol
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Level 65
Dec 12, 2019
I forgot China and India. L
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Level 45
Apr 11, 2020
SAME! I was looking for smaller ones like Malta and forgot India and China
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Level 36
Jun 22, 2020
Ahh! Missed the country from North America :(
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Level 47
Jul 15, 2020
I got Palau and Tonga, and forgot Japan :D
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Level 35
Aug 6, 2020
Cinched Nepal in the last 31 seconds.
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Level 74
Nov 18, 2020
100% Yippeee
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Level 4
Nov 18, 2020
Its hard to do quiz in foreign language because im not thinking in this language while doing this
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Level 79
Nov 18, 2020
You seem to be doing alright so far, HDK!
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Level 52
Nov 18, 2020
Managed to get them all except China x)
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Level 38
Nov 18, 2020
Italy Spain!!!
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Level 44
Nov 21, 2020
Korea?
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Level 50
Jun 7, 2024
north korea, south korea, both have 10 letters
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Level 35
Nov 26, 2020
I only forgot Nauru, I new every African country because I'm an African. Why wasn't Wales included
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Level 53
May 28, 2021
Not a sovereign country, a part of the UK.
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Level 82
Feb 15, 2021
I forgot Spain.... and I'm spanish.
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Level 61
Sep 8, 2021
I forgot China lol
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Level 29
Sep 9, 2021
I forgot Haiti and Malta
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Level 66
Jan 20, 2022
One day, you're going to have Tibet as the thumbnail, god willing
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Level 36
May 3, 2022
Does wales not count?
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Level 41
Sep 1, 2022
france
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Level 66
Oct 12, 2022
are you sure about that?
+1
Level 25
Oct 13, 2022
try and count that one again lol
+1
Level 80
Oct 11, 2022
Fun!
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Level 25
Oct 13, 2022
2:23 remaining :)
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Level 23
Oct 20, 2022
Wow! 100% with just 2 seconds left!
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Level 66
Nov 6, 2022
I agree with some of these other people that Congo should be included or given a gray box.

I mean, you included China, which there are technically two of.

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Level 27
Nov 27, 2022
how did more people get haiti than india also 100%
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Level 47
Dec 11, 2022
This took an embarrassing amount of brainwork!
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Level 23
Mar 29, 2023
I got 45 seconds but imma keep trying
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Level 55
Sep 13, 2023
Got everything but italy
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Level 18
Jun 7, 2024
Only missed 4, the one that I SHOULD have remembered was Qatar, I'm a football person, and I should remembered it because of the world cup...
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Level 18
Jun 7, 2024
Why isn't Zaire here? DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) was called 'Zaire'. I know it changed it's name but maybe you should just put it in like how you put Burma in there.
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Level 28
Jun 7, 2024
Why is almost every quiz on this website made by this one guy?
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Level 57
Jun 7, 2024
Because he's THE Quizmaster
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Level 36
Jun 7, 2024
missed sudan and nepal :(
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Level 50
Jun 7, 2024
totally forgot ghana existed, got it with 30 seconds left, but took me like 2 minutes to go through africa 2 times. Others were quite easy
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Level 47
Jun 8, 2024
Only missed Tonga. I always feel like I miss Tonga.

Well, whatever