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Top Olive Oil Producing Countries

Name the 15 countries that produce the most olive oil.
For 2013, according to FAO
Hint: Think about countries that border a certain sea
Last updated: December 14, 2016
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Metric Tons
Country
1,110,000
Spain
442,000
Italy
305,900
Greece
191,800
Tunisia
187,900
Turkey
159,595
Syria
114,100
Morocco
99,985
Portugal
Metric Tons
Country
64,700
Algeria
21,300
Argentina
19,077
Jordan
16,000
Lebanon
15,000
Libya
12,300
Israel
10,000
United States
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level 72
Dec 15, 2016
very interesting! God knows where Syria (or Libya) is now ...
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level 66
Dec 17, 2016
true! and sad...
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level 66
Dec 20, 2016
Syria probably lost a few ranks for producing olive oil, but they now hold the #1 spot in the world for exporting terrorism. It's a give-and-take
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level 62
Jan 6, 2017
edgy
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level 71
Feb 28, 2017
And wrong. The 9-11 attacks came from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and the UAE, and the number of terror attacks by Syrians on US soil has been... zero. (But internal terror is another thing - President Assad will hopefully be tried one day for war crimes because of his killing of tens of thousands of his own countrymen. Now THAT is terror.)
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level 51
Feb 28, 2017
Also might add a friendly reminder that you're much more likely to be killed by a fellow American than any terrorist x
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level 53
Feb 28, 2017
The problem with being wrong is it screws up jokes
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level 72
Feb 28, 2017
Drawbacks for Syria: terrorism is not an economically profitable, and is an even less sustainable export because of the suicidal tendencies of the present model. Bad economical forecast, don't buy stocks.
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level 70
Dec 22, 2016
Egypt is about the only Mediterranean country not on the list.
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level 68
Feb 28, 2017
Yeah, why is that?
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level 64
Feb 28, 2017
What about Malta, Cyprus, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Albania?
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level 56
Feb 28, 2017
Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malta, France, Monaco, Albania, Cyprus, Montenegro and Slovenia are all Mediterranean countries not on this list.
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level 67
Feb 28, 2017
Egypt is 18th on the list of Olive Producing Countries, so only 3 away from the list.
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level 72
Feb 28, 2017
Egypt may have other agricultural priorities to feed its massive +90,000,000 people solely with the banks of the Nile and its delta. Plus, the Nile is not as fertile as before due to the loss of sediments caused by the Aswan Dam preventing floods. So fertile lands are kinda scarce despite their big size compared to neighbours.
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level 59
Feb 28, 2017
Italian and Greek olive oil are rather famous but Spanish olive oil? They produce more metric tons than both Italy and Greece combined yet I can't recall that I ever purchased Spanish olive oil. They probably sell it where I shop since they have tons of different types of cooking oil there but it never stood out to me.
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level 63
Feb 28, 2017
I've seen a lot of Spanish olive oil where I live. I guess they export it to some places and not to others.
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level 75
Feb 28, 2017
I've had Spanish olive oil, as well.
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level 72
Feb 28, 2017
If by chance you ever go around JaƩn in Andalusia, you could see the scale of the Spanish production. I think it's by far the biggest olive field in the world, it's really mind blowing. If you want quality, buy French of Greek oil, Spain is more about mass production, even if you can also find some totally respectable oils right there. Drawbacks, French and quality Greek olive oils are expensive as hell.
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level 75
Feb 28, 2017
Goya is one brand of Spanish olive oil that is common in my area.
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level 66
Feb 28, 2017
My mother bought her olive oil by the gallon and it was always Spanish. Huge metal tins of the stuff.
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level 43
Aug 12, 2017
Italy buys a lot of olive oil from Spain and labels it as it was produced there. Also I'm surprised you havent heard about Spanish oil, as it is usually said as one of the best.
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level 68
Feb 28, 2017
The Generali Geeks approve of this quiz.
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level 65
Feb 28, 2017
I started filling blanks with countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Venezuela... it's only after too much time that I realized the quizz was about OLIVE oil... facepalm...
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level 56
Feb 28, 2017
Me 2!
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level 53
Feb 28, 2017
The hint gave it away
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level 76
Feb 28, 2017
Very surprised just based off geography that Chile, Mexico and Australia aren't on the list. Not that they are known producers but because of size, climate and propensity to grow a lot of high dollar crops.
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level 56
Feb 28, 2017
Got all the Mediterranean countries plus US (I like Organic Californian olive oil). Never had Argentinian olive oil before. Good to know!
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level 28
Feb 28, 2017
I live in Jaen (Andalusia, Spain), the main place in the world in production of olive oil. In most villages and towns from this province olive oil is almost the only economic base and way of life. But much of this oil is sold to Italy where they label and commercialise it, although the raw material is spanish.
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level 67
Feb 28, 2017
Got Jordan with one second left! :)
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level 59
Mar 1, 2017
Got USA with a few seconds left!