World Leaders Quiz #1

For each country and time period, name the leader.
This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. It will be updated at most once per year.
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Last updated: March 9, 2021
First submittedJuly 16, 2012
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Position
Years
Leader
U.S. President
2021–
Joe Biden
2017–2021
Donald Trump
2009–2017
Barack Obama
Mexican President
2018–
Andrés Manuel
López Obrador
2000–2006
Vicente Fox
Canadian P.M.
2015–
Justin Trudeau
2006–2015
Stephen Harper
British P.M.
2019–
Boris Johnson
2016–2019
Theresa May
1997–2007
Tony Blair
South African
President
2009–2018
Jacob Zuma
1994–1999
Nelson Mandela
Australian P.M.
2018–
Scott Morrison
2010–2013
Julia Gillard
Italian P.M.
2021–
Mario Draghi
2001–2006
2008–2011
Silvio Berlusconi
German Chancellor
2005–
Angela Merkel
1998–2005
Gerhard Schröder
Position
Years
Leader
North Korean Leader
2011–
Kim Jong–un
Israeli P.M.
2009–
Benjamin Netanyahu
French President
2017–
Emmanuel Macron
2007–2012
Nicolas Sarkozy
1995–2007
Jacques Chirac
Afghan President
2004–2014
Hamid Karzai
Cuban Leader
2008–
Raúl Castro
Japanese P.M.
2006–2007
2012–2020
Shinzō Abe
Zimbabwean Leader
1987–2017
Robert Mugabe
Irani Supreme Leader
1989–
Ali Khamenei
Irani President
2013–
Hassan Rouhani
Russian Leader
(de–facto)
2000–
Vladimir Putin
Russian President
1991–1999
Boris Yeltsin
Syrian Leader
2000–
Bashar al–Assad
Indian P.M.
2014–
Narendra Modi
2004–2014
Manmohan Singh
Chinese Leader
2012–
Xi Jinping
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Level 81
Jul 16, 2013
good quiz. Got all the ones that matter, plus a few that don't on account of them being in the news for one reason or another.
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Level 75
Jul 16, 2013
All the ones that matter? And which ones are those exactly. I'm sure if you are from that country or in the vicinity of that country it matters very much.
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Level 81
Jul 17, 2013
meh.. sometimes local leaders matter more than other times, even to their constituents. But just assuming that what you said is true, isn't it also true by implication of your own statement that some of these leaders do not matter beyond the vicinity of their own country? So... since nobody taking this quiz can be in all places at the same time... we are in agreement.
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Level 86
Aug 4, 2015
Canada has its own leaders? Hmm, I thought they just do whatever the UK and USA tell them to do and then play some hockey and eat poutine.
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Level 72
Nov 18, 2018
Things are different here in 2018. Every non-exclusively-gay woman and non-exclusively-straight man in the world who has ever seen a picture of Justin Trudeau – even once – knows exactly who Justin Trudeau is. Trust me on this one. I'm stifling a swoon right now, and I'm kinda gay! (And oh my GAWD – his wife is gorgeous too!)
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Level 78
Dec 27, 2018
Sorry, but he does nothing for me. Can't actually say anyone on this list does. My husband is the only guy who really melts my butter, but I have been known to do a near-swoon over Mark Harmon or Sam Elliott and Tom Selleck in their younger days.
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Level 53
Aug 10, 2014
yup sounds very ignorant to claim which leaders actually matter. Also the use of dictator in the quiz can be controversial.
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Level 81
Aug 30, 2014
I guess everyone who has ever authored a history book, edited a news segment, or neglected to study up on the politics of Burundi and the Solomon Islands are all ignorant then.
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Level 66
Jan 11, 2017
Then, according to you, what world leaders "actually matter"?
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Level 81
May 18, 2018
Probably the ones who have some salient impact on world events.
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Level 82
Jan 23, 2021
@kalbumahat: I never fail to be amazed by your narcissism.
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Level 65
Jan 25, 2021
Typical Kal day:

11 hours 55 minutes: taking Jetpunk quizzes;

11 hours 55 minutes: getting into arguments on Jetpunk quizzes;

10 minutes: travelling the world, meeting people, dating women, driving, eating, sleeping...

(Just a joke, sorry! It's only because he's been here so long that he seems to be ubiquitous, and the site would be a very different place without him!)

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Level 43
Aug 23, 2013
It was a good quiz. Got 21 out of 35
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Level 32
Feb 13, 2014
Could you update it for Tony Abbott?
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Level 49
Aug 10, 2014
Would be good to get a third entry for Australia also given the time periods covered: 2007-2010, 2013 = Kevin Rudd
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Level 74
Jul 25, 2014
Maybe time to update for 2014? Leaders come and go...
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Level 69
Aug 5, 2014
Tony Abbott has been Prime Minister since 2013.
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Level 55
Nov 14, 2018
Let's deny it.
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Level 59
Aug 5, 2014
Why is the Nicaraguan president here? There are more important leaders out there: For example: Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, the 2 people at the leading positions of China. And the leaders of Japan (Shinzo Abe) and Brazil (Dilma Rousseff) and Vatican (Franciscus).

Khomeini and Khameini are different people? I would have never guessed that. They both have been leaders of Iran, both wear a certain kind of white beard and black hat, and their names are practically the same.

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Level 81
Aug 5, 2014
I'm surprised only 15% got Khamenei but maybe they got stuck trying to spell Ahmadinejad.
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Level 57
Aug 5, 2014
that's what I wasted half the assigned time on...
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Level 48
Aug 5, 2014
I echo the call for China. I don't feel that it needs to bump someone else off the list, but they are a major factor in the world and should be included.
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Level 66
Jan 17, 2017
One is Khomeini, the other is Khamenei. They have three vowel sounds that are different. Would you mix up Malibu and Miloobah?
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Level 57
Aug 5, 2014
It sometimes annoys me that names are spelled differently in different languages. It makes sense though, Yeltsin is a phonetical transcript of the cyrillic, so that's why the Dutch say Jeltsin.

Despite all the people discussing who should or should not be on this list, I find it interesting to see which leaders come across as important through the influence of media in a country. We never hear about Nicaragua or Mexico, but it makes sense that these countries play a bigger role in US media.

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Level 80
Aug 5, 2014
What about Uzbeki-beki-beki-stan?
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Level 48
Aug 5, 2014
I would have to say "I don't know!".
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Level 65
Jul 19, 2015
In our hearts, Herman Cain will always be the most supreme leader.
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Level 73
Feb 20, 2021
9-9-9
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Level 53
Aug 5, 2014
l agree with the other comments that instead of dictator you should put their oficial title. These leaders might be considered dictators, but that is not the title they rule by.

Also in Australia, Paul Rudd served as PM in 2013 between Gillard and Abbott.

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Level 37
Aug 6, 2014
*Kevin Rudd.
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Level 81
Aug 6, 2014
I might vote for Paul Rudd. Then we could all go eat at Fuddrucker's.
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Level ∞
Aug 6, 2014
I know about Kevin Rudd. This isn't meant to be a chronology. We skipped leaders in other countries as well.
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Level 74
Jan 20, 2021
Imagine the outcry if you skipped a President of the USA. But it's only Australia, so that's OK I guess.
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Level 65
Mar 9, 2021
I seriously doubt there would be an outcry.
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Level 45
Aug 9, 2014
Kevin Rudd was briefly the P.M of Australia between Julia Gillard and Tony Abott
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Level 84
Nov 15, 2014
Time to change Afghan presidents!
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Level 26
Jan 9, 2015
Should accept "Khomeini" also.
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Level 81
Nov 4, 2016
different guy
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Level 66
Apr 6, 2015
Mugabe's years are counted from when he first came to power, which was in 1980. The change in 1987 was that instead of the power resting in the Prime Minister, with the President as a ceremonial role, the power now rested in the office of the executive president, and Mugabe took that role. If you could change that, I would appreciate that.
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Level 77
Jul 19, 2015
Why are three canadians? They are hardly significant
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Level 77
Jul 19, 2015
*Why are there
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Level 72
Jul 19, 2015
Careful what you say, eh? Party on Garth!
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Level 67
Oct 29, 2019
"hardly significant" just the leader of a G7 nation
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Level 81
Jul 19, 2015
You put Jinping on here? I'd ask who you took off, but looks like you just increased the number of answers from 35 to 36 so why'd you do that? Now World Leaders #2 is redundant.
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Level ∞
Jul 19, 2015
Confession: I forgot about World Leaders #2.
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Level 81
Nov 21, 2016
No worries. China really ought to be on the first one. There are enough world leaders still to fill out two quizzes.
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Level 57
Jul 19, 2015
Speak for yourself on the ignorance label. I got 26 of 36 without looking anything up. Not perfect, but hardly ignorant.
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Level 78
Jul 19, 2015
I only scored 10. What's the category below woefully ignorant?
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Level 72
Jul 19, 2015
"Woefully ignorant and doesn't know it", so you're fine!
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Level 80
May 2, 2017
"Knows it all"?? :-)
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Level 56
Jul 20, 2015
Just today I've read about mexican president and his wife, but I still couldn't come up with his name :(
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Level 51
Aug 2, 2015
Accept "Mogabe"?
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Level 58
Mar 9, 2021
That's not his name, it's never been spelt that way.
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Level 71
Nov 12, 2015
Wow. I suck at world leaders.
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Level 58
Nov 17, 2015
Needs updating. Justin Trudeau is the new Prime Minister of Canada as of November 4, 2015.
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Level 75
Aug 2, 2016
Canada, UK, Australia and Afghanistan are all out of date now.
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Level 75
Aug 2, 2016
My mistake, for Karzai a year is given for the end of his time in office.
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Level 21
Sep 8, 2016
I think it is time to update the quiz. It's been over a year now.
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Level 47
Sep 20, 2016
Justin Trudeau is now PM of Canada (as of 2015), Malcom Turnbull is now PM of Australia (as of 2015) and Dmitry Medvedev is the PM of Russia (as of 2012)
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Level 81
Nov 4, 2016
Medvedev is a puppet.
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Level 81
Nov 4, 2016
If you're going to update this for the US presidential election... some other updates you might consider:

Malcolm Turnbull is president of Australia

Ashraf Ghani is president of Afghanistan

Justin Trudeau is president of Canada

Joko Widodo is president of Indonesia, and though his country isn't on this quiz, his name is still a lot of fun to say.

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Level 81
Nov 4, 2016
Also I updated the sequel I did, pending your review. I took off China since you put it on this quiz. Deleted a couple of the least-guessed answers. Deleted Kim Jong Il since Jong Un is on this quiz. And added a few others.
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Level 73
Nov 11, 2016
Turnbull & Trudeau are prime ministers, not presidents.
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Level 81
Nov 21, 2016
my mistake
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Level 65
Nov 20, 2016
My brain froze on a few but 27/36 isn't that shabby.
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Level 61
Dec 12, 2016
Italian PM Matteo Renzi resigned. The new PM, Paolo Gentiloni, has just been appointed.
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Level 62
Jan 11, 2017
Trump has been updated and hasn't even taken office yet. Gentolini has been in office for a month now and it still hasn't been changed.
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Level 73
Jan 11, 2017
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Level 45
Jan 11, 2017
I thought only getting 25 was shameful, but now I just feel like a news junkie!
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Level 46
Jan 11, 2017
There is a new P.M. in Italy now.
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Level 50
Jan 11, 2017
Italian P.M resigned recently, I believe.
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Level 75
Jan 11, 2017
I'll gladly lose the point for refusing to recognize any president succeeding Obama. The person taking that office doesn't deserve any respect or acknowledgement.
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Level 59
Jan 12, 2017
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Level 48
Mar 10, 2021
and its finally over...
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Level 50
Jan 11, 2017
I didn't do great anyway - but also lost 3 due to spelling
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Level 58
Jan 11, 2017
You need to update Renzi's entry
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Level ∞
Jan 11, 2017
Updated! Every time you turn around, Italy has a new Prime Minister...
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Level 59
Jan 11, 2017
Why is Bush's term given as 2001-2009 while Obama's is 2009-2016, instead of 2017? The transitions between Bush, Obama and Trump happened/will happen on the exact same date, 20th January. What I'm saying is the quiz should be consistent.
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Level ∞
Jan 11, 2017
Fixed
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Level 56
Jan 11, 2017
I think it would make much more sense to include Jean Chrétien (1993-2003) than Paul Martin for a third PM of Canada - Chrétien is a far more significant figure in Canadian political history, not least for winning all but one seat in Ontario, a nigh-impossible feat, in the 1993 federal election.
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Level 23
Jan 12, 2017
Syrian dictator? Really? Yeah, one reason not to do this quiz. Please, if you don't know the definition of a word, don't use it. Its pathetic to apply such title to the leader of a country who doesn't even meet the standards that are required to carry said title.
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Level 72
Jan 12, 2017
The presidencial turn for Felipe Calderón in Mexico is missing. it is between Fox and Peña Nieto.
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Level 51
Jan 24, 2017
Not every country has all of the leaders within the time period; I know nothing about Mexican politics, but I would assume that Fox was more significant than the missing president. If the quiz had every Australian leader from even the past ten years, it would be Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Rudd, Abbott, Turnbull... or something like that.
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Level 59
Jan 12, 2017
Please ditch Cameron's photo, but DO NOT replace with May. Put Obama up, so we can remember the good times before The Evil One. And what's an Irani? And give credit to Medvedev.
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Level 74
Jan 20, 2021
It might be time to ditch Cameron's pic, given that he's not now one of the answers.
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Level 78
Mar 11, 2021
I mean they haven't replaced it with May but they have somehow gone one worse
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Level 66
Jul 8, 2017
Maybe add Emmanuel Macron?
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Level 39
Nov 3, 2017
Julia Gillard is the sexiest PM
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Level 35
Mar 23, 2018
And also one of the worst in Aussie history.
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Level 45
Dec 21, 2017
Robert Mugabe has been booted out/resigned earlier this year; the date should be updated to reflect that.
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Level ∞
Dec 21, 2017
Fixed
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Level 75
Mar 21, 2018
Zuma's gone.
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Level 41
May 18, 2018
Pretty sure 'dictator' isn't an actual title anyone actually has. It's a bit needlessly judgemental, however dubious by US standards their appointment may seem.
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Level 50
Jun 3, 2018
Jinping should be accepted for Xi Jinping
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Level ∞
Nov 15, 2018
Not his family name.
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Level 55
Jan 21, 2021
I remember an Indian news anchor calling him "Jinping the 11th" where he was here for an official visit. She was fired.
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Level 47
Sep 2, 2018
Turnbull is out - Morrison is in
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2018
Turnbull is no longer PM in Australia and has been replaced by Scott Morrison. Pena Nieto is on the way out in Mexico too, soon to be replaced by Andres Obrador.
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Level 74
Nov 16, 2018
Raúl Castro was replaced as Cuba's president by Miguel Díaz-Canel in April 2018.
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Level ∞
Nov 16, 2018
Surprised I didn't hear about this, but it turns out it doesn't matter. Castro is still the First Secretary of the Communist Party, which is where the power lies. Cuba is not a democracy.
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Level 71
Nov 16, 2018
Wasn't Gordon Brown prime minister for 3 years before Cameron? I'm American, but I watch a lot of Mock the Week.
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Level 70
Nov 16, 2018
Great quiz but you really need to lighten up on the spelling. A lot of those names are blinking tricky to spell, especially with the time being quite tight. I spent more time trying to correctly spell answers I knew than I did thinking of the answers that I didn't get straight off.
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Level 83
Nov 19, 2018
Hmm...I was guessing Italy would be least known.
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Level 81
Dec 27, 2018
If you'd like I can update my World Leaders 2 Quiz. Meant to before, didn't get around to it.
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Level 69
Dec 27, 2018
Why is François Hollande (France) excluded from this quiz? Did I miss something?
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Level 67
Jul 30, 2019
Yea, that slowed me down too, tried a lonng time spelling variations before I looked him up and looked at his dates before I saw those dates werent on the quiz... Somehow I figured all periods were consecutive.
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Level 45
Dec 27, 2018
Why has Gordon Brown been left off the list of British P.Ms? he was Prime Minister between 2007 and 2010
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Level 59
Dec 27, 2018
Miguel Diaz Canel is the leader of Cuba now
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Level 76
Jan 4, 2019
Abe was previously PM of Japan in 2006-2007, that might be useful to include.
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Level 43
Jan 9, 2019
Raul Castro is not the president anymore (and he isn't a dictator, he governed by the constitution and was elected by mp's elected by the people in elections)
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Level ∞
Jan 10, 2019
I'll update the quiz once a year or so, but lol if you think Castro's election was democratic.
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Level 24
Jul 27, 2019
I guess Boris Johnson will be replacing Tony Blair on this quiz
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Level 67
Jul 30, 2019
I hope he gets a new hairdresser that goes with his new appointment ;)
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Level 68
Oct 29, 2019
As a Dane, getting Shinzō Abe is pretty easy, as his last name means monkey in Danish.
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Level 50
Oct 20, 2020
Shinzo Abe resigned, you might wanna add Yoshihide Suga in or remove Shinzo Abe
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Level 86
Jan 21, 2021
Man oh man, it's hard to remember that second Indian PM's name.
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Level 68
Jan 21, 2021
Hollande seems to be missing, also the new Japanese guy as mentioned in an earlier comment
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Level 80
Jan 21, 2021
Apparently none of the 500 spellings I tried for Khamenei matched the regex.
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Level 68
Jan 25, 2021
Is there a reason why you call (exclusively) all non pro-American head of states "leaders" (except Rouhani)? Smells like politically motivated...
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Level 66
Jan 28, 2021
QM is socialist?
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Level 74
Feb 13, 2021
Conte's term ended in February 2021, but noted from the instructions that any quiz update may take up to a year to appear.
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Level 68
Mar 9, 2021
Khomeini is also an accepted spelling for the Iranian Ayatollah.
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Level 83
Mar 9, 2021
Actually they are two different people.
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Level 58
Mar 9, 2021
The Cuban president is Miguel Díaz-Canel, and the PM is Manuel Marerro Cruz. Raúl does not have any position of leadership in the Cuban government.
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Level 75
Mar 9, 2021
The quiz asks for the leader, not specifically for the president or PM. If I'm nost mistaken Raúl Castro's position as First Secretary of the Communist Party makes him the de facto leader of the country. Not that you even need to have the highest official position to be the actual leader, see Deng Xiaoping.
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Level ∞
Mar 9, 2021
Yes, and I suppose you believe that Vyacheslav Molotov was the leader of the Soviet Union during the 1930s, not Stalin.
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Level 73
Mar 9, 2021
Italian PM needs updating. It's now Mario Draghi.
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Level 75
Mar 9, 2021
Whenever you refresh the site, Jeff Bezos has gained another billion and Italy has a new PM.
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Level 51
Mar 9, 2021
lol
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Level 51
Mar 9, 2021
Please try my quizzes
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Level 69
Mar 9, 2021
I feel like this quiz could either use another minute, or a little more flexibility on spelling.
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Level 72
Mar 9, 2021
Not to be annoying, but what is Irani? I thought it was a typo for Iraqi at first.
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Level 45
Mar 9, 2021
Yeah the Iran demonym is Iranian
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Level 57
Mar 9, 2021
Raul Castro isn't president of Cuba since 2018. He was replaced with a guy named Miguel Diaz-Canel
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Level 45
Mar 9, 2021
How is Xi Jinping so low?
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Level 35
Mar 9, 2021
only got US, Russia, and N Korea
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Level 41
Mar 9, 2021
Mario Draghi is the current pm of Italy. I don't blame you, it's hard to keep up with Italian government.