Turkmenistan Country Quiz

🇹🇲 Can you guess these facts about the country of Turkmenistan?
Quiz by Aaron197
Last updated: August 12, 2020
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First submittedAugust 19, 2019
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Capital city
Major inland sea Turkmenistan borders to its west
Caspian Sea
Countries that border Turkmenistan
Famous gas crater that was accidentally set on fire in 1971 and still burns today
Gates of Hell
Country from which Turkmenistan gained its independence in 1991
Soviet Union
Most important export
Natural Gas
Most important cash crop
Second lingua franca of Turkmenistan after Turkmen
Turkmenistan's national animal, Akhal-Teke, is a breed of this mammal
Turkmenistan has a national holiday to celebrate this hand-woven product
"M" city founded by Alexander the Great which was one of the largest cities in the world
during the 12th and 13th centuries, with about 500,000 residents
Currency of Turkmenistan
Desert that covers most of Turkmenistan
"President for Life" from 1990–2006 who built a giant golden statue of himself
that always rotated to face the sun
Saparmurat Niyazov
Expensive building material covering a high percentage of the buildings in the capital
White Marble
Meaning of the capital's name
City of Love
Like Switzerland, Turkmenistan is officially _____
Level 62
May 30, 2020
Level 74
May 31, 2020
Both Switzerland and Turkmenistan are officially landlocked as well :)
Level 65
Jun 2, 2020
that was my first thought haha
Level 75
Jun 1, 2020
Why is "oil" allowed for the "natural gas" answer? They are two different things.
Level 89
Oct 21, 2020
Perhaps the oil in Turkmenistan is a gas rather than a liquid.
Level 70
Oct 21, 2020
I thought the same thing. If we're going to accept answers that aren't correct, can we also accept Tashkent for the capital, or ruble for the currency?
Level 75
Dec 14, 2020
I put Tashkent as the capital, disappointed it wasn't accepted.
Level 39
Feb 15, 2021
They're similar enough
Level 57
Mar 24, 2021
Accept oil for natural gas but not Soviet for Soviet union..
Level 80
Jun 16, 2020
Wonder how many people got Akhal-Teke from the John Oliver segment.
Level 83
Sep 30, 2020
I was definitely expecting to have to spell Berdimuhamedow
Level 65
Oct 21, 2020
Same here. Never heard of Niyazov, but I would have gotten Berdimuhamedow. Even if first name were required too. Some names are just memorable.
Level 72
Oct 21, 2020
Yes, thank you! When I read the name I heard it in my head with John Oliver's voice. Now it's hard to get out my head his nsfw monologue about one specific horse.
Level 71
May 18, 2021
If anyone wants to take a quiz on Berdimuhamedow, try mine here! (I promise it isn't as difficult as it may seem. Also, I took out the NSFW bits :) )
Level 70
Oct 21, 2020
Wiki says the gas crater was set on fire intentionally, not accidentally, although it was never meant to keep burning for 50 years.
Level 55
Jul 15, 2022
"Wiki" is usually not a proper name and, when it is, it does not refer to Wikipedia. Please understand that "wiki" is a generic term that describes a type of website or software.

The term "wiki" refers to a type of site patterned after C2 Wiki, the original site to use the term "wiki" (an abbreviation of WikiWikiWeb). There are in fact many such wikis in existence, of which Wikipedia is only one. Therefore, referring to any one of them (except perhaps the original C2 Wiki) using the capitalized "Wiki" is incorrect at best, and to a somewhat experienced Internet user, can be painful to hear.

Although your intentions may be obvious, such a blatant misuse of language is nevertheless painful.

To illustrate, imagine seeing someone say this:

"Tree's leaves are turning pretty colors. I think Tree looks nice today."

Feel that pain? This is what some Wikipedia users feel when people use "Wiki" to refer to "Wikipedia".

Level 70
Aug 30, 2022
That's too nerdy
Level 58
Sep 15, 2022
I just read a paragraph-long nerd emoji
Level 80
Dec 14, 2020
Merv wasn't actually founded by Alexander. It was just renamed (briefly) in his honour at one point in history.
Level 65
Sep 29, 2021
Thats funny, I got intresting fact #520 on this quiz at the bottom so I knew the answer lol!

(520 is the 'Turkmenistan has a crater that's been on fire known as the gates of hell)

Level 82
Nov 4, 2021
Thanks for accepting Turkmenbasy and Mary.
Level 64
May 25, 2022
What does the last one mean?
Level 58
Sep 15, 2022
Caspian Sea is a lake?
Level 72
Dec 12, 2022
Since it doesn't naturally have access to the open ocean, it is a lake. It's actually the largest lake in the world.