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FactCountry% Correct
Has lots of fjordsNorway
68%
Home of Count DraculaRomania
65%
The world's newest sovereign state, having declared its independence in 2011South Sudan
65%
The people of this nation, which occupies one of the largest islands on Earth, descend from emigrants from an even larger island some 5,000 miles awayMadagascar
64%
The largest landlocked country in the worldKazakhstan
63%
Founded by freed former slaves from the United StatesLiberia
63%
Invented democracyGreece
62%
Known as the Graveyard of EmpiresAfghanistan
61%
In 1978 when this country won the Eurovision Song Contest, Jordanian television cut the broadcast and later announced that Belgium had wonIsrael
61%
Its waters became notorious for ship hijackings in the early 2010sSomalia
61%
The only Central American nation with no Caribbean coastlineEl Salvador
60%
Has the tallest building in the world by a margin of some 196 metresUnited Arab Emirates
60%
The only Commonwealth member-state in Central AmericaBelize
59%
Has 60% of the world's lakesCanada
59%
If somebody comes from this country, there is a 40% chance that their surname is NguyenVietnam
59%
The equator does not actually cross its land territoryEquatorial Guinea
58%
The only member state of the European Union which is in AsiaCyprus
57%
A Kalashnikov rifle appears on its flagMozambique
57%
The current president is a comedian who played the president in a satirical television programmeUkraine
57%
Ruled for thousands of years by a monarchy which enthusiastically built pyramids and obelisksEgypt
56%
The first recorded speculative bubble took place here, inflating the price of tulips to absurd levelsNetherlands
56%
Mozart, Mahler, Schubert and Strauss all came from this countryAustria
55%
Despite spanning more than 60 degrees of longitude, the country uses a single time zoneChina
55%
Often described as Europe's last dictatorshipBelarus
54%
Its territory extends over two continents, three oceans and 12 different time zonesFrance
52%
About a quarter of the population of this country live in traditional tents.Mongolia
51%
Hosted the first Formula One race to be held in the Middle EastBahrain
50%
Has been a republic for more than 1700 yearsSan Marino
50%
Both the women's and the men's world record for the marathon are held by athletes from this countryKenya
49%
Part of this country, on the east bank of the Dniestr river, is a de facto independent nation but has no international recognitionMoldova
48%
Its president held a cabinet meeting underwater in 2009, to highlight the threat the nation faces from rising sea levelsMaldives
47%
Home to more elephants than any other nationBotswana
46%
The largest religious structure in the world by land area is its biggest tourist attraction, and is also represented on its flagCambodia
45%
Declared independence in 2008 but is still only recognised by just over half the world's countriesKosovo
45%
The last major landmass to be discovered and settled, some time in the 1300s.New Zealand
45%
The only nation to successfully land a probe on VenusRussia
45%
Borders five countries, all of which end with the same four letters as it doesUzbekistan
45%
Ironically, ranked second to last in the 2020 Democracy IndexDemocratic Republic of the Congo
44%
Bikini Atoll, nuclear testing site and namesake of swimwear, is part of this countryMarshall Islands
44%
The northernmost penguins in the world are found hereEcuador
42%
The home of voodooHaiti
42%
By convention, its President is a Christian, its Prime Minister is a Sunni Muslim and the speaker of the parliament, a Shi'a MuslimLebanon
42%
80% of this island nation is uninhabitable due to ecologically devastating phosphate miningNauru
42%
A federation of the states of Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk and YapFederated States of Micronesia
41%
Home of the dodo until 1662Mauritius
41%
This nation gained a compass point in its name in 2019 to distinguish it from a region of a neighbouring countryNorth Macedonia
41%
Partitioned by more powerful neighbours in 1772, 1793, 1795 and 1939Poland
41%
Europe's only absolute monarchyVatican City
41%
This nation contains some of the highest mountains in the world, but mountaineering above 6,000m is bannedBhutan
40%
Its name consists of an English word and a Malay word that both mean the same thingEast Timor
40%
Has one skyscraper, which gives it the second-highest number of skyscrapers per capita of any nationMonaco
40%
Using a number to identify a bank account instead of a name was a concept invented by bankers from this countrySwitzerland
40%
The most recent amendment to its constitution was ratified in 1992, 202 years after it was proposedUnited States
40%
Seven-time winners of the Eurovision Song ContestIreland
39%
The village of Ytterby, namesake of four chemical elements, is in this countrySweden
39%
Australia and New Zealand commemorate their war dead on the anniversary of a landing in this countryTurkey
39%
A cult on one of the islands of this archipelagic nation worships Prince PhilipVanuatu
39%
Leased a large area of forest to the Peoples Temple cult, which massacred 900 of its members in 1978Guyana
38%
Has the only flag in the world that has no red, white or blue on itJamaica
38%
There are not enough Ps in a set of English Scrabble letters to spell its namePhilippines
38%
Named after a biblical kingSolomon Islands
38%
Lies 1200km further south than any other member state of the Arab LeagueComoros
37%
Its English name comes from the Venetian language. In its own language, it is called Crna GoraMontenegro
37%
Known in ancient times by a Greek name meaning "Between the Rivers"Iraq
36%
Was connected by land to its neighbouring country until the 15th century when a storm broke up the natural causewaySri Lanka
36%
Its name is 90 per cent consonantsKyrgyzstan
35%
King Sobhuza II ruled it for 82 years, 254 days - the longest verified reign of any monarchEswatini
34%
Known as Bharat to its own inhabitantsIndia
34%
Half of the 23 million people of this country are less than 15 years oldNiger
34%
The village of Matmata starred as Tatooine in Star WarsTunisia
34%
One of the quarters of the old city of Jerusalem hosts a diaspora from this countryArmenia
33%
Introduced online voting in 2005Estonia
33%
Was invaded by the United States in 1983, ending four years of communist ruleGrenada
33%
Fought a war with its southern neighbour in 1969 after losing to them in a World Cup qualifying gameHonduras
32%
Its royal family has about 15,000 membersSaudi Arabia
32%
Was expelled from the United Nations in 1971Taiwan
32%
Abolished its army after a brief but bloody civil war in 1948Costa Rica
31%
Named after a man called Gilbert, although the language has no G, L or T soundKiribati
31%
The province of Cabinda is geographically separate from the rest of the countryAngola
30%
Its name means "old and bearded"Antigua and Barbuda
30%
If you meet someone from its largest region, you might expect them to be artistic, unconventional and free-spiritedCzech Republic
30%
Its name derives from the ancient Greek name for the Red SeaEritrea
30%
If someone's surname ends in "shvili", they or their forebears almost certainly come from this countryGeorgia
30%
Slavery was officially abolished here in 1981, though not actually made illegal until 2007Mauritania
30%
Colonised successively by Spain, Japan and the United States, this nation became independent in 1981, rejecting membership of a federation with a neighbouring nationPalau
30%
Cyrillic and Latin script are used fully interchangeably in this countrySerbia
30%
In its last military engagement in 1866, 80 men left and 81 came back, having experienced no actual fighting but making a friend on their way.Liechtenstein
29%
Formerly ruled by an extremely paranoid dictatorship, nearly 180,000 military bunkers dot its landscapeAlbania
28%
Named after a lake which was formerly the fourth-largest of the continent, but has lost 95% of its volume since the early 1960sChad
28%
Inexplicably gives its name to a species of rodent native to the AndesGuinea
28%
A desert irrigation project at Al-Kufrah is easily visible from spaceLibya
28%
Teenagers from this country are on average 8 inches shorter than their contemporaries from the country immediately to the southNorth Korea
28%
The only country named after a womanSaint Lucia
28%
The first non-English language film to win Best Picture Oscar was from hereSouth Korea
28%
The least-visited country in the world in 2018 with 2,700 international arrivals - an average of 7.3 per dayTuvalu
28%
Administered as two largely separate entities, neither of which corresponds to the two regions in the country's nameBosnia and Herzegovina
27%
In 1884, an absolute legend from this country discovered that if you force water at 88°C through 7g of ground coffee at a pressure of 130 pounds per square inch, you get a tiny cup of magicItaly
27%
All public transport in this country is freeLuxembourg
27%
Formed in 1968 from the union of two countries, a large mainland territory and an offshore islandTanzania
27%
Cohiba and Montecristo are two brands of one of its most famous productsCuba
26%
Its namesake lake hosts more species of fish than any other lakeMalawi
26%
In 1966, under the increasingly erratic rule of its 13th Sultan, this country banned smoking in public, playing football, wearing sunglasses and speaking to anyone for more than 15 minutesOman
26%
Both this country and its northern neighbour claim sovereignty over the Halaib triangle, but neither country wants sovereignty of the neighbouring Bir-Tawil triangleSudan
26%
Its language was written in Arabic script until 1928, then Latin script until 1939, and then Cyrillic script since thenTajikistan
26%
Holds the record for the longest post-election failure to form a government at 541 daysBelgium
25%
This island nation lies 350 miles west of the geographical feature that it is named afterCape Verde
25%
Erta Ale volcano in its Afar Region has had an active lava lake for more than 100 yearsEthiopia
25%
Volcanic eruptions here have produced one third of the lava erupted in human historyIceland
25%
The world's largest producer of cocoa beansIvory Coast
25%
Has occupied a large, sparsely inhabited territory to its south since 1975Morocco
25%
Its Skeleton Coast has seen hundreds of ships wreckedNamibia
25%
Named after a type of tree which strangely does not produce any nutsBrazil
24%
You can spend this country's money in Singapore and vice versaBrunei
24%
Its people are so known for their stylish neckwear that the cravat derives its name from the countryCroatia
24%
A young Che Guevara witnessed the 1954 CIA-backed coup in this countryGuatemala
24%
Travelling via ship to this country and then crossing it was the quickest way to get from the eastern United States to the west in the 1850sNicaragua
24%
The alcoholic drink Pisco might have been invented in this country, although its neighbour to the south very strongly disputes thatPeru
24%
The Vatican has a Catholic Bishop as ex officio head of state, and so does this countryAndorra
23%
The steel drum, now widely used in the music of the region, was invented hereTrinidad and Tobago
23%
Home to 6,600 Akhal-Teke horses, renowned for their speed, endurance, and gold-coloured coatsTurkmenistan
23%
A monarchy since becoming an independent nation, it became a republic in November 2021Barbados
22%
The only country outside Africa where cheetahs live in the wildIran
22%
At least half of its population died during a war with three of its neighbours between 1864 and 1870Paraguay
22%
Very frequently confused with a similarly-named country to its southSlovakia
22%
The most recent country to change its capital, doing so in 2019Burundi
21%
The crown prince murdered nine members of the royal family in 2001Nepal
21%
A failed attempt by Scotland to colonise this country caused financial ruin and hastened its union with EnglandPanama
21%
Winners of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 but have never yet qualified for the FIFA World CupZambia
21%
Home to Cox's Bazar Beach, the longest beach in the worldBangladesh
20%
Its language is largely mutually intelligible with those of its two northern neighbours, although they probably still can't understand why the number 75 should literally mean "Five and half-fourth"Denmark
20%
The legendary Garuda is a symbol of this country and the namesake of its national airlineIndonesia
20%
In 1870, it voted overwhelmingly to become part of the United States, but the US congress rejected the proposalDominican Republic
19%
Between 1639 and 1853, any citizen who left this country, including fishermen blown off course by accident, could not return.Japan
19%
More than three-quarters of the population is maleQatar
19%
Shares its name with the fourth-largest city in its neighbouring country to the east.Benin
18%
Reached the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup, with the help of a talismanic striker who, at the age of 38, scored four goalsCameroon
18%
In almost every town here, you will find a street called O'HigginsChile
18%
Its two islands are separated by a 3km-wide strait called The NarrowsSaint Kitts and Nevis
18%
Very frequently confused with a similarly-named country to its northSlovenia
18%
Sranan Tongo, a creole language combining English grammar with Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and West African vocabulary, is widely spoken in this countrySuriname
18%
The Queen of the United Kingdom's representative sacked the Prime Minister of this country in 1975Australia
17%
Its name consists of two words, one from each of the two major languages spoken, and roughly means "Land of the upright people"Burkina Faso
17%
Has the highest lowest point of any country at 1400m above sea levelLesotho
17%
In their first ever FIFA World Cup game in 2002, they beat the defending champions 1-0Senegal
17%
If you tunnelled through the Earth starting from Wellington, New Zealand, you would come out in this countrySpain
17%
Its currency is the highest valued in the world and could buy you 137,000 of the lowest-valuedKuwait
16%
In 1956, a referendum in this nation resulted in 77% support for union with the United Kingdom.Malta
16%
The singer Rodriguez became extremely popular here in the 1970s, but was unaware of his fame until the late 1990s.South Africa
16%
The town of Shibam Hadramawt, with its mud-brick buildings up to 30m tall, is known as the Manhattan of the DesertYemen
16%
The most generically-named of all countriesCentral African Republic
15%
Visiting for up to six months requires no visa, unless you are from a nearby country which has its first eight letters in common with this oneDominica
15%
Has the most Formula One world champions per capita of any nationFinland
15%
The film Zoolander depicted a plot to assassinate a fictional Prime Minister of this country, and was banned here as a resultMalaysia
15%
The only country in the world with a reptile on its flagMexico
15%
Ruled by a junta known as the SLORC from 1988 to 1997Myanmar
15%
Its parliament has 61% female members, the highest of any countryRwanda
15%
Suffered a major eruption of La Soufriere volcano in April 2021Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
15%
Very long surnames are common here because by law, each surname is unique to one familyThailand
15%
Four successive presidents resigned over just two weeks during a financial crisis in 2001Argentina
14%
According to the quiz on world countries, this is the least known country in the world.Sao Tome and Principe
14%
Women in this country often wear bowler hatsBolivia
13%
After hyperinflation following World War II, its currency was replaced by a new one at a rate of 1 to 400,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000Hungary
13%
This landlocked nation operates a navy on the world's 12th-longest riverLaos
13%
Its full official name is the longest in the world with 56 charactersUnited Kingdom
13%
Thor Heyerdahl claimed that the Norse gods of the Aesir came from this country, partly because its first two syllables sound similar to "Aesir"Azerbaijan
12%
The television program that has been repeated the most times in this country is a 1962 British comedy sketch that is virtually unknown in the United KingdomGermany
12%
The capital of one of its eight regions is a metaphor for the mysterious and remote.Mali
12%
In Greek, Arabic and Turkish, the word for "orange" (the fruit) is the same as this countryPortugal
12%
The only Oriental Republic in the worldUruguay
12%
The first of the three territories that have left the European Union, doing so in 1962Algeria
11%
Abolished its monarchy in 1946, although the last king was elected Prime Minister some 55 years laterBulgaria
11%
In 1889, Russia established a colony which they called New Moscow in what is now this country, but the would-be settlers were routed by French forces a month laterDjibouti
11%
The Akan people of this country often name their children after the day of the week on which they were bornGhana
11%
The oldest living land animal is a giant tortoise nearly 200 years old, originally from this country and now resident on Saint HelenaSeychelles
11%
Its first president, Canaan Banana, made it illegal to make jokes about his surnameZimbabwe
11%
Most of the Lucayan Archipelago belongs to this countryBahamas
10%
The third-biggest consumer of Guinness, after the UK and IrelandNigeria
10%
Home to the world's largest species of butterfly; the first specimen was captured after being shotPapua New Guinea
10%
The king of this country has been known to go about in disguise, revealing his identity when he encounters poor customer serviceJordan
9%
Until 1997, its name included a cardinal directionSamoa
9%
Its lowest ever recorded temperature is 19CSingapore
9%
Most hamsters sold as pets today descend from a litter captured in a wheat field in this country in 1930Syria
9%
In the Ewe language, its name means "behind the river"Togo
9%
A six-metre high statue of Frank Zappa can be found in its capital.Lithuania
8%
In 1990, the Prime Minister of this country became the first elected head of government to give birth while in officePakistan
8%
Elephants go deep underground in search of salt-rich rocks in mountainous regions of this countryUganda
8%
Shares its etymology with a district of West London which has several canalsVenezuela
8%
Its capital city has the world's highest concentration of Art Nouveau architectureLatvia
7%
Only country in the world named after a mountain rangeSierra Leone
7%
The most frequently misspelled country in British newspaper The GuardianColombia
6%
Ruled between 1967 and 2023 by a family whose surname is almost an anagram of the country's nameGabon
6%
Both this country and the country that it shares a border with are named after riversGambia
6%
Since it became independent in 1974, only one president of this country has served a full five-year termGuinea-Bissau
6%
Scores an average of 3.5 points per letter in Scrabble scoring, the highest of any countryFiji
5%
Its capital was to be the title of a sequel to "Casablanca"Republic of the Congo
5%
Its name means "South"Tonga
4%

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