Most-Searched Countries on Wikipedia

Wikipedia has created a ranking of the most-viewed pages between December 1, 2007 and January 1, 2020. Can you guess the countries the Wikipedia community has searched the most?
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Last updated: May 6, 2020
First submittedApril 13, 2018
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Views
Country
204 mil
United States
128 mil
India
114 mil
United Kingdom
92 mil
Canada
87 mil
Australia
79 mil
China
78 mil
Germany
Views
Country
78 mil
Japan
74 mil
Russia
71 mil
France
63 mil
Singapore
62 mil
Israel
57 mil
Brazil
55 mil
Philippines
Views
Country
54 mil
Netherlands
53 mil
Italy
53 mil
New Zealand
53 mil
Pakistan
52 mil
Spain
50 mil
Mexico
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Level 57
Apr 19, 2018
If we calculate views/population of that country, Singapore and Israel stand out a lot
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Level 79
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 69
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 62
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 71
Sep 18, 2020
Vatican City would be #1 by that measure
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Level 72
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 63
May 22, 2018
I don't think that so many People want to visit India tbh
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Level 70
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 42
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 55
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 25
Feb 20, 2019
no you
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Level 67
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 62
Nov 1, 2019
I think you're probably overlooking the reason why India is so high: population. It's pretty expected that a resident of a country or a member of that country's diaspora will at some point look it up on Wikipedia. The reason why China isn't higher is because Wikipedia is blocked there.
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Level 47
Aug 11, 2020
That is massively incorrect. India is an amazing place to visit and you should definitely go.
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Level 80
Aug 17, 2020
@JWatson24 I live in the UK. At present, one of the last things I want to know is what Wikipedia may have to say about that. If I look up a country, it's generally because it's in the news, and I want more background.
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Level 63
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 80
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 32
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 80
Aug 17, 2020
Indeed. Where's Afghanistan, for example?
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Level 78
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 67
May 9, 2019
Ah good point!
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Level 62
May 31, 2018
And 80% of Turkey's hits come in the last two weeks of November.
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Level 81
Sep 2, 2018
Ba-dum-tss
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Level 60
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 65
Aug 30, 2018
Great quiz! Got them all, last one took a while though - Philippines.
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Level 63
Apr 24, 2019
For me it's turkey
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Level 70
Aug 30, 2018
AARRRRGGHHH! I always forget the Philippines, on every darn quiz!
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Level 60
May 1, 2019
Good to know I'm not the only one...
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Level 23
May 6, 2020
sad :(( i like how my country's getting a bit more recognition tho
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Level 71
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 81
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 67
May 9, 2019
Western sahara
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Level 49
Aug 30, 2018
Never underestimate The Philippines and Singapore in a Jetpunk quiz!!
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Level 60
Aug 30, 2018
My self-imposed "always-try-Israel-and-Singapore-in-every-quiz" - rule paid off handsomely here.
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Level 68
Aug 30, 2018
Great Quiz! 100% with 1:01 left on the clock!
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Level 55
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 67
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 69
Apr 17, 2019
The amount of times I miss Germany in these things is insane, and I live there.
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Level 67
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 67
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 68
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 67
Sep 4, 2019
New data has Pakistan replacing Turkey's spot.
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Level 53
Jun 5, 2020
this quiz helped me get level 50!
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Level 70
Sep 5, 2020
Kinda surprised Egypt didn't make it tbh, especially considering its historical importance. Expected more people using it for school reports
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