20 Countries on a Topological Map

Can you guess these 20 countries, highlighted in blue, on a topological map of the world?
A topological map is a type of diagram that has been simplified so that only vital information, such as borders, remains. Other details, such as size and shape, have been removed.
The black areas represent large bodies of water
Some island countries are omitted
Quiz by zwerth66
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Last updated: October 25, 2020
First submittedSeptember 21, 2020
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Country
Afghanistan
Algeria
Andorra
Brazil
Canada
Country
Chile
D. R. Congo
Greece
Guatemala
Indonesia
Country
Israel
Italy
Mongolia
Portugal
Saudi Arabia
Country
South Africa
South Korea
Turkey
Ukraine
Vietnam
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Level 57
Sep 21, 2020
Got em all first try! Nice quiz! You can make a randomised version of it!
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Level 65
Sep 21, 2020
Here is the randomized version: Random Countries on a Topological Map. Go check it out!
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Level 71
Sep 21, 2020
brilliant idea. please try to make similar quizzes
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Level 65
Sep 21, 2020
Thanks! I have a few similar ones here. But I'll be making more similar quizzes so subscribe so you don't miss them :)
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Level 81
Sep 21, 2020
Wow. This took me a while to figure out. But once I did, I really enjoyed it. Thanks!
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Level 83
Sep 21, 2020
Wow, 1 minute in and I'm thinking "what the h*ll is this all about? It makes no sense." Having gotten a couple through guessing and then examining those for clues, the light bulb slowly went on. Finished with ~20 seconds left. Very clever!!
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Level 79
Sep 21, 2020
18 of 20. My brain hurts.
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Level 56
Sep 21, 2020
Did you just throw some random shapes on a map and call each one a different country?
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Level 57
Sep 22, 2020
These aren't just bunch of random shapes, each of them represent a unique country, and it's clearly stated in the first caveat.
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Level 56
Sep 22, 2020
I realised that after taking this quiz twice and the map quiz of it once, at first i thought it was ridiculous that this quiz was featured, but after taking the map quiz, i began to love it, and now i see it as a masterpiece.
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Level 82
Sep 21, 2020
That...was...trippy...I LOVE IT!!!
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Level 57
Sep 21, 2020
Congratulations on the feature! A well deserved feature!
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Level 49
Sep 21, 2020
Yeah, Congrats! I knew you could do it!
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Level 65
Sep 21, 2020
Thanks everyone! Glad to finally get featured :)
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Level 70
Sep 21, 2020
Wow, this was weird...and pretty great!
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Level 70
Sep 22, 2020
I think everyone did what I did and that is typed in every country I could think of and hope something happened. I'm still not sure what happened and why?
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Level 67
Sep 22, 2020
I made educated guessed base of the rough shape and location of the blue shapes etc., so that I finished with 1:39 remaining.
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Level 57
Sep 22, 2020
Only borders(both land and sea) matters here.
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Level 79
Oct 18, 2020
I'm with you Malbaby. I still don't get it, but congrats on the feature, zwerth.
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Level 47
Nov 3, 2020
Every white or blue shape is a country. The blue ones are the ones you have to guess. The black lines are oceans or bodies of water like the Black Sea or Caspian Sea. Size and shape are 100% not to scale, just borders. For example, the very top left shape is Canada, below that is the US, and then Mexico, Guatemala, and little triangles of Belize and El Salvador.
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Level 71
Sep 22, 2020
This is one of the best quizzes I've done on this site, just beautiful! Must have taken a lot of work!
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Level 62
Sep 22, 2020
I loved this! I hope you can get featured the all countries!
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Level 81
Sep 22, 2020
This was great. Once you get one, you start to see the pattern. Like South Africa with it's two little boxes representing Lesotho and ESwatini. Nice job!
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Level 53
Sep 22, 2020
Phew, that was tough but interesting. Made me really think. Well done.
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Level 69
Sep 22, 2020
Congratulations on your first feature.
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Level 74
Sep 22, 2020
Took me until there was like 45 seconds left to finally figure out that I was supposed to guess the blue areas...
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Level 59
Sep 22, 2020
this is one of the coolest quizzes I've seen
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Level 70
Sep 22, 2020
20/20, it was interesting.
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Level 80
Sep 23, 2020
Easy
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Level 79
Oct 18, 2020
Hard
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Level 67
Sep 23, 2020
Awesome quiz! I loved the challenge of figuring out the map. My only complaint is that it says that countries with no borders are omitted (which makes sense), but so are the Dominican Republic/Haiti and UK/Ireland, which do have a border. It would be possible to have them represented too (as two countries that only border each other and are surrounded by ocean).
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Level ∞
Sep 23, 2020
Changed the caveat to "some island countries are omitted".
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Level 73
Sep 25, 2020
wow, amazing!
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Level 55
Sep 28, 2020
Very good quiz! A bit confusing at first sight, but finally very interesting!
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Level 69
Sep 28, 2020
I guess I just don't get it. I typed in "Brazil", and a box lit up. I then typed in EVERY country that borders Brazil, and not one of the adjacent boxes lit up. I could get the occasional other country to show up randomly, but it would similarly lead to nothing else. Huh.
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Level 65
Sep 28, 2020
Well, the idea of the quiz is to only type in the countries that are highlighted in blue. So, you have to determine which country is which by their borders and general geography. Hope this helped!
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Level 69
Oct 1, 2020
Actually, you're right, it did help! Thanks!
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Level 79
Oct 18, 2020
I'm pretty dense at this kind of quiz, but I think if you had said the answers were the countries in the blue boxes I could have understood it much better. I thought the blue boxes must be some sort of water feature. Now that I know those are the countries to get, it makes more sense.
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Level 47
Oct 2, 2020
Wow ! Quite hard but really interesting :D
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Level 46
Oct 13, 2020
That is an amazing idea
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Level 61
Oct 18, 2020
When I first opened this quiz I thought I'd had a stroke.
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Level 83
Oct 18, 2020
I had trouble figuring this quiz out at first, but then once I understood it, it became a lot easier.
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Level 69
Oct 18, 2020
The highlights aren't showing up for me? I'm using a Mac and the Opera browser. Other map quizzes don't have this problem
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Level 65
Oct 18, 2020
Hmm, that's very odd. I'm not sure why this is happening... maybe try using a different browser? It works on chrome for me
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Level 42
Oct 18, 2020
this hurts my brain
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Level 65
Oct 18, 2020
I didn't really know what I was doing, but I must have because I kept guessing countries and getting them right all in a row! (they were educated guesses). Still don't get it though, despite the high scores!!
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Level 67
Oct 18, 2020
It took me the longest time to figure out it's the blue areas you're supposed to guess. -_-
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Level 63
Oct 18, 2020
Loved this, excellent logic exercise.
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Level 56
Oct 18, 2020
mind-blowing, good one!

Thanks

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Level 51
Oct 18, 2020
Very challenging quiz! Congratulations! I love it!

pls make a second part

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Level 65
Oct 18, 2020
There actually is a second part already! Here it is: 20 Countries on a Topological Map #2. And go check out the rest of the series if you liked this one!
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Level 37
Oct 18, 2020
This was a crazy challenge but I loved it! Got everything except one on the first go. The right-hand portion of the 'map' was the most challenging by far.
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Level 45
Oct 18, 2020
Absolutely loved this quiz! Thank you for creating it :)
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Level 51
Oct 18, 2020
This is such a cool idea! Also, this is abstract art and I want it framed on my wall
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Level 23
Oct 18, 2020
dunno how i feel about mongolia being so small :((. love the quiz tho
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Level 65
Oct 18, 2020
too small for Mongolia
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Level 68
Oct 18, 2020
"A topological map is a type of diagram that has been simplified so that only vital information, such as borders, remains. Other details, such as size and shape, have been removed."
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Level 53
Oct 18, 2020
Awesome quizz!
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Level 57
Oct 18, 2020
Please make a quiz for all country polygons in this map.
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Level 65
Oct 18, 2020
I've already made a map quiz for this: Topological Map of the World Quiz. You can also check out the whole series for other similar quizzes!
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Level 49
Oct 19, 2020
One of the best quizzes of the site
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Level 52
Oct 19, 2020
Loved it!! Great, abstract, amazing
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Level 32
Oct 19, 2020
Brilliant and original quiz! Congrats!
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Level 67
Oct 19, 2020
Genius idea! loved it
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Level 49
Oct 19, 2020
This is super weird! First time I've ever seen something like this, and I got 20/20
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Level 54
Oct 19, 2020
Really cool quiz! Where did you find this map?
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Level 65
Oct 20, 2020
I actually made this map myself, along with all the other topological maps in my other quizzes! I got the concept from here, but the actual design is all mine :)
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Level 57
Oct 20, 2020
Great!
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Level 39
Oct 20, 2020
Argh! So hard!
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Level 57
Oct 20, 2020
Incredible! Really enjoyable. Thank you.
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Level 51
Oct 20, 2020
This is such a good idea. Great quiz =)
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Level 78
Oct 21, 2020
Didn't have a clue
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Level 35
Oct 22, 2020
Congrats om the feature, but your “all countries of the world on a topological map” should be featured as well
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Level 49
Oct 25, 2020
A wonderful concept!

Suggestion: Include in the description that the shapes for the answers are highlighted blue. This should remove the confusion a lot of people are experiencing, while not taking away from the challenge of the quiz. :)

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Level 65
Oct 25, 2020
Yeah, that's a great idea. I'll go ahead and do that, thanks!
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Level 46
Oct 26, 2020
This is... fun.

(No it actually IS really fun. Love it)

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Level 61
Oct 29, 2020
Hi zwerth, I really liked this idea and so I made a few topological maps of Spain, France, Italy and Germany, just wanted to let you know. It was really fun to make so thanks for the inspiration!
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Level 65
Oct 29, 2020
Wow! These are really awesome. I'm so glad I could inspire you to make some similar quizzes. I'll make sure to try all of them and nice job!
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Level 61
Nov 5, 2020
ZWERTH!!!!! One of them got featured!!!! I got my first featured quiz!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU
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Level 65
Nov 5, 2020
WOW awesome!!! That's amazing great job!!!!
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Level 57
Nov 4, 2020
why would you do this