Countries By Most Similar Country Name

For each country, give the other country whose name is most similar.

The measure of similarity is minimum edit distance (specifically Levenshtein Distance). Basically, it's the fewest number of changes (adding, removing, or changing letters) you need to make to turn one word into another.

EXAMPLE: The minimum edit distance from "burger" to "barge" is two: 1. Change the "u" to an "a" 2. Remove the "r" at the end.
In good Jetpunk fashion, this quiz ignores spaces and capitalization.
This is based purely on spelling. Pronunciation does not factor into the equation.
Quiz by cornflakesfu
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Last updated: October 24, 2018
First submittedOctober 24, 2018
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Country
Distance
Most Similar Country
Iran
1
Iraq
Algeria
2
Nigeria
Canada
2
Panama
China
2
Chile / Ghana
Mali
2
Malawi / Malta
Somalia
2
Romania
Argentina
3
Armenia
India
3
Syria
Libya
3
Cuba / Kenya / Liberia
Mexico
3
Monaco
Mongolia
3
Angola
Country
Distance
Most Similar Country
Pakistan
3
Tajikistan
Peru
3
Nauru / Palau
Tanzania
3
Albania
Ethiopia
4
Estonia
Mauritania
4
Mauritius
South Africa
4
Costa Rica / South Korea
Mozambique
5
Zambia
Venezuela
5
Senegal
Burkina Faso
6
Suriname
Equatorial Guinea
9
Australia / Papua New Guinea
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Level 74
Oct 25, 2018
wow, great! how did you make the calculations?!
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Level 82
Oct 25, 2018
Wrote a Python script. If you click the link in the description, I copied the function directly from there (the one immediately under "Iterative Computation of the Levenshtein Distance"), though if you don't know Python it may not mean much to you ;)