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Large Countries with Small Economies

We ranked every country by two factors: Surface Area and GDP. Which countries had a high Surface Area rank but a low GDP rank?
For GDP we used 2022 IMF forecasts, PPP method
Quiz by interopia
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Last updated: April 21, 2022
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First submittedApril 4, 2017
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Average score65.0%
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Rank
difference
Country
125
Central African Republic
123
Chad
114
Mauritania
114
Niger
112
Namibia
111
South Sudan
109
Somalia
104
Mongolia
90
Mali
87
Republic of the Congo
Rank
difference
Country
83
Mozambique
77
D. R. Congo
77
Papua New Guinea
73
Libya
72
Botswana
70
Suriname
70
Zimbabwe
69
Madagascar
65
Bolivia
64
Eritrea
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Level 72
Jul 4, 2018
Somalia?
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Level 83
Jul 4, 2018
Thanks so much. The original source I used (IMF) didn't have Somalia on their list, because information is hard to verify. I have added it now using information from another source.
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Level 79
Apr 21, 2020
Wonder why this quiz is not featured when the opposite one is?
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Level 58
Apr 21, 2020
Needs another 30 seconds
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Level 71
May 1, 2020
Nominated!
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Level 44
Jun 1, 2020
how can you nominate quizzes?
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Level 65
Jan 8, 2021
Only the Quizmaster can nominate quizzes.
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Level 41
Jun 7, 2021
No, just press button ''nominate'' and done.
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Level 60
Jan 23, 2022
quizmaster is the only one that can feature quizes
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Level 50
Aug 5, 2022
I wished that one of my quiz would be featured :(
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Level 83
Aug 5, 2022
Keep making those quizzes and I bet someday you will be, YouLoveEagle!
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Level 50
Aug 17, 2022
In my dreams of course…but thanks for the motivation, appreciate it
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Level 71
Aug 17, 2022
@YouLoveEagle, that's what everyone thinks at first. I certainly wasn't expecting to get a feature when I joined the site, but now I have 3! If you are willing to dedicate yourself to the site and put out high quality quizzes, there's a decent chance one of them will get featured one day :)
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Level 68
Jun 1, 2020
Surface area? As opposed to.. volume?
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Level 73
Jun 2, 2020
Population, I would assume
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Level 70
Jan 3, 2021
I don't think so considering Guyana and Suriname have less than 1m.
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Level 65
Jun 16, 2020
How come you have a picture of Afghanistan when it's not even one of the answers?
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Level 83
Jun 17, 2020
Good eye. Because it used to be one of the answers.
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Level ∞
Nov 16, 2020
Changed it to a picture of Niger.
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Level 85
Nov 16, 2020
Yeah, I instantly recognized Niger in that photo. Practically gave away the answer.
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Level 55
Nov 25, 2020
That's the norm
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Level 57
Sep 7, 2020
Guyana and Suriname can't really be considered "large countries".
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Level ∞
Nov 16, 2020
Large is relative. In this case what matters is that Guyana and Suriname are very large relative to the size of their economies.
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Level 84
Nov 16, 2020
Those were tough. I understand their inclusion on this quiz, but I don't think I would have guessed either one even if the quiz had a 10 minute time limit.
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Level 67
Jan 3, 2021
I somehow got Guyana as one of my first answers, but it still didn't occur to me to try Suriname...
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Level 74
Jan 3, 2021
@cornflakesfu - With a 10 minute time limit, you'd probably have managed to get through all the countries of the world, and I'm sure you wouldn't have tried any of the Pacific island countries or any micronations before Guyana and Suriname.
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Level 68
Nov 18, 2020
Fun quiz! Got PNG last ten seconds. Only missed the other two least guessed answers.
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Level 48
Nov 19, 2020
How is Mongolia so high? Would've never even thought of that.
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Level 29
Jan 3, 2021
Mongolia isn't poor, but it has the lowest population density in the world so it would make sense.
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Level 66
Jan 7, 2021
Because it's huge. It was the first I tried or did I try Congo first.. can't remember now.

I sort of expected Kazakhstan to be up here as well. But I guess they have a reasonable gdp.

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Level 72
Dec 1, 2020
I was wondering if this would be closer to a list of big countries or to a list of poor countries, and it definitely skewed towards the latter - very poor countries, of medium to large size.

Population is probably more of a factor though - a lot of big-but-poor countries are saved from the list by having loads of people, like Nigeria, India, Bangladesh.

Very interesting quiz, thanks!

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Level 67
Jan 3, 2021
There are some very wealthy people in those countries though. It strikes me that most of the countries on this list don't really have wealth anywhere.
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Level 59
Jan 3, 2021
So much poverty in Africa.
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Level 43
Jan 3, 2021
So sad to see the results. So many resources in this amazing continent of Africa but immense poverty. The West needs to stop the exploitation and the leaders need to go, make way for the next generation to put Africa at the top where it belongs.
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2021
How exactly is the west exploiting Africa in your opinion?
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Level 58
Jan 3, 2021
It's not - that's why you'll not receive a reply.
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Level 53
Jan 4, 2021
Historical momentum.
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Level 66
Jan 7, 2021
@snurtman, your first part might by right, but your second part not, that is misleading. Most comments here don't get a reply from the original poster because with so many quizzes on this site, a lot to do before having to do quizzes a 2nd time.

no correlation. That is like saying if your friend doesn't stop by to visit today HE is the one that stole your car. It is not evidence of anything (though unfortunately in real life this weird type of argument you will convince many people. Of course of things they already believe. And call it "proof"..

Sorry for the bad explanation in English. Hope you guys get my point.

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Level 77
Apr 24, 2022
Wow. Some ignorance here. Look up dependency theory and world systems theory. I wouldn't say it's the West exploiting Africa for raw resources, though. It's more local and global elites (and the global ones have been and are more concentrated in the 'west' but they're also in arab countries and increasingly China and elsewhere).
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Level 67
May 19, 2022
How are they not?
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Level 71
Aug 17, 2022
To give a more thorough answer: France has a lot of control over the financial systems in many of these countries. They use the CFA Franc, which is pegged to the Euro and mediated by France. This means France has control over things such as the printing of currency, interest rates, and foreign reserves in these countries. (Source)

There's some controversy about this: the French government claims it contributes to the financial stability of these countries but detractors say it's holding these countries back. I don't know enough about this issue to give a definite judgement, but it's also worth noting that English colonies like Ghana and Nigeria are less financially dependent on other countries and are also doing much better economically than the countries here.

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Level 30
Jan 3, 2021
got them all with 10 seconds left, except i cant spell Guyana correctly so i didnt get them all :(
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Level 44
Jan 4, 2021
Surprised Mongolia isn't at the top.
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2021
This is just Africa Countries Quiz in disguise.
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Level 41
Feb 26, 2021
Portugal?
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Level 72
Feb 27, 2021
I didn't think Suriname and Guyana would be big enough to make it on the quiz. I blame the Mercator Projection for making them look smaller...
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Level 83
Apr 22, 2022
It would be interesting to see a version of this quiz that excludes the African countries.
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Level 50
Aug 17, 2022
Started with Canada and Russia; never would've guessed something like Eritrea would make the list
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Level 63
Aug 17, 2022
Surprised not to see Sudan on the list.
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Level 57
Aug 17, 2022
Very surprised by Libya. Very big area and relatively small population, but I'd have thought the high oil exports would compensate.
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Level 36
Aug 17, 2022
No afghanistan or yemen :(
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Level 71
Aug 17, 2022
Considering Eritrea and Suriname as large countries is stretching it, LOL.
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Level 60
Aug 18, 2022
I'm surprised that my brother in law didn't make this list. Lots of surface area. Lots of gross too. But almost no domestic. And zero productivity.
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Level 49
Dec 12, 2022
I'm calling bull on Yemen being absent.