Countries by Percent WWII Deaths

Among the countries that exist today, which had the highest percentage of their population die in WWII?
Many of these countries were not independent in 1939
Pacific Theater marked in blue
Quiz by WolfCam
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Last updated: July 24, 2020
First submittedJune 6, 2020
Times taken17,129
Average score42.9%
Rating4.16
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Country
25.3
2,290,000
Belarus
17.1
5,950,000
Poland
16.3
6,850,000
Ukraine
14.7
500
Nauru
14.4
370,000
Lithuania
12.7
13,950,000
Russia
12.5
250,000
Latvia
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Total
Country
11.5
55,000
East Timor
10.7
660,000
Kazakhstan
9.1
657,000
Greece
9.1
300,000
Azerbaijan
8.4
550,000
Uzbekistan
8.3
300,000
Georgia
8.2
5,700,000
Germany
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Level ∞
Jul 24, 2020
Japan: 4%

Italy: 1.1%

UK: 0.94%

USA: 0.32%

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Level 85
Jul 24, 2020
This was much more difficult than I expected. And I find it amazing that as of now, as many as 10% of takers got East Timor, much less that 42% got Nauru.
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Level 82
Jul 24, 2020
Probably the few total number gives it: Just guess where would so few people yield such a big percentage.
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Level 86
Jul 24, 2020
People just don't associate East Timor as much with the pacific.
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Level 73
Jul 26, 2020
I tried Indonesia but didn't think to get specific to Timor.
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Level 86
Jul 24, 2020
Wow the USSR must have shipped a lot of soldiers in from their outer countries.
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Level 68
Jul 25, 2020
i think ethnic buryats had the highest rate of death among any soviet ethnic group, and they're from way out in siberia.
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Level 67
Aug 12, 2020
It kind of surprised me too. However, I visited Kyrgyzstan once, and every small town had a prominent WWII memorial near the center of town. It hit me then that the war affected Russia more heavily than I had realized. Somehow, I thought the monuments simply leftovers from the USSR days when Russia ruled. This quiz seems to indicate that the "stans" lost a lot of people as well.
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Level 57
Jul 6, 2022
Yeah, all of the soviet people were united and that's how they defeated germany. No racism, only friendship between nations
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Level 58
Jul 25, 2020
It would be better to say "modern-day countries" rather than "countries that exist today", because it could possibly mean that the countries to be answered are existent both in that period and now.
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Level 37
Jul 29, 2020
thats what i expected it to be and so discarded most countries since they either didn't exist at the time or don't exist today
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Level 61
Jul 25, 2020
you forgot Israel
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Level 76
Jul 28, 2020
Israel?
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Level 70
Jul 28, 2020
Thought about the same, but I think the quiz counts people who were living in the area of these countries at the start of WW2. Obviously the Jewish people were hit harder than any other people, but they're counted with the area they lived in at the time, converted to nowadays countries, which is a bit confusing.
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Level 84
Jul 28, 2020
Many Jews fled Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Poland, and other places to make aliyah to Israel after World War 2, but the majority of them were alive.
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Level 74
Aug 26, 2020
^ like k says above, many Jews, but zero citizens of Israel, were killed in WWII as Israel didn't come (back) into existence until roughly 3 years after the end of the war.
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Level 61
Apr 22, 2022
Jews do not equal Israelis or vice versa, especially before 1948
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Level 70
Jul 25, 2020
Given how obscure a lot of the answers are the quiz needs a LOT more time. At least 90 seconds more.
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Level 75
Jul 25, 2020
Definitely. I'm a fast typer, but two minutes doesn't give you any time to actually think through any of the answers.
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Level 43
Jul 28, 2020
Tests are supposed to test your knowledge, they aren't supposed to give you time to go through countries until you get lucky...
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Level 55
Jul 29, 2020
It was a pretty easy quiz once you realized you just had to guess a bunch of soviet countries and then the hardest hit allied countries.
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Level 84
Jul 28, 2020
time is perfectly fine as is. You're not supposed to be guessing every country in the world. If you don't know the answer you don't know the answer. If you want to guess every country in the world there's already at least 3 different quizzes for that.
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Level 76
Jul 29, 2020
It was enough for me to make (educated) guesses. I did it in 97 seconds.
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Level 77
Jul 27, 2020
Wow, it's not often I do that badly on a quiz
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Level 72
Jul 28, 2020
Belarus with 25%? Rookie numbers. Just ask Paraguay in the 1860s.
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Level 56
Jul 28, 2020
Why the US just cant mind their own continent and business
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Level 72
Jul 28, 2020
How is that relevant to this quiz? Did the US start the second world war??
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Level 65
Jul 28, 2020
Yes, so vile of America to oppose Hitler and to not sit idly by after being bombed. Maybe your comment makes sense in some contexts. Not this one.
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Level 74
Aug 26, 2020
What a bizarre comment. Was your grandfather in the Gestapo?
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Level 67
Jul 28, 2020
too few people found Greece. The contribution of Greece in ww2 is surely under studied.
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Level 82
Jul 28, 2020
Beyond combat deaths , Greek numbers have a lot to do with the Greek civil war between the two resistance groups, communists and royalists, and food shortages.
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Level 45
Jul 28, 2020
Great quiz! This was definitely trickier than expected. I only got 8 of the countries correct, so it came as a real surprise that I beat the average. It would be fascinating to see which countries get guessed the most that aren't on this quiz
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Level 73
Jul 28, 2020
I'd guess probably Italy and France, those were the two I tried before moving on to eastern Europe.
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Level 61
Jul 29, 2020
What are the numbers for other axis countries like Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania? And the numbers for the Yugoslav countries?
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Level 74
Aug 26, 2020
Kingdom of Yugoslavia, as it was until 1941, accounts for 1,000,000 military and civilian deaths according to this source, of a total population of just over 15M, approx. 6.5%. https://www.nationalww2museum.org/students-teachers/student-resources/research-starters/research-starters-worldwide-deaths-world-war
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Level 61
Jul 29, 2020
mind-blowing!

I clearly sucked, but thanks still

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Level 63
Jul 29, 2020
aka the brutality of the Eastern Front