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Most Populous Country by First Two Letters

I give you two letters, you name the country with the largest population that begins with those letters.
Population as of 31 July 2023. More info here.
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: July 31, 2023
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First submittedApril 20, 2017
Times taken59,071
Average score75.0%
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Population
Country
BO
12.4 m
Bolivia
PA
241 m
Pakistan
AR
45.8 m
Argentina
BU
23.3 m
Burkina Faso
BA
173 m
Bangladesh
TU
85.9 m
Turkey
CH
1438 m
China
MA
34.3 m
Malaysia
 
Population
Country
LI
6.89 m
Libya
IR
89.2 m
Iran
AF
42.3 m
Afghanistan
AN
36.8 m
Angola
GU
18.1 m
Guatemala
MO
38.5 m
Morocco
NE
30.9 m
Nepal
SA
37.0 m
Saudi Arabia
 
Population
Country
NI
224 m
Nigeria
CA
38.8 m
Canada
AL
45.7 m
Algeria
SE
17.8 m
Senegal
SO
60.5 m
South Africa
SW
10.6 m
Sweden
BE
13.7 m
Benin
TA
67.7 m
Tanzania
+15
Level 58
Jul 15, 2017
Nice quiz! Didn't expect South Africa to have a higher population than South Korea. Maybe add that "Burma " is not an acceptable answer? Otherwise it would beat Burkina Faso.
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Level 70
Jul 16, 2017
It's official name is Myanmar though, so yeah should be obvious its not acceptable
+25
Level 77
Jul 17, 2017
It was Burma for a long time on this site. Only recently has Jetpunk recognized it's sovereignty. And these days, Jetpunk holds about as much water to me as the UN.
+14
Level 71
May 11, 2020
Close the door behind you as you leave.
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Level 57
Jan 7, 2021
No, it's offical (English) name is "Republic of the Union of Myanmar".
+11
Level 79
Jul 15, 2017
My first inclination was to think of states simply because a decent portion are abbreviations.
+3
Level 60
Jul 16, 2017
I was thinking states as well.
+14
Level 77
Jul 17, 2017
Yep...and then you realize that California, if by itself, would be the largest country in the world that begins with CA at 39 million people.
+11
Level 51
Dec 6, 2017
And then you realise that more people live in California than in Canada.
+13
Level 77
May 11, 2020
And then you realise that you are repeating what someone else just said
+1
Level 71
Nov 7, 2023
And then you realise that you are repeating what someone else just said
+5
Level 57
Dec 24, 2017
Think we should do a least populated version!
+5
Level 69
Dec 25, 2017
and there we are

happy holidays y'all!

+10
Level 69
May 4, 2020
Iran stumped me - couldn't get Ireland out of my head, which blatantly doesn't have 80m+ people...
+6
Level 77
May 11, 2020
They're hiding in all the nooks and crannies
+6
Level 59
May 14, 2020
and The Nook's Crannys
+7
Level 89
May 11, 2020
I think once I reach the point where I start guessing lesser-known countries instead of the actual answers, that might be the sign that I'm on JetPunk too much.
+13
Level 85
May 11, 2020
TU's missing an m after its population.
+3
Level 71
May 11, 2020
'cpgatbyu' wins the 'Nitpickers Gold Medal' for May 2020.... Congratulations!
+10
Level 68
May 11, 2020
Getting fairly desperate with these nitpicker awards, eh? Cpg actually brought up a minor, but nonetheless an error in the quiz.
+20
Level 59
May 11, 2020
Cpgatbyu is not a nitpicker. Without the m, TU has a population of only 84.3, which immediately suggests something like Tuvalu.
+7
Level 79
May 11, 2020
I agree, I tried Tuvalu too. Even though I was puzzled about the 0.3 people there...
+4
Level 84
May 11, 2020
Come to one of my family reunions. You'll understand.
+3
Level 64
Jul 1, 2022
its turkey bro :)
+4
Level 56
May 11, 2020
I think the TU country might need their population updated from 84.3 people?

Might be out by a scale factor of a million or so.

+3
Level 60
Jul 31, 2023
'BU' stumped me. What could it be? Butan? Bunei? Then I finally remembered Bulgaria with a few seconds left and it was still wrong.
+1
Level 83
Jul 31, 2023
MA drove me MAD . got 23 could not think of Malaysia . I even tried Malta. then thought I was spelling Mauritania wrong.
+2
Level 67
Aug 3, 2023
No way Pakistan is already close to 250 million...

Didn't they just surpass 200?

And how did Nigeria apparently gain 40 million people in about 5 years?

+1
Level 64
Feb 5, 2024
Bro just discovered rapidly growing countries...
+1
Level 66
Sep 15, 2023
Absolutely refused to believe Belarus had fewer people than Benin. Lol thats a lot of space for only 9.3 mill. Fewer than Greece.
+1
Level 64
Feb 5, 2024
Benin is over half the size of Belarus, but more importantly, Benin (and most of Africa) is rapidly growing in population whereas Belarus is even shrinking.
+1
Level 64
Feb 5, 2024
Almost missed my own country... got it last by a long shot...