Countries that Beat South Africa

For each selected category, name any of the countries that ranks higher than South Africa.
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Last updated: May 3, 2020
First submittedMay 2, 2020
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Rank
Category
Countries
8
Most wild elephants
Botswana | Zimbabwe | Tanzania | India |
Kenya | Namibia | Zambia
5
Southernmost country
* Excluding European possesions
Chile | Argentina | Australia | New Zealand
2
Most people of Dutch ancestry
* Outside the Netherlands
United States
6
Most populous African country
Nigeria | Ethiopia | Egypt | D.R. Congo | Tanzania
2
Greatest number of other countries whose
territory it completely surrounds
Italy
4 (t)
Greatest number of oceans bordered
Canada | Russia | United States
8 (t)
Most gold produced (2018)
China | Australia | Russia | United States |
Canada | Peru | Indonesia
3
Most official languages
Bolivia | Zimbabwe
4
African country with the longest coastline
Madagascar | Mozambique | Egypt
9
Biggest country in Africa by area
Algeria | D.R. Congo | Sudan | Libya |
Chad | Niger | Angola | Mali
2
Country with the most populous urban
area beginning with J
Indonesia
2 (t)
Most top 3 finishes in the Rugby World Cup
New Zealand
8
Highest HDI country in Africa
* HDI measures health, education, and income
Seychelles | Mauritius | Algeria | Tunisia |
Botswana | Libya | Gabon
8
Highest murder rate
El Salvador | Jamaica | Venezuela | Honduras |
Lesotho | Belize | St. Vincent and the Grenadines
16
Highest income inequality between the
richest 10% and poorest 10%
Namibia | Bolivia | Sierra Leone |
Central African Republic | Colombia | Honduras |
Haiti | Panama | Niger | Botswana | Lesotho |
Paraguay | El Salvador | Ecuador | Guatemala
5
Earliest legalization of same sex marriage
Netherlands | Belgium | Spain | Canada
3
Most recent country to host a
men's FIFA World Cup
Russia | Brazil
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Level 71
May 3, 2020
Don't forget to try the rest of our Countries that Beat quizzes and all the ones in the Countries that Beat tag!
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Level 67
May 3, 2020
Easier than expected
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Level 45
May 3, 2020
The question about the urban area needs to specify a little more directly. It was the only one I missed because I couldn't think of anything to write after guessing the three countries that start with J :(
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Level 67
May 4, 2020
I agree, it doesn't flow very well. I got it though, but had to reread after skipping it initially.

Can't think of a suggestion how to improve it atm though.

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Level 67
May 4, 2020
Man at one point for some of these questions I had started to think the answer needed to be an African country.. I need sleep
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Level 82
May 4, 2020
Same here. Probably on both counts.
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Level 83
May 6, 2020
Curious about your source for the language question. I had thought India had 20+ official languages.
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Level 62
May 7, 2020
I think there are only two official languages at national level in India but in total 22 scheduled languages (some of which are officially recognised in individual states but not the nation as a whole)
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Level 68
Sep 3, 2020
And what about Switzerland?
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Level 65
Sep 3, 2020
What about it?
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Level 71
Sep 3, 2020
Switzerland only has four official languages (French, German, Italian, Romansch). South Africa has eleven.
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Level 58
Jun 1, 2020
South Africa isn't #2 but tied #1 with Italy for countries inside its territory. 2 in South Africa (Eswatini and Lesotho) and 2 in Italy (Vatican and San Marino - Monaco is inside France though it's only a few kilometers from Italian border).
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Level 71
Jun 1, 2020
Here are the problems with that:
  • Eswatini also borders Mozambique
  • Though Monaco only borders France, Monaco is on the Mediterranean Sea, making it not count
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Level 55
Jun 5, 2020
I would have thought Equatorial Guinea would be #1, or at least high on the list of greatest income inequality
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Level 56
Jun 6, 2020
somalia has the longest coastline in africa
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Level 39
Jun 30, 2020
After Madagascar, obvs. Yes, I'm surprised it's not on the list. I suppose it depends what authority you're using. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_length_of_coastline it has either the longest or second-longest coastline on the continent itself.
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Level 71
Sep 3, 2020
We use this quiz as the source
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Level 56
Sep 3, 2020
I don't think Libya is a high HDI country anymore...
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Level 68
Sep 3, 2020
Seemed outdated to me as well.
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Level 31
Sep 3, 2020
No, Libya still has one of the highest HDI’s in Africa, despite the civil war
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Level 63
Sep 3, 2020
I've got conditioned by previous answers and the questions regarding murder rate and same sex marriage made me though about these items in Africa only
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Level 52
Sep 4, 2020
I'm a little confused about the oceans bordering question. I'm assuming that, as far as this quiz is concerned, South Africa borders the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. What about the Southern Ocean though? I'm not sure whether South Africa technically borders it, but if it does, none of the answers given have more, and if it doesn't, Australia should be accepted.
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Level 71
Sep 4, 2020
Neither South Africa nor Australia border the Southern Ocean. It is generally considered to be bounded by the Antarctic Circle, the 60th parallel south, the southern circulation, or the Antarctic Convergence, but some definitions are a bit looser. None of the mainstream definitions, and very few other definitions consider the Southern Ocean to border the mainland of any continent besides Antarctica, and those only border Chile and Argentina. So you could make a case that Chile borders three oceans, but I am pretty sure that those definitions also mean that Chile does not border the Atlantic Ocean. And besides, these very loose definitions are rare and not commonly accepted.
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Level 20
Sep 13, 2020
Good quiz but what do you mean by most official languages?