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Countries Similar to U.S. States by Population

The map of the United States has been filled with country flags. Each state represents a flag of a country that has a similar population number to it. Can you name all of these countries?
To avoid repeating countries, for some states the second most similar country by population was included instead
Quiz by RLJ
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Last updated: July 5, 2022
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First submittedApril 20, 2021
Times taken37,861
Average score72.0%
Rating4.98
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State
Country
Alabama
Ireland
Alaska
Solomon Islands
Arizona
Laos
Arkansas
Armenia
California
Iraq
Colorado
Singapore
Connecticut
Eritrea
Delaware
Djibouti
Florida
Sri Lanka
Georgia
Dominican Republic
Hawaii
Equatorial Guinea
Idaho
Latvia
Illinois
Rwanda
Indiana
Lebanon
Iowa
Mongolia
Kansas
Qatar
Kentucky
Panama
Louisiana
Mauritania
Maine
Estonia
Maryland
Turkmenistan
Massachusetts
Libya
Michigan
Honduras
Minnesota
Finland
Mississippi
Jamaica
Missouri
El Salvador
State
Country
Montana
Cyprus
Nebraska
Guinea-Bissau
Nevada
Bosnia and Herzegovina
New Hampshire
Trinidad and Tobago
New Jersey
Papua New Guinea
New Mexico
North Macedonia
New York
Romania
North Carolina
Czech Republic
North Dakota
Bhutan
Ohio
Bolivia
Oklahoma
Georgia
Oregon
Kuwait
Pennsylvania
Guinea
Rhode Island
Eswatini
South Carolina
Norway
South Dakota
Fiji
Tennessee
Bulgaria
Texas
Yemen
Utah
Uruguay
Vermont
Luxembourg
Virginia
Switzerland
Washington
Sierra Leone
West Virginia
Bahrain
Wisconsin
Denmark
Wyoming
Suriname
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Level 84
Apr 20, 2021
What a brilliant idea and map! Nominated :)
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Level 74
Apr 20, 2021
Thanks very much!
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Level 55
Apr 20, 2021
Apparently Cyprus is in North America! Great Quiz nommed!
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Level 74
Apr 21, 2021
Thank you!
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Level 68
Apr 27, 2021
Might as well be, since apparently it's not where the whole world (including Cypriots) thinks it is!
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Level 31
Apr 24, 2021
AMAZING
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Level 74
Apr 24, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 70
Apr 24, 2021
Such a brilliant idea! Congrats for this great quiz! Nomed ;)
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Level 74
Apr 24, 2021
Thanks a lot!
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Level 68
Apr 27, 2021
The Hawaii one is really hard - if only because you can't really see the flag in those tiny islands!
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Level 75
Dec 18, 2021
yeah i’m amazed anyone at all got hawaii, let alone 38% as of now
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Level 65
Dec 21, 2021
I had the same issue, I got all other 49, just missed Hawaii. Maybe some of the 38% got it correct during their 2nd attempt.
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Level 50
Aug 22, 2022
Only the first attempt counts, not the first, that’s all I gotta say, Hawaii is also the only one I missed :( no perfect score, but I did got it on second try
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Level 64
Aug 22, 2022
I only got Hawaii because I could just barely see the tree!
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Level 48
Feb 14, 2024
I could see the tree barely if I both clicked on the map and zoomed in, and it is the flag where the crest looks like it was drawn by a kid, so I remembered it by a tiny glimpse.
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Level 68
Apr 27, 2021
This was fun! Great idea!
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Level 74
Apr 27, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 89
Apr 27, 2021
My country is Nevada. Not bad.
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Level 65
Apr 27, 2021
This quiz is AWESOME!

How did you make it, I have an idea similar to this quiz but very different ;)

also, there is 30 nominations but only 176 plays, which is pretty darn good!

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Level 74
Apr 27, 2021
Thanks! I made it using the clip function in Inkscape.
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Level 65
Apr 27, 2021
Cool! I have a pretty awesome idea for a world quiz, I hope you don't mind!
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Level 74
Apr 27, 2021
Not at all, go for it :)
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Level 65
Apr 27, 2021
Ah, I don't really like asking for help but I kind of need help... I really haven't learned much about inkscape yet. How would I import images into the map and clip them? If you want I can send you a collaboration thing so you can see what I'm trying to say.

The most advanced thing I've used is the dot placer XD

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Level 74
Apr 27, 2021
Copy paste an image from Wiki Commons or any other source onto your SVG, put the image over a country / subdivision shape and select both shape and image at once while holding shift. Then go to Object -> Clip -> Set
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Level 54
Apr 27, 2021
Amazing Quiz! Nominated!
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Level 74
Apr 27, 2021
Thank you!
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Level 65
Apr 28, 2021
I made a quiz using the clip function, but when you guess the countries they don't turn green like yours :/
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Level 74
Apr 28, 2021
Make sure that the answers are connected to their paths. Remember that the paths have to be borders around the images, not the images themselves
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Level 65
Apr 27, 2021
Really goes to show how large and small countries compare to state populations. I never thought yemen had such a similar population to a single US state.
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Level 67
Apr 30, 2021
This is a really great quiz. I do think it would be good to keep it to the country with the closest population, even if there is overlap, as that would provide a truer comparison (by which we could learn with more accuracy). But I suppose there are enough countries, probably with similar populations, that it's not a big deal. Either way, very imaginative and well-executed quiz.
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Level 74
May 1, 2021
Thanks a lot for your kind words! I was thoroughly thinking about which countries to include so that the map is accurate enough, despite there being no repetitions. Therefore I made sure that all countries are very close in population to the states they represent. I believe this map already shows a good comparison of state and country populations. I decided to not repeat any countries in order to make the quiz hopefully more fun and challenging, since there are more unique answers.
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Level 62
May 1, 2021
Very good quiz, got all in 3:16. I think it would be interesting to see a comparison of GDP/HDI of US states with other countries as well.
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Level 74
May 1, 2021
Thank you! I might consider making a quiz about that
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Level 65
Aug 1, 2021
Sorry, but the flag that is equal to Ohio does not exist, that is not the flag of Bolivia. The flag of Bolivia has an icon in the middle. Fix that, please.
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Level 74
Aug 1, 2021
Version without the coat of arms in the middle is acceptable. Wikipedia Commons was my source for all flags, this was used for Bolivia.
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Level 55
Aug 1, 2021
Maybe fix the fact you never credited the original creators on the quizzes you copied, jackass.
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Level 84
Aug 1, 2021
Love this quiz! Fascinating to see the population comparisons, plus it just looks cool. Great job Saturn!
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Level 74
Aug 1, 2021
Thanks a lot, dug! Flattered to hear this from an artist quizmaker :)
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Level 68
Aug 1, 2021
I say this without exaggeration. This is my favorite quiz!
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Level 74
Aug 1, 2021
Thank you, I'm glad you like my quiz!!
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Level 71
Aug 1, 2021
I think I already told you on the version you made for Chinese provinces, but I think this concept is really cool and very original! I really hope this can get featured!
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Level 74
Aug 7, 2021
Thanks a lot, glad to hear it!
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Level 19
Jul 28, 2023
could you make one for Indian states soon
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Level 38
Sep 14, 2021
Wow it was really hard to see Djibouti and equitorial guinea I thought equitorial guinea was iran
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Level 57
Nov 11, 2021
How do people see Equatorial Guinea from that its just islands
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Level 42
Dec 18, 2021
Equatorial Guinea's capital city is on an island...
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Level 65
Dec 21, 2021
Sure, but how does this relate to how visible their flag is on this map.
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Level 59
Feb 15, 2022
I recognized the tree
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Level 65
Aug 22, 2022
I can see that. I saw there was something there, which was mildly familiar. But all I could think about was Lebanon. My guess was something in central america/caribbean
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Level 51
Dec 12, 2021
Great quiz, could you do one for similar size as well?
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Level 86
Feb 4, 2022
Fantastic quiz! Sad that DC is left out though
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Level 84
Jul 11, 2022
Maybe because DC isn't a state?
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Level 44
Apr 6, 2022
love it! :)
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Level 55
Apr 14, 2022
It's ironic that you still have to type in the name of a US state despite the nature of the quiz! Great quiz and nominated.
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Level 74
May 3, 2022
Haha, thanks!
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Level 62
May 29, 2022
The flag covering New Mexico reminds me of the actual flag of New Mexico. They're kinda similar.
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Level ∞
Jul 4, 2022
Great quiz! One suggestion to make it even better. After the quiz is over, display the flag map in the stats by adding a hint column.
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Level 74
Jul 4, 2022
Thank you!! I'll see what I can do
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Level 88
Jul 4, 2022
Also, @SaturnTheQuizzer, would it be possible to show the flags of the countries not guessed at the end of the quiz—perhaps greyed out but still visible?

I enjoyed this quiz a lot, thank you!

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Level 70
Jul 4, 2022
Great job! If you choose to make another one of these, it would be interesting to see one for India or China :)
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Level 74
Jul 4, 2022
There exists one for China already! Feel free to check out the rest of the series here.
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Level 77
Jul 6, 2022
I was secretly wishing that Georgia would be the right answer for Georgia.
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Level 49
Aug 6, 2022
Fantastic idea!
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Level 74
Aug 23, 2022
Thanks!
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Level 50
Aug 22, 2022
Lots of “guinea” countries
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Level 64
Aug 22, 2022
All 4 of them are included...
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Level 60
Aug 22, 2022
I liked it a lot and it made me realise how populous the usa actually are.

My only issue is that the flag on Hawaii is hard to see. I got it right by accident lol.

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Level 64
Aug 22, 2022
The other 3 Guineas are on here; just guess the 4th and hope it works!
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Level 66
Aug 22, 2022
Idaho 🤝 Latvia

Potatoes

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Level 21
Aug 22, 2022
Great quiz!

I think that Hawai'i is very hard to see.

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Level 22
Aug 22, 2022
This is a really great quiz! I have subscribed and will check out some of your other quizzes! Be proud of yourself.
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Level 74
Aug 23, 2022
Thank you so much!
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Level 75
Aug 23, 2022
Very cool idea.
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Level 67
Aug 24, 2022
What a shame Georgia isn't able to be the flag for Georgia. Nowhere near actually - 10.5mil for the state; 3.7 mil for the country.
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Level 20
Dec 16, 2022
Good game, however it would have been better if Ohio had the coat of arms for Bolivia as that's what it's recognized as best. Also perhaps an option to show a larger version of the flag especially for states like Hawaii. Nonetheless, I got 50/50.
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Level 28
Jan 26, 2023
Well, if i was living in the country with a similar population to my state, id be in trouble. (mass)
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Level 72
Feb 19, 2024
If anything, it just made it more glaring how bad Yemen is right now. Very poor, large population. Similar thing with Iraq/California.
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Level 19
May 7, 2023
DC could be Guyana of 702,625 but Guyana shows 789,951
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Level 55
Feb 14, 2024
DC isn't a state.
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Level 19
May 7, 2023
334,174,365 it looks like increased up 6 million to now.
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Level 17
Aug 13, 2023
only missed eswatini, solomon islands and equatorial guinea thats it
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Level 62
Aug 22, 2023
i got hawaii while tryna guess washington and i got washington while tryna guess ohio, stupid me forgetting about [answer redacted]
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Level 64
Sep 12, 2023
Nevada and Bosnia looks same ?!
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Level 55
Feb 14, 2024
No, yet they do have similar population.
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Level 56
Oct 31, 2023
Its crazy the percent of people got equatorial guinea (including me). People on jetpunk really like their geography. It would be like 0.0001% if normal people took it
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Level 46
Dec 14, 2023
i tried every single west african country for ohio, coats of arms on flags aren't great but at least make a country recognisable
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Level 46
Feb 15, 2024
nothing can go right in ohio
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Level 71
Jan 21, 2024
What a brilliant idea for a quiz! Really enjoyed this one.
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Level 50
Jan 22, 2024
The flags did not load in the map for me...
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Level 32
Feb 14, 2024
minnesota and finland is cool, since there are a lot of finnish people there!
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Level 50
Feb 14, 2024
Oh the flags loaded for me now so that’s good
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Level 50
Feb 14, 2024
Great quiz! I can’t believe that Yemen actually has that many people. There might also be too much time, I got 50/50 first try on mobile with a minute left.
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Level 27
Feb 15, 2024
No way 36 is the average.. People defo cheating
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Level 72
Feb 19, 2024
New to Jetpunk?
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Level 46
Feb 15, 2024
well we got all three guineas
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Level 53
Feb 17, 2024
All four, in fact (Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea & Papua New Guinea)!
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Level 24
Feb 15, 2024
interesting coincidences I found:

-North Dakota has the largest Bhutanese population in the US

-Minnesota has a lot of people with Finnish ancestry

-Uruguay and Utah both start with U, and there aren't many places that do

-New Mexico and North Macedonia both start with N

-Armenia and Arkansas both start with A

-Nevada and Bosnia are both hilly and mountainous places

-Maine and Estonia are both fairly cold places

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Level 47
Feb 17, 2024
Great quiz. I can't believe I got Equatorial Guinea! The only reason why I got it is because of the recognizable tree on Maui.
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Level 83
Feb 18, 2024
Hawaii is really too hard to see.
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Level 57
Feb 26, 2024
Funny that New Mexico has North Macedonia. NMs together.