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Country Superlatives - Not the United States

The United States is the top country in all these categories. For each selected category, try to name the country that ranks #2 or #3.
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Last updated: June 24, 2023
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First submittedMarch 7, 2017
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Category
Next two countries
Largest economy at current exchange rates
China | Japan
Most English speakers (native)
United Kingdom | Canada
Most English speakers (total)
India | Pakistan
Highest military budget
China | India
Most military arms exports
Russia | Germany
Most immigrants
Germany | Saudi Arabia
Highest Christian population
Brazil | Mexico
Greatest total length of ski slopes
France | Austria
Most 100 meter dash gold medals
Jamaica | United Kingdom
Most Nobel Prizes won
United Kingdom | Germany
Highest population in the Western Hemisphere
Brazil | Mexico
Most nuclear power generated
France | China
Birthplace of the most Major League baseball players
Dominican Republic | Venezuela
Highest crude oil production (2020)
Russia | Saudi Arabia
Most modern Olympic games hosted (through 2021)
France | Japan | Italy
Most Grand Slam tennis titles (Open Era)
Australia | Spain
Most major beauty pageant wins
Venezuela | Philippines
Most Swimming gold medals
Australia | Hungary
Country flag with the most stars
Brazil | Uzbekistan
Earliest declaration of independence in the Americas
Haiti | Ecuador
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Level 65
Mar 9, 2017
For every category I just guessed India, Russia, China, UK, France, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Australia. And I did pretty well!
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Level 61
Jul 14, 2017
Wildly eclectic. Nice job.
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Level 66
Jul 14, 2017
Source for the Grand Slam titles? Wiki suggests that Australia has 25 titles and Switzerland has 26. Or are you including doubles, juniors, etc.?
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Level ∞
Jul 14, 2017
The Williams sisters alone have 30.
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Level 67
Jul 14, 2017
I don't think amm14 was suggesting that anyone is ahead of the US. I think amm14 is saying that the second-ranking country is Switzerland, not Australia.
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Level 92
Jul 25, 2018
Not sure what source amm14 is using but the wiki page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Grand_Slam_champions_by_country shows Australia with 41 (singles) as of today. The single titles by country are currently USA 138, Australia 41, (West) Germany 32, Spain 31, Switzerland 28, Sweden 25. If you include all the doubles too and count each player separately (as there are pairs from different countries) the order is USA 487, Australia 182, Spain 65, Switzerland 54, Sweden 50, France 47
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Level 28
Jun 9, 2021
I just noticed that QM has a level of ∞
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Level 72
Jun 18, 2021
And they don't support their own website, since there's no smiley face before the name...
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Level 47
Jul 18, 2023
Are you just counting men’s or are you counting women’s too
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Level 82
Jul 14, 2017
Needs another minute. I never say that.
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Level 75
Jul 14, 2017
Too America-centric
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Level 92
May 4, 2021
Well....yeah.
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Level 78
Jul 14, 2017
Too everything-but-the-US centric.
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Level 76
Jul 14, 2017
great quiz. pretty easy.
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Level 69
Jul 17, 2017
I got a little excited when I saw Australia and cheered ever so slightly, before I realised this quiz highlights that we're second in these categories... Wah!
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Level 87
May 5, 2021
Second isn't bad when you consider there are 12 times as many of us as there are of you.
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Level 88
Jun 22, 2018
Misleading title, should be named who's second banana to the USA this time.
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Level 82
Dec 27, 2018
Cool quiz. Not too difficult. Time seems fine.
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Level 74
Aug 11, 2019
This reminds me so much of this: http://everysecondcounts.eu/
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Level 70
Oct 16, 2020
Who does number two work for???
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Level 66
Mar 17, 2023
Dr Evil!
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Level 44
Jan 19, 2021
india has more english speakers than usa and canada combined
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Level 84
May 4, 2021
Not according to this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population
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Level 56
Jul 22, 2023
I realise it's just my opinion but I find it terribly difficult to believe that India only has 200 million speakers of English. When I went there in 2001, everyone I spoke to in the street, including obviously very poor people, was able to speak English to some level except for one old lady. I suppose I was entirely in cities and towns. I just have my doubts over official figures - but I suppose that is all we have to go on.

And hang on - that source says that 38 million French people speak English!! Where are they all?

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Level 69
May 7, 2021
What about Vatican for the highest Christian population?
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Level 76
May 12, 2021
No, the Vatican only has about 800 christians.
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Level 78
Jun 9, 2021
Hopefully so.
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Level 52
Jun 9, 2021
no, they have an underground city where all Christians go
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Level 79
Jun 11, 2021
You're referring to percentage Christian population, not in absolute numbers
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Level 67
Jun 9, 2021
What about Most External Debt?

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

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Level 56
Jun 3, 2022
It makes sense since correlated to the U.S.'s economy and wealth
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Level 65
Jun 9, 2021
Suggest to change English (native) for English (first language). It could be argued that all countries with English as an official language have native English speakers. It's also the terminology used at the source (I guess) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population
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Level 71
Jun 9, 2021
"Highest population"...
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Level 59
Jul 19, 2023
... is not a category USA is winning in
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Level 67
Jun 10, 2021
Missed military arms exports, beauty pageant wins, and most stars on flag.
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Level 58
Sep 20, 2021
We do not need ANOTHER United States superior quiz to show how "good" USA is....
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Level 65
Jul 18, 2023
Sorry for being so good, I guess.
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Level 55
Jul 18, 2023
I love the US
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Level 76
Jul 18, 2023
It doesn't love you.
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Level 65
Jul 18, 2023
If the extremist proponents of immigration really cared, you think you'd see China, India, Nigeria, Brazil, Pakistan, etc. listed as #2/3. Instead it's Germany and Saudi Arabia. Think about that. The countries with a billion people don't make the list.
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Level 88
Jul 27, 2023
I'm not sure if you misunderstood what the question was asking or if you're just spouting right-wing nonsense, but to me your comment does not make sense.
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Level 67
Jul 19, 2023
2:35 used
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Level 63
Nov 10, 2023
Can I make more versions of this?