Quiz: How well do you know the world's countries?
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How well do you know the world's countries?
By: Staff
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About This Quiz

Grab those maps and head to the friendly skies. While you might think your geography skills are up to par, there's a chance that it's localized to your region. Right now, you're going to have to step out of your city, state or country to take a trip around the world. Rather than traveling around the world in 80 days, we're hitting up some of the world's countries in 30 questions. Can you prove how well you know them?

The world is made up of many things. While you have your oceans, much of the attention is largely focused on the seven continents. While Antarctica isn't considered a place that can be used as a long-term habitat, the other six continents are home to the world's 195 countries. How well do you know them? 

Pyeongchang might've been the location of the most recent Olympic Winter Games, but Pyongyang is the capital of which Asian country? To visit the ancient Incan civilization of Machu Picchu, you'd have to travel to which country? The United Kingdom is made up of which nations? Throughout the almost 200 nations in the world, there are thousands, if not millions, of facts floating around about all of them. Do you know the world's countries enough to pass this quiz? Put your geography knowledge to the test!

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Which African nation is home to the Great Pyramid of Giza?

Egypt is home to the Great Pyramid of Giza. Pyramids were constructed as tombs and monuments to pharaohs and other prominent people.

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In what country can you visit Machu Picchu?

Built in the 15th century, the magnificent Machu Picchu sits high in the Andes Mountains in Peru.

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What is the largest country in the world in terms of land area?

At 6.6 million square miles and straddling nine time zones, Russia is the world's largest country.

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What Asian nation has the second highest population of any country in the world?

With 1.33 billion people, India is the second most populated country in the world. It is expected to overtake China around 2022.

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What is the most populated nation in South America?

With 210 million people, Brazil is South America's most populated country, and the sixth most populated nation on Earth.

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Where is Pyeongchang, the selected host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics, located?

Pyeongchang, South Korea played host to the 2018 Olympics. The country is also home to one of history's greatest figure skaters, Olympian Yuna Kim.

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What Asian country has Kuala Lumpur as its capital?

Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur is home to the Petronas Towers, once recognized as the tallest buildings in the world.

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What nation regulates climbing on Mt. Everest?

Nepal, which sits between China and India, regulates much of the climbing on Everest.

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What country is not part of the Scandinavian Peninsula?

Although Denmark is also a Scandinavian country, only Norway, Sweden and sometimes Finland are the countries placed on the geological formation that is the Scandinavian Peninsula.

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What is the capital of Turkey?

Ankara serves as the capital city of Turkey, a nation that straddles the dividing line between Europe and Asia.

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What two nations are the only landlocked countries in South America?

Paraguay and Bolivia are the only landlocked countries on the continent, putting them at an economic disadvantage to their neighbors.

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What country has the capital city of Islamabad?

Islamabad sits in the northwest corner of Pakistan, and has served as the nation's capital since the 1960s.

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What is the smallest nation in South America by population?

With more than 550,000 people, the nation of Suriname is the smallest country in South America.

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Lake Titicaca sits on the border between these two nations.

The world's highest lake, Lake Titicaca — which sits 12,500 feet above sea level — straddles the border of Bolivia and Peru.

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What country is not part of the United Kingdom?

The U.K. consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland itself is not part of the U.K.

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What country is home to the world's highest waterfall?

At 3,212 feet, Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world's tallest waterfall.

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Other than Liberia, which African nation was not a product of colonialism?

Ethiopia and Liberia were not created out of colonialism.

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What is the most populated country in Africa?

With more than 190 million people, Nigeria is Africa's most populated country.

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What body of water separates Africa and Europe?

The Strait of Gibraltar sits between Spain and Morocco, separating Africa from Europe.

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Timbuktu is in Asia.

Timbuktu is a city in Mali, Africa, and is home to one of the world's oldest universities.

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What African country served as a setting for Tatooine in "Star Wars?"

You can actually visit the area that served as the setting for Tatooine during a trip to the Tunisia, which is located in northern Africa.

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What country is the most densely populated on Earth?

At 0.76 square miles and home to 36,000 people, Monaco is the world's most densely populated country.

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What country borders Monaco?

Monaco, which is bordered by France and the Mediterranean Sea, is the second smallest nation on Earth.

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What European country is home to Transylvania?

Transylvania sits in Romania's Carpathian Mountains. While Dracula is just a myth, he may have been inspired by Vlad the Impaler, an ancient warrior who lived in the area.

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If you exclude Russia, what nation has Europe's largest population?

With 80 million people, Germany makes up 15.9 percent of Europe's population.

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Andorra is located between these two European nations:

Ruled jointly by France and Spain from 1278 to 1993, the tiny nation of Andorra is now considered an independent state.

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Which Asian country sports a red flag with a golden star at the center?

The Vietnamese flag, with its gold star on a red background, has flown over the unified country since 1976.

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The U.S. recognizes Taiwan as an independent nation.

The U.S. Department of State does not recognize Taiwan as an independent nation, nor does it support Taiwan's efforts toward independence from China.

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Which of the following African nations is not intersected by the Equator?

The Equator passes through Congo, Gabon, Uganda, Kenya and Somalia. Chad sits a bit further north.

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How many countries are in Africa?

Fifty-four countries make up Africa. In total, the continent is home to around 1.2 billion people.

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