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Countries Based on First Two Letters

In just two minutes, identify these countries of the world, given only the first two letters of their name.
Last updated: February 25, 2019
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First Two Letters
Country
IS
Israel
BH
Bhutan
HA
Haiti
ME
Mexico
TH
Thailand
CR
Croatia
EC
Ecuador
EL
El Salvador
SP
Spain
JO
Jordan
RO
Romania
LU
Luxembourg
First Two Letters
Country
UR
Uruguay
ZI
Zimbabwe
VI
Vietnam
ET
Ethiopia
GH
Ghana
HO
Honduras
KE
Kenya
CY
Cyprus
PE
Peru
ER
Eritrea
HU
Hungary
TR
Trinidad and Tobago
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level 55
Mar 11, 2015
Couldn't DE also be Democratic Republic of the Congo?
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level 61
Mar 11, 2015
Thanks - I've made an adjustment to avoid that ambiguity.
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level 38
May 20, 2019
I believe that The Democratic Republic of the Congo would DRC, not DE.
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level 61
Jun 6, 2019
First two letters ≠ initialism
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level 81
Sep 21, 2015
Surprising that ME is proving to be the hardest one.
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level 69
Sep 22, 2015
same with me!!! ;)
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level 74
Oct 23, 2015
Maybe because many people have been to paradise, but they've never been to ME. (If you are too young to remember those lyrics, keep it to yourself.)
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level 61
Nov 19, 2015
I wish you had kept those lyrics to yourself, now they are an ear worm for this "old-timer" :)
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level 46
Nov 20, 2015
I have been to Georgia and California, but that didn't really help in this quiz :)
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level 70
Sep 18, 2017
I moved like Harlow in Monte Carlo, and showed 'em what I've got... :-)
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level 49
Feb 9, 2016
Especially since so many people only care about themselves... :P
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level 45
Nov 19, 2015
I needed more time! :)
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level 26
Nov 19, 2015
Could've used 1 more minute. And I'm surprised I missed Mexico as well
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level 67
Nov 19, 2015
Me too, it's a shame when a good quiz becomes a typing test.
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level 61
Nov 19, 2015
The two minute timer wasn't supposed to reduce it to a typing test; it's just there to provide a fun beat-the-clock challenge given that this is a relatively easier version of the other quizzes in this category: Countries by First and Last Letter) and Countries by Last Two Letters. The average score for this quiz is currently several points higher than these other two variants.
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level 37
Nov 20, 2015
Im glad this quiz has a short time limit. This is the first quiz in ages where the time matters at all. Usually the timer is just meaningless.
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level 52
May 1, 2018
This isn't a typing test. There is ample time to type them all.
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level 50
Jan 30, 2019
Time seems reasonable to me, I could ve used more and gotten the last two/three, but I think a quiz is timed well when you just miss out on the last two (while not rushing)
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level 70
Nov 19, 2015
Wow! Much harder than I was expecting... but great fun.
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level 63
Nov 19, 2015
good quiz, but far too easy.
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level 46
Nov 19, 2015
How on earth did I miss the Spain with the flag...???
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level 50
Jan 30, 2019
Ah now I get why spain is quite a bit ahead (on mobile)
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level 66
Nov 19, 2015
I kept trying to match them to their car registration codes (IS = Iceland, TR = Turkey, etc.)
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level 58
Nov 20, 2015
Yup!
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level 69
Aug 24, 2016
Could not for the life of me get 'IS'. All I could think of is the local spelling for Iceland, Ísland.
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level 34
Sep 4, 2016
Miss the two countries I've been to... Get el salvador and Trinidad
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level 49
Oct 6, 2016
Kept staring at TR and my mind kept saying "Transylvania" , "oops not a country.. how about Translyvania..." It was a vicious cycle.
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level 65
May 6, 2017
Funny how the mind works. Transnistria thinks of itself as a country though :)
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level 65
Jul 21, 2018
Transkei did the same for me. Child of the 80s...
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level 72
Dec 28, 2016
Loved it. The two I struggled most with were the consonant-vowel-vowel ones - I guess it changes the expected pronunciation when saying the first two letters out loud
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level 38
Mar 5, 2018
Great quiz idea!
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level 76
Mar 5, 2018
I can see from my stats I've taken this quiz 3 times, though I don't remember the first 2 times, and apparently keep missing the same 3 answers: Ecuador, Luxembourg, and Mexico.
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level 61
Apr 29, 2018
I can't believe I missed Mexico! And by missed it, what I really mean is I can't believe I remembered it at the very last second and was one letter short of actually getting it. I had "Mexic" typed out when I ran out of time.
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level 75
Apr 29, 2018
ES can be eSwatini now.
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level 50
Apr 29, 2018
This is a great quiz. Any chance of making it so that it changes each time, like the Random Capital to Country?
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level 75
Apr 29, 2018
It would be a much smaller pool. I count a grand total of 54 countries that can be uniquely identified by their first two letters.
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level 32
Apr 29, 2018
We need way more time! Please :3
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level 24
May 1, 2018
Holy See?
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level 20
May 2, 2018
20 secs left for me only!
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level 37
May 7, 2018
THe Gambia? THe Bahamas?
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level 39
Jun 28, 2018
God... What have I done?... Only missed vietnam
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level 61
Jan 15, 2019
Easy
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level 50
Jan 30, 2019
Once non countries get into your head it is hard to get m out! And from the starts all sorts of things went to my mind. States, cities, regions etc. Like crete hawaii memphis...

Funny how the three I missed were also the lowest scorers, really didnt expect that ! Ok voor trinidad it is understandable.

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level 61
Feb 24, 2019
Updated to replace ES, which used to be just Estonia, but now includes Eswatini!
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level 44
Mar 2, 2019
TH -> The Gambia? Its the official name
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