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Countries With No Rivers

Try to name all countries that do not have any permanent rivers.
According to Wikipedia
Quiz by Sonko
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Last updated: December 14, 2019
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First submittedJune 28, 2012
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Africa
Comoros
Asia
Bahrain
Kuwait
Maldives
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
United Arab
Emirates
Yemen
Europe
Malta
Monaco
Vatican City
Oceania
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Nauru
Tuvalu
North America
Bahamas
69 Comments
+38
Level 71
Nov 7, 2012
Saudi-Arabia - what???
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Level 34
Nov 8, 2012
Haha, I know it's hard to belive. But just check it on a map!
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Level 76
Dec 29, 2017
I just googlemapped the town of Baish, Saudi Arabia, and on satellite view there's a pretty big looking river that runs from a lake in the north through just east of that town. The source lake looks like it's dammed, which would mean a permanent source of water to feed that river.
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Level 66
Dec 29, 2017
Jerry, I think that doesn't count exactly because of the dam. Close the watergates on a period of drought, and you have no river.
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Level 70
Apr 20, 2018
On Google maps there is an river in Saudi Arabia near the city of Almuzaylif
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Level 83
Apr 20, 2018
@Nichoboy, if you look at the satellite images on Google maps that river doesn't look very permanent.
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Level 37
Apr 20, 2018
@Jerry 928 @Nichoboy A permanent river is a river that has water flowing all throughout it all year round, Saudi arabia has many many rivers, but non are permanent
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Level 82
Apr 20, 2018
There was a river that flowed by my house in Riyadh about 3 times a year whenever it rained because the drainage system was useless.

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Level 45
Apr 20, 2018
Woah, I didn't know Jetpunk allowed picture comments
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Level 82
Apr 20, 2018
I've posted a couple before that got deleted. I think one stayed up that I had taken myself. QM is mostly concerned about copyright infringement.
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Level 31
Jul 24, 2020
i got 7
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Level 68
May 9, 2022
That's crazy. I studied a degree in Civil Engineering and did my masters in Hydrology at a very small and unheard of University in England (Bolton), which despite being poor in most fields, was the accredited Uni in the region for engineering. There was a large cohort of Saudi Arabian students who came over to study who were sent by the Saudi government, after they cherry picked the right University, so that they could study sufficiently and form their own Environment Agency, which didn't exist beforehand.
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Level 72
May 9, 2022
Is that a river, or a flash flood?
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Level 82
Aug 31, 2022
Sadly the picture seems to have gone missing now. Google "Riyadh flooding" to see plenty of similar ones. Imam Saud Street was the name of the specific street/river.
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Level 72
Dec 29, 2017
Interesting quiz. Face palmed on the two I missed.
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Level 87
Dec 29, 2017
Hmm... now that I think about it, I guess there was no gondola ride through Vatican City after all.
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Level 78
Dec 30, 2017
Oh, I made a similar quiz. Mine had Tonga, but I guess something counted as a river since I made it.

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/77845/countries-that-have-no-rivers

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Level 59
Jan 4, 2018
Hah, I made the same quiz as well using wikipedia as a source and that list included Tonga.
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Level 52
Jul 24, 2020
Tonga doesn’t have rivers. They have a few creeks and a single stream.
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Level 60
May 9, 2022
Probably the one running through 'Ohonua, its marked in google maps
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Level 31
Dec 31, 2017
im terrible at this...
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Level 74
Jan 7, 2018
You're in good company! :P
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Level 49
Feb 24, 2018
Here's a funny story: I had typed "no" into the search area, and thought I had clicked on "Countries with no snakes". I automatically started the quiz without thinking, and I was still doing pretty well! I was at 16/17, through the quiz, then took a look at the title and saw it read "Countries with no rivers". *facepalm* But hey, 16/17 is still pretty good when you think you're taking a different quiz!
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Level 67
Feb 29, 2024
You got one more than me.
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Level 53
Apr 20, 2018
This has been easier than I thought.
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Level 86
Apr 20, 2018
Follow up quiz: name all the countries that are ONLY rivers. Answer: The Gambia.
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Level 62
Apr 20, 2018
There are more countries that are basically just the floodplain of a few rivers, like Bangladesh and the Netherlands
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Level 72
May 9, 2022
I visited the Netherlands last month and went on one of their boat tours. The skipper informed us that even the King has a Masters degree in water management. They’re pretty good at putting land where no land should be.
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Level 66
Apr 20, 2018
Is it weird that when I got to the North America section my mind was like "CANADA, try Canada, I think it's Canada."
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Level 75
Aug 23, 2020
Happens to me all the time! Have to type in the obviously wrong answer just to prove to my brain that it's wrong...
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Level 77
Apr 20, 2018
Wow, I got them all - except ALL of the arab states. Somehow that didn't get onto my radar!
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Level 74
Apr 24, 2018
Glad I'm not the only one - I often go blank on them; probably because I never associate them instantly/particularly with Asia
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Level 65
Apr 20, 2018
Your source also lists Libya and Tonga.
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Level 38
Apr 20, 2018
😈😈😈😈hoshnic Is the longest river in Saudi Arabia.
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Level 82
Jul 24, 2020
Not a permanent river.
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Level 73
Jun 20, 2020
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Level 81
May 9, 2022
This. And Djibouti.

Sonko please fix. Especially since it’s worth points now.

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Level 71
Apr 20, 2018
I'm surprised I got all of them
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Level 48
Feb 19, 2019
I found it hard to believe there are no rivers in all of The Bahamas, but first google link is a Wikipedia article "There are no rivers in the Bahamas."
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Level 78
May 9, 2022
I was most surprised by the Bahamas. I just assumed it would be one of the smaller Caribbean nations.
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Level 75
May 9, 2022
What matters most is elevation. Which is why I missed Comoros. I just assumed there would be some permanent river flowing down the volcano on Ngazidja.
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Level 42
Dec 4, 2019
Kuwait????
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Level 74
Jul 24, 2020
I always thought the Tigris (Euphrates?) river emptied into the ocean in Kuwait. Guess not.
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Level 57
May 12, 2022
Yeah, it enters the Gulf at the Iraq-Iran border.
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Level 65
Jul 24, 2020
Comoros has the Lingoni River on Nzwani Island
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Level 65
Jul 24, 2020
Great idea

I had thought of Maldives upfront, and forgot about it when at the end of the quiz!! D':

Thanks!

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Level 75
May 9, 2022
Highest natural point is about two metres above high tide. Hard to build much of a current.
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Level 71
Sep 10, 2020
Technically, by Danish standards, there are no rivers in Denmark, but only streams called "Åer". A river in Danish is called a "flod", and we don't have any of these.
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Level 64
May 10, 2022
Exactly, Benjamin, there are no rivers in Denmark, just little creeks and streams.

There is not enough elevation and not enough distance to gather a large enough flow of water to qualify as a river. Even the longest stream, the Gudenå, doesn't qualify as a river.

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Level 67
Nov 6, 2021
* types Bahrain * okay, makes sense.

* types Qatar * a little unexpected, but believable.

...

* types Saudi Arabia * what?

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Level 78
May 9, 2022
It's 95 percent desert. Not -that- surprising.
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Level 52
Feb 19, 2022
There are several rivers in Comoros
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Level 78
May 9, 2022
Which?
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Level 55
May 9, 2022
I definitely went on a boat on a big river in Dubai UAE years ago, but it's called Dubai Creek, so maybe a creek is not a river? Confused.
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Level 49
May 9, 2022
I think that it is a common feature of languages that smaller and bigger flows of water have different words for them, but the river names people have given are not 100 % systematical (like small flow could have the same name as big, and bigger flow somewhere else could be called as if it is smaller).

I am not a native speaker, but I think that "river" in English is a common term for rivers and creeks, like "joki" 'river' in Finnish as a term with broader meaning includes also smaller flows, which can be called as "puro".

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Level 81
May 9, 2022
Dubai Creek is not a river (or a creek for that matter) - it’s an inlet. It’s entirely salt water and fed by the ocean. There is no separate source for it, which is one of the defining characteristics of a river.
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Level 67
May 9, 2022
Missed Maldives and Monaco
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Level 56
May 9, 2022
aka countries of the middle east and some islands
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Level 36
May 9, 2022
managed to get Comoros with only 16 seconds left
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Level 8
May 11, 2022
i forgot the Yemen
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Level 32
May 12, 2022
Great quiz! But I believe that there is a river in The Bahamas called Goose River. You can find it on Google maps and other web sites.
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Level 48
May 16, 2022
I forgot Vatican :D
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Level 22
Jul 23, 2022
now i know why tonga is not in there
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Level 61
Feb 16, 2023
wait, micronesia has rivers?
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Level 39
Jul 31, 2023
great quiz! got Bahamas with 0:06 left :))
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Level 59
Nov 4, 2023
Using the power of Wikidata, Comoros has a few permanent (although they seem to be disappearing) rivers such as the Jomani River (NYT article), Bahamas has the Goose River
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Level 67
Feb 29, 2024
The Goose link is dead.
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Level 58
Apr 23, 2024
Could argue that the Maldives are a group of rivers with islands in it.
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Level 28
May 7, 2024
I swear I typed Saudi Arabia but it didn't count