"Second Best" Geography Edition #3

Can you name the things that place #2 in these geographical categories?
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Last updated: December 14, 2021
First submittedJune 21, 2020
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Category
First
Second
Most spoken language in the United States
English
Spanish
Longest river in the world
Nile
Amazon
African country with the northernmost point
Tunisia
Algeria
Largest desert in Africa
Sahara
Kalahari
Most populous U.S. state
California
Texas
Biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea
Sicily
Sardinia
Most populous African country
Nigeria
Ethiopia
Country with the highest population density
Monaco
Singapore
National capital closest to Madrid
Andorra la Vella
Lisbon
First country alphabetically
Afghanistan
Albania
Last country alphabetically
Zimbabwe
Zambia
Southernmost capital city in Europe
Valletta
Athens
Biggest island in the Philippines
Luzon
Mindanao
Most populous city in Ohio (city proper)
Columbus
Cleveland
Country producing the most oranges
Brazil
China
Most populous island
Java
Honshū
Canadian province with the smallest land area
Prince Edward Island
Nova Scotia
Most populous national capital starting with T
Tokyo
Tehran
Country with the most stars on its flag
United States
Brazil
Northernmost national capital
Reykjavík
Helsinki
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Level 66
Jun 22, 2020
Fun quiz - but Albania comes before Algeria, so it should be 2nd after Afghanistan I believe.
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Level 73
Jun 22, 2020
Seconded.
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Level 74
Jun 25, 2020
Fixed
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Level 75
Dec 8, 2021
Quite pleased with myself here - got 18 of them on the first guess. Got the remaining two in 2 guesses for Ohio (behind Cincinnati) and 3 for oranges (behind Spain and India).
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Level 81
Dec 9, 2021
Zambia comes before Zimbabwe
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Level 74
Dec 9, 2021
Which is why Zimbabwe is given and Zambia is the second best
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Level 69
Dec 16, 2021
Source for orange production? If you look at wikipedia (not the best source I am aware), China isn't even in the top three: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citrus_production

My biased general knowledge for years was that the USA was the second largest producer, with either China or India or Mexico being third (varying from year to year), and several sources back me up on that; however, maybe something drastic happened since 2015 and I'm out of date.

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Level ∞
Dec 16, 2021
Source is the FAO department of the UN.
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Level 69
Jan 7, 2022
This? https://www.fao.org/3/cb6492en/cb6492en.pdf

Wow, that's eye opening! The USA's orange production is less than 1/13th of what it was in the early 1980's, while China's production increased 4x since 2011.

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Level 63
Dec 16, 2021
Wow that island question was pretty eye opening. Never knew how populated Java was!
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Level 76
Dec 16, 2021
Jetpunk Interesting Facts: "It is up for debate whether the Nile or the Amazon is the world's longest river."

Also Jetpunk: (Question 2)

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Level 57
Dec 17, 2021
The most populous U.S. state question is already in your "second best" geography quiz #2
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Level 54
Jan 18, 2022
You might also want to try the randomized version.
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Level 46
Apr 16, 2022
Got all except somehow missed Amazon.... embarrassing