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Cloudiest Countries

Which countries have the highest average percentage of cloud cover over the entire territory of the country?
For the years 1991–2020. Source.
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Last updated: July 17, 2022
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First submittedJuly 17, 2022
Times taken24,033
Average score75.0%
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Continent
Country
84.4
Europe
Iceland
83.5
Africa
São Tomé and Príncipe
81.5
Europe
Norway
80.1
Europe
Ireland
79.6
Europe
Finland
79.4
South America
Ecuador
78.4
Europe
United Kingdom
78.2
Europe
Sweden
75.5
Africa
Gabon
75.2
Africa
Equatorial Guinea
%
Continent
Country
74.4
Europe
Netherlands
72.6
Europe
Belgium
72.2
Europe
Denmark
72.0
Europe
Luxembourg
71.5
Europe
Germany
71.2
Oceania
Nauru
71.1
Europe
Poland
71.0
Europe
Estonia
70.5
Europe
Czech Republic
70.2
Oceania
F. S. of Micronesia
24 Comments
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Level 81
Jul 18, 2022
I’m noticing that there’s almost no correlation between this and the rainiest countries. That seems kinda odd to me. Would any Jetpunk meteorologists care to explain?
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Level 86
Jul 19, 2022
I'm not a meteorologist, but I am a Jetpunk meteorologist.

Having more clouds doesn't necessarily mean getting more rain. Places with a lot of cloudy, grey weather tend to get a lot of slow, dreary drizzles that don't actually add up to that much total precipitation. Seattle, for instance--famous in the U.S. for its rain--has a lot of gloomy days but gets less total precipitation than, say, New York or Miami.

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Level 75
Sep 26, 2022
Anecdotally, it hardly rains in Lima, Peru. But good luck seeing the sun.
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Level 66
Oct 23, 2023
As an inhabitant of Central-/West- Europe it’s normal that there’s no sun, but also no rain. What you rightfully imagine British wheather, is here in Germany as well. In tropic countries it suddenly rains strongly down and mostly just at a specific rain season I think
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Level 66
Oct 23, 2023
I suppose it has something to do with relatively balanced temperatures here. Clouds are created through the cold north stream and warm stream from Africa, but don’t get that much hydrogen inside as it is not that hot constantly. Because of climate changes it is more hot and rains more, so that would make sense
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Level 72
Jul 20, 2022
I'm not surprised to see the UK on here. Supposedly in the middle of a heatwave and the sun hasn't come yet today
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Level 88
Oct 21, 2022
UK was my first guess. IIRC it was overcast just about the entire time I visited London.
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Level 89
Jul 23, 2022
This seems a hard statistic to determine on a large country.
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Level 66
Aug 19, 2022
Sometimes in the winter I forget the sun even exists.
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2022
If only Tasmania was a country...
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Level 71
Sep 26, 2022
Interesting! Tying to get the right Oceania countries took a bit of thought . Stick to the equator, and it helps (and then add most of Europe)
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Level 66
Sep 26, 2022
I did poorly. I'm not seeing much of a pattern (aside from the pointing out of the equator). Maybe some of it has to do with geographical features, like mountains.
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Level 68
Sep 26, 2022
I mostly started with small countries near the ocean based on the given continent. Then, looked for countries near them. I had no idea Scandinavia was so cloudy, but the clues led there. ;)
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Level 75
Sep 26, 2022
The two countries in Oceania were the last two options I tried.
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Level 32
Sep 26, 2022
Of course! -- because you stopped trying once you got them. :)
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Level 75
Sep 26, 2022
touche. But I tried every other one first.
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Level 28
Sep 26, 2022
got it with only 7 seconds remaining on the first try, quite stressful lol
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Level 60
Sep 26, 2022
I had a weird hunch that I should type Equatorial Guinea, but I didn't think it would actually be on the quiz, so I decided not to... big mistake. When in doubt, try Equatorial Guinea.
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Level 63
Oct 20, 2022
What's going on in that Sao Tome and Principe-Equatorial Guinea-Gabon bit of ocean?
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Level 72
Mar 21, 2023
This is going by percentages, and these countries are a lot smaller than their neighbours in the region.
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Level 63
Mar 7, 2024
The ocean isn't the direct reason for them being particularly cloudy, the prevailing winds in the equatorial regions goes from East to West. The reason these countries can get enough moisture to sustain cloud cover is because of their westward location in relation to the Congo Basin.
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Level 55
Oct 27, 2022
getting this on the first try feels very good... vague understanding of geography stuff at the level of about a ten year old, knowing and being able to type every country very quickly, and some luck is a winning combo apparently
+1
Level 54
Apr 15, 2023
really interesting, i got them all first try except a certain country that that like 70% of other people managed to get haha
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Level 67
Sep 20, 2023
It never rains in Southern California