People by Country #4

Can you guess the countries that these notable people are/were from?
Guess the modern day country, even if it didn't exist when the person was alive
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Last updated: December 19, 2019
First submittedDecember 23, 2012
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Person
Country
Winston Churchill
United Kingdom
Mohandas Gandhi
India
Lionel Messi
Argentina
Julius Caesar
Italy
Rasputin
Russia
Roger Federer
Switzerland
Shakira
Colombia
Imelda Marcos
Philippines
Person
Country
Pancho Villa
Mexico
Stieg Larsson
Sweden
Julio Iglesias
Spain
F. W. de Klerk
South Africa
Aristotle
Greece
Gisele Bündchen
Brazil
Bob Marley
Jamaica
Cleopatra
Egypt
Person
Country
Steve Irwin
Australia
Chow Yun-Fat
China
Ruhollah Khomeini
Iran
Thomas Edison
United States
Haile Selassie
Ethiopia
Sigmund Freud
Austria
James Joyce
Ireland
Vlad the Impaler
Romania
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Level 82
Apr 9, 2013
got everything except for de Klerk, though the athletes had me stumped for a while.
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Level 82
Apr 13, 2015
2 years later same result.
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Level 82
Apr 13, 2015
Oh. I thought he was the murder victim in My Cousin Vinny.
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Level 71
Dec 10, 2016
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Level 71
Apr 6, 2018
Why is he controversial, HelenO? Do you mean among people who wanted apartheid to continue? I don't know that much about him.
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Level 82
Apr 6, 2018
I finally remembered him this time.
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Level 66
Apr 6, 2018
"A very well known, though somewhat controversial, figure." Sounds like the description of a toddler in just about any home with children.
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Level 83
Apr 13, 2015
Frederik de Klerk is the one who had the Nobel prize in 93 with Mandela for the abolition of Apartheid. It's surprising that you don't know him...
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Level 56
Apr 13, 2015
I hadn't heard of him either, though I was just a wee little tot when the abolition of the apartheid happened. But at least these quizzes help us research things we didn't know already.
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Level 74
Apr 6, 2018
I was pretty young when Cleopatra was around.
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Level 52
Apr 6, 2018
I just knew it was a Dutch name, and tried every country with Dutch influence (Indonesia, Congo, Belgium...)
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Level 73
Feb 17, 2019
@Kleiner South Africa, Malaysia, Mauritius, United States, Guyana and Suriname etc. also have considerable Dutch influence...
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Level 73
Feb 17, 2019
When I consider the role that F W de Klerk has played in modern history, it makes me feel so sad that jetpunkers know more about some obscure Colombian singer and an equally obscure Argentinian footballer. Who will be remembered in 100 years' time? Come on jetpunkers - you can do better than that!
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Level 46
Mar 28, 2019
You're mad if you think Shakira is obscure.

And you are insane if you think Messi is obscure. Arguably the most famous human in our world today, possibly second to his rival Ronaldo.

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Level 67
Oct 13, 2019
Most famous human? nah, might feel like that if you are a fan, like fans of beyonce think she is the most famous person in the world. But if you dont care about them they dont mean that much. But yes both are names there is a good chance you have heard of.
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Level 37
Oct 20, 2019
CardinalSin: I totally agree that de Klerk played an important role in the abolition of apartheid, against strong opposition from his previous base. He was not a perfect man (who among us is), but he was brave, is to be commended and will be remembered by most of the civilized world long after the entertainers and athletes are forgotten. I remembered who Messi is, but only because we are inundated with him on Jetpunk quizzes.
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Level 47
Nov 1, 2020
CardinalSin: i totally agree.
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Level 69
Apr 9, 2013
Dead easy. Got them all with 2.50 left
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Level 20
Apr 9, 2013
Some of these people I've never heard of. Then again, I'm in middle school.
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Level 28
May 12, 2021
graduated yet?
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Level 48
Apr 10, 2013
38% don't know where Lionel Messi is from? If you don't know him you cant be from country where is TV, newspapers and internet. Come one! Nice quiz btw.
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Level 40
Apr 10, 2013
Last time I checked, the US had TV, Newspaper and Internet ;)

But like most Americans, I don't follow soccer (sorry, football), especially International Soccer. I had no idea where he was from, wasn't actually sure who he was either.

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Level 48
Apr 13, 2015
Still, if one dont know the most famous man of the most famous thing in the world, there is something wrong...
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Level 32
Apr 24, 2013
I'm from Europe and I have access to TV, newspapers and everything that could supply me with this info, but the trouble is that I don't give two shits about Messi or football for that matter. I definitely have heard of him, but I'm simply not interested, so I don't remember anything about him, other than the fact that he's pretty good at football.
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Level 39
Mar 9, 2014
well said.
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Level 63
Dec 10, 2016
I've heard of him, but didn't know where he was from, mainly 'cos I don't give a flying fuck about football :)
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Level 71
Dec 16, 2017
Or decent language either:
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Level 24
Jan 29, 2018
That's like saying someone doesn't know who Beyonce is or President Obama. You don't need to know everything about them, just some general knowledge. That's what Jetpunk is about. I understand if you don't know a lot about, but at least know who he is.
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Level 69
Sep 10, 2020
This comment is still here after almost 4 years and as far as I can tell it's the only use of that word on any featured quiz on Jetpunk.
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Level 76
Apr 6, 2018
Americans know that there are multiple Ronaldos who come from countries that speak Portuguese. The rest of the worlds knows that Michael Jordan beat space monsters in a basketball game. I guess we're even.
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Level 71
Apr 8, 2018
Who's Michael Jordan?
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Level 76
Apr 9, 2018
He was invented by Nike in the1980s as part of an advertising campaign. Some people believe he's real though.
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2019
was he the one that could fly?
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Level 76
Apr 13, 2018
Possibly you know him as a footballer, who plays in Spain/Catalonia ... one might not necessarily know he's from Argentina though
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Level 39
Apr 12, 2013
Nice quiz !!
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Level 4
Apr 14, 2013
You should accept "Rome" or "Roman Empire" for Julius Caesar. There was no country called "Italy" before 1861, and Caesar died in 44 BC. As a matter of fact, "Italy" shouldn't be among the correct answers at all...
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Level ∞
Apr 15, 2013
Read the directions!
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Level 63
Apr 13, 2015
Never ceases to amaze me that there is always at least one of you people in these comments of this quiz. READ THE DIRECTIONS
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Level 44
May 21, 2021
Still, Rome works now, thank you, allthough I just tried it for fun and would have guessed Italy if it hadn't worked
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Level 73
Sep 25, 2013
I had no idea Federer was from Switzerland.
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Level 23
Nov 21, 2013
WHAT!!!! He is a very famous tennis player. When he plays, his country says SUI which is the shortened form of Switzerland!!!!
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Level 39
Mar 9, 2014
I thought he was from Spain.
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Level 78
Apr 13, 2015
I watch tennis even less than I watch soccer/football. When I need answers about sports figures I ask my daughter who is a sports nut - any sport. She probably even knows the stats of all past tiddlywinks champions. I prefer to spend my extra time working in my garden or taking Jetpunk quizzes. To each his/her own.
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Level 64
Apr 21, 2015
Jacko77: That's Nadal you're thinking of.
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Level 78
Apr 6, 2018
"...is common knowledge he is from Switzerland"...he may be very well known but according to today's stats 30% of us don't know who he is and I'm one of those 30%, and if I don't watch tennis on TV how am I supposed to see the country name connected to him on the screen? I'm more surprised that fewer than half knew Imelda Marcos or Haile Selassie, but I guess being older helps there.
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2019
@ander knowing who he is and knowing where he is from are two different things. It is kind of hard not to have heard of him. It is like never having heard of george clooney, even if you have never seen a single film of him. I dont watch any sports, but I have heard of him. But to know more than that is another matter... I thought his name sounded english, so guessed uk and usa. Like you said the extra info is hard(er) to know if you dont watch it and only hear the name getting dropped.
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Level 83
Jul 19, 2014
I got them all but I almost missed Imelda Marcos. I was wondering if Aristotle is actually from modern Greece or from Macedonia, but it seems the quiz is right.
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Level 67
Jan 11, 2021
I got Imelda Marcos after trying all of the countries in South and Central America and a good few in Europe >:[
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Level 33
Sep 8, 2014
Cleopatra was Greek but she went on to be Queen of Egypt. So really she's from Greece
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Level 74
Apr 13, 2015
Cleopatra was born in Alexandria. She was of Greek ancestry, but she was definitely Egyptian.
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Level 82
Apr 13, 2015
She was born in Alexandria. All of Egypt and most of the known world was nominally Greek for a while thanks to Alexander. Cleopatra was Greek in language and arguably ethnicity but that doesn't change the fact that she was from what is today Egypt.
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Level 71
Jun 3, 2020
She was also the first (and last) ruler in the Ptolemaic dynasty to speak native Egyptian regularly, especially when adressing her subjects. She styled hereself and behaved as an Egyptian Pharaoh in all respects.
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Level 59
Apr 13, 2015
Got them all except Gisele Bündchen. Not at all embarrassed to say I had no idea where she's from. I know who she is and that's more than enough. Strange to have someone like that and Shakira in a list with Ghandi and de Klerk.
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Level 81
Apr 14, 2015
I had no idea about her either :)
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Level 71
Aug 10, 2015
I missed only her also and I don't know who she is, will google her now.
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Level 52
Oct 11, 2018
i knew the name, and profession, but that was it
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Level 71
Jun 3, 2020
She confused me for a while, because I was basing my guesses on her last name, so I tried all the Germanic countries.
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Level 64
May 11, 2021
Gisele is from southern Brazil, it's very common to find people with German, Italian, or Slavic (especially Polish and Ukrainian) surnames in that region.

Her hometown has been founded by German immigrants also.

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Level 52
Dec 10, 2016
Nice one!
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Level 20
Dec 10, 2016
only got gisele because i like the Patriots
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Level 58
Apr 6, 2018
I picked #4 because they can be more challenging. Question one seems to be wrong: as I recall from reading his autobiography as a lad that Gandhi was from South Africa. Makes a much more interesting quiz too.
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Level 39
Apr 6, 2018
Gandhi was born and died in India. He did practice law in South Africa for sometime. That's where he got his idea of nonviolent resistance.
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Level 63
Apr 6, 2018
Missed Shakira. Guess that makes me an oldie.
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Level 68
Apr 6, 2018
For some reason, I thought Julio Iglesias was from Puerto Rico. I went through all Spanish speaking central and south American countries before thinking of Spain.
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Level 59
Apr 6, 2018
Can't believe the Queen of Shoes is least known! I guess average age of JetPunkers must be falling fast!!
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Level 43
Apr 6, 2018
thank-you!!!! Shakira is a better choice
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Level 50
Apr 7, 2018
Aristotle was born in Stagira which is in central modern-day Macedonia. It was an ancient Greek city but because the description highlights 'modern-day country' I'd say it's better suited to Macedonia.
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Level ∞
Apr 8, 2018
No, absolutely not. While this an interesting piece of trivia, the legacy of Socrates derives from his association with the city of Athens.
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Level 71
Apr 8, 2018
I agree with Tombishop, If Aristotle was born in what is now Macedonia, then that is the answer as you have stipulated in Bold, Underlined text "modern day" country.
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Level 50
Apr 8, 2018
But Aristotle is known to have felt like an alien in Athens. The concepts they propagated such as democracy were notably foreign to him. He also left Athens and returned to Macedonia to tutor Alexander the Great who became the King of the Macedons.
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Level 72
Nov 30, 2019
What are you talking about? Stagira is in the region of Macedonia of modern-day Greece, just like the entirety of the ancient Macedonian Kingdom until the conquests of Alexander's father, Philip II. Both historically and geographically, the modern-day country of North Macedonia has nothing to do with ancient Macedonia, except as a dependent territory after that time.
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Level 63
Jan 29, 2021
Thank you! Stagira is clearly in modern-day Greece.
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Level 39
Apr 15, 2018
2:15 left, got them all on first attempt!
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Level 73
Feb 17, 2019
Gisele Bündchen sounds like a German name.
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Level 21
May 13, 2019
Lol I typed in german too
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Level 21
May 13, 2019
ROGER FEDERERERERERERER
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Level 70
Mar 30, 2021
They are all famous.