Geography Mega Generator Puzzle #4

In this Mega Generator quiz, find two geographical locations in the two 3 x 3 grids within the major grid. One was a country name, and the other is a capital city. There are also the usual 20 questions, whose answers are drawn from all of the letters in the entire grid. Each letter can only be used once.
Special thanks to kiwirage for his assistance
Puzzles in this series: #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: April 29, 2021
First submittedFebruary 18, 2015
Times taken1,400
Average score45.5%
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9-letter location
SWAZILAND
 
 
 
 
9-letter location
KINGSTOWN
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North, Long, Easter...
Island
Asian countries
Laos
Oman
Taiwan
European countries
Estonia
Malta
Oceanian countries
Samoa
Tonga
American tri-nation river
Amazon
Copenhagen's island
Zealand
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4.5 billion live here
Asia
Cymru
Wales
Angleterre
England
Oregon's capital
Salem
6-nation river sourced in China
Mekong
City founded by Pizarro in 1535
Lima
Mazatlán's Mexican state
Sinaloa
Duluth's US state
Minnesota
End of Appalachian Trail and I-95
Maine
Precipitation type
Snow
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Level 82
Jun 24, 2022
Swaziland technically no longer being a place.
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Level 75
Jun 24, 2022
Which is why we say in the instructions that one of major answers was a country name.