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Countries with the Highest Average Elevation

Can you name the countries that have the highest average elevation across the entire national territory?
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Last updated: December 10, 2019
First submittedAugust 31, 2015
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Meters
Country
Feet
3280
Bhutan
10,761
3265
Nepal
10,712
3186
Tajikistan
10,453
2988
Kyrgyzstan
9,803
2161
Lesotho
7,090
1996
Andorra
6,549
1884
Afghanistan
6,181
1871
Chile
6,138
1840
China
6,037
1792
Armenia
5,879
Meters
Country
Feet
1598
Rwanda
5,243
1555
Peru
5,102
1528
Mongolia
5,013
1504
Burundi
4,934
1432
Georgia
4,698
1350
Switzerland
4,429
1330
Ethiopia
4,364
1305
Iran
4,281
1250
Lebanon
4,101
1192
Bolivia
3,911
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Level 71
Aug 31, 2015
Great!
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Level 38
Aug 31, 2015
If it were independent, Tibet would easily top this list.
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Level 62
Dec 20, 2017
It would have an average height of about 4,500 Meters
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Level 73
Aug 31, 2015
Cool quiz, though I checked the original database the Wikipedia entry was created from, and it's missing about 30 countries, especially several low-lying ones.
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Level 83
Sep 20, 2015
That just sounds wrong. Lebanon is higher than Liechtenstein? Surprised by China too, it's so big.
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Level 83
Sep 20, 2015
Apparently Liechtenstein being one of those missing from the list.
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Level 6
May 23, 2018
I don´t think so (see comment below)
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Level ∞
Sep 20, 2015
I was actually a little skeptical as well, and looked up Liechtenstein and Lebanon. I couldn't find any evidence to overturn what was in the Wikipedia data.
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Level 56
Mar 8, 2020
Liechtenstein is on the outskirts of the Alps, not in them, although it is surrounded by them on one side.
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Level 43
Mar 8, 2020
A big part of Liechtenstein is in the Rhine Valley which is only about 450 metres. A big part is in the alps aswell but it isn't enough to bring the average up that high.
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Level 38
Sep 20, 2015
China because of the Tibetan plateau -- that's a huge section of the country that averages 5000 m.
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Level 70
Nov 7, 2015
Not just that. Huge areas of central and south western China are pretty high up in the mountains. Even a few 100km inland from the extremely populous coastline in South Eastern provinces like Fujian are really mountainous.
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Level 38
Sep 20, 2015
Lebanon is correct - the country is almost completely mountainous - check it on a topo map. Don't know what the correct value for Liechtenstein is, however. I'd be happy to add it into the quiz if anyone can verify that it deserves to be there! That's about the only missing country from the list that I think could potentially be in there.
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Level 6
May 23, 2018
I don´t think so. 1/3 of the surface of Liechtenstein (the west part) is part of the Rhine valley, at 430-450 meters of elevation. Their highest peak is only 2599 m. It´s like Austria (highest point = 3798m), that has an average elevation of 910m
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Level 78
Nov 7, 2015
I've been to Lebanon and there is no reason to be skeptical. It's a very tiny country, and though of course it has a coastline on the Mediterranean, you don't have to go far inland to reach the mountains that rise up steeply.
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Level 63
Dec 20, 2017
You could even count the Mediterranean Sea coast as the base of the mountain. 10 minute drive from the water you can get over 500m.
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Level 61
Nov 9, 2015
Liechtenstein mostly is in the Rhine valley, which is at about 450m, so this could be correct...
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Level 76
Dec 29, 2015
When I went to Liechtenstein, it felt as if it was surrounded by mountains but not actually up a mountain.
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Level 75
Feb 19, 2017
Indeed, it reaches high mountains in the east , almost 3000m, but most of it is in the Rhine valley/plain. It's not like Andorra.
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Level 38
Sep 20, 2015
The five that just missed the list: Bolivia, Taiwan, Namibia, Zambia, Turkey.
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Level 59
Oct 1, 2015
Suprised that Pakistan isn't on here.
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Level 78
Nov 7, 2015
Bolivia is missing?
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Level 38
Nov 8, 2015
Bolivia would be the next one if the list were longer.
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Level 78
Nov 7, 2015
I only missed Lesotho
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Level 71
Nov 7, 2015
I didn't, remembering that Lesotho is called the 'kingdom of the sky' - also it's by far the country with the highest lowest point - see http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/63858/countries-with-highest-lowest-points
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Level 78
Nov 7, 2015
Aside from knowing that it's a tiny country surrounded by South Africa with one of the highest rates of HIV prevalence in the world where the indigenous language is "Sotho" (pronounced soo-too), and occasionally being able to remember the capital city on the world capitals quiz, I must admit to being completely ignorant about Lesotho.
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Level 71
Nov 7, 2015
According to my data, which I took from https://www.pdx.edu/econ/country-geography-data (which is the same data Wikipedia refers to!), Ecuador shouldn't be on the list being at 1117m and should be replaced by Uganda at 1200m
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Level 38
Nov 7, 2015
Good find ... I will go through that list later and see if there are any other discrepancies. Unfortunately, it seems that Liechtenstein is still not accounted for there (I still think it might make it into the list, but can't find any data).
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Level 71
Nov 7, 2015
the only other difference I found is that Andorra is not present in the data, however a Wikipedia page specific on Andorra gives the height used in this quiz
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Level 59
Nov 8, 2015
"Countries with the Lowest Average Elevation", anyone?
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Level 73
Nov 8, 2015
The problem is that so many low-lying countries are missing from the Wikipedia data (eg Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu would easily make the list, but all are missing), and some of the other data is clearly rubbish - for instance, Cyprus is claimed to have an average elevation of just 30 - thirty - feet despite having mountain ranges and a highest peak of over 6000 feet.
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Level 78
Nov 8, 2015
Does the data not include Northern Cyprus? I think the big mountains are on that side of the island.
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Level 38
Nov 8, 2015
Even if you only considered the Greek part of Cyprus, it is obviously wrong. The terrain is quite rugged and clearly higher than Denmark. Jamaica is similarly wrong. I wonder if there is some issue with island countries getting calculated incorrectly? It doesn't build a lot of confidence for the dataset as a whole, but most of the rest of the countries' values make reasonable sense.
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Level 71
Nov 9, 2015
I think it was just a mistake on the wikipedia page since the original data says 91m instead of 9m. I have edited the wikipedia page. I have also edited the Ecuador data to see if it helps correct this quiz...
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Level 75
Feb 19, 2017
Nope the longest range is (mostly?) on the northern side but the highest mountains are in the south Cyprus.
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Level 38
Nov 9, 2015
Per changes to the Wikipedia data, based on the original data set, Ecuador has been removed and Bolivia added.
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Level 71
Nov 9, 2015
Need to change the type-ins. Type Bolivia doesn't get the answer; you have to type "ecuador" to get credit
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Level 38
Nov 10, 2015
Weird... thought I had changed that, too. OK, it's been fixed as soon as the re-submit gets approved.
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Level 78
May 27, 2016
I'm confused. According to your own source list, Bhutan and Nepal should be #1 and #2 on the list at 3,280m and 3,265m respectively.
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Level ∞
May 29, 2016
The quiz has now been updated to reflect changes in the source data.
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Level 58
Dec 20, 2017
The top 4 all have an average height which is still higher than the highest peak here in Australia.
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Level 45
Dec 20, 2017
the source for this quiz is wikipedia...so how come turkey,taiwan or south africa aren't here?
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Level 6
May 23, 2018
Turkey = 1132 South Africa = 1034
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Level 67
Dec 20, 2017
I couldn't think of my last one, and I was considering Lebanon or somewhere in the Levantine, but dismissed it because I remembered its southern neighbor Israel is home to the lowest point on earth's surface. Surprising to see Lebanon on the list.
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Level 6
May 23, 2018
The difficulty is bigger for no-natural English speakers. I manage to write Kyrgyzstan after try it 5 times, but was unable to write correctly in Enghish Tajikistan. This countrie´s names are written differently in each language (Tádžikistán, Tadjikistan, Tayikistán, Tadschikistan,...) :(
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Level 57
Aug 10, 2018
Surprising quiz. Italy? France? There is the Mont Blanc (in english the White Mount), and it is tall. Very good.
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Level 76
Sep 21, 2018
We call it Mont Blanc too.
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Level 45
Jan 5, 2019
Got all except china mongolia and andorra
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Level 81
Feb 20, 2019
lowest elevation winner: maldives 1.8m. Surprisingly not the country with the smallest elevation difference though https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/162493/countries-with-the-lowest-elevation-difference-2
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Level 47
Feb 24, 2020
Taking Greenland into account, shouldn't Denmark be up there (the ice cap is quite thick i seem to remember) ?
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Level 87
Mar 8, 2020
The quiz sites a source, and Denmark is tied for 5th lowest average elevation of 34 meters. Greenland is listed separately and is right behind Armenia with an average elevation of 1,790 meters. The Wikipedia source article mentions that the data is disputed, and there's a link to a discussion about it. But if you want to make a case for Denmark in this quiz, you'll actually have to make the case for Denmark in the Wikipedia article from where this quiz draws its data. Also note 2 things about ice caps: (1) they aren't a smooth coating over the underlying terrain - they fill in the valleys, etc., so where they are thickest, they are covering a valley, and (2) elevation is a measure of the land, not the ice covering it.
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Level 56
Mar 8, 2020
It's sad how little we know about Africa
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Level 87
Mar 8, 2020
"We" ?
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Level 39
Mar 8, 2020
Yeah, I would never have thought of Lesotho
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