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Countries with Cardinal Directions in Their Names

Can you name the current countries of the world that have a cardinal direction in their name?
The cardinal directions are East, West, North, and South
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Last updated: February 17, 2019
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First submittedApril 9, 2015
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East Timor
North Korea
North Macedonia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
102 Recent Comments
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Level 69
Jan 11, 2019
Surprising that south Africa is lower than south sudan.
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Level 77
Jan 11, 2019
Because it's further SOUTH! :)
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Level 69
Jan 21, 2019
:) won't people so low fall off then ;)
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Level 66
Jan 21, 2019
Well, I'm one of the reasons why. Can't believe I forgot South Africa on my first attempt *facepalm*.
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Level 45
Feb 16, 2024
I remembered and got it with one second left! Definitely forgot it was a country though...
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Level 66
Feb 16, 2024
My theory is that South Africa is generally a more well-known country, which means there will be people who don't really think about what the name means when they think about South Africa.

In contrast, South Sudan is a relatively new country just south of the country of Sudan. Therefore people who are aware of South Sudan's existence will be more likely to associate it with the cardinal direction.

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Level 57
Jan 11, 2019
You're going to need to add North Macedonia as of today (January 11th, 2019)
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Level ∞
Jan 12, 2019
Patience
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Level 57
Feb 8, 2019
Okay it's time to add North Macedonia--the name was ratified by the greek parliament 2 weeks ago!
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Level 58
Dec 10, 2021
You realise it takes time to edit every featured quiz that includes North Macedonia right?
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Level 83
Jan 13, 2019
I haven't yet searched the actual text of the constitutional amendment, but some news reports suggest it's conditional, only coming into force after Greece also ratifies the agreement and approves NATO membership. So not yet.
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Level 57
Jan 25, 2019
The greek parliament has now ratified North Macedonia as of January 25th, 2019
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Level 21
Jan 21, 2019
Western Sahara?
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Level 83
Feb 16, 2019
It's disqualified from JetPunk 196 mostly because it's not in charge of its territory and the government is in Algeria.
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Level 77
Feb 24, 2019
Morocco
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Level 75
Feb 16, 2024
Western Sahara's separatist government is based in Algeria.
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Level 91
Apr 15, 2021
Also if it were to become a sovereign state, wouldn't it be referred to as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic? Or would Western Sahara be its official shorthand?
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Level 79
Mar 17, 2019
Yes. Good point. The world at large (including JP) has acquiesced to Morocco's absorption of WS, but clearly not with the acceptance of true (i.e. not imported by Morocco) Sahwari people.
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Level 66
Apr 15, 2021
This made me laugh. Not every culture is its own country. Don't even get me started with how many countries would exist...
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Level 57
Jan 26, 2019
North Macedonia has been ratified by the Greek parliament.
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Level 84
Feb 17, 2019
Welcome to the Cardinal family, certain European Balkan state!
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Level 78
Feb 17, 2019
maybe accept "Northern Macedonia?"
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Level ∞
Feb 17, 2019
Okay. By the way, Macedonia still works as a type-in.
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Level 66
Apr 15, 2021
I recommend changing it to contains for default.
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Level 92
Mar 5, 2019
I expected the curve balls of Austria and Australia to be included when I clicked on the quiz. Glad I didn't have to think that hard!
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Level 60
Mar 17, 2019
Norway?
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Level 75
Mar 17, 2019
What direction is that?
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Level 57
Mar 17, 2019
North. Norway means "northern way". However, this quiz doesn't include countries with directions in their meanings, so
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Level 58
Mar 17, 2019
Norway doesn't have a cardinal direction in their name. Even if it translates to a cardinal direction, it doesn't count.
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Level 42
May 23, 2021
If France meant European North would it be included?
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Level 65
Mar 17, 2019
UK's official name actually is "United Kingdom of Great Britain and *Northern* Ireland", so it should be either added, already filled-in or excluded by a caveat.

It might also be interesting a version including Countries with "Cardinal Directions in their meaning":

- "Australia" means "Southern land",

- "Austria" means "Eastern March",

- "Norway" means "Northern way",

- "Tonga" means "South",

- "Vietnam" means "Viet South",

- "Yemen" means "South".

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Level 82
Mar 17, 2019
This quiz and virtually all quizzes on JetPunk are using the "short name" of the country (with the odd exceptions of the DRC, Republic of Congo, and Micronesia). If we used full official names then the UK would be on and North and South Korea would both be off. But it's not.
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Level 58
Mar 17, 2019
It needs a cardinal direction in their country name. Not inside the definition of the name.
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Level 75
Apr 15, 2021
Austria means eastern kingdom/realm (Osterreich)
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Level 56
Aug 28, 2022
I'm pretty sure Yemen doesn't mean south and Österreich means eastern kingdom, not march. People on jetpunk need to stop their smartassery
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Level 79
Sep 28, 2022
That ain't gonna happen soon dude :)
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Level 92
Feb 16, 2024
March is not an incorrect translation, though a somewhat archaic one. This definition of march is a borderland, for example the Welsh Marches.

For Yemen, it looks as though the etymology is not perfectly clear, and could be convergent. From Wikipedia: One etymology derives Yemen from ymnt, meaning literally "South [of the Arabian Peninsula]", and significantly plays on the notion of the land to the right [of the Kaaba]. Other sources claim that Yemen is related to yamn or yumn, meaning "felicity" or "blessed", as much of the country is fertile, in contrast to the barren land of most of Arabia.

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Level 47
Mar 17, 2019
West Virginia
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Level 90
Mar 17, 2019
Mountain Mama
+10
Level 81
Mar 18, 2019
Take me home
+9
Level 71
Mar 19, 2019
Country Roads
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Level 60
Aug 28, 2022
All my memories...
+3
Level 38
Mar 17, 2019
United Kingdom of Great Britain and NORTHERN Ireland
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Level 66
Apr 15, 2021
Please read before you comment next time.. ^^
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Level 56
Apr 22, 2021
I don't know why but you capitalizing Northern annoys me...
+1
Level 32
Mar 17, 2019
West Sahara?
+1
Level 56
Feb 16, 2024
West Sahara isn't a Jetpunk country.
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Level 70
Mar 17, 2019
In most of the country quizzes, North Macedonia is listed as just Macedonia. They need to be consistent throughout this website.
+7
Level 66
Mar 17, 2019
they are being consistent
+6
Level 82
Mar 17, 2019
They just changed it.
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Level ∞
Mar 17, 2019
Yep, we changed 100 or so quizzes. We are extremely consistent about stuff like that.
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Level 24
Mar 17, 2019
Australia = South Country. And Austria formed from East in german (Osterreich).
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Level 50
Mar 20, 2019
Australia is called Australia, as for Austria.. this quiz is in English not German
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Level 59
Apr 15, 2021
It must contain either "North", "South", "East" or "West" in its English name.
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Level 55
Mar 17, 2019
I had NO idea that Macedonia is actually called North Macedonia.
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Level 82
Mar 17, 2019
It wasn't until recently
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Level 68
Mar 18, 2019
I see peiple dabeting iver adding the full name of the UK, and more bizarre cases as Norway or Australia, why shouldn’t I demand the addition of Equatorial Guinea?
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Level 82
Mar 18, 2019
Why would you? Do you believe that "equator" is a cardinal direction?
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Level 60
Aug 4, 2020
I would rather argue for Central African Republic.
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Level 46
Mar 21, 2021
I did think of that and type it in.
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Level 67
Apr 15, 2021
That's an interesting thought, but "central" is a location, not a direction. You wouldn't tell someone "go north for five miles and then go central for two miles." At least, you shouldn't.
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Level 68
Apr 16, 2021
If you've never gone central, you should definitely try it!
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Level 82
Aug 28, 2022
There are exactly four cardinal directions. North, south, east, and west. Central isn't one of them.
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Level 26
Mar 18, 2019
My, oh, my... I found everything BUT the Koreas. How twisted is my brain?
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Level 66
Mar 18, 2019
What about Austria (Eastern Realm) as bonus answer?
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Level 71
Feb 1, 2020
Same thought!
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Level 62
Mar 20, 2019
North Macedonia- When did that happen? Probably just showing my ignorance but I've never seen that before, got the rest though :-)
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Level 71
May 7, 2019
Pheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew! Finished with one second left.
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Level 41
Aug 26, 2019
South Korea and North Korea are oficially just named Republic of Korea and People's Republic of Korea
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Level 36
Sep 11, 2019
I would've added Western Sahara at the least if not Northern Ireland. Or at least say the countries not included that we might think would be in the description.
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Level 69
Feb 1, 2020
Too little time, it is not like randomly spamming countries will help you get any answers. No reason for it to be mere seconds, if you make one typo you are stuffed.
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Level 43
Feb 1, 2020
I always think of it as Timor-Leste so East Timor never crossed my mind.
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Level 55
Jun 30, 2020
yes
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Level 58
Apr 20, 2020
South Ossetia? Western Sahara?
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Level 66
Jul 30, 2020
Both are not countries according to Jetpunk. Jetpunk's definition of a "country" is the 193 UN members, Vatican City, Kosovo and Taiwan.
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Level 67
May 13, 2020
the only one i couldn't think of was south africa lol
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Level 66
Dec 19, 2020
I'm half laughing, half disappointing. I was going to make a quiz with the exact same name without the "in their name", and I was just making sure the quiz wasn't already out there.
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Level 49
Apr 15, 2021
Wth, why east Timor is in the middle?

"It was written under title nianiania"

Glad of your small trap?

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Level 78
Apr 15, 2021
Missed the "North Macedonia", because for all rational people it's just "Macedonia". Forgot that stupid greeks demanded the name change. Shame on them.
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Level 71
Apr 15, 2021
Ehh, I missed it too, and I agree the naming dispute is dumb, but I still think it makes sense to include on this quiz.
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Level 68
Apr 16, 2021
The dispute is certainly dumb, but it's also dumb to name a country for something that it's only a part of. North Macedonia is only a part of Macedonia! That would be like if a country that's part of a continent tried to appropriate the name of the whole continent - oh, wait...
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Level 38
Apr 15, 2021
western sahara?
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Level 46
Apr 15, 2021
100% in 0:13.
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Level 47
Apr 15, 2021
I can't believe I put one Korea and forgot the other
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Level 38
Apr 15, 2021
One day, I shall be taking a quiz like this one and remember that Macedonia is North Macedonia, but today is not that day.
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Level 84
Apr 15, 2021
Did anyone else feel tempted to add "Marilyn Monroe" after typing two of the countries?
+1
Level 68
Jul 2, 2021
Can somebody smell fire?
+1
Level 46
Apr 15, 2021
american states next?
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Level 22
Apr 15, 2021
Norway?
+2
Level 24
Apr 15, 2021
Haha! I forgot the most obvious one, South Africa!

I got the following countries:

North Korea

North Macedonia

East Timor

South Sudan

South Korea

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Level 68
Jul 2, 2021
Thanks for clarifying which you got. Would never have guessed as there's a whole 6 answers to choose from.
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Level 33
Apr 29, 2021
yeah, did it in 14 second what about it
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Level 53
Feb 16, 2022
I've only heard it called timor leste, not east timor that's dumb.
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Level 58
May 26, 2022
southampton??
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Level 77
Aug 17, 2022
Three south, two north, one east, zero west. Elegant.
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Level 67
Aug 28, 2022
West Samoa and West Germany were the last „west“-countries
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Level 33
Aug 30, 2022
Got all the hard ones but left out the Koreas! Give me at least 30 more seconds though sheesh...
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Level 59
Jan 29, 2023
Wow. I made a VERY similar quiz, oblivious about the existence of this quiz. Great quiz, though! I got all the answers lol. Unfortunately, my quiz will never be featured. (Begs for people to take my quizzes)
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Level 68
Feb 26, 2023
Cardinal point is not in the usual short name, but Uruguay's full denomination is "República Oriental del Uruguay" ("Republic east of the Uruguay river")
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Level 69
Jul 15, 2023
Why not Austria (East) and Australia (South)?
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Level 20
Dec 27, 2023
I forgot east timor
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Level 33
Jan 9, 2024
technically uk is an answer as well as the full name is The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland haha