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
Quiz by HinesBrothers
Rate:
Last updated: March 7, 2021
First submittedMay 4, 2020
Times taken15,691
Rating4.48
4:00
Enter answer here
0
 / 15 guessed
The quiz is paused. You have remaining.
Scoring
You scored / = %
This beats or equals % of test takers also scored 100%
The average score is
Your high score is
Your fastest time is
Keep scrolling down for answers and more stats ...
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
+9
Level 82
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.
+14
Level 74
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?"
+16
Level 63
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
+3
Level 74
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.

+2
Level 68
Nov 13, 2021
I'm not sure where you're getting that it's a peer-reviewed article. Looking it up on Google, the only thing that comes up is the link you posted, and nothing from a peer-reviewed, academic journal. The lack of other authors was also suspicious to me. I looked Riley Bove up and they (not sure of their pronouns) were an undergraduate when they wrote this article. There's almost no way that academic journals would accept articles from undergrads without permission from a supervisor/PI. As for the website it was published on, it's a far cry from a journal. The "About Us" section calls the website "proletarian" and "socialist," so it clearly has a political agenda. Finally, there were facts in the article that seemed inaccurate. It claimed North Korea set up its government without foreign intervention, but the Wikipedia page says it was the Soviets who put Kim Il-Sung in power, and it's pretty well known that the USSR propped up the North Korean economy until the former collapsed.
+1
Level 68
Nov 13, 2021
Also, while I agree that imperialism is a major factor in global poverty, it has nothing to do with North Korea's poverty or corruption. A UN report, based on accounts of defectors, talks about how the reason North Koreans are so poor is because all the money gets funneled to the government and military. People can't survive without bribing state-appointed officials, who are often very rich. The only way you could tie this back to the US is if the US funds the N. Korean government, which it doesn't.

Meanwhile, even the article you linked professes that the US gave tons of aid to the South. Even if the US supported some pretty brutal dictators, it clearly had a positive effect on the S. Korean economy. Today, S. Korea is more democratic and prosperous than N. Korea by far, thanks in part to the US. Blaming America or European powers or even Japan for North Korea's woes really doesn't make sense.

+3
Level 87
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.
+18
Level 80
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).
+1
Level 75
Aug 20, 2021
I would love it if the world just stopped recognizing North Korea. They aren't running the place like a country and thus don't deserve to be treated like one.
+1
Level 32
Nov 15, 2021
Wait, is there a country that recognizes neither???? Is it Bhutan
+1
Level 32
Dec 6, 2021
It is. What a chad move from Bhutan
+3
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 73
Jul 26, 2020
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland also has a cardinal direction in its name, right?
+12
Level 74
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 73
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?
+8
Level 44
Aug 1, 2020
It's probably referring to the 17km border with Russia, not the one dividing the Korean peninsula.
+3
Level 74
Aug 6, 2020
It is
+5
Level 73
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.)
+11
Level 74
Aug 8, 2020
Probably because if they listed themselves #1, everyone would think it's baloney
+5
Level 52
Sep 15, 2020
They need Chinese help.
+4
Level 47
Sep 23, 2020
To lick their boots
+4
Level 48
Aug 21, 2020
I am South Korean :P
+6
Level 70
Sep 6, 2020
South Korea apparently doesn't beat North Korea in anything...
+5
Level 75
Aug 20, 2021
Southernmost Korea
+3
Level 48
Aug 21, 2020
love your quizes
+5
Level 69
Aug 21, 2020
Honestly, that international border question needs some more clarificaiton. I was pretty confused.
+1
Level 32
Dec 6, 2021
Not really, it's pretty self explanatory. It's talking about the Russian border, rather than the Chinese or South Korean borders.
+4
Level 52
Sep 15, 2020
The international border needs to be clarified that it's between two countries (maybe specify N Korea - Russia).
+2
Level 46
Oct 2, 2020
Got all except the last question..

Some I just guessed..

+2
Level 58
Oct 28, 2020
You should add Kuwait to 14th question.
+3
Level 53
Nov 16, 2020
Kuwait isn’t bigger than North Korea in terms of land area…
+2
Level 68
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!
+3
Level 63
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 54
Jan 18, 2021
Who doesnt recodnize China?
+1
Level 67
Mar 5, 2021
Countries who recognizes Taiwan instead
+2
Level 57
Jun 5, 2021
and Bhutan, who doesn't recognize either.