Country Quiz From Who Owns The World

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    This country consists of two large islands in the South Pacific. In 1769, Captain James Cook claimed it for the British Crown. The country has several small, associated islands named the Cook Islands in his honor. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Australia

    • B. 

      New Zealand

    • C. 

      South Africa

    • D. 

      Chile

  • 2. 
    This country is known as the home of the Incan civilization.  Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Venezuela

    • B. 

      Paraguay

    • C. 

      Peru

    • D. 

      Chile

  • 3. 
    60.5% of this Asian country’s active population is engaged in agriculture. But 60 million of these rural people are landless. According to the World Bank, this landless state is the greatest predictor of poverty, more so than illiteracy or caste. Where are you?  
    • A. 

      India

    • B. 

      Bangladesh

    • C. 

      Laos

    • D. 

      Vietnam

  • 4. 
    In 1821, Simón Bolívar successfully launched a war of liberation against Spain and became this country’s first president. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Mexico

    • B. 

      Philippines

    • C. 

      Brazil

    • D. 

      Venezuela

  • 5. 
    This country is a collection of over 300 islands but most of the population live on just four: Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Kadavu, and Viti Levu. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Soloman Islands

    • B. 

      Fiji

    • C. 

      Maylasia

    • D. 

      Philippines

  • 6. 
    This Islamic monarchy is one of the world’s largest producers of petroleum.  The country practices a severe form of Islam known as Wahhabi, and a very low proportion of the country’s women own land. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Iran

    • B. 

      Kuwait

    • C. 

      Saudi Arabia

    • D. 

      Iraq

  • 7. 
    This country is home to Ingvar Kampard, one of the world’s five richest men.  He is the founder of a worldwide retail chain. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Sweden

    • B. 

      Switzerland

    • C. 

      Austria

    • D. 

      France

  • 8. 
    This country is composed of a former German colony and a British colony.  An independent part of the British Commonwealth since 1975, it is almost twice the size of the U.K. Two-thirds of all the world’s ethnic languages, over 750, are spoken here. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      China

    • B. 

      Papua New Guinea

    • C. 

      Malaysia

    • D. 

      India

  • 9. 
    This former French colony fought a war of independence between 1954 and 1962, during which one million countrymen were killed or wounded and one million French colonials left the country. Much of the south of this African country is desert. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Algeria

    • B. 

      Morocco

    • C. 

      Angola

    • D. 

      Egypt

  • 10. 
    This country is a federation of six states including Tasmania. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Canada

    • B. 

      Iceland

    • C. 

      Finland

    • D. 

      Australia

  • 11. 
    This country is in a group formerly called the Windward Islands, along with Carriacou and Petit Martinique. It is part of the British Commonwealth so the land documents are in English. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Madagascar

    • B. 

      Grenada

    • C. 

      Sri Lanka

    • D. 

      Papua New Guinea

  • 12. 
    This Polynesian island gave the US government rights to a naval base at Pago Pago in 1878. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Northern Mariana Islands

    • B. 

      Fiji

    • C. 

      American Samoa

    • D. 

      Solomon Islands

  • 13. 
    As the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, this country became a British Crown colony in 1916. The islands consist of nine atolls with an average height of only nine feet above sea level. They are threatened by global warming as the seas rise.  The capital is Vaiaku. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Cook Islands

    • B. 

      Jarvis Island

    • C. 

      Fiji

    • D. 

      Tuvalu

  • 14. 
    This country was colonized by the British beginning in 1497 but later fell under French control.  In 1759, Britain took control from the French. In 1867, this country became the first Crown colony to obtain self-government. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Canada

    • B. 

      Spain

    • C. 

      Portugal

    • D. 

      Turkey

  • 15. 
    This Caribbean country lies to the east of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  Its residents have had US citizenship since 1917. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Panama

    • B. 

      Guam

    • C. 

      Puerto Rico

    • D. 

      Venezuela

  • 16. 
    In this group of fourteen to sixteen islands, two of them have active volcanoes. The islands are scattered across the Pacific Ocean, east of the Philippines and south of Japan. Goods made in the islands carry the label “Made in the USA.” Where are you?
    • A. 

      The Northern Mariana Islands

    • B. 

      Hawaii

    • C. 

      British Virgin Islands

    • D. 

      Guam

  • 17. 
    This early African country was formerly called the Kongo but became a Portuguese colony and was used for their slave trade. After independence in 1975, the country plunged into civil war. Although it has valuable mineral rights, including oil, estimates for those living in poverty go as high as 90%.  Where are you?  
    • A. 

      Lybia

    • B. 

      Congo

    • C. 

      Angola

    • D. 

      Sudan

  • 18. 
    This country is one of the best diamond sources in Africa. It was formed as a free and independent country for liberated American slaves but civil war has left the vast majority of the country in poverty. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Congo

    • B. 

      Liberia

    • C. 

      Sudan

    • D. 

      Chad

  • 19. 
    Called Dahomey when it was a French colony, the country has a capital city of Cotonou.  Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Benin

    • B. 

      Ghana

    • C. 

      Nigeria

    • D. 

      Morocco

  • 20. 
    This island nation lies off the coast of Cameroon. A 2004 attempt by British-led mercenaries to overthrow the government of President Nguema led to widespread media coverage due to the involvement of Prime Minister Thatcher’s son. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Angola

    • B. 

      Equatorial Guinea

    • C. 

      Mauritania

    • D. 

      Zimbabwe

  • 21. 
    This country is named for one of its rivers and has a beautiful coastline on the Atlantic.  It was previously part of Sierra Leone. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Guinea-Bassau

    • B. 

      Liberia

    • C. 

      Ghana

    • D. 

      Gambia

  • 22. 
    This country is a 3,375,496,490-acre desert with no indigenous people. It has no capital city. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Siberia

    • B. 

      Antarctica

    • C. 

      Greenland

    • D. 

      Uzbekistan

  • 23. 
    This country was formerly the British colony of Basutoland. It is completely surrounded by South Africa. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Botswana

    • B. 

      Namibia

    • C. 

      Lesotho

    • D. 

      Chad

  • 24. 
    This country was formerly known as Zaire and is the 12th largest country in the world.  Over 3 million people are thought to have died in the civil war that has been going on since 1999. The United Nations estimates that 95% of the population lives below the poverty line, although the country has great mineral wealth of gold, diamonds, and oil.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

    • B. 

      Cameroon

    • C. 

      Gabon

    • D. 

      Senegal

  • 25. 
    The fifth-largest country on earth, its rainforest absorbs greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, reducing global warming. Anywhere from 4 to 20 million acres of rainforest are cleared here every year. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      China

    • B. 

      Russia

    • C. 

      Brazil

    • D. 

      United States

  • 26. 
    Simón Bolivar and Antonio Sucre liberated this country from Spain in 1824 but the country has remained poor. However, things may improve under Evo Morales, the first native president. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Peru

    • B. 

      Bolivia

    • C. 

      Argentina

    • D. 

      Chile

  • 27. 
    This country shares an island with Haiti. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Dominican Republic

    • B. 

      Jamaica

    • C. 

      Cuba

    • D. 

      Costa Rica

  • 28. 
    This country includes the Galápagos Islands, where nearly 70,000 travelers a year visit the place that inspired Charles Darwin’s The Origin of the Species.  Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Panama

    • B. 

      Ecuador

    • C. 

      Honduras

    • D. 

      South Africa

  • 29. 
    In 1818, this South American became a republic. That ended in 1973 when Augusto Pinochet overthew the democratically-elected president. After his death, the country returned to its democratic roots. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Paraguay

    • B. 

      Uruguay

    • C. 

      Argentina

    • D. 

      Chile

  • 30. 
    This country gained independence from Britain in 1919 but is currently occupied by NATO and U.S. forces.  Property rights are protected under sharia law, and the government holds all land in trust on behalf of Allah.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Pakistan

    • B. 

      Yemen

    • C. 

      Afghanistan

    • D. 

      India

  • 31. 
    In 1984, Saddam Hussein offered land to foreigners and in 1987 announced the privatization of all agricultural land. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Iran

    • B. 

      Kuwait

    • C. 

      Iraq

    • D. 

      Pakistan

  • 32. 
    All land in this country is vested in Sultan Qaboos. A remarkable feature of homeownership is that the Sultan grants every male head of household a dwelling in an urban area as well as another in a rural area when they reach maturity. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Oman

    • B. 

      Palestine

    • C. 

      Yemen

    • D. 

      Saudi Arabia

  • 33. 
    Approximately 90% of the more than one million population of the Gaza Strip live on less than $2 a day and are totally dependent on international assistance.  Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Cuba

    • B. 

      North Korea

    • C. 

      Myanmar

    • D. 

      Palestine

  • 34. 
    This country became independent in 1922 under the presidency of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Pakistan

    • B. 

      Turkey

    • C. 

      Syria

    • D. 

      Iran

  • 35. 
    This European monarchy appears to have feudal sovereignty over Greenland.  Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Sweden

    • B. 

      Finland

    • C. 

      Denmark

    • D. 

      Norway

  • 36. 
    This is the largest country on earth with over 100 distinct nationalities and 180 ethnic groups. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Unites States

    • B. 

      Russia

    • C. 

      China

    • D. 

      Australia

  • 37. 
    This country was originally a Swedish colony but it was taken over by Russia before it finally gained its independence in 1921. Ikea is a large landowner here. The capital city is Tallinn. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Romania

    • B. 

      Denmark

    • C. 

      Poland

    • D. 

      Estonia

  • 38. 
    You are in the capital city of Bratislava in this European country.  Their constitution was enacted in 1992, and Prince Hans Adams of Liechtenstein is one of the largest landowners.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Luxembourg

    • B. 

      Slovakia

    • C. 

      Germany

    • D. 

      Russia

  • 39. 
    This country is all that remains of Yugoslavia, a country created at the end of the First World War in order to unify the south European Slavic peoples.  Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Czech Republic

    • B. 

      Greece

    • C. 

      Serbia

    • D. 

      Romania

  • 40. 
    After the Second World War, a group of statesmen from this country formed the European Union as a means of preventing future conflicts. Therefore, the capital of the EU is in this country. Where are you?
    • A. 

      United Kingdom

    • B. 

      Belgium

    • C. 

      Switzerland

    • D. 

      France

  • 41. 
    This country is home to the world’s largest individual landowner who owns over one-sixth of the planet’s surface—and it’s a woman!  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Iceland

    • B. 

      Finland

    • C. 

      United Kingdom

    • D. 

      United States

  • 42. 
    You are in a British Commonwealth country that is one of the poorest in the world.  In the 1890’s, copper was discovered and created a need for labor.  A “hut tax” was imposed, and natives took jobs in the mines because they were one of the few sources of cash available to them.  But the copper mines have collapsed, and 87% of the population lives on under $2 a day. 16.5% of the population is infected with HIV or AIDS. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Malawi

    • B. 

      Zambia

    • C. 

      Sudan

    • D. 

      Zimbabwe

  • 43. 
    This country was known as Ceylon but changed its name when it became independent in 1972.  It is a democratic socialist republic with an executive presidency, and most of its population is Buddhist. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Bhutan

    • B. 

      Sri Lanka

    • C. 

      Bangladesh

    • D. 

      India

  • 44. 
    This Islamic monarchy was formed from parts of British Malaysia and became independent in 1984.  The Sultan is the sole owner of land, and the country has some of the largest oil reserves in the world.  The capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan has a population of 27,285.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Mongolia

    • B. 

      Indonesia

    • C. 

      Brunei

    • D. 

      Pakistan

  • 45. 
    This Asian country is headed by an Emperor, and Buddhist and Shinto temples number in the thousands.  The U.S. Pentagon holds leases on 127,000 acres of land here.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Japan

    • B. 

      China

    • C. 

      South Korea

    • D. 

      Thailand

  • 46. 
    This Asian country’s 18,000 islands make it the world’s largest archipelago.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Indonesia

    • B. 

      Philippines

    • C. 

      Malaysia

    • D. 

      Japan

  • 47. 
    This was an ancient kingdom of the Twa people, who were supplanted by the Tutsis in the tenth century.  It was governed by Germany and then Belgium.  Since independence in 1962, warfare between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes has claimed more than one million lives.  In 2007, it had the lowest gross national income in the world.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Uvira

    • B. 

      Niakundulu

    • C. 

      Kasongo

    • D. 

      Burundi

  • 48. 
    This former Italian colony was created from land taken from Ethiopia in the 1890s.  Its capital is Asmara.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Ethiopia

    • B. 

      Eritrea

    • C. 

      Somalia

    • D. 

      Sudan

  • 49. 
    You are in an Asian country that is a Buddhist monarchy, ruled by King Jime Singye Wangchuck.  He has said that GNH (Gross National Happiness) is more important than GNP (Gross National Product).  Where are you?
    • A. 

      China

    • B. 

      Thailand

    • C. 

      Bhutan

    • D. 

      South Korea

  • 50. 
    This European country is the smallest in the world with just 108.8 acres.  Yet its head of state is one of the largest landowners in the world with roughly 177 million acres held in his name.  Where are you?     
    • A. 

      Vatican City

    • B. 

      Iceland

    • C. 

      Luxembourg

    • D. 

      Switzerland