Large Countries with Small Economies

We ranked every country by two factors: Surface Area and GDP. Which countries had a high Surface Area rank but a low GDP rank?
For GDP we used 2020 IMF forecasts, PPP method
Quiz by interopia
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Last updated: November 16, 2020
First submittedApril 4, 2017
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Rank
difference
Country
127
Central African Republic
116
Mauritania
114
Chad
110
Somalia
108
Namibia
104
Niger
102
South Sudan
94
Mongolia
88
Libya
Rank
difference
Country
88
Mali
83
D. R. Congo
80
Mozambique
77
Papua New Guinea
73
Republic of the Congo
73
Guyana
72
Botswana
68
Suriname
66
Zimbabwe
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Level 70
Jul 4, 2018
Somalia?
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Level 82
Jul 4, 2018
Thanks so much. The original source I used (IMF) didn't have Somalia on their list, because information is hard to verify. I have added it now using information from another source.
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Level 76
Apr 21, 2020
Wonder why this quiz is not featured when the opposite one is?
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Level 59
Apr 21, 2020
Needs another 30 seconds
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Level 71
May 1, 2020
Nominated!
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Level 42
Jun 1, 2020
how can you nominate quizzes?
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Level 57
Jan 8, 2021
Only the Quizmaster can nominate quizzes.
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Level 41
Jun 7, 2021
No, just press button ''nominate'' and done.
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Level 65
Jun 1, 2020
Surface area? As opposed to.. volume?
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Level 71
Jun 2, 2020
Population, I would assume
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Level 68
Jan 3, 2021
I don't think so considering Guyana and Suriname have less than 1m.
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Level 61
Jun 16, 2020
How come you have a picture of Afghanistan when it's not even one of the answers?
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Level 82
Jun 17, 2020
Good eye. Because it used to be one of the answers.
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Level ∞
Nov 16, 2020
Changed it to a picture of Niger.
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Level 84
Nov 16, 2020
Yeah, I instantly recognized Niger in that photo. Practically gave away the answer.
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Level 49
Nov 25, 2020
That's the norm
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Level 57
Sep 7, 2020
Guyana and Suriname can't really be considered "large countries".
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Level ∞
Nov 16, 2020
Large is relative. In this case what matters is that Guyana and Suriname are very large relative to the size of their economies.
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Level 83
Nov 16, 2020
Those were tough. I understand their inclusion on this quiz, but I don't think I would have guessed either one even if the quiz had a 10 minute time limit.
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Level 64
Jan 3, 2021
I somehow got Guyana as one of my first answers, but it still didn't occur to me to try Suriname...
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Level 73
Jan 3, 2021
@cornflakesfu - With a 10 minute time limit, you'd probably have managed to get through all the countries of the world, and I'm sure you wouldn't have tried any of the Pacific island countries or any micronations before Guyana and Suriname.
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Level 64
Nov 18, 2020
Fun quiz! Got PNG last ten seconds. Only missed the other two least guessed answers.
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Level 47
Nov 19, 2020
How is Mongolia so high? Would've never even thought of that.
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Level 28
Jan 3, 2021
Mongolia isn't poor, but it has the lowest population density in the world so it would make sense.
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Level 67
Jan 7, 2021
Because it's huge. It was the first I tried or did I try Congo first.. can't remember now.

I sort of expected Kazakhstan to be up here as well. But I guess they have a reasonable gdp.

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Level 68
Dec 1, 2020
I was wondering if this would be closer to a list of big countries or to a list of poor countries, and it definitely skewed towards the latter - very poor countries, of medium to large size.

Population is probably more of a factor though - a lot of big-but-poor countries are saved from the list by having loads of people, like Nigeria, India, Bangladesh.

Very interesting quiz, thanks!

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Level 66
Jan 3, 2021
There are some very wealthy people in those countries though. It strikes me that most of the countries on this list don't really have wealth anywhere.
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Level 54
Jan 3, 2021
So much poverty in Africa.
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Level 41
Jan 3, 2021
So sad to see the results. So many resources in this amazing continent of Africa but immense poverty. The West needs to stop the exploitation and the leaders need to go, make way for the next generation to put Africa at the top where it belongs.
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2021
How exactly is the west exploiting Africa in your opinion?
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Level 58
Jan 3, 2021
It's not - that's why you'll not receive a reply.
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Level 51
Jan 4, 2021
Historical momentum.
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Level 67
Jan 7, 2021
@snurtman, your first part might by right, but your second part not, that is misleading. Most comments here don't get a reply from the original poster because with so many quizzes on this site, a lot to do before having to do quizzes a 2nd time.

no correlation. That is like saying if your friend doesn't stop by to visit today HE is the one that stole your car. It is not evidence of anything (though unfortunately in real life this weird type of argument you will convince many people. Of course of things they already believe. And call it "proof"..

Sorry for the bad explanation in English. Hope you guys get my point.

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Level 31
Jan 3, 2021
got them all with 10 seconds left, except i cant spell Guyana correctly so i didnt get them all :(
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Level 45
Jan 4, 2021
Surprised Mongolia isn't at the top.
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Level 51
Jan 5, 2021
This is just Africa Countries Quiz in disguise.
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Level 41
Feb 26, 2021
Portugal?
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Level 69
Feb 27, 2021
I didn't think Suriname and Guyana would be big enough to make it on the quiz. I blame the Mercator Projection for making them look smaller...