Head to Head - Countries #1

We put two countries head to head with each other in a series of stand offs! Can you select the winning country in each scenario?
Quiz by Stewart
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Last updated: January 27, 2021
First submittedJanuary 27, 2021
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1. Which country is larger in area?
Brazil is about four times the size of Saudi Arabia
2. Which has more people?
France has around 65 million, Spain has about 47
3. Which has more nuclear missiles?
The U.S. has around 6000 while China has about 300
4. Which had more military deaths during World War II?
Germany had over 5 million, Japan had about 2.3 million
5. Which has more bordering countries?
DR Congo borders 9 countries, Thailand borders 4
6. Which has land further north?
Canada reaches 83°06' while Iceland reaches only 67°08
7. Which receives more tourists per year? (2018)
Italy got 62.1 m tourists, while Australia only got 9.2 million
8. Which has a longer coastline?
Norway has ~27,000 km, while Venezuela around 5,500 km (source)
9. Which has a demonym ending in -ish?
Polish people are from Poland, Dutch people are from the Netherlands
10. Which has a colder average temperature?
Mongolia averages -0.7°C and the UK averages 8.45 °C
11. Which is geographically closer to Australia?
At their closest, PNG is about 4 km from Australia, whereas New Zealand is 1303 km away.
12. Which of these is in Africa?
Burkina Faso is in Africa, Bolivia is in South America
13. Which of these uses a Dollar as their currency?
Jamaica has the Jamaican Dollars, the Philippines uses the Peso
14. Which has more official national languages?
South Africa has 11, Singapore has 4
15. Which of these is more populated?
Ethiopia has around 117 million people, while Argentina sits at about 45 million
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Level 68
Jan 27, 2021
Another great one to the series! :)
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Level 27
Jan 30, 2021
I got 11 just because I don't know my flags and country shapes
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Level 74
Jan 28, 2021
Only missed the last one. Great quiz!
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Level 78
Jan 28, 2021
US dollar is legal tender in Panama.
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Level 26
Mar 28, 2021
that's... not panama in the quiz
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Level 68
Mar 28, 2021
The question was updated after this comment had been posted
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Level 78
Jan 28, 2021
Isn't the US dollar also one of the official currencies of Panama, in addition to the balboa? Am I wrong?
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Level 71
Jan 28, 2021
There are no balboa banknotes, only coins. They use US banknotes, since 1 balboa = 1 USD. So it was kind of an iffy choice for this question.
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Level 74
Jan 28, 2021
YES^^
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Level ∞
Jan 29, 2021
D'oh! This was the only one I got wrong when I took the quiz and I didn't think to check the answer. Replaced Panama with Philippines.
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Level 90
Jan 29, 2021
It looks like the image has changed but not the explanation, where there is still "Panama"
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Level 68
Jan 29, 2021
Should be fixed now
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Level 58
Jan 28, 2021
enjoyed this Stewart :)
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Level 49
Jan 29, 2021
Why are the Philippines potrayed while the description is about Panama?
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Level 70
Jan 29, 2021
I was looking for this comment. My thoughts exactly...
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Level 68
Jan 29, 2021
Fixed! See Quizmaster's comment above for why it happened. It was my mistake originally, sorry
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Level 71
Jan 29, 2021
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think a temperature can be "lower" or "higher" and the air / water / whatever is "warmer" or "colder". The same way a car is moving fast, but its speed is high.
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Level 67
Mar 28, 2021
That's true, however colloquial English seems to favour 'hotter/colder' to describe temperature. This is the sort of thing people will furiously debate online!
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Level 53
Jan 29, 2021
Brilliant Idea!
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Level 73
Jan 29, 2021
Got all right except for the military deaths question!
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Level 41
Jan 30, 2021
Theres no way i got 100% first try great quiz
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Level 80
Jan 30, 2021
The distance between NZ and Australia is actually 4,163km.
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Level 74
Jan 31, 2021
No sorry, it just isn't. Sydney to Auckland is about 3800 km but Lord Howe Island (part of New South Wales) to Cape Reinga is about 1300 km. The distance could be less than 1300 km if Three Kings Islands are used instead of Cape Reinga, but they're uninhabited and sometimes that doesn't count for quizzes around here.
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Level 65
Feb 3, 2021
The infinite coastline paradox would suggest that both Colombia and Norway have equal coastlines.
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Level 68
Feb 3, 2021
Well aware of that, but unfortunately not all infinities have the same order. (I believe they do in this case). Common sense says the question implies "longest coastline to a finite precision".
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Level 86
Feb 3, 2021
I don't know if this is because of a recent update or not, but question 8 appears to be broken. I selected the picture of Norway, the additional fact at the bottom indicates Norway is the correct answer, but I get the question wrong for some reason.
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Level 68
Feb 3, 2021
Seems to work fine for me
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Level 28
Mar 28, 2021
noice 😉
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Level 28
Mar 28, 2021
14/15!!!!!!!
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Level 40
Mar 28, 2021
Nice! I got everything right except the last one.

Thought Argentina was bigger population wise - apparently not :(

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Level 58
Mar 28, 2021
No, Argentina has a highly low population compared to many countries. Ethiopia is the second biggest by population in Africa (after Nigeria), a continent that will one day dominate population.
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Level 47
Mar 28, 2021
15/15 first try yes!
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Level 32
Mar 28, 2021
wow I guessed on like 5 of them and I got a 15/15
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Level 44
Mar 29, 2021
Wow, I thought Japan would have won overwhelmingly because of its war tactics. Neat
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Level 23
Mar 29, 2021
Took my by surprise, the DRC only borders 4 countries.
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Level 65
Mar 30, 2021
Australia is a long way from New Zealand. When I was overseas, people would say, "Can you catch a ferry there?"

That ain't gonna happen! (Tasman Sea is so dangerous).

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Level 57
Mar 30, 2021
I liked this one
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Level 49
Mar 30, 2021
I got them all right somehow. Definitely shocked to see that.
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Level 20
Mar 30, 2021
All except iceland vs canada
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Level 61
Mar 31, 2021
I love this quiz.
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Level 54
May 3, 2021
I thought Jamaica used shillings...