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Most-Searched Countries on Wikipedia

Wikipedia has created a ranking of the most viewed Wikipedia pages between December 1, 2007 and December 31, 2017. Can you guess the countries the Wikipedia community has searched the most?
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First submittedApril 13, 2018
Last updatedApril 19, 2018
Times taken14,995
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Views
Country
168,000,000
United States
101,000,000
India
92,500,000
United Kingdom
76,500,000
Canada
72,700,000
Australia
64,500,000
Japan
64,000,000
Germany
61,600,000
China
59,200,000
Russia
59,100,000
France
Views
Country
48,300,000
Singapore
48,000,000
Israel
47,700,000
Brazil
44,300,000
Italy
43,800,000
Philippines
43,500,000
Spain
43,000,000
Netherlands
42,000,000
New Zealand
40,200,000
Turkey
40,000,000
Mexico
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level 56
Apr 19, 2018
If we calculate views/population of that country, Singapore and Israel stand out a lot
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level 75
Apr 20, 2018
Not that much. Singapore is more poulated than New Zealand, and Israel is almost twice the size. Main pattern seems to be, large population or good English ability. Actually you may be right for Israel, depends on how good their English is.
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level 62
Aug 30, 2018
Don't forget the political factor, which is why many of the smaller countries appear on this list.
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level 60
Nov 29, 2018
According to Wikipedia, 85% of Israelis speak English. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population
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level 70
Apr 20, 2018
I only guessed Israel because that's where I live - and I was surprised to see it as an answer. I missed Singapore. It looks mostly like countries people want to visit, which is why Israel stands out - we have many fewer tourists than a lot of nearby countries that aren't on the list.
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level 60
May 22, 2018
I don't think that so many People want to visit India tbh
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level 67
Aug 30, 2018
I think that lots of people want to visit India. I don't think that that's what drives Wikipedia views.
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level 32
Aug 31, 2018
Really? I think its a massively popular place that people want to visit. So rich in cultural experience and very diverse things to see. If the quiz is based on people looking up pages for tourism then I'm not surprised its high on the list.
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level 44
Sep 3, 2018
eh. I've been to India a few times and the only people I ever see going there are people visiting their family. India might have a rich culture worth visiting but a lot of other factors make India a bad choice for a vacation.
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level 23
Feb 20, 2019
no you
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level 61
May 9, 2019
A bad choose or not, i think for the travel type it is on many peoples lists.
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level 61
May 28, 2018
I'm sure that a lot of factors weigh in with a time span of 10 years. There's so much data on Wikipedia articles about countries. Some sure did that for planning a visit. Others probably simply wanted to know the population/size/capital/climate/president/currency/history...
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level 77
May 30, 2018
Wikipedia is not a travel website. Israel's inclusion didn't surprise me at all considering the politics, news, and religious/historical significance.
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level 31
Aug 30, 2018
I did my guesses by how often the country is on the news. If someone wants to find out more about something on the news, what better place than wikipedia. That's how I got Israel
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level 67
Aug 30, 2018
My thought process was the same, which is why I was surprised that no other Middle Eastern countries were on there.
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level 76
Apr 21, 2018
As on the most-searched cities quiz, Singapore shows up. Since it is both a city and a nation, it is essentially double counted on both quizzes.
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level 61
May 9, 2019
Ah good point!
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level 57
May 31, 2018
And 80% of Turkey's hits come in the last two weeks of November.
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level 72
Sep 2, 2018
Ba-dum-tss
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level 56
Aug 30, 2018
Is this about English pages, or all languages together? It seems like there is a bit of a bias favoring English speaking countries.
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level 45
Aug 30, 2018
Good quiz! This was one of the most creative quizzes I've seen for a long time, but it still fit very well with this sites emphasis on geography.
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level 62
Aug 30, 2018
Great quiz! Got them all, last one took a while though - Philippines.
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level 57
Apr 24, 2019
For me it's turkey
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level 67
Aug 30, 2018
AARRRRGGHHH! I always forget the Philippines, on every darn quiz!
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level 59
May 1, 2019
Good to know I'm not the only one...
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level 72
Aug 30, 2018
Methinks the Most Searched Countries list for regular users of this site would be much different. 1) Andorra, 2) St Kitts, 3) Niue etc.
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level 72
Sep 2, 2018
CYPRUS, North Cyprus, Turkey, Armenia, Transnistria, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Israel, Palestine, The International City of Jerusalem, Taiwan, China, Niue, Grand Fenwick, Sealand, The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and Somaliland. Monaco versus Monte Carlo to round things out for an adamant Jetpunker.
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level 61
May 9, 2019
Western sahara
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level 51
Aug 30, 2018
Never underestimate The Philippines and Singapore in a Jetpunk quiz!!
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level 59
Aug 30, 2018
My self-imposed "always-try-Israel-and-Singapore-in-every-quiz" - rule paid off handsomely here.
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level 65
Aug 30, 2018
Great Quiz! 100% with 1:01 left on the clock!
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level 51
Aug 31, 2018
I got them all but I was totally confused at first a kept typing in countries that have been in the news over the past decade (Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, Iran, etc.) I was surprised searches for these places were so low. Maybe I didn't understand the point? Once I entered the countries with generally more wealth and tourist opportunities, I seemed to be back on track... I guess maybe people search them because they want to visit these places...My wikipedia searches are almost always about the more seemingly low profile countries like Eritrea or Burundi or Vanuatu!
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level 61
May 9, 2019
Yea the ones you DONT know stuff about. That is why you look things up. Where is it situated, what do they speak there. (How long) is it independent
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level 67
Apr 17, 2019
The amount of times I miss Germany in these things is insane, and I live there.
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level 61
May 9, 2019
In this case not so weird, you wouldnt think of looking up the country you live in.
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level 61
May 9, 2019
Got all but singapore, would never have gotten it (actually thought about the answers and not randomly type in countries) i wonder why say philipines is in and not Indonesia
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level 34
Jun 28, 2019
I was actually surprised that North Korea wasn't in here considering all the news and stuff
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level 65
Jul 17, 2019
Assuming that what drives Wikipedia views is curiosity, I would have expected more views for countries that are in the news but not well-known by many Westerners. To this end, Israel and Philippines makes some sense. But I expected North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen to get more views. Instead it seems like it is a lot of Westerners...reading about themselves?
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level 65
Sep 4, 2019
New data has Pakistan replacing Turkey's spot.