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Countries with Z

Sixteen countries have a Z in their name. How many can you name?
Using the same country names as the Countries of the World quiz
As of February 2019, we now use the name "Eswatini" instead of "Swaziland"
Last updated: February 16, 2019
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Africa
Mozambique
Tanzania
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Americas
Belize
Brazil
Venezuela
Asia
Azerbaijan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Uzbekistan
Europe
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Czech Republic
Switzerland
Oceania
New Zealand
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level 26
Oct 25, 2012
Azerbaijan is in Europe.
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level 29
Oct 26, 2012
According to Wikipedia, Azerbaijan is in fact in Asia. Look: [LINK]
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level 39
Nov 22, 2012
Azerbaijan is in Asia
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level 26
Nov 23, 2012
Azerbaijan was in European USSR prior to it's break up in 1991. It has not moved and therefore is in Europe along with the Baltic states, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia (and Russia of course).
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level 29
Nov 23, 2012
You didn't even look at my link, did you?

If the only reason you think Azerbaijan is in Europe is because it was part of the USSR before, then you will be misled due to outdated information. The current boundary has changed since then and is now along the Northern border of Azerbaijan, which means the country is in Asia. Here's another image to help clarify [LINK]. Azerbaijan is the dark blue intercontinental state, but clearly shown to be in Asia. Here's another article [LINK]. If you still don't trust Wikipedia, here's the CIA website for you. [LINK].

If you want to convince me or anyone else that Azerbaijan is in Europe, you have to do a better job than "It was in the USSR before".
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level 50
Jan 7, 2013
Azerbaijan IS in Asia
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level 13
Aug 29, 2013
It's in Eurovision aswell
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level 27
Dec 5, 2013
If that's your only judging, do you believe Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan is in Europe too?
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level 70
Dec 30, 2013
India, Canada, and Australia are also in Europe, because they were part of the European British Empire. Right?
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level 35
Jan 12, 2015
Most of the Americas, once part of European empires, are also in Europe. Brazil does share a border with France, you know?
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level 75
Apr 4, 2015
Ct: "Azerbaijan is dark blue but clearly shown to be in Asia".... maybe you should take a look at the map key dude. Dark blue means "transcontinental state"
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level 43
Jan 19, 2016
Since when geographic norms are established by Eurovision, duh?
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level 64
Aug 2, 2016
Eurovision.... . Didn't Australia participate in that? :-)
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level 47
Apr 18, 2017
Myanmar, Palau, and Zaire are all a part of Singapore;/
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level 66
Feb 22, 2018
According to that link, Egypt is in Asia, too.
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level 68
Jun 28, 2018
According to Wikipedia, anyone can write a Wikipedia article. Use the real source
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level 67
Feb 17, 2019
Or, Europe is better described as a historical-cultural area that forms part of the continent of Eurasia?
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level 40
Apr 4, 2019
The way we learned it in school here in Europe, the eastern European border is purely geographical. It's formed by the Bosporus in Istanbul, The Caucasus, the Ural mountain range and the Ural river. So geographically speaking parts of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Kazakhstan are as European as Iceland. He isn't as wrong as you guys all make him out to be. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Europe
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level 58
Apr 4, 2019
Georgia claims to be the border between Europe and Asia. Azerbaijan is east of Georgia.
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level 65
Apr 7, 2019
Maybe one day we can call it all "Eurasia" so we can stop quibbling over which side of an arbitrary line these countries are on.
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level 45
Nov 22, 2012
Azerbaijan is classed as UEFA (European Football Governing Body) so perhaps that confused you.....same with Israel, Kazakhstan (and I think a few others)....they had a dispute with the AFC so UEFA let them in....
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level 29
Nov 23, 2012
Yeah Azerbaijan and all the other countries in that area are considered in Europe when it suits, like for the Eurovision, but geographically it is in Asia.
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level 43
Jan 19, 2016
Monaco plays in the french league, that doesn't make it a french city. UEFA is does not establish geographic norms...
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level 75
Jan 14, 2013
Europe and Asia are the same landmass. Definitely stating that countries along the alleged border are in one or the other is inherently asinine.
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level 81
Apr 10, 2013
Thank you.
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level 82
Jun 14, 2013
I'll concede the point of them being the same landmass, but the acknowledged and conventional 'border' dividing it into 2 continents is a convenient way to divide up the countries. Arguing about it is asinine, especially since jetpunk as a whole consistently groups countries by the convention CtG526 referenced above.
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level 48
Apr 12, 2014
I think you mean 'asianine'
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level 75
Apr 4, 2015
The border might be conventional, that doesn't mean it is "acknowledged." Acknowledged by who? You can look at different maps and see different countries included in Europe depending on the map. It's not quite as fuzzy as "the Middle East," but it's not as definite as you claim, plats. I mean check this out, which clearly indicates it's a complete f'ing mess and even then, if you go by the "most common" most recently used convention, take a look, the border passes right through Azerbaijan making it both European and Asian. Georgia's in the same boat.
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level 75
Apr 4, 2015
as is Kazakhstan.
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level 75
Apr 4, 2015
Maybe you should make a quiz about countries in two continents.
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level 75
Apr 4, 2015
Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey.... and the special case of Cyprus where nobody really knows.... I think that's it, isn't it? Would be a short quiz.

Actually I guess there's France, too, technically. And Spain sort of. Many others if you include overseas territories.
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level 82
Apr 6, 2015
I apologize for not making my meaning clearer--I did not mean to state that the actual situation of countries and cultural discrepancies of continental definitions was not complex, but merely that the convention used in this context, although arguably arbitrary, is not ambiguous. 'Acknowledged' in my comment simply meant acknowledged by the convention of JetPunk.
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level 52
Feb 25, 2017
Egypt is also transcontinental. Panama could be, depending on where you draw the border. So could Indonesia if you consider New Guinea to be part of the Australian continent.
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level 75
Apr 18, 2017
plats, okay, yes, you're right about that.
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level 29
Feb 25, 2013
No, is in Asia. Also Kazakhstan, Cyprus is in Asia. Russia, Turkey (Edirne, Istanbul in Europe) and Greece (Rodos in Asia) is in both continents. Capitol of Panama is in South America, but country is in both Americas. Egypt is in two continents.
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level 73
Apr 30, 2013
Regardless of WHERE it is...it still has a 'Z' in it. It's still a valid answer. Chill.
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level 23
Oct 31, 2013
100% with 1:44 left #YOLO
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level 28
Apr 4, 2015
Wow such conflict Also the Caucasus Mountains are the border between Europa and Asia
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level 52
Apr 18, 2017
Or astronomy
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level 49
Apr 4, 2015
azerbaijan is in eurovision but not europe
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level 29
Feb 21, 2016
Azerbaijan is in Europe. Play my quiz about all countries in europe for that topic
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level 69
May 9, 2016
I kinda feel that this entire argument stems from the fact that by any sensible definition Asia and Europe are not distinct continents, but parts of a single super-continent. If we must divide them, then I would say the balance of sources place it in Asia. And if we consider the Caucasus to be the Europe-Asia divide (as overwhelmingly is the case), then Azerbaijan, lies distinctly to the south of the spine of that mountain range, meaning it is in Asia. But again, it's all fairly arbitrary anyway - only ancient and outdated custom divides Europe from Asia, they are not in any physical sense separate continents.
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level 32
Apr 22, 2017
It's transcontinental
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level 36
Feb 22, 2018
you crazy
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level 20
Nov 22, 2012
Great quiz!! Who would have thought there were so many!!!
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level 29
Nov 22, 2012
Thank you~
Considering there are 196 countries though, this actually isn't a lot. There's a reason I didn't make a "Countries with M" quiz. :P
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level 60
Jan 7, 2017
Do it!
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level 38
Aug 29, 2017
JUST DO IT!!! MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!!! JUST DO IT!!!
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level 21
Nov 22, 2012
Azerbaijan is indeed in Asia. Great quiz. Missed Venezuela!! Don't know how! And the Bosnia one.. Only because I never put the last part when I do the World quiz, it always just accepts Bosnia.
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level 8
Nov 22, 2012
Ha! The only reason I remembered New Zealand was because there was a travel ad for it on my sidebar :P
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level 60
Jan 7, 2017
Will we be seeing you soon?
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level 54
Apr 19, 2017
that was 5 years ago
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level 75
Feb 21, 2019
Fair enough. Did they see you soon then?
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level 4
Nov 22, 2012
cool quiz :)
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level 53
Nov 22, 2012
Missed 5 all of which I knew. Two of these were in the Asia box and I knew they were 'stans' but I have terrible trouble spelling them! Good quiz
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level 29
Nov 22, 2012
Hey, best way to learn these things is through practice. ;)
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level 39
Nov 22, 2012
15/16 got all the 'stans' but missed out Brazil, gutted...
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level 37
Dec 4, 2012
What about Vatican City?
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level 29
Dec 5, 2012
Oh no, I forgot about Vatican Zity!
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level 29
Feb 17, 2019
you did however forget about swaziland
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level 67
Feb 19, 2019
Nah, read the instructions: we're in a brave new world where countries can place their capital (letters) where-ever they want, and Swaziland is now eSwatini.
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level 21
Dec 30, 2012
There were actually times when for a second I thought v's were z's .. I put Cote Divoire in... and I put Latvia.. stuff like that... :P ... Not sure why.. they don't really look similar..
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level 59
Nov 14, 2015
I did this too. I guess "z" is (almost) as uncommon a letter as "v", so I just saw them as interchangeable in my mind for a while there! And they're both pointy, angular letters.
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level 19
Mar 29, 2013
Damn you Mozambique....!
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level 32
Jun 6, 2013
I got all of them, but I didn't get Swaziland until there was only 6 seconds left.
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level 57
Jun 13, 2013
Couldn't you have just done South America and North America the Americas tricked me. It shouldn't have but it did
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level 75
Feb 21, 2019
I liked that personally.
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level 37
Aug 1, 2013
Booyah! Got em all
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level 48
Oct 23, 2013
That was sneaky slipping the Herzegovina in there you sly Quizmaster.
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level 80
Jun 4, 2014
I agree. Went through all Europe in my head.. Bosnia.. no Z.. Also missed Swaziland.
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level 29
Mar 2, 2014
I've been away from this site for so long that I almost didn't perfect my own quiz ;-; I'm sure I couldn't even get any on my colors ones, though. I just looked up most of those. xD
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level 29
Apr 12, 2014
Excellent quiz, the Bosnia one got me as well, I was wracking my brains and was convinced you had made a mistake.
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level 78
Jun 3, 2014
Here I thought I was smart, thinking I knew how to spell Kyrgyzstan, all the while I had been leaving out the Z! Now I know.
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level 56
Dec 17, 2014
got 'em all :)
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level 44
Feb 4, 2015
Wow... I FORGOT BELIZE?! But I got Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Swaziland, Tanzania and Mozambique... wow!
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level 60
Apr 1, 2015
I enjoyed, but then I would, it has my homeland (Zimbabwe) in it :)
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level 75
Apr 4, 2015
The time limit for this quiz is silly in how excessive it is. I finished this time with 1:40 left and I was *not* going quickly.
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level 71
Apr 4, 2015
wow...you are just amazing
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level 75
Apr 6, 2015
Or... I'm not amazing, and the time limit is excessive.
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level 75
Apr 18, 2017
I finished with 3 minutes this time and I still wasn't going very fast.
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level 58
Jul 16, 2018
If you're doing it multiple times, of course you're going to finish it with time to spare. Some people are doing it for the first time and we aren't all as wonderful as you are.
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level 75
Feb 5, 2019
My god you people are so insecure. I'm not bragging! I couldn't care less about impressing anonymous-jetpunk-user-1 or anonymous-jetpunk-user-2; I'm leaving feedback for the quiz author. And yes my times on quizzes I take multiple times usually improve when I take them again but in this case it was 2 years later. Plenty of time in that interval to forget the answers.
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level 77
Apr 18, 2017
Six minutes is very generous indeed.
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level 75
Feb 5, 2019
thank you
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level 61
Apr 4, 2015
Wikipedia is not a trusted resource as anyone can create entries and edit entries. Try using trusted resources such as atlases, world almanacs, geographical dictionaries or better yet, real encyclopedias. From a trusted Librarian
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level ∞
Apr 6, 2015
http://news.cnet.com/Study-Wikipedia-as-accurate-as-Britannica/2100-1038_3-5997332.html
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level 54
Feb 22, 2018
You can't always trust that those are current
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level 44
Apr 8, 2015
The United Statez of America.
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level 49
Feb 13, 2016
'Murica
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level 60
Feb 9, 2016
When I clicked on the quiz I thought about Swaziland and I actually ended up missing it. Duh.
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level 49
Feb 13, 2016
I would have killed myself if I missed any of these.
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level 63
Apr 19, 2016
It seems that you are a pretty positive person;)
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level 55
Jun 7, 2016
Love how the clue of continents based is.
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level 21
Sep 10, 2016
11! Love this quiz.
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level 55
Dec 31, 2016
missed Mozambique......should have gotten that one!
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level 61
Feb 7, 2017
I nearly missed Bosnia, despite the fact that I am Herzegovinian. We spell it Hercegovina and no one ever uses the full name in English. Felt like an idiot when I remembered.
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level 29
Feb 27, 2017
The norwegian way of writing Uzbekistan and Kygyzstan is "Usbekistan, and Kirigisistan" annoying that thats whats gonna make me not complete this quiz xD
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level ∞
Feb 27, 2017
This quiz is in English. I would suggest making some Norwegian language quizzes!
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level 58
Feb 27, 2017
done with one second left :)
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level 38
Feb 27, 2017
When you realize the title said, "Countries with Z." I thought it meant that begin with Z. Guess I need to read for better comprehension!
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level 68
Apr 18, 2017
That would be a much shorter quiz.
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level 49
Mar 2, 2017
This is the first time I ever got all of them in a 'letter in a country name' quiz. Z, my new favorite letter!
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level 61
Apr 18, 2017
Did anyone else misread the title as "Countries starting with Z" and then panic when there was more than 2 answers? Or was that just me?
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level 27
Apr 18, 2017
Just u 😂 I agree that the time limit is excessive - I finished with 2:28 left and I basically spelt out every single country in my head!
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level 58
Apr 18, 2017
Forgot all about Herzegovnia, always just think of it as Bosnia
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level 67
Apr 18, 2017
Call me crazy, but you should actually have to type in the part of the name with the Z. Bosnia and Herzegovina should be required.
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level 68
Apr 18, 2017
There's pretty much a standard for geography quizzes on this site about which abbreviated versions are accepted. Just like you can leave off the "and Nevis" for "St. Kitts and Nevis," for example. If they changed it for this quiz specifically, it would probably cause more people to screw up than would be worth the trouble.
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level 41
Aug 21, 2018
you so crazy
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level 60
Apr 18, 2017
I missed Brazil! fml
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level 42
Apr 18, 2017
Took untimed, still only got 12/16...
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level 68
Apr 18, 2017
I'm so used to just typing "Bosnia" that I forgot the full name is actually "Bosnia and Herzegovina." I ended up opening a new tab with Countries of the World and doing all of Europe so I could look through ti and see which Z country I had missed.
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level 49
Apr 18, 2017
I missed brazil and venezuela as I read americas as central america after getting belize
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level 33
Apr 18, 2017
I made a quiz on this. You just copied me. OK? Also, I wasn't even the first. I found out after I had made the quiz.
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level ∞
Apr 19, 2017
Cool story. This quiz has been around since 2012.
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level 56
Apr 18, 2017
My brain went basically numb for the first part of the quiz. I tried typing in countries that had a 'z' in their name AND countries with a 'v' in their name. I was at first confused why countries like Maldives and Slovakia weren't being taken and then realized my mistake half-way through.
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level 46
Aug 27, 2017
To those of you who think Azerbaijan is in Europe, Turkey is closer to Europe than Azerbaijan and 95% of it is in Asia. Only once you cross the Bosporus Strait in Istanbul will you be in Europe. get rekt
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level 70
Aug 29, 2017
Bozzzznia
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level 52
Feb 22, 2018
...and Herssssegovina
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level 38
Feb 20, 2018
Here we go again! Now, instead of Cyprus, we're arguing about Azerbaijan. Wouldn't it be easier for everyone if the cartographers were to just re-map the world and put "Europe" where it rightfully belongs, in Asia? (or make Asia part of Europe; I don't care which, as it puts an end to these interminable arguments).
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level 60
Feb 27, 2019
Man... the times when Pangaea was the only continent... Everything was so easy.
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level 23
Aug 28, 2018
im used to saying kyrgystan and bosnia
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level 47
Jan 20, 2019
Weird how there are three people that cant distinguish v's from z's is that a regional thing? For one person it is odd, but for three, what are the odds... that doesnt seem like a coincidence (it is not like they sound alike. Or that it is 3 in a million)
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level 44
Jan 20, 2019
Oops I forgot my own country (Czech republic) :D
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level 47
Feb 5, 2019
Is Jetpunk going to update all quizzes now that Swaziland is known as the Kingdom of eSwatini?
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level 73
Feb 16, 2019
yeah, at least those where it matters first.
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level 80
Feb 16, 2019
Got them all this time around. With almost two minutes to spare and definitely thinking through most of the world map. A bit plenty of time perhaps?
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level 66
Apr 4, 2019
I think trimming two minutes off the quiz would work; I spent almost a minute thinking "Former UK colony in central america...what is it...I know it's the other B answer for the Americas" and still ended with 3:31 left
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level 75
Feb 16, 2019
So Swaziland changes, but Brazil keeps the z that it apparently doesn't want?
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level ∞
Feb 17, 2019
Yep. Countries have different names in different languages.
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level 47
Feb 17, 2019
What about Swaziland?
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level 59
Apr 4, 2019
Changed names
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level 53
Feb 17, 2019
So, in April, Swaziland changed their English name, in June, the UN officially recognised the change. What took Jetpunk so long?
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level ∞
Feb 17, 2019
I didn't like the name change, and I was hoping it wouldn't stick. Keep in mind that Eswatini is one of the least free democratic countries on Earth. In fact, it is one of the few remaining absolute monarchies. So I really don't care if the king changes the name. But if people use the new name (and it seems like they are) then it gains legitimacy. This is the same reason I switched from Burma to Myanmar a couple years back.
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level ∞
Feb 17, 2019
By the way, official UN names are often really silly. Witness "Islamic Republic of Iran", "Plurinational State of Bolivia", or "Viet Nam". It makes dealing with UN data a pain in the butt sometimes.
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level 61
Apr 4, 2019
or the UN's former use of FYROM
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level 38
Apr 9, 2019
Hmm... Interesting how quickly Jetpunk jumps on the bandwagon with "Eswatini", but is still struggling to accept "Cote d'Ivoire" and "Cabo Verde".
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level 6
Apr 4, 2019
you forgot swaziland
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level 17
Apr 4, 2019
Swaziland changed its name to Eswatini, as of April 19, 2018.
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level 22
Apr 4, 2019
Almost forgot Brazil. I actually live there, but we're used to spell the Portuguese form 'Brasil'.
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