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Countries of the World in 1945 with a Map

Try to name the 74 sovereign countries of the world that existed in the aftermath of World War II.
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Sovereign states as of 2 September, 1945
Thanks to user Dekkie for fact-checking
Quiz by Vicky
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Last updated: February 20, 2021
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First submittedMay 7, 2019
Times taken101,645
Average score87.8%
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Europe
Albania
Monaco
Andorra
Netherlands
Belgium
Norway
Bulgaria
Poland
Czechoslovakia
Portugal
Denmark
Romania
Finland
San Marino
France
Soviet Union
Greece
Spain
Hungary
Sweden
Iceland
Switzerland
Ireland
United Kingdom
Italy
Vatican City
Liechtenstein
Yugoslavia
Luxembourg
 
Asia
Afghanistan
China
East Turkestan
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Japan
Lebanon
Mongolia
Nepal
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Thailand
Tibet
Turkey
Vietnam
Yemen
Africa
Egypt
Ethiopia
Liberia
South Africa
 
North America
Canada
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
United States
South America
Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay
Venezuela
 
Oceania
Australia
New Zealand
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Level 65
Jan 22, 2020
Tibet?
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Level 14
Jan 23, 2020
It was in fact independent but a lot of countries said it still belongs to Republic of China
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Level 76
Jan 25, 2020
By which you must mean that, really, NO ONE acknowledged the existence of such a 'country' ;)

Long gone are the glory days of Kingdom of Tibet. If the British would have gone ahead with their ambitions of annexing the place like it was the Crimean peninsula, things might have been different. In which way? So many theories to throw around.

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Level 56
Jul 1, 2020
Tibet was just as much independent as Nepal was. It's not fair to count Nepal and not Tibet.
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
Yup, in the Chinese civil war 1912-1949 Tibet declareren Independence. It was annexed by China Some time later
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Level 77
Jan 22, 2020
Lebanon probably should be on this list. It was independent for the most part when the French Mandate ended in 1943. That's when the international community and the country recognized Lebanese independence. While some soldiers were still present, the French really did not control national policy anymore or maintain control of the country.
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Level 73
Jan 22, 2020
Great quiz! The number of countries to guess really shows how much things have changed.
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Level 31
Jan 23, 2020
Great quiz, or as people of Britain of the time might say, 'Smashing!' :D
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Level 84
Jan 23, 2020
Surprisingly easy. I thought there would have been a lot more obscure now defunct kingdoms and states.
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Level 81
Jan 24, 2020
Both DPRK and ROK still consider August 15, 1945 as independence day. Although the USSR and USA occupied Korea, the entirety of Korea was independent and sovereign, each portion with its own Korean leader (Rhee and Kim). Neither the US nor USSR would have called Korea a part of it as the British or French empires (for example) would have of their colonies.
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
They war independent, that is true, but they Were formally part of the Sovjets and the americans. The point is that in that way Canada and many others Shouf be Colonies too
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Level 31
Mar 2, 2020
I will report that there was a bug on germany that i guessed it and didn't show up. Thanks.
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Level 50
Mar 2, 2020
There was no Germany as a whole in 1945. After WWII it was split into 4 parts, controlled by USSR, USA, UK and France. Hence you need to get these four countries in order each part to show up.
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Level 59
Aug 5, 2021
Look at the answers before making a complaint
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Level 64
Mar 2, 2020
I'm surprised I got all of them. Fun quiz!
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Level 52
Mar 2, 2020
So much easier to get Africa completed this way lmao
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Level 67
Mar 2, 2020
Yup true
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Level 67
Mar 2, 2020
Got Liberia
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Level 67
Mar 2, 2020
Wow I never realized that Belgium had colonized that much.
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Level 87
Feb 21, 2021
Didn't work out great for either Belgium or the colonies, but the king really made out well.
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Level 64
Aug 17, 2021
waffle empire
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
It did only het the Congo, It kust looks big cause there was so many rainforest.
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Level 38
Mar 2, 2020
Tibet was not a part of China in 1945

They invaded after

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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
Thats right
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Level 68
Mar 2, 2020
I'm giving a five star rating!
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Level 60
Mar 2, 2020
Lit quiz. 100% first try.<3
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Level 68
Mar 3, 2020
Please accept CSSR for Czechoslovakia
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Level 68
Mar 3, 2020
I should have googled first. CSSR was formed later in 1948.
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Level 68
Mar 4, 2020
I was typing in countries and then suddenly I had finished!
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Level 28
Mar 4, 2020
Thank you HOI4!
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Level 76
Apr 15, 2020
Tibet was an independent country at the time, it was only annexed in 1951
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Level 18
Apr 20, 2020
This might sound dumb, but I thought Bhutan was independent but only as a protected state. Correct me if I’m wrong
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Level 70
Jun 23, 2022
Also Sikkim too?
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Level 18
Apr 20, 2020
Wait never mind what I said to my other comment
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Level 51
Jun 10, 2020
Fun! :)
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Level 51
Jun 24, 2020
May I use this map for a quiz?
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Level 75
Aug 9, 2020
Tibet still existed in 1945. Communist China invaded in the early 1950s after winning the Civil War in 1949.
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Level 33
Aug 14, 2020
have a good day the 3% that missed USSR!
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Level 56
Sep 10, 2020
Persia for Iran? That is what it was called back then.
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Level 61
Feb 21, 2021
Persia became Iran in 1935.
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Level 42
Oct 23, 2020
Can't believe I forgot Monaco
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Level 36
Jan 5, 2021
I type last one 2 secounds before ending!
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Level 78
Jan 6, 2021
Pretty straightforward mix of history and geography - especially if you know all 196 sovereign countries in the world recognised by Jetpunk.
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Level 64
Jan 21, 2021
I thought Japan owned South Korea...
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Level 64
Feb 22, 2021
Eh im stupid occupied from WWII
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
That was BEFORE ww2 (not offensive meent)
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Level 85
Feb 20, 2021
For that silver of territory between China and USSR, a few more type ins might help -- I tried various combinations of direction + ethnicity + stan but couldn't get it right.
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
Its east turkestan, its not weird that you didnt Guess It. I did not too
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Level 85
Feb 20, 2021
Indonesia declared independence in 1945 but the Dutch and other western nations, including the US, didn't recognize it until 1949. The British took over from surrendered Japanese troops in 1945 and didn't leave until 1946 when the Dutch arrived to take over. Not sure if Indonesia should be seen as indepedent as the end of 1945 as it was occupied by Japanese, British and Australians and the Dutch took over in urban areas until 1949.
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Level 85
Feb 21, 2021
Interesting that Japan is considered sovereign. I would have thought that Douglas MacArthur, as Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, controlled things.
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Level 79
Feb 21, 2021
Glad to see I wasn't the only person to have never heard of East Turkestan before this quiz update.
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Level 60
Feb 21, 2021
Somehow Tripura, Hyderabad and Junagadh still doesn't exist according to this quiz

Kingdom of Tripura

State of Hyderabad

State of Junagadh

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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
Werent the british?
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Level 64
Feb 22, 2021
Im desperately typing "Tuva" for east turkestan.
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Level 65
Mar 20, 2021
Me too!
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Level 71
Feb 22, 2021
Vietnam was a French colony until 1954
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Level 59
May 13, 2021
Well, that is when French Indochina was officially dissolved, Vietnam had already asserted independence towards the very end of WW2
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Level 66
Feb 26, 2021
Everything is green, but it says I have 5 left ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
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Level 68
Mar 1, 2021
microstates like the Vatican
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Level 92
Mar 3, 2021
Click "Show Missing Countries" at the bottom of the map, it'll put a black dot where you're missing things.
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Level 92
Mar 3, 2021
Consider accepting ETR for Turkestan?
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Level 58
Mar 5, 2021
Please accept Sinkiang and Sinciang for Xinjiang, I had to cheat off wikipedia cause I knew the answer, but didn't know this type of spelling.
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Level 48
Mar 5, 2021
I mean it's East Turkestan, Xinjiang is just a type-in. Also, found the HOI4 player.
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
You van do tuva too
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Level 76
Mar 16, 2021
Never heard about "East Turkestan" :D

Also I wonder some definitions: how come Japan is considered sovereign but not Germany? Also the sovereignity of Vietnam, Indonesia etc. that time is at least questionable.

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Level 54
Mar 20, 2021
Jordan got indpendence on 11 april 1921 but in this map it is part of UK
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Level 55
Apr 18, 2021
It became independent in May 1946, a whole eight months after the given date for this map.
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Level 54
May 31, 2021
oh
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
Iraq did gaine Independence at that time, Jordan did in 1946
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Level 82
Mar 28, 2021
This is great quiz. Decolonisation certainly upped the number of countries pretty drastically.
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Level 51
Apr 30, 2021
East Turkestan, as far as my knowledge, never functioned as a country and was more of a rebellion that was said to be independent though never truly was. It had a few attempts including during 1945. But I don't think it was enough to qualify a place on this quiz. It, in my mind, would be like putting Abkhazia as a country on the world map quiz. Sure they claim independence, but not many nations would actually recognize them.
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Level 65
May 19, 2021
East Turkestan... almost forgot, actually tried Tannu Tuva...
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Level 67
May 29, 2021
Forgot Albania and East Turkestan
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Level 59
Jun 7, 2021
accept sinkiang?
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Level 31
Jun 16, 2021
19.8% also scored 100%. Disappointing!
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Level 48
Jul 9, 2021
Only missed East Turkestan on my first run.
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Level 64
Aug 17, 2021
Why does Britain have Eritrea? Didn't Ethiopia take control of it after WWII?
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
It did Some time later, it was former Italian but the british occupied it Some time
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Level 52
Sep 5, 2021
I almost forgot Liechenstein...
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Level 53
Sep 10, 2021
argh I said east turkistan instead of east turkestan
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Level 49
Oct 25, 2021
when I was going through the answers that were correct I was super confused when I saw I got east turkestan. i have no clue what that is but I got it because I wrote the Chinese province of Xinjiang
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Level 39
Dec 9, 2021
Finish with 1 second remaining
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Level 18
Dec 10, 2021
Note that Syria got Independence in 1946.
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
I thought they were already kind of independent
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Level 60
Feb 1, 2022
Indonesia's day of independence is the 27th of april 1949, not 1945
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Level 53
Feb 7, 2022
What happened to Bhutan or am I just dumb?
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Level 58
Feb 17, 2022
Gotta love how there's just a big dip in answers for Xinjiang.
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Level 22
Jul 17, 2022
that was fun
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Level 32
Sep 19, 2022
Great quiz, forgot East Turkestan :(
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Level 46
Oct 14, 2022
73/74 could not figure out how to spell Czechiaslovakia
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Level 39
Dec 6, 2022
got all except east turkestan
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Level 27
Jan 4, 2023
interesting drop at East Turkestan
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Level 34
Feb 20, 2023
Pov: You forgot to write a country cuz u thought u wrote it. 🗺🗿
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Level 34
Feb 20, 2023
72/74 forgot to write vatican cuz i thought i wrote it and also didnt know east turkestan.
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Level 41
Feb 25, 2023
I spelt East Turkestan as East Turkistan :( Otherwise I would've gotten everything
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Level 63
Apr 6, 2023
Got 100% first try, although East Turkestan stumped me for a while.
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Level 64
Apr 11, 2023
73/74 forgot monaco
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Level 67
Apr 12, 2023
The Kingdom of Tonga was a hell of a lot more independent than the puppet communist states of Eastern Europe.

From 1900 to 1970, Tonga had British protected-state status. The United Kingdom looked after Tonga's foreign affairs under a Treaty of Friendship, but Tonga never relinquished its sovereignty to any foreign power.

the UK never granted Tonga independence because it was never considered to be part of the British Empire by either party.

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Level 42
Jun 1, 2023
Didnt get vatican and san marino since I didnt see them on the map. Maybe highlight them a little more
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Level 59
Feb 8, 2024
you can press "see missing countries"
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Level 31
Jun 2, 2023
indonesia is incorrect. on 31 december 1945 the indonesians only controlled eastern/central java, most of sulawesi, and sumatra excluding palembang and medan.
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Level 71
Aug 12, 2023
Did the Netherlands not maintain control over the Western part of New Guinea well after this date, even if the rest of Indonesia was independent?
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Level 65
Sep 20, 2023
The southern part of Korea was never a part of the USA, should be fixed. Very inaccurate.
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Level 59
Feb 8, 2024
yeah but it also wasn't a part of any other nation so its the closest thing