Countries that Beat North Korea

For each selected category, name any of the countries that ranks higher than North Korea.
Also try the version for South Korea
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Last updated: March 7, 2021
First submittedMay 4, 2020
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Rank
Category
Country
8
Most corrupt country[1]
Somalia | South Sudan | Syria | Yemen |
Venezuela | Afghanistan | Sudan
4
Most mentioned enemy of the USA in
a 2020 Gallup Poll
Russia | China | Iran
7
Poorest country
(GDP, PPP, 2020)
Burundi | Somalia | Central African Republic |
D.R. Congo | Liberia | Malawi
4
Largest active military personnel
China | India | United States
9 (t)
Country with the shortest international border
* Excluding external territories
Botswana-Zambia | Italy-Vatican City |
France-Monaco | Turkey-Azerbaijan
5
Country recognized by the fewest other countries
* Among the 196 official JetPunk countries
Taiwan | Kosovo | Israel | China
2
Happiest country
(according to North Korea)
China
4
Easternmost point on a continental mainland
Russia | China | Australia
2
Least populous country with nuclear weapons
Israel
8 (t)
Asian country with the worst passport
* By number of countries you can visit with no visa
Afghanistan | Iraq | Syria | Pakistan |
Yemen | Iran
2
Country with the most main battle tanks
Russia
7
Country containing the biggest urban area
beginning with the letter P
France | United States | India |
Brazil | Mexico | Haiti
3
Largest country by area with a cardinal
direction in its name
South Africa | South Sudan
15
Largest country by area less populous
than all bordering countries
Canada | Libya | Mongolia | Mauritania |
Botswana | Turkmenistan | Papua New Guinea |
Paraguay | Norway | Ecuador | Kyrgyzstan |
Uruguay | Suriname | Nepal
5
Country with the lowest percent of Christians
that is not majority Muslim
Nepal | Bhutan | Cambodia | Thailand
+7
Level 81
Jul 25, 2020
According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_main_battle_tanks_by_country the United States has more main battle tanks than North Korea.
+9
Level 73
Jul 25, 2020
So looking at the sourced Wiki page for "Corruptions Perceptions Index," it's basically a list of countries that are or were victimized by imperialism. Makes sense, since all but two of the surveyed "institutions" are western banks. "Why then, does this country I embargo and blockade simply not have a stable economy anyway?"
+13
Level 62
Jan 16, 2021
Hey, we’re all down for a little bit of anti-imperialistic fervor. But I gotta say that western imperialism is probably not solely to blame for North Korean corruption. There may be other factors at work here
+2
Level 73
Jan 16, 2021
Here's an academic article about imperialism in Korea, written by a Korean-American scholar I happen to work with, if you're interested: https://www.hamptonthink.org/read/from-stolen-land-to-riches-us-neo-colonialism-in-south-korea

Please don't interpret this as the usual internet activity of saying, "unless you read this long article I win the conversation." I genuinely just want to provide some info.

Also, I chose this article because a peer-reviewed, published academic article passes the rightfully rigorous standards of this site.

+3
Level 83
Jul 26, 2020
I don't get the recognised country one. How can Taiwan and China both be least recognised? Surely if most countries don't recognise Taiwan, they accept China.
+16
Level 79
Jul 26, 2020
Because almost all countries do recognise North Korea. There are only three that don't, whereas there are fifteen that don't recognise China (fourteen of which recognise Taiwan).
+2
Level 48
Nov 9, 2020
its a whole thing to do with china and taiwan paying island nations to recognize them and not the other and a lot of these island nations use it as a source of revenue
+3
Level 68
Jul 26, 2020
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland also has a cardinal direction in its name, right?
+9
Level 73
Jul 26, 2020
Not in its common name. Democratic People's Republic of Korea doesn't have a cardinal direction, so we couldn't be looking for ones with a cardinal direction in their proper name.
+4
Level 68
Aug 25, 2020
Fair enough
+3
Level 74
Aug 1, 2020
I'm confused by the border question. Surely Denmark-Germany or Qatar-Saudi Arabia have a smaller border?
+5
Level 44
Aug 1, 2020
It's probably referring to the 17km border with Russia, not the one dividing the Korean peninsula.
+3
Level 73
Aug 6, 2020
It is
+4
Level 72
Aug 7, 2020
So why does the North Korean government state that they think that the happiest people in the World are the Chinese? (One presumes that that is the stated opinion of the government, not the people.)
+8
Level 73
Aug 8, 2020
Probably because if they listed themselves #1, everyone would think it's baloney
+4
Level 48
Sep 15, 2020
They need Chinese help.
+3
Level 47
Sep 23, 2020
To lick their boots
+3
Level 37
Aug 21, 2020
I am South Korean :P
+4
Level 65
Sep 6, 2020
South Korea apparently doesn't beat North Korea in anything...
+3
Level 37
Aug 21, 2020
love your quizes
+5
Level 66
Aug 21, 2020
Honestly, that international border question needs some more clarificaiton. I was pretty confused.
+3
Level 48
Sep 15, 2020
The international border needs to be clarified that it's between two countries (maybe specify N Korea - Russia).
+2
Level 40
Oct 2, 2020
Got all except the last question..

Some I just guessed..

+2
Level 57
Oct 28, 2020
You should add Kuwait to 14th question.
+2
Level 52
Nov 16, 2020
Kuwait isn’t bigger than North Korea in terms of land area…
+2
Level 66
Jan 16, 2021
Wow, North Korea is the #2 happiest country in the world according to Kim Jong-Un? If he says it, it must be true! All hail Kim Jong-Un!
+2
Level 61
Jan 17, 2021
Got confused on the question with the P city. I thought it was only countries whose largest city started with P so I guessed Czech Republic. I tend to forget about Paris for some reason and didn't think USA could be an answer.
+2
Level 49
Jan 18, 2021
Who doesnt recodnize China?
+1
Level 65
Mar 5, 2021
Countries who recognizes Taiwan instead