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Most Similar Country Names

Start with one country name. Add, remove, or delete some characters and end with another country.
Answer must correspond to yellow box
These are all the countries whose names are within 2 characters of each other
You may not reorder characters in the name
Quiz by WolfCam
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Last updated: September 20, 2017
First submittedAugust 25, 2017
Times taken37,669
Average score52.4%
Rating4.14
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Country
Transformation
Answer
Iceland
Change 1
Ireland
Iran
Change 1
Iraq
Gambia
Change 1
Zambia
Gambia
Change 1, Add 1
Namibia
Austria
Add 2
Australia
Nigeria
Subtract 2
Niger
South Korea
Change 2
North Korea
Mali
Add 2
Malawi
Mali
Add 1, Change 1
Malta
China
Change 2
Chile or Ghana
Zambia
Add 1, Change 1
Namibia
Country
Transformation
Answer
Slovakia
Change 2
Slovenia
Ghana
Add 1, Change 1
Guyana
Brunei
Add 1, Change 1
Burundi
Togo
Add 1, Change 1
Tonga
Syria
Add 1, Change 1
Serbia
Rwanda
Change 2
Uganda
Canada
Change 2
Panama
Oman
Change 2
Iran
Romania
Change 2
Somalia
Nigeria
Change 2
Liberia or Algeria
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Level 72
Aug 25, 2017
Is it just me or Palau/Nauru is incorrect?
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Level 64
Aug 25, 2017
You are correct that would be change 3
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Level 61
Nov 1, 2017
Nice job dude! Thanks for helping me on Reddit WolfCam1!
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Level 71
Aug 26, 2017
Rwanda / Uganda
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Level 71
Aug 26, 2017
Oh, and Finland/ Ireland and Finland/Iceland
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Level 71
Aug 26, 2017
Have the letters to be in the same position after changing? If not, jAPAn and PAlAu would fit too (change 2)
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Level 64
Aug 26, 2017
Rwanda/Uganda yes. Finland/Ireland/Iceland No, And yes they have to be in the same position.
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Level 75
Aug 26, 2017
Fun!
+4
Level 75
Sep 19, 2017
What a cool quiz!
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Level 77
Feb 20, 2018
+1, and more difficult that it seemed at first.
+1
Level 59
Feb 21, 2018
Totally agree with both comments - loved it!
+2
Level 75
Feb 23, 2018
Definitely my favourite in a while, if not ever
+2
Level 64
Feb 23, 2018
Thanks Guys!
+1
Level 66
Sep 19, 2017
How about Italy for "Mali - add 1/change 1"?
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Level 66
Sep 19, 2017
Oh, I realise why not now. You should probably add a caveat telling us the order of characters shouldn't be changed.
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Level 84
Sep 19, 2017
Definitely would have benefited from a note that the order of the remaining letters couldn't be changed.
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Level 72
Sep 20, 2017
Mali for Oman??
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Level 67
Sep 20, 2017
Togo should have 2 answers. Isn't Cobgo correct as well?
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Level 80
Sep 25, 2017
I agree, Congo should be accepted.
+5
Level 65
Oct 7, 2017
"Congo" is not a country.
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Level 66
Sep 22, 2017
Nice. I'd like to suggest Paraguay/Uruguay, that as as obvious as theone Iran.
+2
Level 49
Feb 1, 2022
As obvious as it is, you would have to change a whopping four letters, which would be much more than the rest of the questions listed
+3
Level 71
Nov 22, 2017
Oman / Laos ?
+1
Level 45
Jan 20, 2018
Oman and Iran don't really sound a like... but Good Quiz
+5
Level 77
Feb 20, 2018
The quiz doesn't suggest they sound alike.
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Level 48
Feb 20, 2018
Well, their difference is two letters, but their length is four, which means that the similarity is only 50%. I'm half-hearted on this one, honestly.
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Level 48
Feb 21, 2018
Yeah I think that how much two countries names are similar should be measured by percent, rather than number of letters that need to be changed/added. If you had two hypothetical countries, called 'Bo' and 'Fa', they would end up on this list having only two letters needed to be changed, but really the words would have no letters in common at all. The percent based scale also values longer countries, as having 6 of your 9 letters align (three letters off) would be the same as having 2 out of 3 letters aligning (one letter off).
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Level 72
Feb 1, 2022
I thought the same at first too, but on reflection this is almost certainly the best system for the quiz.

If it was based on % then it might well throw up oddities like United Kingdom & Turkmenistan...

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Level 53
Feb 20, 2018
Togo/Congo? I understand it has epithets but we still call it Congo.
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Level 77
Feb 20, 2018
There are two countries with Congo as part of their name so 'Congo' is not a country.
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Level 87
Feb 20, 2018
Syria - add one, change one could also be Russia?
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Level 77
Feb 20, 2018
Yes, that should be included. Also, "China change 2" should accept India.
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Level 64
Feb 20, 2018
Not if you follow the rules. No reordering of the letters.
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Level 66
Feb 20, 2018
When I started, I thought there was way too much time; and then it took me until 48 seconds left.
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Level 72
Feb 1, 2022
Same, except I only had 26 seconds left!
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Level 48
Feb 20, 2018
Please accept Nambia.
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Level 48
Feb 20, 2018
Ah yes, the country Donald Trump invented.
+4
Level 76
Feb 20, 2018
He didn't invent it - that is fake news
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Level 87
Oct 6, 2018
National association of Marlon Brando look alike?
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Level 69
Feb 20, 2018
Rwanda - Change 2 - Canada
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Level 72
Feb 20, 2018
It's change 2 + add 1 - otherwise you're missing an a.
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Level 48
Feb 20, 2018
Not going to lie...was only able to get Tonga because of their Olympic flagbearer...
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Level 71
Feb 20, 2018
Good quiz, similar to my Double Trouble Country quizzes, here No. 1.........here it is
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Level 37
Feb 20, 2018
The quiz says you cannot reorder letters, so doesn’t that make Austria/Australia incorrect?
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Level 77
Feb 20, 2018
No re-ordering is needed. Just add AL between AUSTR and IA.
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Level 58
Feb 20, 2018
From Zambia to the answer you should have

Change 1, Add 1 in this order (as for Gambia)

I don't know if I'm right but I assumed you made the transformation in order.

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Level 64
Feb 20, 2018
Couldn't stop thinking about Libya for Syria because of the similar sound. But it would take too many changes or 2 plus reordering letters.
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Level 70
Feb 20, 2018
Oman, change 2 - wouldn't you accept Mali?
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Level 67
Feb 11, 2020
It would be subtract one, change one, add one
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Level 64
Feb 20, 2018
Nice one Wolf, well done and thanks
+1
Level 52
Feb 20, 2018
I like this
+1
Level 60
Feb 20, 2018
Uruguay and Paraguay?
+1
Level 55
Feb 1, 2022
thats 3 letters
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Level 69
Feb 20, 2018
Wow. This is the hardest quiz I've taken here in a while.
+1
Level 52
Feb 21, 2018
I can never remember the difference between North Korea and South Korea.
+1
Level 60
Feb 22, 2018
Another cool quiz! Thanks
+1
Level 51
Feb 23, 2018
Good one, thanks.
+1
Level 66
Mar 3, 2018
If you change 4 letters in 'Dora', it makes 'Phil'
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Level 39
Mar 5, 2018
Nice one, but there's waaaaaaay too much time in my opinion. 5:22 left, and had to think about some of them for a while.
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Level 52
Apr 29, 2018
Should China/Ghana be one for "change 2"?
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Level 37
May 6, 2018
If you can't reorder the characters, then how do you get Brunei from Burundi? - And why are Namibia, Iran and iraq on here multiple times?
+1
Level 79
May 13, 2018
B [add-u] rund [change-e>d] i
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Level 40
May 22, 2018
The Romania - Somalia is a good one. :D
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Level 59
Jan 14, 2019
You can make Mali with Oman
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Level 76
Oct 18, 2019
Change 4? Bit out of the scope of this quiz
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Level 55
Feb 19, 2022
No reordering letters
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Level 67
Feb 11, 2020
Fun! With 5 mins to go I allready had 15. With 3 mins to go I only needed mali (add and change). Never got it though.. agonizing 3 minutes haha
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Level 38
Sep 6, 2020
In Austria, you said to add two. But in Australia, there is no I between r and a in Australia. So you have to remove the I and add 3. The word now would become Austriali, while removing the i and adding an a at the end would be Australia. Fix it plz.
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Level 64
Sep 6, 2020
To get from Austria to Australia, you only need to add two. Austr(al)ia.
+1
Level 61
Feb 1, 2022
Love this one
+1
Level 56
Feb 1, 2022
Surprisingly tough
+1
Level 57
Feb 1, 2022
Syria -> Russia

Romania could also be paired with Albania

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Level 67
Feb 1, 2022
Trickier than it sounded, and fun to do. Thanks!
+1
Level 55
Feb 1, 2022
take away zambia's similarity to namibia repeats shoulnt be here plz.
+1
Level 60
Feb 1, 2022
I was so frustrated I missed the Canada clue... and then I saw most others did also. I wonder why? Seems obvious now that I see it.
+4
Level 72
Feb 1, 2022
Unrelated, and probably known by the geo-aces here, but there's a fun wordplay with Sweden and Denmark when they play football. Only the first three letters of each name is shown next to the score, so it looks like this at the start of the game:

SWE 0 - 0 DEN

The letters missing from each country's name are:

DEN & MARK

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Level 43
Feb 1, 2022
That's cool. Another match is POL-AND.
+3
Level 72
Feb 4, 2022
CYP - RUS too

Clearly not as 🤯 as I thought!

Funny that they're all European(ish) counties...

+1
Level 37
Feb 1, 2022
Libya should work for the '' Mali Change 1 Add 1 ''
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Level 48
Feb 1, 2022
They should have done Add 3 for mali to get somalia
+1
Level 59
Feb 1, 2022
13, harder than I expected
+1
Level 55
Feb 1, 2022
For the Togo one, Congo also works.
+1
Level 37
Mar 24, 2022
I was stuck on that China one for ages.