Countries closest in size to these things

If I give you a thing, can you tell me which country is closest in size to it? E.g. the country closest in size to Lake Victoria would be Georgia.
Size = surface area.
Country size = total surface area.
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Last updated: July 2, 2016
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Thing
Country
Lake Ontario
Slovenia
Vancouver Island
Moldova
Rhode Island
Samoa
Alaska
Libya
Caspian Sea
Japan
Greenland
Saudi Arabia
Himalayas
Bolivia
Lake Baikal
Belgium
Loch Lomond
San Marino
Great Barrier Reef
Republic of the Congo
Thing
Country
Gobi Desert
Peru
Tiananmen Square
Vatican City
Pluto
Russia
Isle of Man
Saint Lucia
Crete
Cyprus
Lake Superior
United Arab Emirates
Baffin Island
Spain
Olympus Mons
Philippines
Deepwater Horizon oil spill peak size
Cambodia
Tsar Bomba mushroom cloud cap peak size
Maldives
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Level 63
Jul 2, 2016
Wow! Rhode Island is tiny!
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Level 69
Jul 2, 2016
Well it's smallish I suppose :-)
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Level 68
Jul 2, 2016
Rather hard and frustrating even. Kept typing every country that came to my mind and got 5 right just by chance.
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Level 69
Jul 2, 2016
I like to make quizzes a bit of a challenge at least. I had considered putting the sizes of the 'things' to make it easier but I feared then it would just be 'Guess the countries that are X-km in area', which isn't half as fun.
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Level 68
Jul 2, 2016
And this isn't about guessing random countries then?
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Level 69
Jul 2, 2016
Well I'd hoped that if one wasn't able to guess the country it would at least be educational, or just interesting to gauge how a lake can be larger than a whole country, or even how a planetoid can be smaller than one :-)
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Level 69
Jul 2, 2016
I love feedback. I thought that on balance having no yellow box with less time was better than more time with a yellow box, but I wonder if y'all think that the time is still too short? I don't want it to be long enough so people just type every country and get it with pure guesswork, I people try and use educated guesses at least.
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Level 72
Jul 2, 2016
I like the idea but I don't think it works very well. I agree it's educational anyway. What about adding a yellow box allowing more than one answer, eg any that are within 10% or the 5 closest?
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Level 74
Jul 3, 2016
I LOVE the Pluto clue!