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UNESCO World Heritage Countries

Name the countries with the most UNESCO World Heritage sites.
According to Wikipedia as of September 2019
Quiz by Bosna
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Last updated: September 23, 2019
First submittedJanuary 15, 2013
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Country
55
China
55
Italy
48
Spain
46
Germany
45
France
38
India
35
Mexico
32
United Kingdom
29
Russia
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Country
24
Iran
24
United States
23
Japan
22
Brazil
20
Australia
20
Canada
18
Greece
18
Turkey
17
Portugal
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Country
16
Poland
15
Sweden
14
Czech Republic
14
South Korea
13
Belgium
12
Peru
12
Switzerland
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level 47
Jan 7, 2013
GREAT!
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level 40
Jan 20, 2013
Great idea for a quiz. Can you please accept America for USA?
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level 35
Aug 11, 2014
you got to be joking right? people who take these quizzes don't ask those kind of questions!
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level 39
Jul 8, 2015
I could see allowing America for United States... but just typing USA is so much faster...
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level 61
Sep 18, 2017
I can't. You wouldn't get South Africa if you typed Africa.
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level 63
Feb 4, 2019
But noone ever calls south africa, africa. The usa is often if not usually referred to as america. If you talk about an american, surely you think about someone from the uss, not a cuban or brazilian or something. If you say african you wouldnt think about a south african (necessarily).
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level 54
Nov 28, 2019
What about just the US, what about "the States," America used to refer to the US is common you're right but it's not the name of the country and it's not used as commonly as you would think. Do we accept England for the UK? Ireland for Northern Ireland? Zaire for Congo? Holland for the Netherlands?
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level 71
Nov 28, 2019
Jetpunk actually accepts Holland for the Netherlands.
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level 67
Nov 29, 2019
Not to mention it's rather annoying for all of the other inhabitants of the Americas. To say "American," however, is pretty unavoidable. I've never heard a substitute that wasn't way too clunky.
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level 34
May 14, 2014
Nice Quiz
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level 77
May 27, 2014
Good quiz. Only missed Peru. Baffling that Egypt, Israel and Jordan don't make the list but Australia does.
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level 38
May 27, 2014
World Heritage Sites includes both cultural and natural - Australia has a far greater range of environments and more biodiversity than those countries.
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level 77
May 27, 2014
oh, well, okay. I didn't actually know that. Still, I can name 30 sites in Jerusalem alone that are priceless archaeological treasures that ought to be considered part of the heritage of the world, just off the top of my head. Australia may have more interesting nature and biodiversity going for it than Israel does but it's also got about 13,000 fewer years of civilization.
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level 54
May 28, 2014
Most of those '30 sites in Jerusalem' are undoubtedly part of the single World Heritage Site "The Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls"
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level 46
Jan 3, 2015
Australia has had civilisation for about 30-50,000 years. But agree Australia does not have as rich built history as elsewhere (another one is Canada and arguably USA and Brazil). But the real problem is that there is a pretty strong Eurocentric bias in UNESCO it seems, otherwise you'd see many more Asian and African countries on this list eg Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Morocco, Syria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe etc. It's not just about missing Israel, Jordan and Egypt.
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level 50
May 6, 2015
World Heritage Sites have to be presented to the UNESCO by the member states. The richer, well educated states have the time and the resources to open a procedure. Poorer countries will have more pressing concerns than preserving cultural sites.
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level 77
Jul 8, 2015
gandalf: what are you talking about? I don't know what you are implying. That Israel doesn't protect it's historical sites? They go to absurd lengths to preserve their history, it's a cornerstone of their national identity. Are you implying that Israeli sites have not been adequately researched?? Archaeology, as a discipline, was INVENTED in Israel. The first archaeologists in history were Christians looking for religious artifacts in the holy land to validate their faith. No place has been researched more. And presentation? What's that mean? That they haven't properly developed their tourism sector? Or at least not as much as Iran has?

ponnuki: that actually makes sense. Though there are dozens if not thousands of places outside of the Old City in Jerusalem, and then outside Jerusalem you've got Bethlehem, Nazareth, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, Jericho, Samaria, the Dead Sea, Ceasarea, Jaffa, Acre... everywhere you go there is something.
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level 77
Jul 8, 2015
ponnuki is correct. Number of "sites" on the list is not a good metric since similar heritage sites are grouped. In Belgium the whole city centre of Bruges is one heritage site, the beguinages of Flanders are sprawled across different cities but are grouped into one and the belfries of France and Belgium (55 in total) similarly are counted as one. I presume the same goes for e.g. the Egyptian pyramids and Nubian monuments.
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level 77
May 26, 2017
wageslave: Australia has not had civilization for 50,000 years. The first humans arrived in Australia about 50,000 years ago. But having people is not the same thing as having civilization. Invent agriculture, writing, trade, currency, pottery, animal husbandry, and start organizing into cities.... then you've got a civilization.
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level 66
Nov 28, 2019
Aboriginal existence doesn't count as civilisation? Wow pretty gross opinion honestly.
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level 77
Nov 28, 2019
Pretty ignorant objection, honestly. Civilization involves settling in to permanent villages or cities, developing agriculture and other common technological advancements such as writing, pottery, and animal husbandry. This is not an opinion. It's an anthropological definition that gives meaning to the word.
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level 66
Nov 29, 2019
Did you even read the article you cited. "Hotly contested" lol. So, no, not ignorant.
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level 32
Nov 29, 2019
Ahhh. Reminds me of good ol' Civilization V... *Sigh*
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level 77
Nov 30, 2019
I did read it. You obviously didn't make it past the first paragraph.
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level 77
Dec 1, 2019
For those who are too lazy to click through (or read the whole thing) but are still interested: yes, there is some debate as to what technological innovations are prerequisites for the term civilization to be used to describe groupings of humans. Not up for debate, though, is that nomadic hunter-gatherers do not count.
For the purposes of this quiz, that's pretty relevant, as hunter-gatherer tribes do not build monuments or leave behind great ruined cities for people in later generations to come visit. What exactly are you going to designate as a UNESCO site in the Australian outback that relates to the aboriginal people who lived there 50,000 years ago? "well... this patch of dirt here may have once been home to some people, though there's no evidence that it was and we can't know for certain, and that patch of dirt over there may have similarly been home to some people for a few months or so. Who knows. Please visit our gift shop."
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level 73
Jul 8, 2015
and not to mention south korea...wtf is in south korea? i lived there for 6 years and apart from hitting up the bars in the expat areas, there is nothing of interest there
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level 77
Jul 8, 2015
Six years spent in expat bars in Korea sounds like a big waste. I spent less than a year there and got tired of that scene after a few weeks. I'm sure #1 on UNESCO's list is the Kim Chi museum.
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level 56
May 26, 2017
I think you've answered your own question!
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level 51
Aug 15, 2017
Honestly, I tried Egypt and Israel as some of the first guesses.
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level 40
Nov 29, 2019
Re: Aboriginal civilisation, that's currently the centre of a good old-fashioned Australian culture war. https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/media/2019/11/30/bolt-pascoe-and-the-culture-wars/15750324009163
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level 61
May 27, 2014
No, of course I wasn't desperate enough to actually try Somalia! Or Djibouti. Never.
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level 77
May 27, 2014
Somalia's not a bad guess aside from maybe the difficulty of scouting or approving sites given the political turmoil.
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level 58
May 27, 2014
19/24. Kicking myself for missing Peru and Turkey, but never would have guessed Belgium, Poland, or the Czech Republic.
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level 34
May 27, 2014
Most of it will be world war related
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level 51
Jun 2, 2014
The Czech Republic has the most castles and chateaus in the world...for example...
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level 77
Jul 25, 2017
Nope. Exactly zero of the sites in Belgium are war related. It, as all the other countries named, was of huge cultural significance.
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level 59
Nov 29, 2019
Nope. There is only one such place in Poland.
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level 39
Jun 15, 2014
YEAH Czech Republic
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level 73
Jul 8, 2015
why not? it is a eurocentric organization...just guess all but moldova, albania, belarus and the fyr...all poor areas which most likely wouldn't make the list
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level 49
May 27, 2014
Got them all, but was surprised that Egypt didn't make the list.
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level 73
Jul 8, 2015
me too..was first one i typed
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level 69
Jul 8, 2015
and me
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level 61
May 27, 2014
23/24 can't believe I missed Germany
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level 27
May 30, 2014
21/24 did i really miss japan?
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level 37
Jun 1, 2014
went through the whole thing thinking i had already typed china and shrugged it off each time i thought of it lol
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level 31
Jul 19, 2014
missed Peru
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level 46
Aug 3, 2014
List is quite a joke with counties like Sweden and not Egypt or Israel etc.
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level 38
Jul 2, 2015
THIS NEEDS TO BE UPDATED:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_World_Heritage_Sites_by_country#Countries_with_major_concentrations_of_World_Heritage_Sites The diagram shows that Peru and Turkey have more sites, Portugal has only 15, Iran and Greece each have one more and one less respectively, Japan has 18 not 17, Russia and USA each have one more, India has two more, Germany and France each have another, China actually has 47, while Italy has 50. So it needs an update, BADLY.
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level 38
Jul 2, 2015
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_World_Heritage_Sites_by_country#Countries_with_major_concentrations_of_World_Heritage_Sites For some reason the posted link in my previous comment was not the whole link, so I have posted it above!
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level ∞
Jul 3, 2015
Thanks. The quiz has been updated!
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level 59
Jul 8, 2015
Don't know, if you mean 39 or 40 for Germany, as you wrote on 2nd of July and it was updated on 3rd of July, but... this weekend, Germany got his 40th world heritage with the City of Hamburg: http://www.unesco.de/kultur/welterbe/welterbe-deutschland/hamburger-speicherstadt.html
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level 56
Jul 8, 2015
I'll be honest I have never heard of the world heritage site ranking before or whatever this quiz is about. I still got 21 right. Not bad I suppose.
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level 45
Jul 8, 2015
I checked wikipedia now and it does not match your numbers.
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level ∞
Jul 9, 2015
I guess they updated it in the last 5 days. Probably not going to update the quiz again for a little bit since I don't want to have to reset the stats.
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level 76
Sep 27, 2017
Is there any way to update quizzes without having to reset the stats? (I'm ignorant of all things computer.)
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level 61
Jul 8, 2015
Only missed Czech Republic.
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level 77
Jul 13, 2015
Always czech your answers.
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level 66
Jul 17, 2015
That was the last one I got and I got it with 4 seconds left for 100%. :D
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level 58
Nov 28, 2019
Were you china name countries from all four corners of the world, but forgot those at the centre of Europe?
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level 70
Aug 27, 2015
Odličan :)
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level 53
Dec 30, 2015
Italia <3
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level 55
Aug 28, 2016
this is probably a really dumb thing to admit but I got 21 just by guessing countries without knowing what a UNESCO World Heritage Country is. The good news is that now I will look it up. This is why I love JetPUNK, I'm always learning new things.
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level 67
May 27, 2017
There is a 700 year old race in Ponteland, Northumberland, UK. where people push loaded wheelbarrows. Jetpunk often reminds me of that race. People pushing their own wheelbarrows (agendas) and giving no leeway to other people's opinions or ideas. Stop 'nitpicking' and enjoy the quizzes.
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level 76
Sep 27, 2017
That race has been running for more than 700 years. You should get your facts before posting. (Just kidding, couldn't resist nitpicking the nitpicking complaint.) :)
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level 66
Jul 26, 2017
At least a record to be proud of as an Italian! <3
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level 63
Sep 15, 2017
I am surprised that Egypt isn't on the list.
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level 38
Sep 18, 2017
I've got an even better one for you debaters about North, Central and South America. In much of the Caribbean, when you mention the States (as in the United States), the next comment is: "Oh, you mean New York".
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level 77
Sep 27, 2017
I'm in Thailand right now and this much hasn't changed: when asked where I'm from (by any of the many Asian or African people here) and I answer "the US," "the USA," "the United States": blank stares. If I answer "America": instant recognition and "ahhh! America!"
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level 54
Sep 27, 2017
You're being difficult as well. Saying you're from the US, USA, United States does not get blank stare and America is not used by everyone generally. American for people, yes (except spanish speakers and a few other exceptions), but America no. Even here in Canada we tend to refer the US not as America but as the States , the US, or l'Etats Unis if you're french.
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level 77
Oct 7, 2017
Milanthro you are simply wrong. Am I lying? Dreaming? Hallucinating? Tell me what I've been doing when I thought I was traversing the world the past 20 years to create all these false experiences. Honestly anyone who makes a big deal out of this, on your side of the argument (my side is simply reacting to your side) is something I can't say if I don't want the comment to be deleted. One of the dumbest arguments I've ever had on this site.
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level 77
Oct 7, 2017
The blank stares experience happens to my MULTIPLE TIMES PER DAY because virtually everyone I meet here asks me where I am from.
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level 55
Nov 28, 2019
Haha this is too true. Whenever I see the word "USA" or "United States" or "The States", I immediately "translate" it into "America".
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level 58
Sep 27, 2017
African nations seem woefully underrepresented.
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level 39
Dec 17, 2017
Totally forgot Australia. Guess I was thinking more about cultural sites than nature.
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level 66
Dec 21, 2017
It pains me to see that USA isn't #1 in something. We need to pick up our game and get to that #1 spot
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level 47
Jan 21, 2018
I at one point lived closer to a unesco site in another county then any in my own, now I live near a unesco site that's basically a bunch of mud that's high in bio diversity
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level 60
Dec 23, 2018
This quiz needs to be updated
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level 54
May 17, 2019
It is actually less Eurocentric than it should be. The organization has a mandate to include all cultures, so monument-rich countries like France are arguably less well-represented than countries with fewer surviving ancient buildings.
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level 77
Nov 28, 2019
France is in the top 5. You don't think India or China have got a lot of old stuff within their borders?
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level 54
Nov 28, 2019
There are many monuments in France that are not listed, that if they were in other countries would be. As is true of many of the European countries.
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level 77
Nov 28, 2019
Again, they're in the top 5. With 4 European countries and China ranked above them. I'm quite sure that there are plenty of valid sites in China and they weren't getting pity votes at the UN. You're not making a lot of sense.
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level 55
Nov 28, 2019
*cough* Africa *cough*
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level 77
Nov 29, 2019
that sounds like TB
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level 32
Nov 29, 2019
Ouch