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Five Least Populated Countries by Continent

Can you guess the five least populated countries in each continent?
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First submittedJune 15, 2015
Times taken93,525
Average score73.3%
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Africa
107,000
Seychelles
230,000
São Tomé & Príncipe
596,000
Cape Verde
843,000
Comoros
1,130,000
Djibouti
 
 
Asia
451,000
Brunei
523,000
Maldives
785,000
Bhutan
1,260,000
Cyprus
1,350,000
East Timor
Europe
1,000
Vatican City
34,000
San Marino
36,000
Monaco
39,000
Liechtenstein
80,000
Andorra
 
 
North America
48,000
St. Kitts & Nevis
73,000
Dominica
94,000
Antigua & Barbuda
104,000
St. Vincent & the
Grenadines
126,000
Grenada
Oceania
11,000
Tuvalu
13,000
Nauru
18,000
Palau
42,000
Marshall Islands
107,000
Tonga
 
 
South America
620,000
Suriname
811,000
Guyana
3,420,000
Uruguay
6,810,000
Paraguay
12,300,000
Bolivia
133 Recent Comments
+11
Level 47
Jul 15, 2015
Cyprus being a member of the EU should be a part of Europe.
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Level 71
Apr 10, 2016
Culturally, it's part of Europe, but geographically it belongs to Asia.
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Level 25
Apr 25, 2016
I thought Cyprus was always one of those "not sure where we put it" countries like Turkey and the Caucuses countries.
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Level 51
May 5, 2017
All of these countries are indisputably in Asia. The boundary cuts through Russia, passes through Istanbul, reaches the northernmost point of the Caspian Sea, then follows its western border down to Turkey, where it follows the western border of Turkey, cuts through international waters to take in Cyprus, and returns to follow the border of Israel down to the Egypt, where it takes a left and heads off down the eastern border of the Red Sea. This includes Cyprus, the Caucuses countries, and Turkey, keeping to national conventions.
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Level 81
May 5, 2017
Turkey is most definitely Asia. Cyprus is Europe. Caucasus countries are Asia. You're welcome.
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Level 63
May 12, 2017
I wish I could like this comment. Because it really is as simple as hankic said.
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Level 69
Oct 4, 2017
I think it is one of those issues like Pluto being a dwarf planet.
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Level 62
May 12, 2019
Pluto being a dwarf planet isn't an issue. It's an accepted fact. It's literally indisputable unless your definition of planet differs from the widely accepted scientific definition. You don't see any debate on Pluto being an actual planet because it was proven that it wasn't.

Now Cyprus is an entirely different case because continents are just made up for convenience and they're typically just massive land masses, so islands complicate the classification process which is why we then resort to plate boundaries. I have no idea where Cyprus is on its plate, so maybe that would clear it up idk.

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Level 75
May 12, 2019
Don't even begin thinking about starting this one.....
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Level 58
Nov 11, 2019
to throw in my two cents.

The common held borders of asia and europe are very modern. Generally only being used after the second world war.

Prior to that the Europeans saw the borders of europe being:

The western borders of afghanistan and pakistan, the western coast of the caspian sea including all of the caucauses, the ural mountain range making up europes eastern extent.

In the south the northern borders of mali, chad, sudan, niger and western sahara.

In the east the atlantic and north sea coastlines.

The north was scandinavian countries northern borders and the northern coast of russia to the urals.

These borders were based on the extent of the alexandian empire , the roman empire, and the slavic regions.

Moreover the naturalised peoples within: Slavs, nordo-germans, celts, latins, greeks, egyptians, phonecians, persians were all considered part of the indo-european cultral and language family.

Even today many countries in modern Asia see themselves as being European.

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Level 73
Feb 27, 2024
mizu, what you're saying may be correct in the *ethnic* or *racial* sense, but in the *geographical* sense, "Asia" has referred to Anatolia since ancient Greece (even when populated by Greeks). It wasn't really considered a "continent" in the way we conceptualize continents now, but it did always have its boundary between Thrace and Anatolia. Likewise, "Africa" was originally a word for the Maghreb before it was promoted to continental status— "Europe" as a continent has never included North Africa.

The Romans defined continents as we think of them now: Their model saw Africa as everything south of the Mediterranean and west of the Red Sea. Asia was everything east of the Red Sea, Aegean Sea, and Don River. Europe was west of the Aegean and Don, and north of the Mediterranean.

Ever since Rome, this view has stuck at least among western Europeans— the only major shift since being the northern European/Asian boundary (originally the Don), which changed multiple times.

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Level 31
Dec 31, 2020
Bernard62601 Thank you!
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Level 47
May 30, 2016
Just because it's part of the EU and is culturally like Europe does NOT mean it's in Europe
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Level 53
Nov 20, 2016
maybe because most of its population is in the European part of Russia? Anyways, Russia and Turkey are considered to be in both continents.
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Level 45
Jan 17, 2018
russia goes back to kievan rus, which was a viking colony around the modern day city of kiev in ukraine. russia had stayed within the boundaries of europe for several centuries before expanding very very far east and taking the form we see it in today. while kievan rus was formed in the ninth century, russia only spread to asia over the ural mountains around the 1500s. so yeah, its european by a long shot.
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Level 57
Mar 12, 2021
The issue is that Asia-Europe is an artificially defined border. Sure, it has general geographic boundaries, but if culture wasn’t considered, it’d be one continent.
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Level 60
Mar 27, 2021
It is one continent, but that doesn't stop possibility of having regions of Europe and Asia
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Level 56
Mar 28, 2022
As elaborated on in Asterian's comment, Europe and Asia are only defined based on culture. Since Cyprus is culturally European, it should then be considered as a European nation. Otherwise you're forced to eliminate the two continents entirely: just considering geography, you end up with one massive Eurasia/Afro-Eurasia.
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Level 28
Jan 5, 2017
Thats like saying Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and other european colonies should be part of Europe because they are culturally European. Also Argentina is very culturally european.
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Level 78
Nov 11, 2019
Hong Kong is culturally Chinese as well; and these places are way too far from the European continent to be considered part of Europe.
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Level 62
Apr 17, 2017
Cyprus is a Mediterranean island just like Malta, Crete, Corsica, Majorca, etc. Seems logical that it would be considered European
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Level 72
Jun 2, 2017
I don't want to come down on either side, but I don't think that is a good enough reason to count it as European, since there are islands close to the Tunisian coast, say, which are Tunisian. To say any island in the Mediterranean is European because most are European isn't logical.
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Level 75
May 12, 2019
Agree with zaba2048
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Level 59
Mar 29, 2021
Then how come every island in the Caribbean is North American on this site, when clearly many are closer to SOUTH America? i.e. ever heard of Trinidad and Tobago? It's not logical, but it's the exact same measure used for that sea. This is clearly not about distance to a continental mainland.
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Level 51
May 5, 2017
By this definition, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Albania, Switzerland, Russia, Macedonia and Montenegro are not in Europe.
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Level 72
Jun 2, 2017
I wouldn't say that's a logical extension of the EU argument- Instrumental is not saying that a country is in Europe if AND ONLY IF it is in the EU, they are just saying that a country is in Europe IF it is in the EU. There is a subtle but key difference.
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Level 47
Jun 26, 2023
@Maladroit and Serbia, Monaco, the Vatican City, Russia, Andorra and Liechtenstein
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Level 68
Oct 4, 2017
Obviously, Bosnia, FYROM, Serbia, Kosovo, Ukraine, Belarus, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and all of the minor countries are not part of Europe as they are not in the EU, if only EU countries are in Europe
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Level 67
Oct 5, 2017
Continents are made be geography, not by the EU or any other organization.
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Level 45
Jan 17, 2018
thats his point smartguy
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Level 75
May 12, 2019
You call the Vatican minor? I'm not Catholic, but, no way you can say its minor cultrally or politically
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Level 42
Feb 12, 2021
Smartguy Papua New Guinea borders Indonesia so does this mean Papua New Guinea is asian.
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Level 53
Mar 27, 2021
It means part of Indonesia is Oceanian.
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Level 59
Mar 29, 2021
Then how come every island in the Caribbean is North American on this site, when clearly many are closer to SOUTH America? i.e. ever heard of Trinidad and Tobago? It's not logical, but it's the exact same measure used for that sea. This is clearly not about distance to a continental mainland.
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Level 60
Aug 5, 2021
YES! New Guinea is entirely Oceanian, even the Indonesian part.
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Level 60
Aug 5, 2021
BlazingWinter, you’re said the exact same thing twice, and the Trinidad and Tobago thing in other words to. We know what you think.
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Level 16
Feb 7, 2018
Watch out for Cyprus debates below
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Level 69
Aug 1, 2019
You missed all the ones above, I’m afraid.
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Level 27
Feb 21, 2018
If I remember correctly, Cyprus lies on the Asian tectonic plate, therefore geographically making it Asia. However, culturally, I would say it's in Europe, but that can be true, admittedly to a lesser extent, for Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and even Turkey.
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Level 58
Aug 12, 2015
Must be having a slow day - could do with another minute at least!
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Level 44
Jun 28, 2016
I agree; this was not a lot of time to think of the least populous (perhaps making them the least common?) countries of each continent.
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Level 72
Apr 16, 2017
Yeah, I thought the time was quite tight.
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Level 62
Oct 4, 2017
I had plenty of time left. About a minute to be exact.
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Level 52
Nov 15, 2015
The question is open to misunderstanding. These countries are actually the most densely populated countries on earth.
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Level 77
Apr 17, 2017
No it isn't. "Least populated" and "Lowest population density" are pretty clear identifiers.
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Level 62
Oct 4, 2017
Actually, Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world and Vatican is just behind it. These countries are so small that even a few thousand people can make them the most densely populated countries in the world.
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Level 74
Oct 4, 2017
For fun, check the population density of the least populated country in South America (Suriname). :)
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Level 75
May 12, 2019
#2 Guyana
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Level 22
Jul 10, 2016
More time on all these quizzes, please!
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Level 70
May 1, 2017
Just would like to point out that maybe Lichtenstein and Monaco should be switched. Other than that this is a very well made quiz
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Level 65
May 1, 2017
Thanks for that! To be fixed...
+4
Level 82
Jun 25, 2017
Who's the one guy who moved to the Vatican? I read they had a population of only 800.
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Level 83
Jun 26, 2017
They have one extra pope.
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Level 65
Jun 26, 2017
Two co-Popes?
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Level 83
Aug 8, 2019
the retired pope stayed in Vatican AFAIK
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Level 45
Jan 17, 2018
they have 900 people
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Level 82
Jul 31, 2019
Now it appears as though that guy left and took someone else with him.
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Level 37
Jul 19, 2017
I always count Cyprus as Europe
+4
Level 46
Jan 25, 2018
I do too, that doesn't mean everyone has to agree with us though.
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Level 55
Sep 29, 2017
Lots of these countries are either landlocked or an island country. Very few of these border a coast and are not an island.
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Level 48
Oct 4, 2017
I've never been more confident that people take these quizzes with the aid of google, World Book or the Encyclopedia Britanica. I simply refuse to believe that 3 out of 4 people taking this quiz knew São Tomé & Príncipe. Sorry, but I just don't.
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Level 82
Oct 4, 2017
Countries of the World quiz is what originally brought me here 5 or so years ago... mastered it shortly afterward.
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Level 45
Jan 17, 2018
i did because i missed
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Level 75
May 12, 2019
I came here to study for the Geography Bee
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Level 68
May 9, 2020
You don't seem to realize what website you are on, or only was here since a few days when you commented (but your comment itself proves otherwise).

if something seems off to you don't simply shout, impossible, imposter, burn the witch! But think about the reason whý it might be so. In this case the reason is so obvious, I fail to understand how you could have missed it.

not everyone that can do something you cant or know something you don't is an imposter. "I don't believe your friend speaks French fluently, I bet he is just making words up!" "Well em... he is from France, so it is highly likely he knows how to speak French"

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Level 95
Jul 14, 2020
Some of us have been taking quizzes like this for ages, so it's a matter of remixing info we can usually guess or get close to. For me I typically get about ~80% confidently and make strong guesses until I get the rest.
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Level 70
Oct 4, 2017
Typing in the last country (Cyprus) with 1 second to spare, after giving it a hard thought, is absolutely satisfying. :)
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Level 49
Oct 4, 2017
That was the only one I missed! (At least I was in the area, though, the last guess I put in was Lebanon)
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Level 75
May 12, 2019
Lebanon? ~6 mil
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Level 57
Oct 4, 2017
Great quiz! Just please accept Cabo Verde for Cape verde, as that is equally recognised as it's other name. Thanks!
+4
Level ∞
Oct 4, 2017
Cabo Verde would have worked
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Level 54
Sep 24, 2018
missed Antigua, East Timor, Bhutan, Equatorial Guinea and Cyprus
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Level 73
Oct 29, 2018
From Wikipedia... Equatorial Guinea... Population

• 2016 estimate

1,221,490

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Level 84
Oct 29, 2019
I can't believe there are more than a million people on Mauritius. The poor dodo never had a chance :(
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Level 82
Apr 21, 2022
Well Mauritius' population only passed a million about 300 years after the dodo didn'tdidn't exist anymore.
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Level 78
Feb 21, 2019
Missed Cyprus as I believed it is NOT in Asia.
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Level 77
Jul 30, 2019
Your first Jetpunk quiz then? Cyprus is in Asia. Read long and winded debate above (or in comments of any other quiz that has Cyprus in it).
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Level 70
Jul 31, 2019
Guess so. And it is an impressive performance to reach level 55 (as today) in just 5 months. ;-)
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Level 78
Nov 11, 2019
Obviously not my first JetPunk quiz (as I would not have been able to leave that comment). I still believe Cyprus is a part of Europe but understand that it is considered part of Asia on this website.
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Level 24
Jul 31, 2019
Missed East Timor :/
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Level 73
Jan 23, 2021
East Timor is my Achilles heel on every country quiz on this site.
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Level 52
Jul 31, 2019
Great quiz, but more just naming the smallest countries. For a bit more thought, try this one based on population density. A tad more challenging! https://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/least-dense-countries-quiz
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Level 65
Jul 31, 2019
Also a Top Five by Continent for that too ;)
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Level 72
Nov 11, 2019
Is this the forum to start cultural geographic discussions vis a vis continents? OK: Israel is in the Eurovision song contest.
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Level 67
Nov 11, 2019
It actually is. Sometimes things get a tad heated, but generally speaking, the commenters here are about a thousand times more educated and civil than those in most other parts of the internet. This site's is pretty much the only comment section where I feel educated more often than I feel outright disgusted by people.
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Level 72
Nov 11, 2019
I agree that this quiz could use another minute, or at least another 30 seconds, as mentioned above.
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Level 70
Nov 11, 2019
29/30

Cyprus....

Part of Europe. That's from me a big Greece fan.

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Level 62
Nov 11, 2019
Cyprus is 100% in europe, no debates.
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Level 55
Nov 11, 2019
Tanzania is 100% in oceania, no debates.
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Level 65
Nov 11, 2019
Finally someone with sense
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Level 32
Nov 4, 2020
How?
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Level 50
Nov 11, 2019
50% of Cyprus is more European

the other half of Cyprus that is closer to Turkey is more Turkish which is in Asia and also the island is transcontinental

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Level 33
Nov 16, 2019
Jetpunk should adopt an official opinion on whether Cyprus is Asia or Europe.
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Level 65
Nov 16, 2019
It's been adopted long ago as an Asian country.
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Level 68
May 9, 2020
Cyprus is old enough to live independently, without a legal guardian ;) no need for adoption.
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Level 42
Feb 11, 2021
QM is the only person that thinks it's asian.
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Level 60
Aug 5, 2021
Not true. I, and half the comments above believe its Asian.
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Level 65
Apr 6, 2020
In most quizzes, Cyprus is still seen as Asian.
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Level 59
Dec 1, 2020
Argh! I missed THAT Asian country...
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Level 75
Dec 10, 2020
You mean the one that's in Europe...?
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Level ∞
Jan 27, 2021
I think he's referring to the one that is closer to Africa than it is to Europe.
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Level 75
Mar 12, 2021
:p
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Level 46
Jan 30, 2021
Didn't think of Cyprus since I counted it as Europe :(

Still surprised it has less inhabitants than Bahrain.

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Level 47
Dec 15, 2023
Yeah Bahrain is kind of like the middle eastern version of Singapore, small but it punches above its weight both in population size and economy
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2021
How can Uruguay have only 3M people and still beat us at soccer?
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Level 88
Mar 12, 2021
So much Cyprus debate, can't we argue about France for a bit instead? If French Guiana were counted, France would be number 1 in South America. But then I guess that would bring the French island departments into debate as well, so maybe it isn't worth the trouble. Thoughts?
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Level 70
Mar 27, 2021
In that case, Egypt could count for Asia due to the Sinai Peninsula (600,000 people) and Yemen could count for Africa due to the island of Socotra (60,000 people). Including French Guiana just leaves so much room for debate, and including all those examples I mentioned would quite honestly ruin the quiz!
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Level 42
Apr 18, 2021
It would also be popular in Africa cause of Reunion and Mayotte
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Level 58
Mar 17, 2021
omg, I got them all but Maldives, Bhutan, and East Timor. Wow, I'm one of the 2 and a half people of the monsoon of comments that aren't debating Cyprus... groovy
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Level 33
Mar 27, 2021
30/30 with 11 seconds left! :)
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Level 60
Mar 29, 2021
On all of these type of quizzes, I swear all the Oceanian countries border the Pacific. Is it just me?
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Level 60
Aug 5, 2021
Every Oceanian country borders the pacific.
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Level 43
Mar 29, 2021
Durbuy is a city in Belgium and have 11 374 inhabitants in 2018.
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Level 53
Mar 29, 2021
And?
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Level 42
Apr 15, 2021
Wrong quiz
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Level 53
Mar 29, 2021
And the brave quiztaker fumbles over her keyboard, failing to type "Maldives".....nice.
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Level 26
Apr 19, 2021
not even lying the only one i didn't get was cyprus :( BRUH ITS EUROPE
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Level 39
Oct 18, 2021
A half of portuguese colonies are here
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Level 67
Oct 19, 2021
Cyprus should just be its own continent.
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Level 37
Apr 7, 2022
I don't understand how Cyprus can be in Europe when Turkey, Georgia and Armenia (all farther North than Cyprus) are in Asia. This is quite different than Trinidad and Tobago and the ABC Islands, which are geographically part of South America.
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Level 82
Apr 21, 2022
I mean, your conclusion is right (Cyprus isn't it Europe), but your reasoning is... odd. Georgia is also farther north than Seville, but I'm not sure how that's relevant to which continent they're respectively in. Asia is mostly east of Europe, not south of it and the divide doesn't run in a straight line anyway. In other words the compass direction somewhere is in relation to somewhere else has little to do with which continent it is in. Vardo, Norway is east of Izmir, Turkey and Izmir is in turn north of Athens.
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Level 82
Apr 21, 2022
Bolivia is an absolute giant on this list. It has far more people than all the countries outside South America combined. It is around 10 times the geographical size of all the non-South American countries combined, and even including the other South American countries, it is larger than every single other country on this list combined. It represents 37% of the total population of this list and 51% of the total area.
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Level 66
Aug 20, 2022
I like the idea, but I don't like including island nations.

I'd prefer to see "5 least populated.. not including island countries".

Or, "The 5 least-populated, non-micro, countries of each continent" (something larger than @Bahrain-Taiwan)

I would find a lot more illumination in learning that: Armenia, Mongolia, Georgia, Kuwait, Oman, were some of the least-populated.

Instead, I just spam island names :/

I can see where I am whining. Maybe some other factor could be used, like "minimum population size 1m"

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Level 47
Dec 15, 2023
it's kind of hard Determening what's a "micro island state" is because countries like Bahrain/Singapore might be tiny but they are just as (if not more) populous than Mongolia, so excluding island states makes little sense when it comes to population size
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Level 88
Nov 11, 2022
I wrote TIMOR LESTE and it was not accepted.

However, EAST TIMOR was accepted.

This makes no sense. BOTH should be accepted because BOTH are correct!

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Level ∞
Nov 11, 2022
Timor Leste is already accepted.
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Level 48
Dec 26, 2022
POV: tryna find a comment that isn’t criticizing the creation of this quiz
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Level 49
Dec 26, 2022
Keep the "POV" stuff on TikTok, please.
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Level 66
Dec 26, 2022
Whenever I think of Cyprus I am thinking about a European country.
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Level 33
Dec 26, 2022
I don't know if someone already said this, but Nauru's population seems to be wrong. It should be around 10,873 as of 2021 or about 11,000.
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Level 59
Dec 26, 2022
they probably dont count the 1,162 prisoners as population in the official stat
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Level 39
Dec 29, 2022
Missed Cyprus! Forgot that jetpunk count it as being apart of Asia!
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Level 60
Apr 15, 2023
30/30 fab