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Ethnic Groups by Country Quiz #1

Name the modern-day country that has the largest population of each selected ethnic group.
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Ethnicity: The common characteristics of a group of people, especially regarding ancestry, culture, language or national experiences.
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Group
Country
Māori
New Zealand
Persians
Iran
Quechua
Peru
Dutch
Netherlands
Hutus
Rwanda
Catalans
Spain
Maasai
Kenya / Tanzania
Group
Country
Kurds
Turkey
Navajo
United States
Slavs
Russia
Romansh
Switzerland
Sami
Norway
Pashtuns
Pakistan
Flemish
Belgium
Group
Country
Tibetans
China
Bantus
D.R. Congo
Copts
Egypt
Bretons
France
Magyars
Hungary
Tamils
India
Igbo
Nigeria
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Level 71
Sep 17, 2012
Moar ethnology! A little odd though with the Slavs and the Bantu because those are terms for whole groups of different peoples/languages.
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Level 71
May 27, 2021
If anyone enjoys ethnology (or looking at cool maps), try the quiz I made here! And I'll be making a series out of these, so be sure to check back in the future for more :)
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Level 45
Oct 21, 2022
Yes, true, Slavs could be in many places. Also Sami are in Norway and Finland. I am friends with a Sami from Finland
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Level 58
Dec 3, 2013
Bantu is a language family, not an ethnicity. And it certainly isn't concentrated in Nigeria. In fact, nearly ALL Bantu speakers are south and east of Nigeria. Democratic Republic of the Congo probably has the most Bantu people.
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2015
Yes, this is correct. There are very few Bantu peoples in Nigeria. The ones that are there are immigrants from other parts of Africa or their descendants. Nigeria has a large number of ethnolinguistic groups from the Niger-Congo family, of which Bantu is also a part, so I can see why there would be confusion, but not all Niger-Congo speakers are Bantu. Like @beekash said, the DR Congo has the most people of the various Bantu ethnicities, at around 54 million. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bantu_peoples https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo#Ethnic_groups
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Level ∞
Feb 16, 2015
Thank you. I made a mistake and it is fixed now.
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Level 62
Jul 7, 2020
I'd recommend replacing Bantus with one of the specific ethnic groups in the Bantu family, as the rest of the answers (with the exception of Slavs) are specific ethnic groups.
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Level 75
Oct 21, 2022
I agree. One of the problems with this is that it kind of accepts the old Apartheid notion of Bantu ethnicity.
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Level 20
Oct 21, 2022
Bantu isn't a ethnic group. Some ethnic groups of the drc are Luba, Kongo, Mongo, Yaka and many more.
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Level 7
Dec 22, 2013
Where is Aboriginal from Australia?
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Level 74
Feb 13, 2014
Aborigines ('aboriginal' is an adjective and is considered by some to be mildly pejorative) can be the original inhabitants of anywhere. For example, the Ainu are sometimes referred to as the aboriginal people of Japan, and the Inuit the aboriginal people of Canada. The clue would have to be 'Australian Aborigines', which would kind of give the game away :o)
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Level 69
Jun 6, 2014
Yeah, what Wombat said. 'Aborigine' just means 'a person, animal, or plant that has been in a country or region from earliest times' - it comes from the Latin phrase 'ab origine' meaning 'from the beginning'. The Romans, using Latin, even called their predecessors 'Aborigines'.

Here in Australia, because there are SO many different group of indigenous peoples - several hundred, in fact - people used to refer to them just as Aborigines or Aboriginals, because our Constitution referred to them collectively as 'the aboriginal race'. These days, as PC is wont to call everything offensive, they are typically referred to as Indigenous Australians, which is not definitive enough for this quiz as it's a collective noun for the hundreds of ethnic groups native to the continent and surrounding islands.

So, 'Aborigine' or 'Aboriginal' (also without capitalisation) is a global term that can be used anywhere indicating anyone or anything.

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Level 74
Feb 16, 2015
They could have used Arrernte, which is the largest group of autochtonous Australians.
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Level 43
Feb 16, 2015
There are hundreds of different aboriginal groups in Australia (though there used to be many more before European settlement), to group them all under the name 'aboriginals' is both incredibly vague and often considered insensitive. For the same reason, Australia has no official language, because to only choose one or two of the hundreds or just English would be insensitive.
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Level 62
Jul 16, 2016
The fact that they lived in different tribes doesn't necessarily make them different ethnic groups. It's kind of like modern people living in different towns.
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Level 59
Oct 21, 2022
Yes, but modern people have connection directly to the other towns within seconds due to the internet
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Level 77
Feb 10, 2015
I am Serbian and also Slavic, like our relatives from Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Russia....

Sami people are from Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Tamil people are mostly from Sri Lanka.

Magyars are from Hungary, my neighbours :)

Quiz is good, idea is good, just give us more options, it would be nice :)

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Level 72
Feb 16, 2015
You listed all this countries and forgot Bulgaria? Come on, we're right next to you. :-) On another note - the quiz is for the countries which have *the most* people from the ethnic group, not just any number of them.
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Level 77
Feb 16, 2015
:)) Sorry Maya, my mistake. And Bulgaria :)
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Level 72
Apr 4, 2022
Zapomněl jsi na Česko?
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Level 50
Feb 16, 2015
You are being nice enough that I'm not sure if this is meant to be a correction or plea for adding alternative answers. Most of this is just in general, not to you specifically.

As stated, it is the largest absolute number of people for that ethnicity in one country, not proportion-based. For example, the highest proportions of Tamil and Jews may be in Sri Lanka and Israel respectively, and there is probably a more concentrated population of Slavs outside of Russia but since those countries have such large populations they take the top spot.

I remember hearing that China is emerging as a country with one of the largest Christian populations, even though it is a very small percentage. 1% of a billion is still 10 million people.

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Level 39
Jun 21, 2017
But Slavs are not one ethnic group. That would be the same as listing Native Americans as one ethnic group.
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Level 59
Oct 21, 2022
It would not be the same
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Level 56
Jun 23, 2020
Majority of Tamils are found in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu which has 69 million tamils. Whereas, Sri Lanka has only about 3 million tamils.
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Level 72
Apr 4, 2022
Although, the answer for Jews would be Israel, no matter which way you look at it. There are about 900,000 more Jews in Israel than in the USA, which has the second most (about 6.9m to 6m). Tamils in Sri Lanka are are 11.2% of population, in India it’s 5.9%, although the actual populations are 69+m in India, compared to just over 3m in Sri Lanka.

If you wanted to pick an equivalent for Sri Lanka (I.e, highest population total and by percentage) you can go for the Sinhalese, 16.2m and 75% of the population. There are less than 5000 of them in India.

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Level 90
Oct 21, 2022
Depends on what the definition of Jew is. Is it someone who practices the religion? Is it some who is full blooded Jew as an ethnicity or is 50% or 25% sufficient? Do you include Sephardic and Ashkenazic? I'm 2 generations away from anyone that was ever a member of a Temple but I am still Jewish by ethnicity and religious definition, but in no way would I think to identify as myself as Jewish. If asked my first response is I'm eastern European, German and British. I bet if you go really broad in your definition, the US would have over 10 million "Jews".
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Level 45
Oct 21, 2022
The Tamil people in Sri Lanka are actually originally from India, brought over by the Brits to the tea plantations to harvest the tea leaves. So, the biggest group of Tamil people is definitely in India
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Level 32
Apr 16, 2015
I thought Pashtuns are mainly in Afghanistan
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Level 67
Jun 21, 2017
They may or may not have originated there, but the greater population resides in Pakistan.
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Level 60
Jun 23, 2020
Yes, but Pashtuns have been living in Pakistan for as long as they have been in Afghanistan. However, in recent times, their numbers have skyrocketed due to refugees coming in from the Afghan Wars.
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Level 51
Oct 21, 2022
"skyrocketed"? theres 3 million registered refugees and the unregistered ones are most likely not higher than 1 mil so the afghan war doesn't make a big difference for the most part
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Level 66
Jun 23, 2020
Yeah
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Level 71
Dec 8, 2021
As a percentage of the population, Pashtuns are much more prevalent in Afghanistan. 42% of their population is Pashtun, compared to only 15% in Pakistan (according to Wikipedia). However, Pakistan has a way larger population in general, so it happens to have more Pashtuns as an absolute number.
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Level 60
Feb 26, 2016
Tamilians is a linguistic group.Tamil is a language.Ethnic races of India are Aryans and Dravidians. Tamilians belong to Dravidians. I am a South Indian- a Dravidian.
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Level 62
Jul 16, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamils
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Level 50
Oct 21, 2022
Username checks out
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Level 69
Mar 3, 2016
Ehhm....the Romansh in Switzerland aren't an ethnic groupe. They are normal Swiss that have developed an Italian-like language.
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Level 62
Jul 16, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romansh_people
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Level 82
Jun 21, 2017
Which makes them an ethnic group. A group of people connected by common history, culture, and language.
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Level 67
Jun 21, 2017
Ehhm...groupe?
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Level 57
Jun 21, 2017
"Slavs" is a very broad term for an ethnic group. It's like asking which country has the most "Romance" and "Germanics".
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Level 82
Jun 21, 2017
Germanic people are an ethnic group. As are "Latins" and "Latinos." I've seen the term "Latin" before applied to anyone from a country where the majority speaks a Romance language, including those in Europe; Latino usually applies only to those from Latin America.
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Level 60
Jun 22, 2017
Pan-Slavic nationalism was at least one of the justifications for Russia's entry into WWI, and pan-Germanism was the basis of Hitler's claims on Austria and the Sudetenland. There's very recent European history with a basis in ethnic groupings like "Germanic."
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Level 56
Jun 23, 2020
To say that Germanic people are an ethnic group is to extend the scope of "ethnic" far beyond where it has any useful meaning, as it would include the English and people descended from them as well as the more obvious Scandinavians, Dutch and Afrikaners. Far too broad to qualify in practical terms as a single ethnic group. Indo-Europeans are an ethnic group by the dictionary definition, but no-one talks about them as such. So I agree that "Slav" may be too broad.

It seems to me that pan-Slav nationalism was one of those short-lived fads. The only real concrete examples were Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, and look what happened to them. I don't think there's much evidence they ever had any significant basis in reality.

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Level 82
Jul 26, 2020
Jon: so, what you're saying is that you don't understand what ethnic group means?
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Level 60
Jun 21, 2017
I found this to be interesting and fun, but a bit easy. Credit to Warren Zevon's "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" for getting me an answer.
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Level 59
Jul 4, 2018
I live in the DRC - Bantu is not an ethnic group. In Africa the term Bantu is a kind of umbrella category of ethnicities to distinguish between the majority of Africans in west, central, and southern Africa, from 'Nilotic people' in eastern Africa and around the horn. Hutus (one of the other answers) are part of the Bantu people. Tutsis are part of the Nilotic people. I'd recommend changing this question as 'Bantu' is not an ethnicity. Thanks
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Level 43
Oct 1, 2018
I recommend adding the 'Banyarwanda' to this group! They are not a particularly famous ethnic group; however, they are notorious for being the only ethnic group in Rwanda and that's pretty cool!
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Level 65
Feb 1, 2019
The dutch are not an ethnic group, it is merely a nationality. It is like saying americans are an ethnic group. They are not, they are just people that all happen to live in the usa.

you cóuld ve used frisians. If im not mistaken the country once was divived into frisians saxons and francs, though noone nowadays identifies with the latter too.

Though there is a real distinction between the people from the south of the country and the west or north.

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Level 82
Sep 16, 2019
eth·nic·i·ty

/eTHˈnisədē/

noun

the fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition.

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Level 56
Jun 23, 2020
That looks to me like a descriptive definition, not a prescriptive one (i.e. ethnicities would satisfy it but not everything that satisfies it is necessarily an ethnicity).

As a prescriptive definition it would be very simplistic indeed, failing to take account for example of how ethnicities can be mutually exclusive (eg ethnic Irish in England, who fit the definition for being ethnically English but aren't).

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Level 82
Jun 24, 2020
Virtually all linguists and most social scientists prefer descriptive definitions. Some in sociology and gender studies, etc do not, as they enjoy twisting words to attempt to mask or exclude their own prejudices.
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Level 82
Jun 27, 2020
Also from your example I don't think you understand the difference between descriptive and prescriptive definitions.
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Level 44
Sep 16, 2019
HARD
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Level 73
Jun 23, 2020
It seems like you've included ethnicities which populate cross borders and just allowed 1 answer for them. Catalans mostly inhabit in Spain but their traditional home lies along Spain, Andorra and France. The Kurds inhabit across Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. The Sami live across Norway, Sweden and Finland. The Pashtuns, though a significant minority in Pakistani NorthWestern frontier, but is the majority population in Afghanistan. While the Tamils' traditional homeland is Tamil Nadu region of India, their is a significant Tamil population in Northern Sri Lanka which the British brought in. These are some I found. Please take into account.
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Level 83
Jun 23, 2020
Please read the quiz instructions before taking a quiz
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Level 60
Jun 23, 2020
Bruh, the quiz is about the countries with the most amount of people of each ethnicity.
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Level 43
Jun 24, 2020
there are at least 2 mistakes in this. The most obvious one is the Slavs are a large ethnic group that populates much of eastern Europe, not just Russia. The Tamils are also found in Sri Lanka
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Level 63
Jun 25, 2020
The quiz requirement clearly says name the country with the largest population of these ethnic groups. There are far more Slavs in Russia and Tamils in India than any other country.
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Level 82
Jul 7, 2020
Why don't you try reading the directions?
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Level 79
Jun 25, 2020
There are a lot of Sami people in Sweden and Finland too. That should definitely be fixed.
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Level 59
Jun 27, 2020
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Level 82
Jul 7, 2020
But are there more than are in Norway?
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Level 83
Jun 27, 2020
...definitely didn't almost try High Rock for Bretons...
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Level 60
Oct 28, 2020
When in doubt, just guess half of Africa for the Hutus. Still got it!
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Level 56
Dec 4, 2020
Funny and sad at the same time how there are more Pashtuns in Pakistan than Afghanistan, how there are more Mongolians in China than Mongolia, and how there are more Irish in the US than Ireland...
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Level 47
Jan 11, 2022
Weird that Dutch are not categorized as Germanic peoples in general, and yet Slavs are (the Dutch are just one example). We are many peoples, Slovaks, Russians, Ukrainians, Serbians... similar and yet different. If you want to make it challenging, you can find "tricky" Slavic peoples.
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Level 49
Nov 2, 2022
All the people arguing about how the names of these ethnic groups is too broad... it's near impossible to go down to the specific tribes or individual regions, or else no one would know them. It's not wrong to refer to groups as a whole...
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Level 70
Nov 16, 2022
would be nice if aotearoa was accepted for new zealand
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Level 67
Feb 8, 2023
Norway for Sami but Sweden or Finland??
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Level 28
Jan 24, 2024
Should be an option since they are spread in Finland and Sweden also