Algeria Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Algeria?
Quiz by Denzal
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Last updated: May 17, 2020
First submittedApril 20, 2017
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Capital and largest city
Algiers
Second largest city (hint: 4 letters)
Oran
Countries that border
Algeria
Morocco
Libya
Tunisia
Niger
Mali
Mauritania
Two-letter country code
DZ
Most important export
Oil
Currency of Algeria
Dinar
Official languages
Berber
Arabic
Hint
Answer
To the nearest whole number, the
% of Algerians who are Islamic
99%
Mountain range spanning the
north of Algeria
Atlas Mountains
Desert that covers most of the country
Sahara Desert
Region of North Africa that Algeria
is part of (hint: starts with M)
Maghreb
European country from which Algeria
gained its independence in 1962
France
Series of wars that ended with the
destruction of Carthage and
the establishment of Roman rule
Punic Wars
Algeria is the largest country in Africa.
What is the second-largest?
D. R. Congo
What was the profession of the
Barbary Corsairs?
Pirate
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Level 80
May 17, 2020
Maybe accept "piracy" as the profession.
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Level ∞
May 17, 2020
That will work now
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Level 65
May 18, 2020
I really need an atlas for the mountain one.
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Level 79
May 19, 2020
Country code = DZ.

Quiz by Denzal.

Coincidence?

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Level 74
May 21, 2020
Want to clarify in the clue what a "two letter country code" is? Is this to do with internet domain suffixes?
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Level 58
Jul 30, 2020
International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) issues 2-letter, 3-letter and numeric codes. Uses include internet domains (though some exceptions e.g. United Kingdom is .UK and not .GB) and postal service.
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Level 43
Jul 4, 2020
Why on earth is it DZ, that was a really annoying one
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Level 69
Jul 5, 2020
from Dzayer, the local name for Algeria (Wikipedia)
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Level 60
Aug 3, 2020
Isn't the local name "Al-Jazair"? Even so, Dzayer does not sound like Jazair. Maybe some French or other Westerner got confused in the translation of phonetics?
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Level 71
Jul 30, 2020
bigf420, maybe it annoy Dzayens (or whatever they are called) that you call their country Algeria.
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Level 83
Aug 3, 2020
Yeah I spent too much time trying to come up with as many letter combinations as I could before I gave up.
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Level 70
Aug 3, 2020
I assume it's because of the way French is written. So, for instance, the surname Jalloh in Sierra Leone would be Diallo in Guinea.
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Level 28
Sep 5, 2020
it "Al-jazair" in arabic , but "Dzayer" in the algerian dialect ( a mix between arabic,french and amazigh ). that why it's DZ.

PS: I am algerian.

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Level 80
Aug 3, 2020
Whenever I hear Oran I think of the Orat-on-a-stick from Space Quest III.
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Level 74
Aug 3, 2020
I think of Oran "Juice" Jones and his great 80's hit "The Rain".
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Level 80
Aug 4, 2020
Ironically it doesn't rain much in Algeria.
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Level 73
Aug 12, 2020
For me, it's Orin from Parks and Rec. Creepy dude.
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Level 73
Aug 3, 2020
The question about 2nd largest country feels out of place, would be a better quiz if that wasn't there or could be swapped for a different question that is actually about Algeria. Suggest something asking about where Algerians predominantly emigrate to when they leave their country might be a good choice.
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Level 67
Aug 3, 2020
Wouldn't that be the same as the "European country from which Algeria gained its independence in 1962"?
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Level 66
Aug 3, 2020
I agree, you could ask a question about the Algerian War (Charles de Gaulle, FLN, Évian Accords) or maybe Camus or The Stranger. Also, I was doing research for a quiz just yesterday and learned that Algiers is home to the world's third-largest mosque and the tallest minaret, which could easily be made into a question.
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Level 66
Aug 3, 2020
What do the punic wars have to do with Algeria? Carthage used to be in Tunisia, right?
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Level 71
Aug 3, 2020
Agreed. I was scratching my head on the relevance of that question also.
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Level 80
Aug 24, 2020
Carthiginian territory consisted of all of the northern coasts of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco as well as southern Spain, Corsica, Sardinia, and part of Sicily. Though..... I don't think there were any battles that took place on the Algerian coast so the question's inclusion is still a bit odd.
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Level 58
Aug 3, 2020
I can't wait for these daily country quizzes to get round to Cyprus. Now which continent is it in again...?
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Level 73
Aug 12, 2020
Just wondering: is there any logic to the order in which you list the bordering countries? It's not alphabetical and doesn't seem to follow a clockwise progression either...
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Level 58
Nov 14, 2020
Muslim, rather than Islamic?