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Head to Head - Countries #1

We put two countries head to head with each other in a series of stand offs! Can you select the winning country in each scenario?
Quiz by Stewart
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Last updated: January 27, 2021
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1. Which country is larger in area?
Brazil is about four times the size of Saudi Arabia
2. Which has more people?
France has around 65 million, Spain has about 47 million
3. Which has more nuclear missiles?
The U.S. has around 6000 while China has about 300
4. Which had more military deaths during World War II?
Germany had over 5 million, Japan had about 2.3 million
5. Which has more bordering countries?
DR Congo borders 9 countries, Thailand borders 4
6. Which has land further north?
Canada reaches 83°06' while Iceland reaches only 67°08
7. Which receives more tourists per year? (2018)
Italy got 62.1 m tourists, while Australia only got 9.2 million
8. Which has a longer coastline?
Norway has ~27,000 km, while Venezuela around 5,500 km (source)
9. Which has a demonym ending in -ish?
Polish people are from Poland, Dutch people are from the Netherlands
10. Which has a colder average temperature?
Mongolia averages -0.7°C and the UK averages 8.45 °C
11. Which is geographically closer to Australia?
At their closest, PNG is about 4 km from Australia, whereas New Zealand is 1303 km away.
12. Which of these is in Africa?
Burkina Faso is in Africa, Bolivia is in South America
13. Which of these uses a Dollar as their currency?
Jamaica has the Jamaican Dollars, the Philippines uses the Peso
14. Which has more official national languages?
South Africa has 11, Singapore has 4
15. Which of these is more populated?
Ethiopia has around 117 million people, while Argentina sits at about 45 million
69 Comments
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Level 68
Jan 27, 2021
Another great one to the series! :)
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Level 26
Jan 30, 2021
I got 11 just because I don't know my flags and country shapes
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Level 84
Jan 28, 2021
Only missed the last one. Great quiz!
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Level 51
Jan 28, 2021
Interesting and unique quiz! Certainly not one I see every day.
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Level 83
Jan 28, 2021
US dollar is legal tender in Panama.
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Level 65
Mar 28, 2021
that's... not panama in the quiz
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Level 68
Mar 28, 2021
The question was updated after this comment had been posted
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Level 85
Jan 28, 2021
Isn't the US dollar also one of the official currencies of Panama, in addition to the balboa? Am I wrong?
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Level 72
Jan 28, 2021
There are no balboa banknotes, only coins. They use US banknotes, since 1 balboa = 1 USD. So it was kind of an iffy choice for this question.
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Level 77
Jan 28, 2021
YES^^
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Level ∞
Jan 29, 2021
D'oh! This was the only one I got wrong when I took the quiz and I didn't think to check the answer. Replaced Panama with Philippines.
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Level 94
Jan 29, 2021
It looks like the image has changed but not the explanation, where there is still "Panama"
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Level 68
Jan 29, 2021
Should be fixed now
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Level 61
Sep 8, 2023
For some reason, I thought the question was asking which one used US dollars, which I knew Jamaica had their own currency (even if they are perfectly happy letting you pay in US dollars), so yeah, I got that one wrong. Whoops.
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Level 66
Jan 28, 2021
enjoyed this Stewart :)
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Level 46
Jan 29, 2021
Why are the Philippines potrayed while the description is about Panama?
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Level 77
Jan 29, 2021
I was looking for this comment. My thoughts exactly...
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Level 68
Jan 29, 2021
Fixed! See Quizmaster's comment above for why it happened. It was my mistake originally, sorry
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Level 73
Jan 29, 2021
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think a temperature can be "lower" or "higher" and the air / water / whatever is "warmer" or "colder". The same way a car is moving fast, but its speed is high.
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Level 70
Mar 28, 2021
That's true, however colloquial English seems to favour 'hotter/colder' to describe temperature. This is the sort of thing people will furiously debate online!
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Level 60
Nov 12, 2023
I think it's fine as is. Hotter temperatures, faster speeds.
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Level 55
Jan 29, 2021
Brilliant Idea!
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Level 79
Jan 29, 2021
Got all right except for the military deaths question!
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Level 79
Jan 1, 2024
Got the same question wrong again!
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Level 39
Jan 30, 2021
Theres no way i got 100% first try great quiz
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Level 85
Jan 30, 2021
The distance between NZ and Australia is actually 4,163km.
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Level 80
Jan 31, 2021
No sorry, it just isn't. Sydney to Auckland is about 3800 km but Lord Howe Island (part of New South Wales) to Cape Reinga is about 1300 km. The distance could be less than 1300 km if Three Kings Islands are used instead of Cape Reinga, but they're uninhabited and sometimes that doesn't count for quizzes around here.
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Level 70
Feb 3, 2021
The infinite coastline paradox would suggest that both Colombia and Norway have equal coastlines.
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Level 68
Feb 3, 2021
Well aware of that, but unfortunately not all infinities have the same order. (I believe they do in this case). Common sense says the question implies "longest coastline to a finite precision".
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Level 82
Jan 1, 2024
And it’s not Colombia in the quiz anyway.
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Level 91
Feb 3, 2021
I don't know if this is because of a recent update or not, but question 8 appears to be broken. I selected the picture of Norway, the additional fact at the bottom indicates Norway is the correct answer, but I get the question wrong for some reason.
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Level 68
Feb 3, 2021
Seems to work fine for me
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Level 28
Mar 28, 2021
noice 😉
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Level 27
Mar 28, 2021
14/15!!!!!!!
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Level 53
Mar 28, 2021
Nice! I got everything right except the last one.

Thought Argentina was bigger population wise - apparently not :(

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Level 66
Mar 28, 2021
No, Argentina has a highly low population compared to many countries. Ethiopia is the second biggest by population in Africa (after Nigeria), a continent that will one day dominate population.
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Level 73
Aug 22, 2021
"highly low", nice
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Level 50
Mar 28, 2021
15/15 first try yes!
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Level 32
Mar 28, 2021
wow I guessed on like 5 of them and I got a 15/15
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Level 58
Mar 29, 2021
Wow, I thought Japan would have won overwhelmingly because of its war tactics. Neat
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Level 35
Mar 29, 2021
Took my by surprise, the DRC only borders 4 countries.
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Level 82
Jan 1, 2024
What?

… no it doesn’t.

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Level 68
Mar 30, 2021
Australia is a long way from New Zealand. When I was overseas, people would say, "Can you catch a ferry there?"

That ain't gonna happen! (Tasman Sea is so dangerous).

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Level 57
Mar 30, 2021
I liked this one
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Level 59
Mar 30, 2021
I got them all right somehow. Definitely shocked to see that.
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Level 22
Mar 30, 2021
All except iceland vs canada
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Level 68
Mar 31, 2021
I love this quiz.
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Level 68
May 3, 2021
I thought Jamaica used shillings...
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Level 43
Jun 20, 2021
I legit put effort into maybe 8 questions but the rest were guesses and somehow I got all correct
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Level 59
Oct 1, 2021
Only one of these quizes I didnt get 100%. I got 14/15 tho
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Level 48
Jan 5, 2022
Nice quiz. 14/15.
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Level 34
Jan 11, 2022
the most controversial one was the only one i got wrong, sorry jamaicans
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Level 49
Jan 26, 2022
in second question about people, it says "France has around 65 million, Spain has about 47" How does a country only have 47 people?????
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Level 65
Feb 28, 2023
47 millions, the order of magniture is obvious enough not to have to be repeated
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Level 29
Jan 2, 2024
Vatican City only has 800, it’s not too far off
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Level 66
Aug 11, 2022
That was fun.

I really enjoyed this format.

It helps reinforce my knowledge of flags, outlines, and names. It also provides a nice trivia bit. And I thought that the trivia questions were well-chosen; they made me consider the geographical positions of the countries, as well as how they might interact with their neighbors.

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Level 43
May 9, 2023
Wow 14/15
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Level 61
May 24, 2023
14/15, for the nuclear missiles question, I read China as the USSR for some reason. Damn.
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Level 71
Nov 1, 2023
Please review whether South Africa has twelve official languages with the addition of the South African Sign Language.
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Level 27
Nov 10, 2023
14/15 missed question 7
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Level 78
Jan 1, 2024
Love the word of the day addition! Here’s to a jetpunk full 2024!
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Level 62
Jan 1, 2024
Let’s go nitpicky for this new year!

Do questions 9, 12, 13 really fit this quiz? It is not really a “competition” between both countries. One country answers the question and the other one doesn’t, but no country “beats” the other one. It would be weird to say “country 1 has more -ish than country 2”.

I don’t know if I’m clear.

Nice quiz anyway.

And happy new year!

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Level 66
Jan 1, 2024
A new day, a new year....same old JP!
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Level 62
Jan 2, 2024
Yes indeed! Sorry, couldn't resist :p
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Level 56
Jan 1, 2024
You made total sense. How can countries go "head to head" and compete when we're talking about distances between each other? Or coastline lengths? Wording of this quiz needs updating to make more sense.
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Level 66
Jan 2, 2024
I love it when people who've been on here for years and never contributed one quiz get all bossy and picky about others...... Hahahahaha.
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Level 67
Jan 1, 2024
the quiz image is toptier xD
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Level 20
Feb 17, 2024
Nooooo! I should have 15/15 but then I changed my mind with the question with the official languages nooooooo! 😤😢😭
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Level 65
Jul 11, 2024
Thumbnail pic looks like the recent 2024 Euros semifinal