Most Populous Country by First Two Letters

I give you two letters, you name the country with the largest population that begins with those letters.
2020 population estimates according to Worldometers
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: May 1, 2020
First submittedApril 20, 2017
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Population
Country
BO
11.7 m
Bolivia
PA
221 m
Pakistan
AR
45.2 m
Argentina
BU
20.9 m
Burkina Faso
BA
165 m
Bangladesh
TU
84.3 m
Turkey
CH
1447 m
China
MA
32.4 m
Malaysia
 
Population
Country
LI
6.87 m
Libya
IR
84.0 m
Iran
AF
38.9 m
Afghanistan
AN
32.9 m
Angola
GU
17.9 m
Guatemala
MO
36.9 m
Morocco
NE
29.1 m
Nepal
SA
34.8 m
Saudi Arabia
 
Population
Country
NI
206 m
Nigeria
CA
37.7 m
Canada
AL
43.9 m
Algeria
SE
16.7 m
Senegal
SO
59.3 m
South Africa
SW
10.1 m
Sweden
BE
11.6 m
Belgium
TA
59.7 m
Tanzania
+5
Level 80
Apr 20, 2017
Sweden has a higher population than Switzerland.
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Level 47
Apr 20, 2017
Oops! Fixed
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Level 56
Jul 15, 2017
Nice quiz! Didn't expect South Africa to have a higher population than South Korea. Maybe add that "Burma " is not an acceptable answer? Otherwise it would beat Burkina Faso.
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Level 64
Jul 16, 2017
It's official name is Myanmar though, so yeah should be obvious its not acceptable
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Level 72
Jul 17, 2017
It was Burma for a long time on this site. Only recently has Jetpunk recognized it's sovereignty. And these days, Jetpunk holds about as much water to me as the UN.
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Level 70
May 11, 2020
Close the door behind you as you leave.
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Level 74
Jul 15, 2017
My first inclination was to think of states simply because a decent portion are abbreviations.
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Level 64
Jul 16, 2017
I was thinking states as well.
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Level 72
Jul 17, 2017
Yep...and then you realize that California, if by itself, would be the largest country in the world that begins with CA at 39 million people.
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Level 54
Dec 6, 2017
And then you realise that more people live in California than in Canada.
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Level 52
May 11, 2020
And then you realise that you are repeating what someone else just said
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Level 59
Dec 24, 2017
Think we should do a least populated version!
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Level 73
Dec 25, 2017
and there we are

happy holidays y'all!
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Level 51
May 1, 2020
The link in the caveat is broken. Otherwise, great quiz!
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Level 65
May 4, 2020
Iran stumped me - couldn't get Ireland out of my head, which blatantly doesn't have 80m+ people...
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Level 52
May 11, 2020
They're hiding in all the nooks and crannies
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Level 47
May 14, 2020
and The Nook's Crannys
+2
Level 83
May 11, 2020
I think once I reach the point where I start guessing lesser-known countries instead of the actual answers, that might be the sign that I'm on JetPunk too much.
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Level 80
May 11, 2020
TU's missing an m after its population.
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Level 70
May 11, 2020
'cpgatbyu' wins the 'Nitpickers Gold Medal' for May 2020.... Congratulations!
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Level 56
May 11, 2020
Getting fairly desperate with these nitpicker awards, eh? Cpg actually brought up a minor, but nonetheless an error in the quiz.
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Level 36
May 11, 2020
Cpgatbyu is not a nitpicker. Without the m, TU has a population of only 84.3, which immediately suggests something like Tuvalu.
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Level 63
May 11, 2020
I agree, I tried Tuvalu too. Even though I was puzzled about the 0.3 people there...
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Level 78
May 11, 2020
Come to one of my family reunions. You'll understand.
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Level 54
May 11, 2020
You forgot the M after Turkey.
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Level 53
May 11, 2020
I think the TU country might need their population updated from 84.3 people? Might be out by a scale factor of a million or so.