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Two Word Countries

Name the countries that contain exactly two words.
Short forms of country names, as they appear in Countries of the World quiz
Quiz by Jerry928
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First submittedMay 25, 2014
Last updatedFebruary 25, 2019
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country
Burkina Faso
Cabo Verde
Costa Rica
Côte D'Ivoire
(Czech Republic)
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
country
Equatorial Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Marshall Islands
New Zealand
North Korea
North Macedonia
Saint Lucia
country
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Africa
South Korea
country
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Timor-Leste
United Kingdom
United States
Vatican City
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level 76
May 25, 2014
Why no Costa Rica?
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level 72
May 28, 2014
It's there now! Thanks for pointing this out
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level 36
May 27, 2014
Guinea bissau is also missing
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level 72
Jun 12, 2014
Interesting question - is a hyphenated name like Guinea-Bissau one word or two? I've counted this one as two words, and added it in..
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level 32
Aug 29, 2014
USA not US Maybe US is more conversational when within its borders
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level 72
Aug 29, 2014
I think people having a conversation in any any country are more likely to say "United States" than "United States of America". Unless they're using another language :)
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level 46
Jan 18, 2015
USA is the common name for the country in Swedish, because Amerika may be ambiguous and the full Swedish name is awkwardly long. But when speaking English I too would use "the US." USA sounds like a nationalistic chant.
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level 54
Sep 10, 2017
I don't United States should be here. I believe it should be called by its full name. In fact, The Gambia should have been here
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level 72
Sep 10, 2017
Please note the instructions.
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level 32
Aug 30, 2014
What about The Bahamas
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level 72
Aug 31, 2014
I've added a note to the instructions about that.
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level 72
Sep 26, 2016
I was going to comment about "The Gambia" as I've heard it referred to as that, but as you mentioned above most of these names are longer officially. Islamic Republic of The Gambia
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level 66
Sep 24, 2014
Taiwan is commonly referred to, especially in international events, as Chinese Taipei. Maybe include it?
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level 72
Sep 24, 2014
I think Taiwan is the name most people use in conversation; I only ever hear Chinese Taipei in official contexts, such as the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup.
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level 39
Apr 13, 2019
Taipei is a city. The term "Chinese Taipei" at the Olympics is a compromise in order to appease China, which does not consider Taiwan an independent country. The official names for Taiwan are either "Taiwan" or the "Republic of China."
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level 51
Oct 11, 2014
The netherlands?
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level 72
Oct 11, 2014
That's a bit like the United States and the United Kingdom - you usually say the "the" in conversation although it's not actually a part of its name.
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level 52
Feb 9, 2017
You may want to add a caveat about this. Also add one about using only the conventional names. There are several comments mentioning that you added these features, but they seem to have been removed at some time since then?
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level 72
Feb 9, 2017
Caveat added to the instructions.
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level 44
Nov 1, 2014
Russian Federation?
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level 72
Nov 1, 2014
Like the instructions say, conversational names apply, so I think not. I think it's more likely one would say "I'm visiting Russia" than "I'm visiting the Russian Federation".
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level 36
Nov 20, 2014
Good Quiz!
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level 23
Nov 22, 2014
Please accept UK and US
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level 72
Feb 11, 2015
Solomon Islands no longer works. I cut and paste it from the correct answers and took the test again and it still says it is invalid.
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level 72
Feb 11, 2015
Thanks - now fixed.
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level 59
Apr 24, 2015
Oh my God, I forgot the United States. Wow. I live there.
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level 83
Feb 14, 2017
I forgot the United Kingdom - and I live there!
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level 44
Jul 13, 2015
Saint Lucia, not St Lucia. ;)
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level 72
Jul 13, 2015
Either spelling works. Have changed it to "Saint" to reflect the typing-in-full instruction.
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level 46
Oct 29, 2016
... but on the other hand UK and USA work. ;-)P
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level 72
Oct 29, 2016
Fixed, thanks.
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level 28
Sep 16, 2015
For some reason on these geography quizzes, I always start thinking of obscure countries and forget the easy ones like UK and the US.
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level 45
Aug 23, 2016
Sao Tome?
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level 72
Aug 23, 2016
São Tomé and Príncipe is 4 words! São Tomé is its capital city.
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level 40
Oct 31, 2016
Why doesn't Bosnia-Herzegovina make the cut?
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level 72
Oct 31, 2016
Because in the Countries of the World quiz it's 3 words: Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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level 49
Nov 20, 2016
Czech Republic should not be included because the new name of it is Czechia.
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level 72
Nov 20, 2016
Indeed! Quiz updated, thanks.
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level ∞
Nov 20, 2016
It's not my quiz, but I think that this is a misconception. Czech Republic remains the primary name, although Czechia is also acceptable:

http://www.czech.cz/en/Home-en
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic

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level 72
Nov 21, 2016
Hmm, looking at the first website, maybe I've jumped the gun! The Wikipedia entry is more equivocal, though it's interesting that they're sticking with the Czech Republic main title (mind you, they've also stuck with Ivory Coast despite international adoption of Côte d'Ivoire)
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level ∞
Nov 21, 2016
Wikipedia formerly used Cote d'Ivoire as the title but then changed it to Ivory Coast. I might change the official JetPunk name to Ivory Coast at some point too.
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level 57
Dec 8, 2016
But the former president made it Côte d'Ivoire in every language. I think someone from Wiki is unaware of it. Similarly, Liechtenstein has done the same: if someone changed the Wikipedia page to Lichtenstein, Timor-Leste, or Cabo Verde, would you follow?
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level 52
Feb 9, 2017
Google Maps now uses Czechia.
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level 80
Jan 4, 2017
Cote d'ivoire is three words.
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level 72
Jan 4, 2017
Already replied to a similar post above.
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level 49
Mar 13, 2017
French Guiana is missing too.
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level 72
Mar 13, 2017
It's a region of France.
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level 55
Sep 16, 2017
I thought of the US and UK, but expected that they would be considered to have three words, not two. I tried them by nickname "usa" and "uk" and it didn't work. Well, then.
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level 41
Jul 1, 2018
United states is four words, united states of america, timor-leste is also east timor which is not seperated by a dash, so it's two words. I don't think Guinea-bissau is technically two words, but creative quiz tho
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level 72
Jul 1, 2018
Please note the instructions, and also your points have been covered by responses elsewhere in the comments section.
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level 59
Jul 11, 2018
UK and USA are accepted as type-ins on every other quiz on this site. Why not this one?
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level 52
Jul 17, 2018
A tad frustrating with the ambiguities in names. Sao Tome works in the countries of the world quiz, but isn't considered two words here. USA (acronym for 3 words) also works in the countries of the world quiz, but is considered just 2 words here. Two words are sufficient in the countries of the world quiz to enter St. Kitts and St Vincent, but are not included here. And why spell out UK? Not needed in the, sigh, countries of the world quiz. I like the quiz - makes you think - but needs to tie in better to that quiz I've already mentioned too many times!
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level 72
Jul 17, 2018
We work off the answers of the Countries of the World quiz, not the type-ins.
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level 30
Mar 2, 2019
You should add Bosnia Herzegovina.
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level 72
Mar 2, 2019
Its Bosnia and Herzegovina, in its own language it's Боснa и Херцеговина, or БиХ for short.
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