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Countries That Discovered the Elements of the Periodic Table

Can you guess the modern-day countries that can be credited with the discovery of the elements of the Periodic Table?
Not counting elements described in ancient times
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Last updated: August 31, 2017
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Hydrogen
United Kingdom
18
Oxygen
Sweden
18
Phosphorous
Germany
16
Bismuth
France
11
Ruthenium
Russia
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11
Plutonium
United States
4
Neodymium
Austria
3
Hafnium
Switzerland
2
Nihonium
Japan
2
Radium
Poland
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Platinum
Spain
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Yttrium
Finland
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Radon
Canada
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Vanadium
Mexico
11 Comments
+2
Level 59
Aug 31, 2017
Denmark discovered Hafnium
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Level 70
Sep 1, 2017
Hafnium was discovered by George de Hevesy (Hungarian b. Budapest) and Dirk Coster (Dutch, b. Amsterdam)
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Level 62
Aug 31, 2021
The link above confirms that this is true. So, shouldn't the Netherlands and Hungary have been in the answers? With one each (really a half).
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Level 82
May 1, 2024
It was discovered jointly by a Hungarian and a Dutch, sure. But it was discovered in Denmark. (And named for Hafnia, the Latin name for Copenhagen.)

I have no idea what Switzerland is doing in the answers here. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the discovery of Hafnium.

My best guess is that the quiz setter got the (somewhat similar) flags of Switzerland and Denmark confused? 🤷‍♂️

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Level 51
Aug 31, 2017
The top five, for the most part, make sense. The U.K, what with more or less singlehandedly leading the Western Industrial Revolution, discovered most of the basic elements. Germany and Franc followed close behind, and the U.S. and Russia have been making more discoveries recently, like the newly named oganesson and tennesine, nos. 117 and 118 on the table. But why is Sweden so high? It's not because of high population or cold climate - it's because of the strange island of Ytterby, whose mine produced a staggering seven elements on the periodic table. Never heard of Ytterby? Good. Its population is a scant 0. At least, that's what census results show...anyway, Ytterby's mine was home to the discoveries of ytterby, yttrium, terbium, and erbium (all named for the town) as well as holmium, thulium, and gadolinium (respectively, for Stockholm, a mythological name of Sweden, and Gadolin, discoverer of the elements). And all by itself, tiny little Ytterby bumps Sweden from fifth to second!
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Level 65
Jan 24, 2022
Wasn't aluminum discovered in Denmark?
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Level 82
May 1, 2024
Yes. Along with Hafnium.

Denmark is getting short shrift on this quiz... 😒

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Level 75
Apr 27, 2024
Is this not featured?
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Level 59
Apr 28, 2024
yeah, right? I got a notification of it being featured. Anyone else got one too?
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Level 58
May 3, 2024
Phosphorus is misspelled
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Level 61
May 3, 2024
And isn't Yttrium named after Ytterby, SWEDEN?