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Two Word Countries

Name the countries whose names contain exactly two words.
Short forms of country names, as they appear in Countries of the World quiz
Includes hyphenated names
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: November 8, 2019
First submittedMay 25, 2014
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country
Burkina Faso
Cape Verde
Costa Rica
Czech Republic / Czechia
Dominican Republic
East Timor
El Salvador
country
Equatorial Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Ivory Coast
Marshall Islands
New Zealand
North Korea
North Macedonia
country
Saint Lucia
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Africa
country
South Korea
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
United Kingdom
United States
Vatican City
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level 77
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 47
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 56
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 78
Nov 8, 2019
I didn't realize it was just named "United states" in the countries of the world quiz... Of course, people say "The States", "America", "The US", etc. But the name of the country is indeed "United states of America"... it shouldn't be in here, and it should appear fully in the other quiz too. By the way, the fact that it is the least guessed answer is revealing.
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level 75
Nov 9, 2019
It's invariably The United States. If the technicality is how it's named on the big quiz, with a word omitted, then I guess that's the technicality, but seems more like a flaw in the big quiz.
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level 43
Nov 10, 2019
But Yakko's World tells no lies...
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level 32
Aug 30, 2014
What about The Bahamas
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level 72
Nov 8, 2019
Please note the instructions.
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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 ∞
Nov 8, 2019
Chinese Taipei is used by people who are trying to placate the Communist Party of China, which is practically everyone nowadays.
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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
Nov 8, 2019
We trust the instructions are clear now!
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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 73
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 58
Apr 24, 2015
Oh my God, I forgot the United States. Wow. I live there.
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level 84
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 45
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 74
Nov 8, 2019
Hmm, there are no typing-in-full instructions at the moment, it took me a while to try United Kingdom again as UK didn't work after St Lucia had.
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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 60
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 74
Nov 8, 2019
Old discussion, but the Ivory Coast president doesn't authority over every language. However Moldova was successful in persuading at least the English speaking world to use the Romanian name.
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level 72
Nov 8, 2019
Of course the Ivorian government (not its president) doesn't have authority over every language - but it does have authority over its own name, and it has declared that its name is Côte d'Ivoire. (It's a moot point in this quiz, though, because both answers have two words, and they're both accepted). In my opinion though (and I've said this before) I feel it is culturally arrogant, and just damn rude, to try to impose a different name on a person or country when they have made it clear they do not wish to be known by any other name. "I'm John" "OK, I'll call you Juan because in my language that's how we say it".
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level 78
Nov 9, 2019
Well, you're wrong, that's three words in French: "Côte", "de" (elided in d') and "ivoire".
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level 74
Nov 11, 2019
It's way more rude IMO to completely ignore the country's name (North Korea, Taiwan etc) rather than just using your own language.
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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 78
Nov 9, 2019
As I said above, he was right. That's French and we have our own rules, like an elided word is still a word: "d'Ivoire" is two words.
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level 74
Nov 30, 2019
That's an interesting question - if you pretend the French name is also the English name, do you copy also the French word count or not?
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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 42
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 61
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 54
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 39
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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level 74
Nov 8, 2019
The original name doesn't matter, in some other languages it's hyphenated.
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level 68
Nov 9, 2019
In English it isn't.
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level 74
Nov 9, 2019
Yeah of course, I meant that it's 3 words in English and that's what matters, not the Serbian name. Then I explained why someone might think it's 2 words.
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level 70
Nov 8, 2019
Please accept « US » and « UK ». Otherwise specify that you want the full two words.
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level 64
Nov 8, 2019
Yes, I typed both and neither worked, causing me not to get either of them
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level 67
Nov 8, 2019
Which bit of "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" is two words!? Even if you go for the commonly abbreviated "The U.K " does the "the" suddenly not count? "The UK" also does not include Northern Ireland, which is part of Britain, which "The UK" is commonly an accepted type in for. Can't agree on "US" being an acceptable answer. The country's name is "The United States of America" even if you're ignoring the "the" that STILL isn't two words. You need to specify in the instructions that you are making an exception for these two. As someone else pointed out Sao Tome et principe is almost uniformly known as "Sao Tome" yet it isn't accepted. It's a great idea for a quiz, but you have huge consistency issues.
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level 74
Nov 8, 2019
well the instructions clearly say it's like in the JetPunk countries of the world quiz. It's not inconsistent just silly, I agree it's waaay more common to sometimes use the short versions of St Kitts, St Vincent, Sao Tome etc than avoiding USA.
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level 80
Nov 8, 2019
Geez, this quiz is in contention for the "Worst nitpicking comments" award. Jerry928, you have the patience of a saint (or maybe not and it just seems that way). :-)
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level 62
Nov 8, 2019
Accepts "Macedonia" for North Macedonia, but must type out United States, United Kingdom and Vatican City. In "Countries of the World" US, UK and Vatican are accepted.
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level 72
Nov 8, 2019
Indeed! It would be a bit goofy to accept a one-word answer in a two-word country quiz, so am getting that answer updated.
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level ∞
Nov 8, 2019
All standard type-ins have now been applied.
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level 70
Nov 8, 2019
No Cape Verde?
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level 55
Nov 8, 2019
why does cape verde not work? I have never ever typed in cabo verde in any jetpunk quiz
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level 78
Nov 8, 2019
+1 It's called Cape Verde in every other quiz on this site.
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level 51
Nov 8, 2019
can you accept 'cape verde' for cabo verde as it is called cape verde in the countries of the world quiz?
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level 65
Nov 8, 2019
The official name of the Philippines is "The Philippines," which is two words. It's also commonly used in conversations.
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level 76
Nov 8, 2019
In conversation, "The Netherlands", "The Ukraine". It doesn't matter, since all three countries don't have "The" in the Countries of the World Quiz.
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level 78
Nov 9, 2019
Imo, the instructions should simply specify that articles don't count (but prepositions and conjunctions do).
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level 78
Nov 9, 2019
Still, it's true that some countries are commonly called with their articles (plural ones like the Philippines and the Netherlands), while others are not (I've never heard of "the" Ukraine or "the" Gambia).
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level 76
Nov 8, 2019
Since when is Cape Verde known as Cabo Verde on this site? If it has changed, why isn't Cape Verde a type-in?
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level ∞
Nov 8, 2019
It's not. I didn't notice this. It has now been changed.
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level 42
Nov 8, 2019
Please do accept Cape Verde. It always accepts in other quizzes.
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level ∞
Nov 8, 2019
Sorry about that. Quiz editing failure. Now fixed.
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level 76
Nov 9, 2019
You know you're in deep when you take a JetPunk quiz that uses another JetPunk quiz as its only source.
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level 51
Nov 9, 2019
In addition to saying as they appear in countries of the world quiz, how about give examples: one correct and one incorrect. This was very confusing, but can be a great quiz otherwise!
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level 61
Nov 9, 2019
I think this is the first quiz I've ever seen on Jetpunk where the United States is the least guessed answer.
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level 59
Nov 9, 2019
Isn't the official name of Vatican "Vatican City State?" I feel like with all the technicalities that gets confusing.
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level 74
Nov 12, 2019
That would be the full official name. The short name used here is just Vatican City.
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level 68
Nov 9, 2019
US? Seriously?
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level 77
Nov 10, 2019
Is there a reason why El Salvador counts but The Gambia, The Netherlands, etc do not? I assume articles within country names are not dropped (like Bosnia and Herzegovina, or Trinidad and Tobago) because the article is part of the official name and not just convention. Is "El" part of the official name of El Salvador? Articles do seem to be treated as more important in Spanish sometimes... or is it just because it gets alphabetized under "E" on Jetpunk?
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level 72
Nov 10, 2019
The amount of comments from people who fail to read the instructions has been, in this quiz, beyond belief. Please. Read. The. Instructions. The instructions here state we require short forms of country names as they appear in the Countries of the World quiz. Then we put that in bold. Then we underlined it. And still people aren't getting the message. Dan and I have had a chat about this, and we've decided to de-feature this quiz, which might tame down some of these weird and wonderful postings.
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level 78
Nov 10, 2019
You did well to de-feature it, it's incredibly controversial. But you shouldn't be so haughty...
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level 74
Nov 12, 2019
Wow, the first time I see controversy getting in the way of a good quiz in such a way!
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level 69
Nov 10, 2019
Should be a featured quiz!