Four Letter Geography

Guess these geographic answers that are only four letters long.
Quiz by Geoguy
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Last updated: October 12, 2017
First submittedJune 2, 2014
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One of the Great Lakes
Erie
South American country
Peru
Island country of Oceania
Fiji
Irish name for Ireland
Éire
Country whose capital is Bamako
Mali
Longest river in the world, possibly
Nile
U.S. state with the most Mormons
Utah
Communist country of Indochina
Laos
Switzerland's capital
Bern
Island on which Jakarta is located
Java
Japan's highest mountain
Fuji
Small U.S. territory located between
Japan and Papua New Guinea
Guam
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Asia's second largest desert
Gobi
Togo's capital
Lomé
Castro's country
Cuba
Most active volcano in Europe
Etna
Island to which Napoleon was exiled
Elba
Country where Saddam Hussein ruled
Iraq
Samoa's capital
Apia
Norway's capital
Oslo
Italy's capital
Rome
Island on which Honolulu is located
Oahu
U.S. state whose capital is Des Moines
Iowa
Country of 1,624 residents in
free association with New Zealand
Niue
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Level 65
Apr 2, 2015
Great quiz! Only missed Oahu :(
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Level 35
Nov 26, 2015
I just guessed Oahu
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Level 60
Oct 31, 2016
2:13 left... First time...
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Level 53
Dec 22, 2016
2.51 left. Had to think about Pacific territory of NZ for a moment...and I'm a Kiwi!
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Level 70
Jan 31, 2018
It took me five tries to spell it - too many vowels!
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Level 61
Oct 12, 2018
I'm a Kiwi too and completely blanked on it! Only one I missed!
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Level 69
Apr 24, 2020
Hey, your prime minister's family lived there at one point, and she visits frequently.
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Level 82
Oct 10, 2017
I don't think you should be calling it a country, without specifying "non-independent". It's not in the countries of the world quiz after all.
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Level 76
Jan 29, 2018
In the 205 version, but not the 196!
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Level 65
Oct 10, 2017
Italy's capita – missing l
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Level ∞
Oct 10, 2017
Fixed
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Level 67
Oct 10, 2017
niue is not a country, check your own country quiz
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Level ∞
Oct 10, 2017
It's a country. It's not an independent country.
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Level 74
Oct 11, 2017
Flying from NZ to Niue you leave Auckland through the international terminal, not the domestic, go through customs at both ends, and New Zealanders (who supposedly are the reason for Niue "not being independent") get a 30-day entry stamp, "employment prohibited". Nobody in New Zealand - who of all people should know - considers Niue not to be independent.
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Level 74
Jan 29, 2018
In reply to Jerry I'm from NZ and I don't think Niue is independent. It's got limited internal self-rule but is part of NZ, just like the Cooks and Tokelau. Limited internal self-rule is not the same as independence. I also don't think you can call it a country.
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Level 48
Jan 29, 2018
Nice quiz. I think it would be better to call Niue someway else than just country. I was just going trough countries of the world 196.
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Level 66
Jan 29, 2018
Exactly, the same here... been going through all the [independent] countries in the 5 thousand mile radius around NZ
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Level 81
Oct 23, 2019
This is almost as fun as the argument that gets shot down every time people from England and Scotland cry they're a country.

But in reverse.

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Level 64
Apr 23, 2020
As a law grad with a certificate in international & comparative law, it's definitely safe to call it a country. The definition of the word doesn't rely on other jetpunk quizzes =P
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Level 67
Apr 23, 2020
Just like England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
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Level 61
Apr 23, 2020
Independence debate aside, it still causes confusion and I agree that it's inclusion, as worded and not disclaimed in instructions, is a bit problematic. The 196 quiz isn't called "Independent Countries of the World"; it's called "Countries of the World". And the point isn't whether the term "country" as applied to Niue, is accurate or inaccurate in a vaccum - the point is whether it causes confusion and/or is otherwise problematic in its use on a Jetpunk quiz for Jetpunk users (thus its inconsistency with other Jetpunk quizzes or terminology is absolutely the issue, not what it is "safe" to call it generally).
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Level 65
Apr 26, 2020
Niue is a country, like England is.
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Level 74
Oct 11, 2017
Lomé has an acute above the e.
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Level ∞
Oct 12, 2017
Added
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Level 69
Oct 11, 2017
Good quiz
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Level 61
Jan 29, 2018
If Niue is a "country" here, then why not elsewhere on Jetpunk?
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Level 66
Jan 29, 2018
Because it isn't an independent country
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Level 61
Apr 23, 2020
Yet the "Countries of the World Quiz" isn't called "Independent Countries of the World Quiz", nor does anything in the instructions to that quiz use the word "independent" or any synonym thereof. Given that it is by far the most popular quiz on this site and a building block for a Jetpunk user's understanding of Jetpunk, it is completely logical that Jetpunk users would expect the use of the word "country" to mean one of the 196 (even if that use is too narrow and doesn't comport with its use in most every other walk of life). I concede that it is accurate to call it "country", but maintain that it is confusing and problematic to do so in this context on Jetpunk without disclaimer/instruction.
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Level 65
Jan 29, 2018
Isn't the Stromboli the most active European volcano? I mean, it was clear which one was asked for due to the number of letters, but I'd recommend changing the clue to something uncontroversial like “tallest active volcano in Europe”.
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Level 43
Jan 29, 2018
Irish name for Ireland = home :)
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Level 59
Apr 11, 2019
When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, they simply said "ours".
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Level 40
Apr 23, 2020
You win the internets.
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Level 51
Jan 30, 2018
I got Fiji because I misspelled Fuji
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Level 58
Jan 30, 2018
Missed out on Iowa but got the rest.
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Level 71
Feb 24, 2020
I only remembered it because of Slipknot
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Level 66
Jan 31, 2018
I accidentally got Togo's capital while guessing Samoa's. I guess it was in my head somewhere.
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Level 72
Nov 9, 2018
Actually, CA has the most Mormons and Idaho has the highest percentage, just Utah is where they settled
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Level ∞
Mar 7, 2020
What? No. This is easily verifiable information. Utah has by the far the highest Mormon population both in absolute numbers and per-capita.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints_membership_statistics_(United_States)

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Level 40
Feb 24, 2020
I wonder how many people accidentally get Eire from misspelling Erie
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Level 55
Apr 18, 2020
Or vice versa?
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Level 67
Apr 18, 2020
Ah you slipped in between ;) I had written my comment about an hour or so ago, but was also watching tv, (and was going offsite to check to make sure I really was right about the pronunciations (never heared lake Erie being pronounced) so it took a while to post (happens often with me, I start writing a comment, go to another site to make sure what I am saying is correct and sometimes get distracted along the way. Like you look up the background of one ancient god and suddenly you are reading mythology sites for hours an even forget you were in the middle of writing a comment haha)
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Level 67
Apr 18, 2020
Or the other way around.. In both cases I don't think it will be many. (typo's can obviously always happen, but misspelling is not too likely, people that know Eire would not spell Erie and I doubt that those who know Erie would spell it as Eire. The two are pronounced completely different.)
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Level 23
Apr 23, 2020
1 - nice
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Level 40
Apr 23, 2020
Two things (that I know of) help with quizzes like this: (1) Being an amateur radio operator, since, WAY before the internet, we as kids all over the world were geography experts because of our hobby and (B) being in the military, from whatever country, helps with the travel costs to visit some of these places. :D
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Level 40
Apr 23, 2020
(Standing by to see if anyone caught the Caddyshack reference in my post.)