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Countries that Beat Spain

For each selected category, name any of the countries that ranks higher than Spain.
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Partly inspired by this French quiz by baptistegorce
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Last updated: April 28, 2020
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First submittedApril 23, 2020
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Rank
Category
Countries
3
Most populous country whose name starts with S
South Africa | South Korea
4
Southernmost European country
*not counting Turkey or Cyprus
Greece | Italy | Malta
2
Largest colonial empire
United Kingdom
2
Most international tourists received (2019)
France
5
Most native Spanish speakers
Mexico | Colombia | Argentina | United States
3
Most recent foreign country to occupy
the Philippines
United States | Japan
4
Most UNESCO World Heritage sites
Italy | China | Germany
8
Owner of the island with the highest elevation
Indonesia | Papua New Guinea | United States |
Malaysia | Taiwan | Japan | New Zealand
3
Most wine production (2019)
Italy | France
6
Country flag with the most yellow
Brunei | Vatican City | Ukraine | Colombia | Ecuador
3
Earliest legalization of same-sex marriage
Netherlands | Belgium
4
Poorest European country that was never
communist (2020, PPP)
Greece | Portugal | Italy
6
Source of the greatest number of foreign-born
French residents
Algeria | Morocco | Portugal | Italy | Tunisia | Turkey
8
Most water desalinated
Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates | Kazakhstan |
Algeria | Qatar | Israel | United States
4
European country with the most populous
city starting with Z
Switzerland | Croatia | Ukraine
2
European country whose capital is furthest
from the sea or an international border
Russia
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Level 73
Apr 24, 2020
You scored 12/16 = 75%. This beats or equals 0% of test-takers. The average score is 15. Your high score is 12. You have earned 5/5 points. Your point total increased by 5. Please explain.
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Level 74
Apr 24, 2020
The point allocation is messed up on quizzes that were featured in the past few hours. You will soon lose points and receive the correct total.
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Level ∞
Apr 24, 2020
Weird. I don't know. Maybe you were the first person to take the test.
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Level 55
Jun 22, 2020
If he is the first person, then how did 15 as the average pop-up ?
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Level 70
Apr 24, 2020
What's up with the question about the most populous city starting with Z. It seems totally out place. Am I missing something?
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Level 66
Apr 24, 2020
Good point! It is not Zadrid afaik ;)

(nor is zaragossa the biggest city)

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Level 66
Apr 24, 2020

Edit: I get it now. Of all the european cities starting with z, there are two more populous than the one in spain. (but it read like the most populous city of the country started with z)

Zürich and Zagreb are the ones in question, for those curious

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Level 50
Jun 6, 2020
Zaporizhia in Ukraine too
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Level 67
Jul 22, 2022
hate to be that guy but zaporizhzhia as the ukrainian is запоріжжя
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Level 73
Jul 22, 2022
Well I hate you for being that guy too now
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Level 69
Apr 24, 2020
I am not sure where your question is aiming to but the spanish city is Zaragoza if you are missing this?!
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Level 46
Apr 17, 2021
zarcelona and zadrid are big
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Level 56
Apr 24, 2020
The rank is incorrect on "Owner of the island with the highest elevation". Spain is ranked 6th but there are 6 countries ahead of them. Also on "Most Spanish speakers". You ranked them 3rd but there are 4 countries ahead of them.
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Level ∞
Apr 24, 2020
Fixed
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Level 58
Jun 5, 2020
For the "Most Spanish Speakers" question, it shows 4 countries ahead of Spain, yet they're ranked 4th.
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Level 29
Jul 2, 2021
yeah, shouldn't they be 5th?
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Level 83
Apr 24, 2020
I spent nearly a whole minute trying to guess which capital city, if not Moscow, would beat Madrid as "further from borders or sea"...

Until I realized I have to write the country, not the capital city...

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Level ∞
Apr 24, 2020
We'll accept Moscow now since I'm sure you're not alone.
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Level 70
Apr 25, 2020
I also put in moscow. But then I felt it to be reaaaaaly generous to accept ist
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Level 86
Apr 27, 2020
Haha, I put Moscow without thinking and then realized my foolishness and was about to type in Russia when I noticed it had been marked correct. Thanks!
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Level 51
Apr 25, 2020
My user name is baptistegorce...
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Level ∞
Apr 25, 2020
Fixed
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Level 51
Apr 26, 2020
Thanks!
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Level 75
Apr 27, 2020
Papua New Guinea is also an island nation with a higher highest point (Mt Wilhlem, 4509 m) than Spain.
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Level ∞
Apr 28, 2020
Fixed
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Level 66
Apr 28, 2020
Ukraine should feature in European country with the most populous city starting with Z with Zaporizhia.
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Level ∞
Apr 28, 2020
Looks like you are right.
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Level 75
May 1, 2020
Honestly, that was my first guess, lol.
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Level 63
Jun 5, 2020
Argh! I kept typing Sudan. But obviously, now that it is separate from South Sudan its population is no longer bigger than Spain's.
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Level 54
Jun 5, 2020
British should be accepted for largest Empire as it was the British Empire, not UK Empire.
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Level 42
Jun 5, 2020
Hello Quizmaster! I know I shouldn't ask this question around here, but there it goes:

I created an English quiz yesterday at Jetpunk, which talks about the Presidents of Brazil. This quiz was based on an original quiz in Portuguese, which talks about the same theme.

I realized, that it is already available on Jetpunk, but I would like to see it on the homepage.

Can you do that?

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Level 42
Jun 8, 2020
QM, can you answer me?
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Level 55
Jul 22, 2022
I think you already know this now MG17 but for anyone else if you have any miscellaneous questions, ask it on the Change Log or use the Contact Us form.
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Level 40
Jun 5, 2020
How can Argentina have more Spanish speakers if it has around 2 million less habitants?
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Level 42
Jun 5, 2020
In Spain spoken in Spanish, Catalan, Esperanto, Basque, Galician, and others. In Argentina it doesn't have all that.
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Level 28
Jun 5, 2020
You're right, but probably Esperanto isn't even in the top 30 of most spoken languages in Spain.
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Level 42
Jun 6, 2020
Hmm. Understood.
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Level 42
Jun 9, 2020
hugorm,

The predominant language in Spain is Castilian (also called Spanish), spoken by almost the entire population of the country. Other languages ​​are of greater importance in some regions: Basque (euskera or euskara) in the Basque Country and in Navarre; Catalan in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands and in the Valencian Community (where it receives the name of Valencian); and finally Galician in Galicia (in diassystem with Portuguese on both banks of the river Minho).

Spanish or Castilian is official throughout the country; the others acquired the status of co-official languages ​​in their respective regions from 1978, as a consequence of the Spanish transition to democracy and have great local relevance, including several publications such as daily newspapers in these languages ​​and, especially for Catalan, the Basque and Galician, there is significant production and publication of books and media industry.

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Level 42
Jun 9, 2020
Many of these regions consider their local languages ​​as primary language and Spanish, or Castilian, as secondary; these languages ​​cover areas so wide that they have different ones, including Castilian itself, which has variants in the Andalusian and Canary dialects, as one of these with its own sub-varieties, some partially close to the Spanish of America, which influenced in different degrees, depending on the region and period, and according to migration and colonization processes.

In addition, there is growing support for other regional languages, some in danger of extinction. These include the Asturian-Leonese: Asturian in Asturias and Leone in the ancient Kingdom of Leon, Aragonese in Aragon, and Aranese, a dialect of the Occitan language, spoken only in the small Aran Valley, Catalonia, but alive enough to be a co-official language and be used in your public schools.

Com a exceção do basco, que aparenta ser um idioma isolado, todos os outros são derivados do latim.

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Level 42
Jun 9, 2020
Arabic or Berber is spoken by the Islamic population of Ceuta and Melilla and elsewhere by recent immigrants, mainly from Morocco and Algeria.

During the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, all languages, except Castilian, were banned, with the aim of creating a united and uniform Spain, destroying any forms and factors of separatism, especially the Basque, Catalan movements, and to a lesser extent, the Galician.

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Level 42
Jun 9, 2020
Portuguese is also spoken in:

San Martín de Trevejo (Sa Martim de Trevelho), Eljas (As Elhas) and Valverde del Fresno (Valverde do Fresno), in the Xálima Valley (or Xalma Valley), (Cáceres province) where the dialect is called speech.

Olivenza (province of Badajoz) - despite the disappearance since the takeover of Spain.

Cedilho (including Herrera de Alcántara or Ferreira de Alcântara).

and several villages on the border of Galicia and Castile and Leon with Portugal.

None of these situations are protected by the Spanish government, nor by regional governments, nor even by any kind of support from the government of Portugal. The use of Portuguese, the language of some of its ancestors, is discouraged by society dominated by Castilian. In spite of everything, popular organizations are beginning to emerge to keep the Portuguese language alive in Spain, as is the case of the Além Guadiana organization, composed of Oliventines.

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Level 42
Jun 9, 2020
Other languages ​​were spoken extensively in the territory of modern Spain:

Andalusian Arabic

Celtic languages

Celtiberian

Lusitano

Guanche

Galician-Portuguese

Gothic

Iberian

Catalan Jew

Latin

Rogue

Mozarabic languages

Romani

Tartessian

According to the CIA World Factbook, [1] the distribution of the most spoken languages ​​in Spain today is as follows:

Castilian (official) - 74%

Catalan (co-official in Catalonia, Balearic Islands and Valencian Community) - 17%

Galician (co-official in Galicia) - 7%

Basque (co-official in the Basque Country and Navarre) - 2%

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Level 42
Jun 9, 2020
Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Spain

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Level 62
Jun 6, 2020
Living in Spain I can say that it's almost impossible to find someone who was born here and doesn't speak Spanish. There are many bilinguals in Catalonia, Galicia, Basque Country, Valencia and Balearic Islands who speak both their regional languages and Spanish, but they should count as native Spanish speakers. So idk I guess that the source is wrong
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Level 42
Jun 9, 2020
Hmm
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Level 42
Jun 9, 2020
I think not, but I'm brazillian, I don't know this kkkkkk. But, is a hypothesis.
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Level 71
Dec 21, 2020
I was just gonna ask a question about the Bhutanese flag not being accepted, but it turns out it has 1% less yellow than the Spanish flag (according to the "Country Flags with the Most Yellow" quiz). Kinda hard to tell--if I had to eyeball it I would've guessed Bhutan has slightly more. Guess I was wrong.
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Level 41
Feb 22, 2021
wtf? italy is poor?? i thought it was moldova
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Level 81
Feb 11, 2022
Moldova was Communist so it doesn't fit the clue anyway; but 'poor' is relative when you're talking about European countries
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Level 57
Jul 22, 2022
Spain's not exactly poor so Italy being poorer than them doesn't mean they're properly poor.
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Level 64
Feb 22, 2021
Should accept British for the empire question
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Level 62
May 19, 2021
I must say that using this image for a spanish quizz is a little controversial, at least for catalans, since castellers is a catalan tradition.

But anyway, it is correct.

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Level 7
Mar 6, 2022
zaragoza = 666.880

zurich = 402.000

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Level 73
Jul 22, 2022
It’s by metro area
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Level 61
Jul 4, 2022
You accept capitals instead of countries but not “British” for the Empire question, really?
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Level 53
Jul 13, 2022
Surely Vatican City should be the answer for the same sex marriage question, right?
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Level 32
Jul 22, 2022
If anyone is out there can you please take this quiz I made

It would be very good very nice

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/1493798/lakes-of-the-world

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Level 72
Jul 23, 2022
Very good very nice quiz!
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Level 62
Jul 22, 2022
I was thinking of Zagreb, but I kept thinking Serbia for some reason and I was bewildered how a city in Spain starting with Z is larger than Zagreb, Serbia
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Level 55
Jul 22, 2022
Zagreb is in Croatia...
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Level 55
Jul 22, 2022
Yes, that's what their point is. They thought it was in Serbia.
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Level 45
Jul 26, 2022
For the answer about the poorest country without have been communist, actually Portugal passed through a socialist government, which is considered by some people as really near from it. Also, it has been the first political party during some years, although the president has never been a communist one.
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Level 16
Nov 9, 2022
Tarifa is the souther point in europe, you can search it in google