Top Five Countries By Category #2

Can you name the top five countries in each of these categories?
One of these countries no longer exists
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The first two countries in the execution category are assumed
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Last updated: August 10, 2020
First submittedOctober 7, 2014
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Most Oil Reserves
Venezuela
Saudi Arabia
Canada
Iran
Iraq
 
Maximum Altitude
China
Nepal
Pakistan
India
Bhutan
 
Youngest Population
Niger
Uganda
Mali
Malawi
Zambia
 
Most Men's FIFA
World Cup Wins
Brazil
Germany
Italy
Argentina
France
Uruguay
Smallest Area
Vatican City
Monaco
Nauru
Tuvalu
San Marino
 
Minimum Altitude
Jordan
Israel
Syria
Djibouti
China
 
Oldest Population
Monaco
Japan
Germany
Italy
Andorra
 
Calories Consumed
Per Capita
United States
Austria
Greece
Belgium
Luxembourg
Most Elite Universities
United States
United Kingdom
China
Germany
Netherlands
 
Nobel Prizes Per Capita
Saint Lucia
Luxembourg
Switzerland
Sweden
Iceland
 
Alcohol Consumed per Capita
Moldova
Lithuania
Czech Republic
Germany
Nigeria
 
Most Speakers of English
as a Second Language
India
Pakistan
Nigeria
Philippines
United States
Most Olympic Medals
United States
Soviet Union
Germany
United Kingdom
France
 
Most Executions
China
North Korea
Iran
Saudi Arabia
Pakistan
 
Most Billionaires
United States
China
Germany
India
Russia
 
Most Immigrants per
Capita
Vatican City
United Arab Emirates
Kuwait
Qatar
Liechtenstein
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Level 74
Oct 8, 2014
From the answers I'm guessing the Most Food Consumed and Most Alcohol Consumed are per capita, and the Most Billionaires is the raw total?
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Level 47
Oct 14, 2014
Yeah, I've updated the quiz to make it clearer.
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Level 47
Oct 15, 2014
And here is another sequel
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Level 76
Mar 13, 2015
Is the Nobel Prize category correct? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nobel_laureates_by_country
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Level 59
Mar 13, 2015
The quiz asks for Nobel prizes per capita. I know it's confusing and makes no sense so I recommend changing it to overall. Other than that, good quiz!
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Level 47
Mar 13, 2015
If it was overall, then it would be the same countries again in the group. I thought making it per capita would make it more of a challenge.
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Level 64
Jun 1, 2015
Love the quizzes so far but gotta agree with Sulps on this one. Making this category per capita isn't really fun its just shots in the dark at countries with low populations instead of actually having to think about the category.
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Level 74
Sep 1, 2015
I dunno. I got all but St Lucia by thinking which small countries would be more likely to pick up a Nobel prize. I agree that St Lucia is something you need to know to get right, you're not going to guess it.
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2019
It makes extremely lot of sense. If not per capita, ofcourse the largest countries are allways gonna on top of these lists. Like many states in the u.s. are bigger than a lot of countries, they ve just "united" them.
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2019
@xkhan, shot in the dark ??? Now at least you ve got to think about who won nobel prizes, not who has the biggest landmass, or breed the most...
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Level 47
Jun 1, 2015
Smallest Population was listed on the prequel. Otherwise great quiz!
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Level 65
Jun 1, 2015
Nice follow on quiz. Thanks. Was very shocked by some of the answers
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Level 45
Jul 2, 2015
I swear the highest mountain in the world is not in China?
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Level 74
Sep 1, 2015
Everest straddles China and Nepal. I suspect most of it is in China, which would explain why China is listed first.
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Level 67
Sep 1, 2015
The border runs across its summit. China is first in alphabetical order. That was the logic I used when I made this quiz.
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Level 21
Apr 7, 2016
It is in the Tibettan region, which is located in China and Nepal. The peak of Mt Everest is in China.
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Level 80
Jan 9, 2017
alcohol and food consumption it makes sense to calculate per capita. In absolute terms it would just mirror population figures. Immigrants it can be interesting to see both in absolute terms and per capita... so no big deal either way. Nobel prizes it really doesn't make sense to measure per capita. It's not as if you get a number of Nobel prizes each year based on the total number of smart people in the country. It's just one prize per year in each category, given to someone or someones who have made some notable achievement. It actually makes more sense to measure Olympic medals per capita than Nobel prizes, though a similar argument can be made for Olympic medals it's not quite the same thing.
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Level 80
Jan 9, 2017
and since it's only one prize per year... if done per capita you get really bizarre and uninteresting results as seen here. St Lucia? Not exactly known for their great contributions to science. It's monumentally silly to measure this per capita.
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Level 69
Apr 3, 2017
Not all science. Derek Walcott was a very good playwright. Died a couple of weeks ago, sadly. If nothing else, he's probably better known in St. Lucia than the great majority of prize winners are in their countries, probably given the pretty incredible thing that St. Lucia actually was home to a winner. In that sense, the per capita thing is quite relevant.
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Level 80
Feb 9, 2018
Relevant to the 178k people who live in St Lucia, yes. Relevant to the other 7 billion people in the world? No. You and I both know the only reason why you feel the need to disagree with me on this.
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Level 66
Mar 23, 2020
I really don't agree with you on this one @kalbamahut. I think on the contrary it is interesting to have one's attention drawn to the fact that a country like Switzerland for example has a proud record of recognition for its nationals' intellectual achievement, which is something at least in part fostered by its wider culture. Rather than have this pushed down a list by the higher total number awarded to a more populous country such as Great Britain.
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Level 66
Mar 23, 2020
I have subsequently had a quick wiki-peek and noticed this: in a list of laureates by country, Marie Curie is counted four times. She won it twice, twice as a Frenchwoman and twice as a Pole. Interesting.
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Level 82
Aug 11, 2020
Stop whining
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Level 80
Sep 26, 2020
I'm not whining. I'm making a relevant point that you failed to understand.

Fad: you're saying that Switzerland has a stronger record of intellectual achievement than Great Britain? That's, frankly, absurd. It's absurd even before I bring up that, measured per capita, it would seem that Saint Lucia has contributed 6x as much as the UK toward the arts, economics, international diplomacy, and the sciences. And 12x as much as the USA. Move over Kipling, Russell, Eliot, Higgs, Crick, Churchill, Fleming, Bernard Shaw, and Amnesty International! Stop being so uppity, Thorne, Dylan, Obama, Krugman, Carter, Nash, Morrison, Friedman, King, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Roosevelt! Your prizes were clearly just a fluke of demographics and had nothing at all to do with a culture of competitiveness or excellence, or any history of academic, artistic, or scientific achievement.
Make way for some TRUE titans of economics and literature: Kittitians Arthur Lewis and Derek Walcott.
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Level 66
Sep 12, 2017
How are we defining 'Best' in the universities question?
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Level 65
Jan 12, 2018
There are many metrics, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, research output, citations per faculty member, patents or companies generated/started at the university, student performance on standardized tests for graduate school, GPA and standardized test scores for admitted freshmen, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity (admittance percentage), financial resources, and alumni donation rate.

Obviously it's not a hard science and there is inherent bias in whatever metrics are used, but rankings agree -- USA and UK are clearly #1 and #2. I believe 9 or 10 out of the top 10 universities are all in these 2 countries. UK has the golden triangle and USA has the Ivy League alongside Stanford, Johns Hopkins and MIT.

From 3rd place onwards it becomes less clear. I feel that Switzerland and France have more prestigious schools than Germany and Netherlands. The rankings must be pretty close.
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Level 80
Feb 9, 2018
^pretty much right. USA blows away every other country out there, and the UK has a commanding lead over 3rd place though China is rapidly improving. Every other country has very few, relatively, regardless of which list you look at.
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Level 41
Apr 27, 2020
This has apparently been changed to "elite" universities. Being familiar with Germany's university system, I'd say there is not a single elite university in the country. At least I associate the word with selectiveness. There are very few private universities in the country, and the public ones can only limit the number of students based on their capacity. That does not mean there are no good universities, though.
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Level 80
Sep 26, 2020
So there are no universities in Germany that are hard to get into because their outstanding reputation leads to them having more applications for enrollment than their capacity would allow?

To me "elite" university means a university with a strong international reputation for producing high-quality research and/or graduates. This... in turn... usually leads to those universities having to become quite selective in whom they enroll. But maybe getting in to a good school in Germany is based on a lottery system or something? I honestly don't know. I know some parts of the Polish education system is like that. Even if so, I don't think that would make the schools less elite, relative to other universities with weaker reputations and less noteworthy output.
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Level 77
Sep 12, 2017
"Most English Spoken as a 2nd Language" appearantly this is in absolute numbers and not in percentages..
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Level 43
Sep 12, 2017
Czech republic is Czechia now, got one wrong because this isnt up to date.
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Level ∞
Sep 12, 2017
Czechia is an alternate variation. We accept it on featured quizzes, but is not the name of the country.
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Level 77
Jan 22, 2018
Apparently on 2 May 2016 Czechia was finally officially adopted as the short name, i.e. submitted to the United Nations (also Tchéquie in French, Chequia in Spanish and Чехия in Russian, I can't check for Chinese and Arabic.)

Of course, as no country has official authority over foreign languages, you're free to use the long form, only practice will show if it will catch on. Until then Czechia is in the same rank as Timor-Leste, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, and also Moldova, the only country that was successful in pushing the native version into English.
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2019
We have allways called it Tsjechië in the netherlands, without the republic. I wonder if that was the case in the other countries you ve listed or if it is since czechia changed it.
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Level 78
Feb 9, 2018
I re-Czeched the answer list and couldn't find this country on it.
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Level 57
Sep 24, 2017
I really wanted to type USSR for Olympic medals, but I argued with myself that, since it no longer exists, it wouldn't be in the quiz. Score: Me - 1, Myself - 0. Ugh.
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Level 76
Jan 12, 2018
Huh, I definitely thought San Marino was bigger than that.
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Level 67
Jan 12, 2018
What is the source of "Calories Consumed Per Capita"? I would expect that this category correlates with the "average weight". But this is rather not the case, right?
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Level 65
Feb 9, 2018
I would imagine you would have to include things like distance traveled without assistance per capita and weight lifted per capita to conclude that.
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2019
I guess it is simply about food consumed. So that is produced food-export+import. But then you wouldnt know how much food would go to waste.

I think there might be a big difference per country in how much is thrown away. At home, half a plate if unfinished food.. or in supermarkets, stuff that is on their "best before" (which sometimes is still good for months...)

I expect rich countries to be much more wastefull and careless. Though slow but steady there becomes awareness of the millions of pounds of good supermarket food that goes straight to the landfill. Not to mention stupid stuff like not straight cucumbers... (ok I can see there can be made a lot of jokes about that now haha)

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Level 72
Jan 13, 2018
Eek! Is this a speed quiz? Because I really woefully ran out of time.
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Level 64
Feb 9, 2018
Maybe the same amount of time given to all countries of the world quiz???!
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Level 80
Sep 26, 2020
Only if you don't know the answers and are left taking random stabs in the dark for multiple categories.
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Level 68
Jan 13, 2018
Minimum altitude and no Maldives, a country barely 6 feet above sea level. Do all those listed have territory that is below sea level?
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Level 72
Jan 15, 2018
Yes
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Level 80
Sep 26, 2020
The Dead Sea, between Israel and Jordan, is famously more than 400 meters below sea level.
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Level 61
Feb 9, 2018
Hmm missed the part where it said one country no longer existed... :/
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Level 61
Feb 9, 2018
The Soviet Union really liked drinking... Who knew?
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Level 44
Feb 9, 2018
Interesting to see the nations that have the most capital punishment: islam and communist - go figure.
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Level 60
Feb 9, 2018
The quiz says "Calories Consumed per CAPTIA" which I assuming is a typo =)
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Level 44
Feb 10, 2018
Typo in category "Most alcohol consumed" - 'alchohol'. ;)
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Level ∞
Feb 10, 2018
Typos have been fixed
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2019
Must ve been drinking ;) haha
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Level 56
May 3, 2018
Two questions: Does Russia not include any medals ever won by the USSR in its own accomplishments then? Because if they do, then these medals SHOULD be attributed to Russia (but only providing if Russia does, which I'm sure it will be doing). And if half of the Netherlands is supposed to be technically below sea level (and would be, if it wasn't for their dijks), why hasn't it made the list for countries of minimum altitude?
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Level 80
Sep 26, 2020
Russia and the USSR: not the same thing

Netherands elevation: this category is about the single lowest extreme in a country, not average elevation across the entire country. If it was averages... then I think the Maldives, Tuvalu, and Kiribati lead up that list. The Netherlands might be somewhere close to the top, too.
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Level 47
Jul 25, 2018
Most alcohol consumed... lol
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Level 50
Aug 10, 2018
La France a autant de coupes du monde que l'Argentine et l'Uruguay maintenant.
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Level 61
Nov 9, 2018
The FIFA World Cup question is inaccurate now that France has won 2 Men's World Cups.
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Level ∞
Nov 10, 2018
Updated
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2019
I think the minimum altitude gives a very skewed picture. Because all of these low points are lakes or dead sea. Ofcourse it is gonna be low then. You might be technically right these countries have low points .. ok I ve stopped myself there, I was under the assumption the bottom of the lakes were used, I checked and it at least for Argentina wasnt the case.

still I think minimum average elevation would be more fun/makes more sense. Then you can think about countries that are low. Instead of happening to know 1 specific point some country.

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Level 67
Feb 3, 2019
Btw then it d be: maldives (1,8m), singapore (15m), qatar (28m), netherlands (30m), gambia/denmark (34m)
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Level 60
Mar 25, 2019
I was so sure Kiribati would be there as it will be the first to go under rising sea levels.
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Level 80
Sep 26, 2020
That's a completely different category.
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Level 20
May 20, 2020
who is going to guess the soviet union? it doesn't exist anymore
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Level 44
Aug 6, 2020
One of them has 6
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Level 76
Aug 10, 2020
Because countries are tied with the same number of world cup wins.
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Level 70
Aug 11, 2020
I love the joke about 'Immigrants in the Vatican'.......All citizens of Vatican City are Roman Catholic. The only people allowed to live in the Vatican City are clergy (religious people) and the Swiss Guards who are the Police force of the country. Over 2,400 other people work in the country but they travel in each day from Italy.
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Level 34
Aug 25, 2020
This quiz is idiotic. You can literally guess any country without reading the questions and you will get correct responses.
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Level 80
Sep 26, 2020
I wouldn't call it idiotic... but I have expressed the opinion before that all of the quizzes in this series have far too many categories on them, leading to the result that typing in random countries as fast as you can is a pretty sound strategy. I think they would be better if each quiz was split into 2 or 3 different quizzes.