Countries with the Most Precipitation

Can you guess the countries that have the highest average yearly precipitation?
Source: United Nations, Aquastat
2013-2017 averages
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Last updated: October 29, 2019
First submittedNovember 21, 2015
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Precipitation
Country
324 cm
Colombia
320 cm
Sao Tome and Principe
314 cm
Papua New Guinea
303 cm
Solomon Islands
293 cm
Panama
293 cm
Costa Rica
288 cm
Malaysia
Precipitation
Country
272 cm
Brunei
270 cm
Indonesia
267 cm
Bangladesh
259 cm
Fiji
253 cm
Sierra Leone
250 cm
Singapore
239 cm
Liberia
Precipitation
Country
239 cm
Guyana
235 cm
Grenada
235 cm
Philippines
233 cm
Suriname
233 cm
Seychelles
230 cm
St. Lucia
228 cm
Nicaragua
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Level 60
Nov 25, 2015
I missed the only 3 African countries...
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Level 35
Dec 19, 2015
I put Colombia as a joke... and got it!
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Level 31
Feb 3, 2016
me too!
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Level 85
Feb 3, 2016
I don't get it.
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Level 65
Feb 12, 2017
How did i manage to try every south American country but not Colombia?
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Level 81
Feb 21, 2020
I'm not sure a LOL works here or not.
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Level 60
Dec 22, 2015
nice quiz
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Level 82
Jan 18, 2016
Was surprised how East Timor cannot be here when all surrounding countries are represented in this list.
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Level 58
Jan 24, 2016
Same, that really threw me off. Especially since it's so tiny; it's not like the weather has room to be THAT much different from surrounding countries.
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Level 58
Jan 24, 2016
So maybe there's just no data for it?
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Level ∞
Feb 3, 2016
There is data:
http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/AG.LND.PRCP.MM

East Timor is at 150.

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Level 76
Feb 3, 2016
Yes but Indonesia is huge and Timor is far from being it's wettest Island. I suppose Indonesia ranks that high because of huge islands with Equatorial Climate characteristics like Sumatra, Borneo, New Guinea and Sulawesi. Timor is in the southern part of the country and like the southern coast of New Guinea and Cape York, it tends to shift to a Tropical Climate with dry and monsoon seasons.
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Level 80
Feb 3, 2016
Weather is very dependent on geography (topology and general location), and weather phenomena can be very localized (think mountain valleys). Plenty of difference between the countries in this respect to account for a difference in rainfall.
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Level 80
Feb 3, 2016
What's more surprising is that Grenada, Barbados, Suriname and Guyana are here and not Trinidad...
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Level 88
Feb 3, 2016
Looks like Trinidad is #23 on the list, with about 20 cm per year less than St Lucia.
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Level 43
Feb 3, 2016
Fun one!
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Level 55
Feb 3, 2016
Surprising that Gabon and both Congos didn't make the list.
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Level 64
Jul 5, 2020
When Sao Tome showed up I expected Equatorial Guinea to be right near it too
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Level 78
Feb 3, 2016
At first I thought you were asking for countries with places that had the highest totals of precipitation, which is different from countries with the highest average rainfall. I couldn't figure out why the US wasn't appearing, since Kauai and Maui are a couple of the wettest places on earth.
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Level 78
Feb 3, 2016
This is one of the tougher geography quizzes. Bravo!
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Level 55
Feb 3, 2016
Was really surprised Brazil wasn't number one, or even on the list. What happened to the Amazon rain forest? And what about India with the monsoons? Good quiz though.
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Level 72
Jul 1, 2020
Slightly less than 40% of Brazil is covered by the Amazon Rainforest - large portions are tropical or subtropical grasslands. India also has large deserts and semi-arid portions and the monsoon only takes up a part of the year. As a general rule large countries will have a harder time making it onto a list like this, because they tend to encompass a range of climates, both wet and dry. My home of Australia, for example is often thought of in terms of its vast, dry deserts, but it also has wet tropical rainforests (the Daintree, for example) and snowy alpine regions (literally, the Snowy Mountains), and tropical savannas (in Cape York, for example) as well as plenty of dry scherophyll forest (generically, 'the Bush'). Thus smaller nations typically dominate. I'm actually surprised Colombia makes it, because although much of it is in the Amazon basin and the Pacific side of the Andes gets plenty of rain (Quibdo is about the wettest city on Earth), it also has deserts like La Guajira.
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Level 53
Feb 4, 2016
It would be good to change the title to something that makes it clear this is precipitation per square kilometer (or whatever the unit is). Otherwise, it is very confusing how countries like Brazil do not appear here.
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Level 74
Mar 28, 2018
Or, just read the description.
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Level 81
Feb 21, 2020
The description leaves it wide open, could be total buckets of rain in the country, average coverage, etc.
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Level 42
Feb 5, 2016
I got 9 countries
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Level 32
Feb 25, 2016
I think, living here that it is impossible Ireland is not on this list
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Level 70
Jan 7, 2018
A good example of perception versus reality. It is very often rainy and cloudy in places like Ireland, Uk and the Netherlands, but the quantity of acual rain is not that bad. Very often it's very light rain compared to the monsoons of the tropics. You'll definitely experience much more lcoudy, dreary and wet weather though, than someone getting 1 hour of downpour and sunshine after. :)
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Level 65
Feb 12, 2017
Very interesting quiz.
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Level 40
Jun 5, 2017
I am really surprised by Solomon Islands being third!
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Level 21
Mar 28, 2018
21/21 with 3:14 left!
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Level 67
Mar 28, 2018
Just for laughs, where is The UK ranked on this list?
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Level 45
Mar 28, 2018
I had no idea that most of these were the wettest countries
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Level 83
Jan 31, 2019
It's a bit weird that Colombia is the wettest, and Guyana and Suriname are on the list, but not Venezuela (which is between them). Maybe the Venezuelan govt is even screwing that up :)
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Level 62
Sep 14, 2020
Yeah, I was just going to mention that! I was also surprised by the lack of some other SE Asian countries like Thailand and Vietnam.
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Level 43
Sep 22, 2020
must've tried every country in west africa besides liberia and sierra leone