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Geographic Groups of Four #1

Can you name the members of these groups related to geography?
For "most populous SAN cities", we are referring to CITY PROPER population
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Countries of the UK
England
Scotland
Wales
Northern Ireland
 
Official languages of Singapore
English
Malay
Mandarin
Tamil
 
Quarters of Old Jerusalem
Armenian
Christian
Jewish
Muslim
 
Cities considered to be
"fashion capitals"
London
Milan
New York City
Paris
European countries starting with L
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Lithuania
 
Longest rivers in Africa
Nile
Congo
Niger
Zambezi
 
Most populous Nordic cities
Stockholm
Copenhagen
Oslo
Helsinki
 
Countries where Italian is an
official language
Italy
San Marino
Switzerland
Vatican City
U.S. states that border Mexico
Arizona
California
New Mexico
Texas
 
Major islands of Japan
Hokkaido
Honshu
Shikoku
Kyushu
 
Four letter countries of Asia
Iran
Iraq
Laos
Oman
 
Most populous U.S. cities
starting with "San"
San Antonio
San Diego
San Jose
San Francisco
83 Comments
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Level 66
Sep 30, 2014
Instead of muslim I tried moslem and islamic. They should work, imo
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Level 60
Oct 18, 2018
Islamic should work, I agree, but no one spells Muslim as "Moslem". That's just your ignorance.
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Level 74
Oct 19, 2018
Ignore Guam's ignorance. It's commonly transliterated as Moslem, though far less common now than it used to be. Here's an Ngram showing the changes in time. relessness, please accept 'moslem' as well :)
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Level 81
Oct 28, 2018
As a child, I learnt the spelling Mueslim. In not-so-old books, Mussulman (and variations thereof) was common in the UK.
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Level 75
Dec 6, 2018
Isn't that what people of an Islamic persuasion eat for breakfast?
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Level 69
Oct 13, 2020
Ironic
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Level 63
Oct 30, 2014
Wales isn't a country and hasn't been recognised as such for several hundred years
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Level 82
Oct 30, 2014
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Level 42
Jul 28, 2023
Actually, Northern Ireland is a province of the UK and not a country. So there aren't four UK countries.
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Level 80
Oct 30, 2014
Wales is definitely a country, one of the four that make up the sovereign nation which is the United Kingdom.
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Level 25
Nov 2, 2014
It's a Constituent Country. Just like England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
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Level 79
Oct 18, 2018
Wales is politically and legally more of a country than England - it has its own assembly and its own laws. England doesn't.
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Level 68
Dec 16, 2018
it is and I dont know why people keep saying it isnt... they seem to want it not to be one very badly. (maybe easier to remember, or because it is a strange construction and people like simple?)
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Level 68
Nov 11, 2020
Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland... none of those are countries in any meaningful way. That's why they rightfully don't show up on "countries of the world" quizzes. However, they call themselves countries, so, in the context of the UK, it's okay to refer to them as such - as long as one doesn't confuse them with actual countries. Now, if you're trying to say that some of those should be countries (Free Scotland!), I would agree, but that's up to them to decide!
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Level 57
Aug 18, 2022
I think this is just common usage as much as technical definition. In the UK if we're trying to be precise we often talk about sovereign states. It's obvious why Americans would tend to use a different word.
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Level 82
Oct 30, 2014
Not too hard. Missed one African river and one Japanese island.

And Cyprus exists in the space between spaces. Just like the aliens from Indiana Jones 4.

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Level 59
Oct 30, 2014
I read the category as "Biggest Nordic Countries" and I was getting so angry that Sweden, Finland, etc, weren't working. Then I realized it was asking for CITIES. Duh.

Also, I love how people on this site will argue about the UK in every quiz that asks about it.

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Level 56
Oct 30, 2014
Basically four nordic capital cities.
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Level 62
Mar 27, 2016
Four biggest. Reykjavik is not counted.
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Level 70
Mar 2, 2015
the same thing happened to me :D
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Level 81
Oct 28, 2018
Did the same.
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2018
The title is wrong - Nordic suggests cities in Norway only. This should be replaced with Scandinavian!
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Level 47
Dec 18, 2018
Nordic doesn’t mean Norwegian...
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Level 73
Dec 18, 2018
Helsinki isn't scandinavian.
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Level 51
Dec 25, 2018
Helsinki is in Finland, which is definitely in Scandinavia along with Sweden, Norway Iceland and Denmark
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Level 47
Dec 25, 2018
That is definitely not true. Scandinavia is Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
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Level 75
Mar 8, 2019
akbadry - Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Finland are the Nordic Countries.

Scandinavia is occasionally used as a synonym but more properly is Sweden, Norway and Denmark as per relessness

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Level 58
Sep 22, 2019
Norway, Sweden, and Finland are collectively known as Fennoscandia. Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are collectively known as Scandinavia. Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark are collectively known as the Nordic Countries. Don't get them mixed up.
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Level 75
Dec 28, 2020
There are several definitions of Scandinavia:

- Norway / Sweden (the Scandinavian peninsula, but can also include parts of Finland and Russia)

- Norway / Sweden / Denmark (a linguistic definition, and the most common)

- Norway / Sweden / Denmark / Finland / Iceland (= Nordic countries, a cultural definition also including islands like Greenland and Faroes etc)

Sometimes a certain definition is more appropriate depending on the context, and all are fine and correct if properly explained.

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Level 66
Feb 6, 2024
Due to the existence of Fennoscandia and Nordics, the second one makes most sense to me
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Level 75
Feb 17, 2021
You've just given definitions for 3 different words / phrases instead of 3 different definitions of "Scandinavia"
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Level 75
Oct 24, 2021
Scandinavia can be used to refer to all three. Here's how Wikipedia puts it:

"In English usage, Scandinavia can refer to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, sometimes more narrowly to the Scandinavian Peninsula, or more broadly to include the Åland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Finland, and Iceland."

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Level 14
Oct 31, 2014
how about Faroe Islands?
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Level 50
Oct 31, 2014
Well, they are a part of Denmark.
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Level 59
Dec 26, 2020
The largest city, Tórshavn, has only 13,000 residents, far less than fourth place Copenhagen's 602,000.
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Level 70
Aug 17, 2015
I would like to amend the old saying that nothing's sure but death & taxes to nothing's sure but death, taxes, & that people will argue over whether Cyprus is Asian or European or African & whether the UK actually contains four countries.
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Level 61
Oct 5, 2015
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Level 37
Jan 20, 2019
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Level 72
Jun 26, 2016
And about whether the Faroe Islands and Greenland are independent, lol!
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Level 43
Aug 2, 2016
I will never understand how you can argue about facts :D
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Level 68
Nov 11, 2020
I've never seen anyone outside of jetpunk argue that the UK countries are actual countries, or that Cyprus is in Asia. Maybe I just haven't met the wrong people?
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Level 47
Feb 5, 2017
Should Sikoku be acceptable for Shikoku? In IME input for Japanese, you can get character 'shi' by typing in 'si', same as 'tu' for 'tsu' and 'ti' for 'chi'.
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Level 67
Feb 6, 2024
no, those are just transliterations. つし
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Level 25
Feb 5, 2017
No. You are doing a quiz in English, so please write the answers in English.
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Level 37
Apr 22, 2019
^ alieninvasion109: That is so disingenuous! - The correct answer should be accepted, whatever language it is written in. If not then the English translations of: El Salvador, Costa Rica, Argentina, Belarus, eSwatini, Nicaragua, Honduras, Surinam, Sri Lanka and a host of others should also be required.
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Level 79
Aug 27, 2020
Ludicrous comment. That is how those countries are known in English.
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Level 66
Feb 6, 2024
Côte d'Ivoire and Timor-Leste should be standard though, as those are now the English names
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Level 70
Mar 11, 2021
Yeah the answer above you is just being pedantic
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Level 63
Feb 6, 2017
Since I'm not good with rivers and pretty much everything about Africa I thought so hard about those answers and felt proud to have gotten Niger and Congo (which is actually very easy if you think about it... no judging :P) that I missed the Nile...
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Level 60
Jun 24, 2023
My first two times, I got Congo both times, Niger once, and Zambezi once. I forgot the Nile both times.
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Level 43
Sep 19, 2017
When I lived in Israel I'm pretty sure they called it the Greek Orthodox quarter, not Armenian.
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Level 82
Sep 26, 2017
No they definitely did not. Armenians are NOT Greek Orthodox. There are Greek Orthodox and Catholic churches both in the Christian quarter.
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Level 75
Oct 18, 2018
Two Blocks for 4 letter Asian countries... answers are UK Iceland, Ireland... What???
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Level 38
Dec 17, 2018
Northern Ireland isn't a country they're a province of the UK they have no official flag,no national anthem and don't have any history. England, Scotland and Wales have all of that
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Level 73
Jun 27, 2019
As a Northern Irish person, you are talking out of your hat.
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Level 66
Feb 6, 2024
Well iirc NI was never formally admitted as a country, only a province, while the other 3 have...

Still don't care, it's a country in my eyes

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Level 68
Nov 11, 2020
All four are provinces of the UK.
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Level 57
Aug 18, 2022
Northern Ireland doesn't have any history? M'kay....
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Level 72
Dec 18, 2018
Just wondering why some of these answers are not listed alphabetically. I mean, it makes sense for categories such as "Most populous cities", "Longest rivers" and such, but when its just a list of countries or cities (like Countries of the UK or European countries starting with L), they seem to be ordered randomly. Or am I missing something? Great quiz nonetheless!
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Level 66
Feb 6, 2024
The countries are in the CORRECT order!
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Level 37
Jan 20, 2019
Great quiz, in spite of all the nit pickers!
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Level 78
Mar 23, 2019
Got all except 'Armenian'. I didn't know about any of the 'Quarters of Old Jerusalem', and I just decided to type 'Jewish'. When that worked, I quickly typed the other two, but failed to get the remaining one as I thought it was another religion.
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Level 82
Sep 20, 2019
The Armenians have their own quarter distinct from the other Christians because they got there first. Also their quarter is basically a fortress which is part of why they've managed to stick around so long.
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Level 78
Jan 7, 2021
Interesting
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Level 73
Jul 3, 2019
Both Oslo and Helsinki as about 630.000-640.000 inhabitants. Gothenburg has about 570.000. The gap is so small so wondering if it makes sense to call the four biggest cities a "group" by population (I know that they are capitals, but the question could ask for capitals then).
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Level 59
Dec 26, 2020
If you're asking for capitals, then Reykjavik also has to be included.
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Level 56
Nov 18, 2019
jake quarters more tak si reknete co vlastne chcete
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Level 50
Jan 5, 2020
Ugh got all besides the three Japanese islands except honshu
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Level 33
Mar 13, 2020
Got everything except San Diego. I'm seriously ashamed...
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Level 32
Mar 23, 2020
denmark is nordic? I thought nordic=scandinavian
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Level 79
May 18, 2020
And so what do you consider to be scandinavian?
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Level 60
Oct 3, 2021
They're not the same, but both include Denmark. Denmark, Norway and Sweden make up Scandinavia while Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are all Nordic. (There's a term for the Nordic countries minus Iceland, I think, but I can't remember it.
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Level 60
Jun 24, 2023
Never mind. I was thinking of Fenno-Scandinavia, but that doesn't have Denmark either.
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Level 66
Feb 6, 2024
And includes the Kola Peninsula
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Level 56
Jul 27, 2021
Maybe do First Level Division of UK instead of "Countries of UK
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Level 59
Mar 31, 2023
I typed Santa Fe. Unfortunate, because I thought it was genius
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Level 28
Aug 5, 2023
Don’t worry I did the same thing
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Level 46
Jul 28, 2023
Can you accept "Zambizi" as a spelling for "Zambezi?"
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Level 64
Oct 29, 2023
Pure dead brilliant - more folk knew Scotland than knew England!! That's made ma day!! 🤣🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🤣🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
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Level 67
Feb 6, 2024
good quiz, but longest rivers and largest cities aren't really groups of four. The four is just arbitrary for those categories, unless the number 5 is significantly smaller.
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Level 66
Feb 6, 2024
Orange River definitely isn't far off, but Göteborg makes a bit of sense, at least in terms of urban area, since the others are over 1M
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Level 57
Mar 6, 2024
Can you put the "San" cities in alphabetic order, like every other clue in the test? I kept trying to find the city between San Diego and San Francisco... and it turned out to be San Jose. Thanks.