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Countries by Wikipedia Descriptions #3

Can you name these countries by excerpts from their Wikipedia descriptions?
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Series idea: Wolfcam
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Last updated: February 13, 2019
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Has a large number of decorated caves from the upper Palaeolithic era, including one
of the most famous and best preserved, Lascaux
France
Revenue from canal tolls continues to represent a significant portion of its GDP
Panama
Decriminalized the usage of all common drugs in 2001, the first country in the world to do so
Portugal
Has eight of the world's ten tallest mountains
Nepal
In 1469, the crowns of the Christian kingdoms of Castile and Aragon were united
Spain
River Shannon, which traverses the central lowlands, is the longest river
Ireland
An anti-Western totalitarian theocracy governed by a "Supreme Leader"
Iran
Famous for its Mozartkugeln and its coffee tradition
Austria
Greenland and the Faroe Islands catch approximately 650 whales per year
Denmark
The Muslim world's second most populous nation-state and its only nuclear power state
Pakistan
Its territory encompasses Amazon rainforest, tropical grassland and
coastlines along both the Caribbean and Pacific
Colombia
During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery
United States
As a representative democracy with a constitutional monarch, it is headed by
Grand Duke Henri and is the world's only remaining grand duchy
Luxembourg
The most visited nation in the Central American region
Costa Rica
A consequence of the collapse of governmental authority was the emergence of piracy
in the unpatrolled Indian Ocean waters
Somalia
The capital is Sucre while the seat of government and financial center is located in La Paz
Bolivia
Music by prominent composers such as Liszt and Bartók
Hungary
President Bashar al-Assad's family is Alawite and Alawites dominate the government
Syria
The island is famous for its jerk spice
Jamaica
On 26 March 2015, Saudi Arabia began airstrikes
Yemen
20 Comments
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Level 63
Feb 14, 2019
Fun quiz. I like it.
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Level 69
Feb 19, 2019
I had no idea about Portugal!
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Level 89
Feb 21, 2019
That'll attract the best tourists.
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Level 87
Feb 26, 2019
Portugal is indeed a very popular tourist destination: nice weather, beautiful nature, and gorgeous and lively cities. Drugs are not legal, certainly not the selling of drugs. Users are simply not prosecuted, because that doesn't help anyone.
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Level 82
May 9, 2019
Had to think a second about Grand Duke Henri but the rest of these I found pretty easy.
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Level 68
May 9, 2019
I didnt even have time to read the last 4 questions
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Level 48
May 9, 2019
I'm surprised more people didn't get Portugal right.
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Level 74
May 9, 2019
I just want to point out that I came up with the Wikipedia introduction quiz idea back in December 2017, way before any of Wolfcam's Wikipedia quizzes came out.... My first attempt was not very well-executed and I was hoping to come back to the idea and do a better job in the future.
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Level 74
Dec 3, 2021
But i didn't
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Level 68
Dec 3, 2021
Nice! First try, little difficulty!
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Level 64
Dec 3, 2021
I'm portuguese and had no idea that we were the first to do that! Great quiz :)
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Level 71
Dec 4, 2021
Famous for it's 'jerk spice'....... you must be kidding! ........ Bob Marley (reggae) .........Rastararia ........Usain Bolt ........... Rum ....... Bobsleigh team ....
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Level 82
Dec 4, 2021
I feel like Bolivia's clue could be better. The rest of the clues require some amount of knowledge about the place itself besides just the capital
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Level 80
Dec 5, 2021
Shame at least one Oceania country wasn't included in the Quiz
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Level 39
Oct 31, 2022
Why wikipedia it’s not even a reliable source
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Level ∞
Mar 17, 2023
Though definitely biased and occasionally subject to hoaxes and other bad actors, Wikipedia is generally one of the best sources of information because it is subject to scrutiny. Bad information can be reviewed and purged by a large number of people, who are mostly doing it for altruistic reasons. It is far better than other sources which are also biased but are NOT subject to scrutiny such as a random webpage, a random book, Google, or ChatGPT.
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Level 51
Dec 18, 2023
Teachers will never understand this. I could put LongLiveCommunism.com as a source for a paper on capitalism and it will be fine but Wikipedia is a nono
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Level 71
Dec 15, 2023
On its own, it's not a reliable source for academic papers and creating public policy; however, it's often a perfect source for a trivia quiz, except sometimes for specific specialized sources (in general, though, these have a problem of verifiability--which is fine and expected if your specialist audience has access to the same sources; but is a problem if your audience is general).

In any case, this is a quiz about Wikipedia so your criticism is not relevant for this quiz.

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Level 83
Jan 26, 2024
In academic terms, it's terrible. It's easy to see on a lot of pages that the authors either didn't know how to research, or weren't able to access the authoritative papers on a topic. Even using it, as many do, as a springboard for finding properly reliable sources can sometimes end in dead ends. But for simple, pretty factual information like dates and figures, it's fine, it's where it delves into the opinionated that it can get shifty.

Also, you have to be careful when reading English-language pages about topics more commonly talked about in a different country/language, as these pages can be badly translated or horribly lacking in information. I've found with French literature and history, switching to French can make things considerably better.

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Level 36
Dec 15, 2023
as a portuguese, i just learned something about my country-