Quiz: Can You Guess the Correct Spelling of These Countries?
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Can You Guess the Correct Spelling of These Countries?
By: Allison Lips
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About This Quiz

It's hard to get a straight answer as to how many countries there are in the world. According to the United Nations, there are currently 193 UN members and two UN Observer States for a total of 195 countries. However, Taiwan, Western Sahara, Kosovo, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Northern Cyprus are not recognized by the United Nations, but are recognized by one to over 100 countries. 

With all the wars, secessionist activities, peaceful dissolution of countries, and any other activity that may result in a new country's birth, the map may not look like it did the last time you studied geography. If you were born after the fall of the Soviet Union or the split of Yugoslavia, the map you studied had countries that didn't exist when your parents were in school and your kids will probably study a different map. 

On top of the sheer volume of countries, many countries have multiple recognized names and former names. Other countries have names that have a special meaning to their citizens and have spellings that may make sense in the native languages, but are not intuitive for native English speakers. 

Do you know how to spell every country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe? Challenge yourself with this quiz! 

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How do you spell the landlocked country in Central Europe that is located between Switzerland and Austria?
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What is the proper spelling of the country that has Moscow as its capital?
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What is the correct spelling of the long thin country on South America's west coast?
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How do you properly spell the Southeast Asian country that has been occupied by Japan and The United States?
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Which spelling is correct for the country that gave us the first Olympics?
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What is the correct spelling of the country that the Andes mountains separate from Chile?
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Which spelling is correct for the country that borders Brazil, Argentina, and the Atlantic Ocean?
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What is the correct spelling of the country Borat is from?
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How do you properly spell the Central American country that has the nickname "The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes?"
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What is the correct spelling for the country that is also a continent?
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What is the proper spelling for the European landlocked country that is 998 square miles?
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How do you correctly spell the nation that dissolved in the early 1990s?
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What is the correct spelling of the Central Asian country with Bishkek as its capital?
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Which spelling is correct for the country with Sarajevo as its capital?
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What is the current proper spelling for the African country that has Kigali as its capital?
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How do you spell the name of the country that has its capital on a plateau in the northern Andes Mountains?
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What is the correct spelling of the country that gained independence from France in 1962?
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What is the proper spelling of the country formerly known as Belorussia?
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Which spelling is correct for a former Soviet Republic?
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How do you spell one half of the former Czechoslovakia?
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What is the correct English spelling of the country called Magyarország in its native language?
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How do you properly spell the country between Iraq and Saudi Arabia?
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What is the proper spelling for an island country located off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean?
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Which spelling is correct for the country that has a capital called Victoria?
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What spelling is correct for the country that is 1,090 miles east of Australia?
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How do you properly spell the country that has London as its capital?
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Which is the correct spelling for the European country that is landlocked between Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, and Austria?
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How do you correctly spell the name of the country formerly known as Ceylon?
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What is the proper spelling for the country that has Valetta as its capital?
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Which spelling is correct for a former part of Yugoslavia?
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What is the correct spelling of the African country that became independent from the United Kingdom on March 6, 1957?
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How do you properly spell the United States' northern neighbor?
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What is the correct spelling of a landlocked nation located in the Eastern Himalayas?
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Which spelling is the proper one for an island at the southern end of the Grenadines island chain?
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Which spelling is correct for a Middle Eastern country that borders Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Israel?
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