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20 Flattest countries (and 20 least flat ones!)

Countries are ranked by area and height span (highest point - lowest point). Countries where the difference between the two ranks is highest are considered the flattest and the least flat ones
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Last updated: May 27, 2014
First submittedMay 27, 2014
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Least flat
Country
1
Bhutan (133 by area, 5 by height span)
2
Lebanon (163 by area, 60 by height span)
3
Georgia (119 by area, 23 by height span)
4
Switzerland (132 by area, 36 by height span)
5
Rwanda (145 by area, 51 by height span)
6
Taiwan (134 by area, 41 by height span)
7
Armenia (139 by area, 47 by height span)
8
Nepal (93 by area, 2 by height span)
9
Cape Verde (167 by area, 77 by height span)
10
Tajikistan (94 by area, 7 by height span)
11
East Timor (155 by area, 69 by height span)
12
Costa Rica (126 by area, 43 by height span)
13
Liechtenstein (191 by area, 109 by height span)
14
Azerbaijan (112 by area, 33 by height span)
15
Equatorial Guinea (142 by area, 64 by height span)
16
Slovenia (151 by area, 75 by height span)
17
Kyrgyzstan (85 by area, 10 by height span)
18
Dominican Republic (128 by area, 56 by height span)
19
Comoros (171 by area, 100 by height span)
20
Guatemala (105 by area, 37 by height span)
Most flat
Country
1
Mauritania (28 by area, 157 by height span)
2
Mali (23 by area, 144 by height span)
3
Niger (21 by area, 130 by height span)
4
Botswana (47 by area, 153 by height span)
5
Paraguay (59 by area, 163 by height span)
6
Central African Republic (43 by area, 146 by height span)
7
Australia (6 by area, 107 by height span)
8
Belarus (84 by area, 181 by height span)
9
Burkina Faso (74 by area, 169 by height span)
10
Libya (16 by area, 104 by height span)
11
Republic of the Congo (64 by area, 151 by height span)
12
Senegal (86 by area, 168 by height span)
13
Uruguay (89 by area, 170 by height span)
14
Ghana (80 by area, 160 by height span)
15
Zambia (38 by area, 118 by height span)
16
Finland (65 by area, 139 by height span)
17
Gabon (76 by area, 147 by height span)
18
Ukraine (45 by area, 116 by height span)
19
Benin (100 by area, 167 by height span)
20
Nigeria (31 by area, 98 by height span)
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level 31
Jun 25, 2014
Aren't the Maldives the flattest country in the world?
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level 77
Jul 27, 2014
yeah... the criteria used here is really confusing and hard to figure out. The Maldives I think has no land more than 3 m above sea level, something shocking like that- but because they are small they don't make the rankings? I still don't quite get it.
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level 72
Aug 22, 2014
Yeah, this quiz idea's really interesting but I'm wondering about the calculation here too. A tiny country that is completely flat would have area rank 196 and height span 196, so it would have a score of zero and would not appear as an answer, even if its the flattest! Maybe try dividing the actual amounts, rather than subtracting the ranks?
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level 71
Aug 29, 2014
I think I used this calculation because the more correct one I had used (I don't remember which one it was, it may well have been the division you suggested) wasn't giving "interesting" answers. Thanks for your comment, guess maybe the title should be 'flattest wrt area' or something!
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level 49
Jan 12, 2016
I'm really confused by this quiz... No idea what the numbers mean, no idea how you actually made calculations... Further explanation or clarification is needed for anyone to have any hope with this quiz. In short: Love the concept, a bit shaky in implementation.
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level 71
Jan 12, 2016
I tried explaining in the notes. It's not a very 'mathematical' calculation because it's based on the country rankings. So for example Bhutan is a small country (133th largest country in the world) but with a high height span (5th greatest height span in the world). The difference in the two rankings is 128, highest than any other country in the world. This makes it the least flat country of all, as far as this quiz is concerned. Similarly, Mauritania is a large country but with a small height span, making it the flattest country.
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