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Countries that Beat Iraq

For each selected category, name any of the countries that ranks higher than Iraq.
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Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: May 18, 2021
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First submittedApril 2, 2021
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Rank
Category
Countries
4
Most native Arabic speakers
Egypt | Algeria | Sudan
5
Most proven oil reserves
Venezuela | Saudi Arabia | Canada | Iran
4 (t)
Flag with the highest % of black
Libya | Papua New Guinea | Angola
2 (t)
Most number of official languages in Asia
Singapore
7
Earliest to gain independence from Britain as
colonies, protectorates or mandates
United States | Canada | Australia | Afghanistan |
Egypt | New Zealand
5
Most recent to "change" flag
Afghanistan | Mauritania | Malawi | Libya | Myanmar
2
Least peaceful [1]
Somalia
4
Highest date (fruit) production [2]
Egypt | Iran | Saudi Arabia
5
Most populous capital starting with B
China | Thailand | Argentina | Colombia
4
Highest fertility outside Africa [3]
Afghanistan | East Timor | Pakistan
2
Longest border with Saudi Arabia
Yemen
9
Shortest coastline, among countries
that have one [4]
Monaco | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Nauru | Jordan |
Slovenia | Togo | Tuvalu | Barbados
3
Highest recorded temperature [5]
Kuwait | United States
6
Highest obesity rate
* among countries with > 10 million people
United States | Jordan | Saudi Arabia | Turkey | Egypt
2
Largest country containing the letter Q
Mozambique
13
Most recent to abolish monarchy permanently
* excluding Commonwealth nations
Nepal | Central African Republic | Iran |
Laos | Greece | Ethiopia | Afghanistan | Libya |
Maldives | Burundi | Yemen | Rwanda
3
Source of the most foreign-born
Swedish residents [6]
Syria | Finland
4
Destination of most Turkish exports [7]
Germany | United Kingdom | Italy
47 Comments
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Level 74
Apr 2, 2021
Thanks for adding in the individual sources. :)
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Level 72
Apr 3, 2021
New Zealand has less than 10 million inhabitants
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Level 87
Apr 3, 2021
What first sprang to mind in the "most black flag" category was ISIS.
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Level 67
Apr 3, 2021
I tried "US", "USA", "America", "United States"....but none of those worked for the least peaceful question
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Level 78
Apr 3, 2021
There's plenty wrong with the US now, but I'd be hard pressed to think that it'd be the least peaceful country as of late.
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Level 83
Apr 5, 2021
You are two days late with the April Fools joke.
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Level 89
Apr 7, 2021
Yes, you are the db aren't you?
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Level 58
May 17, 2021
ah yes, america, infamous for being less peaceful than *Iraq*
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Level 83
Feb 10, 2022
to be fair they are responsible for half the violence in Iraq
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Level 70
Apr 3, 2021
"Highest date production”. I'm not a native English speaker but I think something is missing or the word "data" has some other meaning that I know?
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Level 83
Apr 3, 2021
A date is a kind of fruit. What is your native language, and what do you call it?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_palm#Fruits

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Level 70
Apr 4, 2021
Thanks, now that name makes sense. My language is Polish, and this fruit is called "daktyl". I had never seen an English translation of that word, so when I read "date" I thought in terms of time. Clicking the link in [2] didn't help because the first thing that popped up was the production of rice.
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Level 55
Apr 3, 2021
This was featured just 3 or 4 hours after its creation! Might be a record!
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Level 51
Apr 4, 2021
Nope, QM's quizzes are featured the moment they are submitted.
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Level 55
Apr 4, 2021
Excluding QM
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Level 82
Apr 3, 2021
"Highest obesity rate * among countries with > 10 million people"

New Zealand doesn't belong here - it has 4,851,000 people.

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Level 76
Apr 4, 2021
The Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India lists its 22 official languages.
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Level 71
Apr 30, 2021
Right, but those aren't really official. It seems that India defines whether or not languages are official based on whether the federal government uses it, so it doesn't matter what languages the states use.

Anyways, great quiz! I'm shocked that Iraq has such a high obesity rate (above any single Western European country it seems) despite being relatively poor.

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Level 28
May 15, 2021
Middle Eastern countries are a hotbed for obesity after Polynesia. I'm from Turkey and in the small villages the diet is so bad that "fast-food every day" feels like a healthier choice
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Level 88
Apr 12, 2021
I'm confused as to the most recent to abolish the monarchy? That is not even a fraction of all the countries that have done so. There are all the commonwealth countries that chose to do so, Laos, Libya, Yemen, Cambodia, and the Maldives, all after Iraq. That is dozens of countries. Why are they not included?
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Level 67
Jun 26, 2022
there is a caveat
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Level 72
May 15, 2021
Wouldn't Ireland also apply for the earliest to gain independence from the United Kingdom / Great Britain?
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Level 73
May 18, 2021
Rephrased that one.
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Level 18
May 16, 2021
I couldn't believe Beijing, Buenos Aires, Bogota, and Bangkok were all invalid...but I'd forgotten I needed to guess the countries.
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Level 29
May 17, 2021
same
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Level 73
May 18, 2021
Now they are.
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Level 69
May 17, 2021
Nice quiz, but I think you have a hot potato on your hands with the independence question (generally accepted to be 1932 for Iraq). Take South Africa for example. The Union of South Africa is formed in 1910, with the same status as other dominions that you have listed as predating Iraq's independence. It was forced to join WWI, but got to sign the treaty of Versailles as an independent country (as did the other dominions). In 1926 the Balfour Declaration recognised the independence of the dominions, in 1931 the Statute of Westminster legally recognised the independence of the dominions and in 1934 South Africa enacted legislation to confirm its independence. In contrast New Zealanders only confirmed their independence in 1986. How can it possibly be that New Zealand could be said to be independent before Iraq but South Africa cannot? I enjoyed the quiz though.
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Level 60
May 18, 2021
I was typing Bangkok and Beijing instead of the country names...
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Level 47
Jun 22, 2021
question 5. Brazil is correct answer
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Level 65
Sep 23, 2021
I think Afghanistan changed their flag pretty recently
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Level 74
Nov 22, 2021
This. Update for Afghanistan?
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Level 79
Dec 2, 2021
I tried Afghanistan too
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Level 69
Sep 30, 2022
Almost exactly a year later and yes, Afghanistan is still not accepted as a "new" flag
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Level 81
May 16, 2023
And another year later… Afghanistan?
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Level ∞
May 16, 2023
Updated
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Level 84
Dec 14, 2021
The DRC, according to Wikipedia, has a coastline of 37km. How is it that your calculations arrive at 211? This seems a very large relative disparity.
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Level 71
Feb 23, 2022
I believe Afghanistan, France, and Honduras could all count for the flag clue now
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Level 62
Apr 12, 2022
Highest % of black in flag? I bet ISIS would take on that challenge!
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Level 49
May 2, 2022
France changed its flag recently
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Level 47
Jun 22, 2022
Afghanistan changed his flag recently
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Level 69
Jan 6, 2023
I do believe Afghanistan and even France would count for that flag question now
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Level 81
Mar 8, 2023
Iraq is #3 or lower for least peaceful in 2020, 2021, and 2022. More than the answer accepted are correct.
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Level 64
Jun 14, 2023
nice quizz, but a lot of mistakes...
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Level 71
Jul 22, 2023
I wondered about Malawi in the flag question, and looked it up. Apparently they had a different flag 2010-2012, and the current one is the same as before 2010. Huh, I never knew about it changing.
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Level 58
Aug 7, 2023
I think that there might be something wrong with the question about the most populated capital city starting with B. The capital of Argentina, La Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, has only 3 million inhabitants, way less than Baghdad. You may be referring to the population of the province Buenos Aires, but this is not the capital of the country.
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Level 81
Jan 13, 2024
No.

City proper of BA only has 3.1 million, true. But the metropolitan area as 15.1 million (or 15.6 million, depending on whether you're looking at Citypopulation.de or Wikipedia).

This is as opposed to the province with 17.5 million according to both of those sources - so they're not getting mixed up, but we're just looking at metro area rather than city proper.

This could be made more explicit in the quiz perhaps, yes, but city proper isn't IMO a great metric to use for comparing cities internationally like this, since different countries typically have very different ways of measuring where a city begins and ends. Baghdad for example doesn't have any useful notion of a city proper that is smaller than the metropolitan area - it's just divided into 9 District Advisory Councils, and 89 neighbourhoods.

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Level 67
Feb 1, 2024
Is Yemen not more violent now?