The Only American Country ...

Given the statement, name the only country in the Americas which fits with the clue.
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Last updated: September 9, 2017
First submittedSeptember 3, 2017
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The only country that ...
Country
is 4,300 km long, but only
200 km wide
Chile
has won five FIFA World Cups
Brazil
is bisected by a canal
Panama
starts with J
Jamaica
ends in U
Peru
does not use the metric system
United States
shares a border with Haiti
Dominican Republic
has a maple leaf on its flag
Canada
is communist
Cuba
has more than 100 murders
per 100,000 people
El Salvador
The only country that ...
Country
has two official capitals
Bolivia
has a capital that starts with A
Paraguay
uses the Quetzal as its currency
Guatemala
uses Dutch as an official language
Suriname
has a per-capita GDP under $2,000
Haiti
has greater oil reserves than Saudi Arabia
Venezuela
was invaded by the U.S. in the early 1980s
Grenada
is entirely south of the Tropic of Capricorn
Uruguay
was the birthplace of a pope
Argentina
has more than 3.5 annual tourists
for every resident
Bahamas
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Level 65
Sep 8, 2017
What's about US invasion of Panama in 1989?
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Level ∞
Sep 9, 2017
Changed to early 1980s.
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Level 37
Nov 20, 2017
USA invaded Grenada in 1983.
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Level 46
Aug 24, 2020
It's "in the early 1980s", not "before 1980"
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Level 63
Sep 8, 2017
I almost forget the touristy nation!!!!!!!!!!
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Level 74
Sep 8, 2017
I was madly typing Asuncion instead of Paraguay. Kicking myself now!
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Level 47
Feb 7, 2018
Same thing.
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Level 74
Sep 8, 2017
Great quiz - interesting mix of questions.
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Level 67
Sep 8, 2017
Totally wrong about Nicaragua
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Level 75
Sep 8, 2017
Honduras was formerly top of the world murder league but has been replaced by El Salvador. Please remove this incorrect assertion that Nicaragua has more murders per capita.
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Level ∞
Sep 9, 2017
This has now been fixed.
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Level 81
Jan 4, 2018
Aside from the US, Cuba, Canada, and Chile every country in the Americas puts up pretty impressive numbers when it comes to homicides per capita, but El Salvador is just killing it. They've worked hard to be #1 considering the stiff competition.
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Level 70
Jan 4, 2018
USA can't boast with a homicide every 60 seconds.
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Level 81
Feb 7, 2018
oh.. I get it. When it diminishes the achievements of the USA somehow even if it doesn't make any sense to measure in this way (like Nobel prizes or Olympic medals awarded), THEN you insist on using per capita figures.... but when it makes the USA look bad and even though it *only* makes sense to look at per capita numbers, in those instances you prefer looking at totals overall. Wow, you Europeans are so wise.
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Level 73
Feb 7, 2018
Wow, I can smell generalization here. Bravo, you are the best.
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Level 55
Feb 7, 2018
The U.S. still has a higher murder than every Western European nation.
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Level 55
Feb 7, 2018
It also has a higher murder rate than Argentina.
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Level 81
Feb 7, 2018
Argentina's murder rate is 6.53. The USA's is 4.88.
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Level 81
Apr 14, 2018
Other countries and territories with a higher intentional homicide rate than the USA: Lithuania, Mayotte (France), Bermuda (UK), Turks and Caicos Island (UK), Guadeloupe (France), British Virgin Islands (UK), Russia (3x as high, and the rest of these are higher still), Greenland (Denmark), French Guiana (France), Cayman Islands (UK), Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France), Montserrat (UK), Anguilla (UK)...

but you're really comparing apples and tunafish here. The British territory of Anguilla has a murder rate per 100k inhabitants of 27.66, which is damned impressive next to the United States' paltry 4.88, but Venezuela's is 57.15, Honduras' is 63.75, and El Salvador's is a staggering 108.64. Like I said, it's incredibly silly to try and group some of these other countries in with El Salvador. They dominate. If you feel the need to comment that the US is somehow comparable you are a twit.

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Level 67
Oct 11, 2019
Convenient to pick territories and list those, (which are mainly located where? ow yea the americas..) you might aswell choose cities..

You can talk all you want, but the US really sticks out on a list of the "western" countries. Sure you can always find a way to make the data work in your favour, but it definitely stands out. It is not near any countries with which it usually share a lot of traits.

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Level 83
Oct 21, 2019
Lies, damned lies and statistics.
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Level 66
Aug 14, 2020
I don't think I have seen a comment on jetpunk by Sifhraven that is not impartial, balanced and wise.
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Level 81
Aug 23, 2020
Scroll up one inch you'll find one. But many others all over the site. As if the murder rate in Greenland is somehow the fault of the United States. And Lithuania is not in the Americas.
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Level 73
Aug 25, 2020
Out of curiosity, Kal: are you pro or anti gun control? (It's a real question, not trying to paint you in a corner here. I'm really wondering what your position is on the matter.)
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Level 81
Aug 27, 2020
If I had my personal druthers, I would ban all guns everywhere and mandate confiscating them all. I'm not a fan of guns.

However, I feel like the arguments made by all sides (pro-gun and anti-gun, or pro-gun-control and anti) are remarkably poor.

It's a complicated issue, and the statistics do not clearly support any one side or any one solution. I would really like to see some common sense gun control laws passed, but I'm not even really sure it would help much. And the all-out gun ban I proposed above I don't think will happen in my lifetime in the United States, so realistically we'd have to come up with other solutions to gun violence there. I don't know that there are any. One of the problems with solving the problem of gun violence in the US, though, somewhat counter-intuitively, is that it's really not nearly as bad as people make it out to be. The rate of violent crime in the USA is already extremely low. Taking it lower would be difficult.

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Level 81
Aug 27, 2020
Fun fact: there are actually many European countries with higher rates of mass-shooting deaths than the United States. Including France, Norway, Macedonia, Albania, Switzerland and Belgium. The US is 66th in the world in terms of death rate by mass shooting. map

At least according to independent research done by the Crime Prevention Research Center... an American pro-gun website. But I haven't found any serious critique of their data.

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Level 73
Aug 28, 2020
All of this is very interesting. Thanks for answering!
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Level 37
Nov 20, 2017
Great Quiz! - More please.
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Level 72
Nov 21, 2017
Well, there‘s an African, an Asian, a European, an Oceanian and a worldwide quiz about this topic.
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Level 70
Feb 7, 2018
How about the Top 20 Countries US Citizens have moved to ..... here it is
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Level 81
Feb 7, 2018
That moment when you say to yourself, "What country other than the United States doesn't use the metric system?" - D'oh!
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Level 56
Feb 7, 2018
Panama isn't the only country to be bisected by a canal. Canada is bisected by the Welland canal. "Bisected" doesn't mean it has to be cut in two EVEN pieces. Just sayin'
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Level 74
Feb 8, 2018
A map of The-Two-Pieces-of-Canada-as-Bisected-by-the-Welland-Canal would show how comically unequal the pieces are, kinda like a photo of an elephant next to a mouse. But, I gotta say, you're right!
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Level 56
Feb 9, 2018
I'm from the part of Canada west of the canal. It's the best part IMHO.
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Level 56
Apr 8, 2018
Quizmaster - you've gotta fix the quiz!!
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Level ∞
Apr 8, 2018
Lol no. One extra credit point for you though! (Cash value 1/20th of a cent)
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Level 56
Apr 9, 2018
Wwwwelp you're going to have to fix it when Nicaragua builds theirs. How about the only country spelt "_a_a_a"?
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Level 72
Apr 9, 2018
Canada or Panama?
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Level 76
Aug 23, 2020
@Quizmaster - US or Canadian cent?
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Level 56
Feb 7, 2018
Europe is a misshapen peninsula off the west coast of Asia.
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Level 65
Feb 9, 2018
And Australia is the west island of New Zealand.
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Level 47
Apr 22, 2018
Sorry, your our last state
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Level 16
Aug 9, 2018
cuba is technically socialist
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Level 65
Nov 27, 2019
There should be a series grouping "The only..." quizzes
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Level 32
Jul 24, 2020
didn't knew my country is literally the south of tropic of capricorn....
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Level 53
Aug 23, 2020
Well, your username explains that (no offense!)
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Level 62
Aug 23, 2020
No, Bolivia desn't have two official capitals. Like Netherlands, where Amsterdam is the official capital, with the government seated in Hague; Bolivia has one official calital, Sucre, with the government seated in La Paz.
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Level 44
Dec 29, 2020
I suggest the question about the use of the metric system be worded better ("does not use the metric system").

The United States does the metric system, frequently and systematically--all weights and measures are defined using the metric system, all products are labeled using the metric system, it's a required part of education, and in significant swaths of science, engineering and technology it's used exclusively. It has been the officially preferred measurement system since 1988.

Of course customary measures are also in extensive use, but metrication is a continuum (in every country), and if the point is to ask which country is the only one in the Americas that still extensively uses non-metric measures, then it should be worded that way.

I'll be honest--I think it's a really uninteresting "question" that's an excuse for U.S.-bashing, since it's such a frequent saw. However, that's subjective. What is not subjective is that the question as worded is inaccurate.