Countries that Beat Japan

For each selected category, name any of the countries that ranks higher than Japan.
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Last updated: December 31, 2021
First submittedDecember 23, 2018
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Rank
Hint
Answer
4
Largest economy (PPP)
China | United States | India
8
Most earthquake deaths in the 21st century
Indonesia | Haiti | China | Pakistan |
India | Sri Lanka | Iran
7
Lowest obesity rate
Vietnam | Bangladesh | East Timor |
India | Cambodia | Nepal
2
Oldest average age
Monaco
6
Fewest percent of people who consider religion an
important part of their life
Sweden | Denmark | Estonia |
Norway | Czechia
11
Lowest fertility rate
Singapore | Taiwan | South Korea |
Bosnia and Herzegovina | Greece | Poland |
Romania | Portugal | Croatia | Andorra
3
Most people to run a marathon in less than 2:10
Kenya | Ethiopia
3
Highest number of active volcanoes
United States | Indonesia
3
Most steel production
China | India
3
Highest life expectancy
Monaco | Singapore
2
Highest current account balance (exports minus imports)
Germany
3
Least ethnic diversity
North Korea | South Korea
2
Most Michelin star restaurants
France
4
Receiving the most Chinese tourists (2014)
South Korea | Thailand | Taiwan
3
Most tropical cyclones striking the country
China | Philippines
3
Female population minus male population
Russia | United States
3
Whitest flag
Cyprus | Afghanistan
4
Lowest murder rate since 2000
Vatican City | San Marino | Andorra
4
% of population living in an urban area of
more than 1 million
Vatican City | Singapore | Kuwait
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Level 90
Dec 23, 2018
Would Vatican City qualify in the lowest fertility rate category?
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Level 87
Dec 23, 2018
Nun of our business.
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Level ∞
Dec 23, 2018
No, it probably wouldn't. There are women in the Vatican, they are married, and given their religious beliefs they are likely to have an above-average number of children.
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Level 75
Jan 1, 2022
The Visit Vatican website states that nobody is born in Vatican City (citizenship is conferred by employment status, not birthplace). It also states that the female population of Vatican City is just 30, about 5% of the total population.
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Level 85
Dec 23, 2018
I cleverly figured the Vatican was not the right answer for "least religious".
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Level 73
Jan 3, 2022
No North Korea for that one?
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Level 72
Dec 28, 2018
Fertility is per woman so Vatican might actually have a pretty high fertility rate.
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Level 52
Oct 5, 2020
The CIA Factbook omits the Vatican City from its table of fertility rates :)
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Level 85
Dec 23, 2018
I'm trying to figure out the many diverse ethnic groups that have overrun Liechtenstein over the years.
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Level ∞
Dec 23, 2018
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_ranked_by_ethnic_and_cultural_diversity_level
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Level 80
Dec 31, 2021
It's a developed country, there are plenty of immigrants who came for work
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Level 69
Jan 3, 2022
And Japan is not a developed country? ;)
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Level 55
Jan 11, 2022
Japan is a rather big island country which makes commuting difficult (I think a lot of people immigrate into another country because of their work) and there are enough people on the employment-market, while Liechtenstein is a very small country where it may be necessary to fill certain jobs with foreigners when there are not enough people of the fitting profession. It lies in the center of Europe with quite a lot of people living in the surrounding area.

Japanese is pretty much only spoken in japan and I think foreign languages are much less spoken than in other countries, while in Liechtenstein, german is the official language, which is spoken in plenty of other countries around Liechtenstein.

Different ethnic groups does not mean different races, sometimes small cultural differences are enough to speak about an different ethnic group.

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Level 75
Dec 23, 2018
Out of interest, what are the respective %'s of non-white on the Cypriot and Japanese flags? It appears (he says, looking at them side-by side) like quite a close call!
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Level 82
Dec 23, 2018
Georgia must be a close third.
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Level 82
Mar 30, 2019
Where does Finland rank?
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Level ∞
Dec 31, 2021
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Level 74
Dec 24, 2018
Surprised to see that Cuba is more religious than Sweden, Estonia, etc...
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Level 73
Jan 15, 2019
They went crazy when the pope visited.
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Level 67
Oct 19, 2019
What would make you think sweden is very religious?
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Level 65
Nov 15, 2021
It's not that Sweden would seem to be very religious, but many of the mostly irreligious countries today are or were at one point socialist countries with a government that actively supressed religion or at least the church - China, Czechia, Cuba etc.
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Level 74
Dec 24, 2018
The Vatican must be up there in oldest average age, right?
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Level 80
Dec 24, 2018
No data for Vatican it seems.
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Level 86
Dec 24, 2018
women live longer than men on average and there aint too many women living in the vatican.
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Level 90
Apr 4, 2019
yes but all the men living there are already old (survivorship bias (sic))
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Level 65
Dec 28, 2018
% of population living in an urban area of more than 1 million

considering than the Vatican City is inside the URBAN AREA of Rome, I guess than 100% on its population lives in an urban area of more than 1 million

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Level ∞
Dec 28, 2018
Okay, that will work
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Level 82
Dec 31, 2021
I don't think it should count when the urban area they live in is in another country!
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Level 80
Dec 31, 2021
It counts when there's no border in practice
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Level 73
Jan 3, 2022
I'd be pretty surprised if Qatar didn't qualify for that one. That said, I think that the Japanese government casts its nets pretty widely in measuring metro areas, so this probably inflates the stat to begin with. (Still a little shocked that Okayama is supposed to have 2+ million people.)
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Level 66
Apr 22, 2021
No. The Vatican City isn't "in" Rome - a basic element of how a country is defined is that one country can't be "in" another country. The Vatican City is *surrounded* by Rome.

Equally, citizens of the Vatican City do not live "in" Rome.

Otherwise all questions where Monaco should be revised since, hey, those from Monaco actually live "in" France!

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Level 80
Dec 31, 2021
Exactly as they wrote - it's inside the *urban area* of Rome
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Level 46
Jan 5, 2019
Shouldnt France be accepted for whitest flag?
+11
Level 71
Jan 10, 2019
Only when they're at war.
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Level 83
Mar 30, 2019
I knew someone was going to make this stupid and historically inaccurate joke. Get some new material people.
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Level 69
Mar 30, 2019
Alright, shouldn't Denmark have the whitest flag?
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Level 50
Dec 12, 2020
Snif...

...

Vive la France...!

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Level 65
Jan 3, 2022
It was gold though.
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Level 54
Jan 3, 2022
Or Afghanistan?
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Level 25
Jan 25, 2019
I didn't get Kenya because I wrote it the German way (Kenia) oh man
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Level 75
Feb 8, 2019
What?! No jokes yet about France having the whitest flag?!
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Level 58
Feb 26, 2019
i came to the comment section to make one but you beat me to it i guess.
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Level 76
Mar 30, 2019
See above...
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Level 75
Apr 2, 2019
Oh yeah, how did I miss that
+1
Level 67
Mar 30, 2019
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Level 45
Mar 30, 2019
North Korea has a higher obesity rate than Japan?
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Level 46
Mar 30, 2019
Kim Jong Un must be pulling it up
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Level 71
Mar 30, 2019
What is the murder rate in Vanuatu or tuvalu
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Level 76
Mar 30, 2019
They have a small population so..
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Level 69
Mar 30, 2019
I'm wondering about Bhutan.
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Level 67
Mar 30, 2019
Two questions for which Monaco is the only answer?
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Level 49
Mar 30, 2019
My first instinct was to answer France to the whitest flag... Didn't even think of Cyprus.
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Level 32
Aug 22, 2019
Hey, do you still have the source for this data? I'd like to share it with my friends!
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Level 52
Mar 18, 2020
Plural of volcano is volcanoes not volcanos
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Level 80
Dec 31, 2021
Both are fine
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Level 56
Jun 23, 2020
Didn't expect Vatican for the last two because I expected there to be no data. Also misinterpreted the population one and disregarded the Vatican because I thought the population couldn't be in a large urban area in such a small country.
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Level 56
Aug 8, 2020
"Female population minus male population"? What does that even mean? Should be clarified
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Level 61
Feb 21, 2021
I thought the exact same thing! No clue what is meant with that.
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Level 55
Apr 5, 2021
female:male ratio
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Level 71
Jun 7, 2021
Very odd that. It's not just the ratio - Japan's nowhere near either end of that league table - it must be literally the number of women minus the number of men. So you need to think of a country with both a high population and more women than men.
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Level 63
Jan 2, 2022
You can make that calculation for every country. How is it a basis for comparison? Question makes no sense.
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Level 76
Jan 3, 2022
Question literally reads like it is meant to read and certainly does make sense, I think you're just not used to thinking about that particular statistic is all. This site has truckloads of quizzes about trivial statistics but you seem to have done enough that you should already know that.
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Level 78
Jul 8, 2021
Absolutely. Such a strange question. I spent my last minute or so trying to figure out what it was getting at.
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Level 45
Jan 18, 2021
least religious -- China, North Korea?
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Level 55
Apr 5, 2021
This one was pretty hard!
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Level 78
Oct 8, 2021
This needs updating since the Taliban retook Afghanistan (because of the flag question.)
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Level 74
Dec 31, 2021
Isn't Afghanistan also one of the whitest flags now? the "most white flag" quiz lists it above Japan
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Level 82
Dec 31, 2021
That's what I guessed. Afghanistan works now.
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Level 76
Dec 31, 2021
Since Afghanistan has got the whitest flag now, Japan`s rank needs to be fixed. It`s rank three now.
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Level 72
Jan 1, 2022
I think the "Female Population" question is really strangely worded and a bit confusing.
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Level 64
Jan 1, 2022
Japan's flag rank should be changed to 3, due to Afghanistan's changed flag
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Level 83
Jan 3, 2022
Lots of fatties and religious nuts living in North Korea, huh? Didn't know that.
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Level 55
Jan 3, 2022
this one is kinda a miss dawg
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Level 83
Jan 3, 2022
So you didn't get it?
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Level 81
Jan 3, 2022
this is a tough quiz! for sure could use some extra time as maybe half the questions need lots of guessing on them.
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Level 65
Jan 4, 2022
It's the next day, QM! :)
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Level 83
Jan 4, 2022
Countries with more consecutive days having featured quizzes: none!
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Level 73
Jan 4, 2022
DAN YOU FEATURED IT TWICE LMAO
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Level 56
Jan 4, 2022
i keep forgetting that afghanistan has white, not black flag
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Level 70
Jan 4, 2022
Uhh, why has this quiz been featured twice in a row? I don't know whether it's a mistake or on purpose, but I just wanted to point it out because it seems weird.
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Level 57
Jan 5, 2022
This is how I learned about Afghanistan's flag change.
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Level 26
Jan 7, 2022
surely whitest flag is france