20 Countries on a Topological Map

Can you guess these 20 countries, highlighted in blue, on a topological map of the world?
A topological map is a type of diagram that has been simplified so that only vital information, such as borders, remains. Other details, such as size and shape, have been removed.
The black areas represent large bodies of water
Some island countries are omitted
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Last updated: October 25, 2020
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 Country Afghanistan Algeria Andorra Brazil Canada
 Country Chile D. R. Congo Greece Guatemala Indonesia
 Country Israel Italy Mongolia Portugal Saudi Arabia
 Country South Africa South Korea Turkey Ukraine Vietnam
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Level 56
Sep 21, 2020
Got em all first try! Nice quiz! You can make a randomised version of it!
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Level 68
Sep 21, 2020
Here is the randomized version: Random Countries on a Topological Map. Go check it out!
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Level 76
Sep 21, 2020
brilliant idea. please try to make similar quizzes
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Level 68
Sep 21, 2020
Thanks! I have a few similar ones here. But I'll be making more similar quizzes so subscribe so you don't miss them :)
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Level 85
Sep 21, 2020
Wow. This took me a while to figure out. But once I did, I really enjoyed it. Thanks!
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Level 83
Sep 21, 2020
Wow, 1 minute in and I'm thinking "what the h*ll is this all about? It makes no sense." Having gotten a couple through guessing and then examining those for clues, the light bulb slowly went on. Finished with ~20 seconds left. Very clever!!
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Level 63
Sep 2, 2022
Same - finished with 17 seconds to spare.
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Level 85
Sep 21, 2020
18 of 20. My brain hurts.
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Level 56
Sep 21, 2020
Did you just throw some random shapes on a map and call each one a different country?
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Level 56
Sep 22, 2020
These aren't just bunch of random shapes, each of them represent a unique country, and it's clearly stated in the first caveat.
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Level 56
Sep 22, 2020
I realised that after taking this quiz twice and the map quiz of it once, at first i thought it was ridiculous that this quiz was featured, but after taking the map quiz, i began to love it, and now i see it as a masterpiece.
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Level 89
Sep 21, 2020
That...was...trippy...I LOVE IT!!!
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Level 56
Sep 21, 2020
Congratulations on the feature! A well deserved feature!
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Level 51
Sep 21, 2020
Yeah, Congrats! I knew you could do it!
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Level 68
Sep 21, 2020
Thanks everyone! Glad to finally get featured :)
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Level 79
Sep 21, 2020
Wow, this was weird...and pretty great!
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Level 70
Sep 22, 2020
I think everyone did what I did and that is typed in every country I could think of and hope something happened. I'm still not sure what happened and why?
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Level 79
Sep 22, 2020
I made educated guessed base of the rough shape and location of the blue shapes etc., so that I finished with 1:39 remaining.
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Level 61
Sep 22, 2020
Only borders(both land and sea) matters here.
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Level 75
Oct 18, 2020
I'm with you Malbaby. I still don't get it, but congrats on the feature, zwerth.
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Level 63
Nov 3, 2020
Every white or blue shape is a country. The blue ones are the ones you have to guess. The black lines are oceans or bodies of water like the Black Sea or Caspian Sea. Size and shape are 100% not to scale, just borders. For example, the very top left shape is Canada, below that is the US, and then Mexico, Guatemala, and little triangles of Belize and El Salvador.
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Level 81
Dec 4, 2020
Thank you for the explanation. I absolutely could not figure out what the blue and white was.
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Level 71
Jun 7, 2024
Nope I got em all by reading the map. Many are well chosen so you can immediately see what they are instead of having to count from a reference point.

If you do not get what is going on, maybe this helps;

The continents are roughly divided by the black lines (and the middle east has it own "region" too). Then it is set up by bordering countries. So when an actual country borders two other countries, they represent a shape here that borders two other shapes.

Just try to spot South-Africa and Italy now, the only two countries that completely envelop another country. You will spot them quite easily.

And lets think about say Portugal and South-korea, they only border one other country, so you will manage to find those too (have to be on the "outside"), though already a bit trickier since they might not be in the location (north east south west) you expect them to be.

This way you can find reference points and go from there. Left of South-africa is Namibia etc.

Hope this helps :)

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Level 72
Sep 22, 2020
This is one of the best quizzes I've done on this site, just beautiful! Must have taken a lot of work!
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Level 64
Sep 22, 2020
I loved this! I hope you can get featured the all countries!
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Level 86
Sep 22, 2020
This was great. Once you get one, you start to see the pattern. Like South Africa with it's two little boxes representing Lesotho and ESwatini. Nice job!
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Level 65
Sep 22, 2020
Phew, that was tough but interesting. Made me really think. Well done.
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Level 73
Sep 22, 2020
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Level 82
Sep 22, 2020
Took me until there was like 45 seconds left to finally figure out that I was supposed to guess the blue areas...
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Level 71
Sep 22, 2020
this is one of the coolest quizzes I've seen
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Level 75
Sep 22, 2020
20/20, it was interesting.
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Level 82
Sep 23, 2020
Easy
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Level 75
Oct 18, 2020
Hard
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Level 71
Sep 23, 2020
Awesome quiz! I loved the challenge of figuring out the map. My only complaint is that it says that countries with no borders are omitted (which makes sense), but so are the Dominican Republic/Haiti and UK/Ireland, which do have a border. It would be possible to have them represented too (as two countries that only border each other and are surrounded by ocean).
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Level ∞
Sep 23, 2020
Changed the caveat to "some island countries are omitted".
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Level 77
Sep 25, 2020
wow, amazing!
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Level 70
Sep 28, 2020
Very good quiz! A bit confusing at first sight, but finally very interesting!
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Level 71
Sep 28, 2020
I guess I just don't get it. I typed in "Brazil", and a box lit up. I then typed in EVERY country that borders Brazil, and not one of the adjacent boxes lit up. I could get the occasional other country to show up randomly, but it would similarly lead to nothing else. Huh.
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Level 68
Sep 28, 2020
Well, the idea of the quiz is to only type in the countries that are highlighted in blue. So, you have to determine which country is which by their borders and general geography. Hope this helped!
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Level 71
Oct 1, 2020
Actually, you're right, it did help! Thanks!
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Level 75
Oct 18, 2020
I'm pretty dense at this kind of quiz, but I think if you had said the answers were the countries in the blue boxes I could have understood it much better. I thought the blue boxes must be some sort of water feature. Now that I know those are the countries to get, it makes more sense.
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Level 66
Oct 2, 2020
Wow ! Quite hard but really interesting :D
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Level 56
Oct 13, 2020
That is an amazing idea
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Level 90
Oct 18, 2020
I had trouble figuring this quiz out at first, but then once I understood it, it became a lot easier.
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Level 70
Oct 18, 2020
The highlights aren't showing up for me? I'm using a Mac and the Opera browser. Other map quizzes don't have this problem
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Level 68
Oct 18, 2020
Hmm, that's very odd. I'm not sure why this is happening... maybe try using a different browser? It works on chrome for me
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Level 40
Oct 18, 2020
this hurts my brain
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Level 68
Oct 18, 2020
I didn't really know what I was doing, but I must have because I kept guessing countries and getting them right all in a row! (they were educated guesses). Still don't get it though, despite the high scores!!
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Level 71
Oct 18, 2020
It took me the longest time to figure out it's the blue areas you're supposed to guess. -_-
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Level 71
Oct 18, 2020
Loved this, excellent logic exercise.
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Level 65
Oct 18, 2020
mind-blowing, good one!

Thanks

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Level 58
Oct 18, 2020
Very challenging quiz! Congratulations! I love it!

pls make a second part

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Level 68
Oct 18, 2020
There actually is a second part already! Here it is: 20 Countries on a Topological Map #2. And go check out the rest of the series if you liked this one!
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Level 39
Oct 18, 2020
This was a crazy challenge but I loved it! Got everything except one on the first go. The right-hand portion of the 'map' was the most challenging by far.
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Level 53
Mar 27, 2024
I was trying to guess Oceania countries. For the bottom one I thought it was Fiji and those would be Tonga and Vanuatu for the triangles, and then it hit what it was.
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Level 43
Oct 18, 2020
Absolutely loved this quiz! Thank you for creating it :)
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Level 75
Oct 18, 2020
This is such a cool idea! Also, this is abstract art and I want it framed on my wall
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Level 53
Oct 18, 2020
dunno how i feel about mongolia being so small :((. love the quiz tho
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Level 65
Oct 18, 2020
too small for Mongolia
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Level 77
Oct 18, 2020
"A topological map is a type of diagram that has been simplified so that only vital information, such as borders, remains. Other details, such as size and shape, have been removed."
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Level 57
Oct 18, 2020
Awesome quizz!
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Level 66
Oct 18, 2020
Please make a quiz for all country polygons in this map.
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Level 68
Oct 18, 2020
I've already made a map quiz for this: Topological Map of the World Quiz. You can also check out the whole series for other similar quizzes!
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Level 68
Jun 20, 2021
That quiz won the nomination, but didn't get featured. Why not? And now we can't nominate it again.
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Level 57
Oct 19, 2020
One of the best quizzes of the site
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Level 82
Oct 19, 2020
Loved it!! Great, abstract, amazing
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Level 35
Oct 19, 2020
Brilliant and original quiz! Congrats!
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Level 72
Oct 19, 2020
Genius idea! loved it
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Level 65
Oct 19, 2020
This is super weird! First time I've ever seen something like this, and I got 20/20
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Level 68
Oct 19, 2020
Really cool quiz! Where did you find this map?
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Level 68
Oct 20, 2020
I actually made this map myself, along with all the other topological maps in my other quizzes! I got the concept from here, but the actual design is all mine :)
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Level 71
Oct 20, 2020
Great!
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Level 44
Oct 20, 2020
Argh! So hard!
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Level 60
Oct 20, 2020
Incredible! Really enjoyable. Thank you.
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Level 58
Oct 20, 2020
This is such a good idea. Great quiz =)
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Level 82
Oct 21, 2020
Didn't have a clue
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Level 60
Oct 22, 2020
Congrats om the feature, but your “all countries of the world on a topological map” should be featured as well
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Level 49
Oct 25, 2020
A wonderful concept!

Suggestion: Include in the description that the shapes for the answers are highlighted blue. This should remove the confusion a lot of people are experiencing, while not taking away from the challenge of the quiz. :)

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Level 68
Oct 25, 2020
Yeah, that's a great idea. I'll go ahead and do that, thanks!
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Level 45
Oct 26, 2020
This is... fun.

(No it actually IS really fun. Love it)

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Level 61
Oct 29, 2020
Hi zwerth, I really liked this idea and so I made a few topological maps of Spain, France, Italy and Germany, just wanted to let you know. It was really fun to make so thanks for the inspiration!
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Level 68
Oct 29, 2020
Wow! These are really awesome. I'm so glad I could inspire you to make some similar quizzes. I'll make sure to try all of them and nice job!
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Level 61
Nov 5, 2020
ZWERTH!!!!! One of them got featured!!!! I got my first featured quiz!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU
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Level 68
Nov 5, 2020
WOW awesome!!! That's amazing great job!!!!
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Level 70
Nov 4, 2020
why would you do this
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Level 68
Jan 27, 2021
What do you mean, this is a fun and interesting challenge imo.
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Level 69
Dec 6, 2020
I recall taking this quiz not too long ago and being totally confused. Started to figure it out but time ran out. Just took it again and finally found the groove. Great quiz!
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Level 89
Jan 16, 2021
After taking this quiz a few times I now appreciate the smart kid in the room I didn't understand at first.
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Level 68
Jan 27, 2021
Just love this map! Amazing quiz.
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Level 39
Feb 15, 2021
dafuq is this
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Level 69
Mar 10, 2021
I think you should specific that you're trying to fill in the BLUE areas, not every white box. I was beyond confused when apparently the USA was not below Canada.
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Level 68
Mar 10, 2021
That's already specified in the first sentence of the description :)
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Level 59
Mar 19, 2021
I am dumb or is this really confusing
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Level 57
Nov 2, 2021
Ive been sitting here reading the directions and looking at the map and I still don’t get it
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Level 49
Feb 9, 2022
physiological horror
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Level 56
Feb 14, 2022
How do you figure this out?
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Level 65
May 12, 2023
20/20 at 1st attempt

south korea was a little bit hard

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Level 49
Nov 22, 2023
I absolutely love topological maps, I wish JetPunk made the whole series featured… And does there exist quizzes about topological maps of only one continent ? (edited : I found them :D)
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Level 55
Dec 11, 2023
Got all of them on the first try, but still have no idea how I was able to decipher this map
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Level 56
Mar 22, 2024
Took me 46 seconds, i am getting better with this