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Countries that Beat the United Kingdom

For each selected category, name any of the countries that ranks higher than the United Kingdom.
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Last updated: June 28, 2023
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Countries
7
Most guessed on the "Countries of the World" quiz
United States | Canada | China | Russia |
France | Mexico | Brazil
3
Largest population in Europe
Russia | Germany
4
Most populous island nation
Indonesia | Japan | Philippines
2
Highest Anglican Christian population
(BBC, 2008)
Nigeria
5
Largest "Exclusive Economic Zone"
in the ocean
France | United States | Australia | Russia
2
Tallest building in Europe
Russia
2
Longest reigning monarch in history
(sovereign states only)
France
2
Greatest number of native English speakers
United States
3
Highest tea consumption per capita
Turkey | Ireland
3
Most populous monarchy
Japan | Thailand
4
Highest percentage of people who aren't religious
(WIN/Gallup poll 2017)
China | Sweden | Czech Republic
2
Greatest number of people of Irish descent
United States
8
Nobel laureates per capita
Saint Lucia | Luxembourg | Switzerland |
Sweden | Iceland | Norway | Denmark | Austria
2
Highest percent of people who have red hair
Ireland
2
Oldest university
Italy
5
Earliest country to have a female Prime Minister
Sri Lanka | India | Israel | Central African Republic
3
Most-visited country by U.S. citizens
Canada | Mexico
2
Most populous country whose name ends in "M"
Vietnam
2
Most UEFA Champions League /
European Cup wins
Spain
3
Books published per year
China | United States
69 Comments
+14
Level 68
Mar 8, 2020
Missed monarch, christian population and prime minister. During the quiz so many times I kept forgetting the answers could be anywhere in the world, not just europe.. it seemed liked I had to realize all over again each question...
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Level 72
Mar 11, 2020
Can't believe UK beats Japan in per-capita tea consumption.
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Level 82
May 14, 2020
I was surprised by that, too. Japan does have a lot of capitas, though. Maybe there are some regions where tea is not so popular?
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Level 70
May 16, 2020
Turkey was the one that surprised me; I would have had them down as a coffee drinking nation.
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Level 82
May 16, 2020
coffee is popular there but not as much as tea. Pretty much every restaurant will bring you tea whether you ask for it or not just as a matter of course with every meal.
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Level 58
May 18, 2020
every restaurant? you know that as fact?
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Level 56
Jun 17, 2020
I haven't found that to be true at all (although it does happen). But it is for sale absolutely all over the place, and is of course much easier to carry around to sell than Turkish coffee.
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Level 55
Jul 23, 2020
And India
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Level 93
Aug 3, 2020
In my experience tea is more commonly consumed as green tea flavored food in Japan. So it is popular but consumed differently. I can see how looking at drinking alone the UK would beat Japan as some Brits drink 5-6 cups on any given day.
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Level 74
Mar 15, 2020
For some reason, kept typing in cities for the tallest building one (facepalm)
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2020
Does the UK really beat Ireland in people of Irish descent?
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2020
Yes, 6 million Brits (10 percent of the UK population) have atleast one Irish grandparent. This is compared to Ireland's population of 4.8 million
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Level 73
May 15, 2020
If you really wanted to do the genealogical research, I'd guess that Australia and Canada would be pretty close too. The 19th century potato famine caused mass emigration to the "colonies"
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Level 72
Mar 27, 2020
Good quiz! Almost missed Nigeria, for some reason I don't automatically associate African countries with large Christian populations but got there in the end after lots of trial and error...
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Level 56
Oct 20, 2021
You really should start associating African countries with large Christian populations as they are actually some of the most Christian nations in the world. Though their Christianity is often mixed with different indigenous religions that creates a unique flavour of Christianity. The same happens with Islamic African countries
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Level 60
Jul 29, 2023
Yep, I literally had 1 second left and was guessing really random countries when I got it.
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Level 65
May 14, 2020
Central african Republic with a female head of state. Didn't realise they were so progressive.
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Level 59
May 14, 2020
Female head of state doesn't means progress. Our female Prime Minister was kinda worthless and even the current head of my state is stupid, she rules like a monarchy and does stupid things and says idiotic stuffs. If her government see's my this comment and finds me, I'll be going to jail (though I'm a minor)
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Level 78
May 14, 2020
Your country is not alone in having a leader who is worthless (matter of opinion), says (tweets) stupid things, and does stupid things. There are many countries that have leaders with those qualities.
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Level 83
Oct 4, 2020
I feel like the last female PM in the UK was kind of on a glass cliff
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Level 29
Jul 31, 2023
oh true
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Level 62
May 14, 2020
Um not entirely sure the CAR could be considered progressive. Its the poorest country in the world
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Level 67
May 14, 2020
Where did I get it in my head that the oldest university is in Belgium? I was so sure that I typed it like four times. I looked it up, and Belgium's not even close. What the heck was I thinking of?
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Level 68
May 14, 2020
I think it's in Bologna so maybe easier to mix up with Belgium than Italy?
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Level 71
Nov 23, 2021
For some reason I momentarily thought Bologna was in Spain. You know, Barcelogna. Or something.
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Level 65
May 14, 2020
Why does morocco work but not show up for oldest university?
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Level 90
May 14, 2020
According to the Wikipedia page below, it states the University of Bologna is the oldest university in the world, "in the sense of a higher-learning, degree-awarding institute."

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

Though I also looked up the university you mentioned, which is the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco. Apparently it wasn't considered to be a university in the modern sense until the 1960s, but it's status is still up for debate. Feel free to take a look.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_al-Qarawiyyin#Status_as_world's_oldest_university

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Level 66
May 14, 2020
Wikipedia now has Queen Elizabeth having overtaken the Austrian elder royal by 108 days (as of today), to move up into third place.
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Level 66
May 14, 2020
But what about Johan II of Liechtenstein
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Level 66
May 15, 2020
You're correct my friend, Johann is in third and Elizabeth is fourth - I miscounted. However, the Austrian chap has been overtaken and should be off the list.
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Level 93
Aug 3, 2020
Johan II is on there but only 642 days ahead as of today.
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Level ∞
Jun 28, 2023
And she passed Rama IX of Thailand as well.
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Level 68
Aug 1, 2023
Ain't gonna pass nobody else now...
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Level 56
May 14, 2020
I highly doubt the non-religious thing. The source is a survey which means that people in e.g. North Korea or similar countries have probably not even been considered, which changes the results I'd say.
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Level 56
May 18, 2020
North Korea is supposedly 71.3% irreligious, whereas China is 52.2% (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religions_by_country), to support your claim. However, China is still a correct response, as the UK is only 21.3% irreligious, so it's just that some countries need to be added.
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Level 55
May 16, 2020
Most populous monarch? How many kings does Thailand have?
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Level ∞
May 16, 2020
It says most populous monarchy
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Level 56
May 18, 2020
I typed in Morocco for the oldest university and it worked.... I don't even know where that came from, might want to look into that.
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Level 56
Jun 17, 2020
See above.
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Level 67
May 26, 2020
For tallest building in Europe, I kept putting "Moscow", before giving up and trying Madrid, Milan etc.

Argh.

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Level 75
Jan 6, 2021
For the "countries ending with M" question why oh why could I ONLY think of Guam?

My brain simply cannot do final letters ones.

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Level 60
Jul 29, 2023
I just went through countries that are more populous than the UK.
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Level 55
Mar 19, 2021
Elisa a fait 19/20, bravo la misssss
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Level 55
Mar 19, 2021
Bien ouéj ! Ca fait plaisir en tout cas
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Level 55
Mar 19, 2021
J'avoue !
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Level 77
Apr 15, 2021
Poland also has taller building than UK now (Varso Tower).
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Level 68
Jun 28, 2021
I think The Queen overtook Franz Joseph a while ago, so knocking Austria off of Q13.
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2021
Poland now has a taller building than the UK's tallest.
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Level 32
Jan 30, 2022
I think the greatest number of people of irish descent lives in Ireland
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Level ∞
Jun 28, 2023
36 million people in the United States claim Irish as their primary ancestry.

So, you know, only 7 times more than Ireland.

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Level 68
Aug 1, 2023
So you're saying it's close?
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Level 64
Mar 30, 2022
For question 5, what is meant by ' in the ocean ', please? I don't understand that at all I'm afraid. Am I missing something obvious? (wouldn't be the first time...)
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Level 60
Jul 29, 2023
EEZ is like ocean territory I believe. So how much ocean a country "owns" is how I think of it, which I'm sure isn't quite accurate.
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Level 66
Feb 29, 2024
It's the waters a country has the right to do whatever in, like fishing
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Level 49
Apr 5, 2022
The United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland ends with a “d” not an “m”
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Level 39
Apr 13, 2022
Indeed. That question needs to be altered or removed.
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Level 60
Jul 29, 2023
It's presumably JetPunk name, not official name.
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Level 93
Apr 16, 2022
The longest reigning monarch question needs to be updated. Elizabeth II has reigned 2 years longer than Austria's longest. In 2 months time Liechtenstein and Thailand will be beaten too so maybe wait until then to update.
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Level 59
Dec 15, 2022
Longest reigning monarchs needs to be updated, since Elizabeth II (70 years, 214 days) reigned longer than Rama IX of Thailand (70 years, 126 days), Johann II of Liechtenstein (70 years, 91 days), and Franz Joseph I of Austria (and Austria-Hungary) (67 years, 355 days.)
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Level 59
Jul 29, 2023
i typed in vietnam and it didnt accept it wtf
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Level 52
Jul 29, 2023
Basically just type USA for every question
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Level 60
Jul 29, 2023
Poland is still missing from "Tallest building in Europe. Varso Tower is taller than The Shard.
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Level 46
Jul 31, 2023
According to Eurostat, France has a bigger population than UK. Same by using both countries respective own data (INSEE for France and ONS for UK)
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Level 67
Aug 1, 2023
100%, a lot of these are interesting
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Level 57
Sep 17, 2023
Poland also has got taller building, fix it
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Level 23
Apr 3, 2024
The tea question is the only one that got me! It was definitely not my cuppa...
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Level 43
Apr 20, 2024
Japan is still a Monarchy???
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Level 65
Apr 24, 2024
"Argentina" had a female president five years before the UK. Maria Estela Martínez was elected vice-president in the 1973 elections and was sworn in as president at the death of Presidente Perón in 1974. She was in office until 1976, when a coup overthrew her.
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Level 28
Apr 30, 2024
didn't get the UEFA one since I have no idea what that is