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Test Yourself: How Did These Countries Rank?

Every year we hear about one ranking or another of countries around the world, whether it’s the World Happiness Index or the level of wealth in each country - we want to know that our home, is always in first place. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Do you think you'll be able to guess which country is the happiest, the most powerful or even the least peaceful? Try to answer these next 14 questions correctly...
 
Coins arranged in a rising bar graph
 
 
As of 2018, which currency is the strongest among the following?
Of all these currencies, the dollar is actually the weakest. Next is the euro, which is worth $1.24, then the sterling pound worth $1.39, and lastly, the Kuwaiti Dinar at $3.33 (as of 2018).
Kuwaiti Dinar
Euro
Pound sterling
American dollar
Lots of pictures of people
 
 
Which country has the most people living in it?
Despite Russia's vast territory, only 142 million people live there. By contrast, there are about 329 million people in the United States, but India and China are in a completely different league, with 1.296 billion in India, while China has about 1.384 billion inhabitants
Chinese Flag
China
Indian Flag
India
American Flag
The U.S
Russian Flag
Russia
A man holding his pockets showing that they are empty
 
 
As of 2017, which country has the highest external debt (the most money ever owed)?
India's debt to the world is a relatively small sum of only $500 million. On the other hand, Germany and France owe the world about $5 billion, but the United States is number one with a huge debt of almost $20 billion (as of 2017).
American Flag
The United States
Swiss Flag
Switzerland
Indian Flag
India
German Flag
Germany
A village in a mountainous area at night
 
 
Which country is located at the highest altitude (according to the average altitude of all its territory)?
The average altitude in Georgia is 1.4 km above sea level, in Greenland - 1.7 km, in Chile - 1.8 km and Bhutan leaves all of them in the dust at an average altitude of 3.2 km above sea level.
Bhutanese Flag
Bhutan
Nepalese Flag
Nepal
Georgian Flag
Georgia
Flag of Greenland
Greenland
Clocks
 
 
Which country has the most different time zones in its territory?
The answer may surprise you, but because France has different territories around the world, it has a total of 12 different time zones, compared with the US and Russia, with 11 time zones, and Greenland, which has only 4 time zones, despite its proximity to the northern end of Earth.
French Flag
France
American Flag
The U.S
Russian Flag
Russia
Flag of Greenland
Greenland
Olympic Emblem
 
 
Which country has won the most Olympic medals?
The Netherlands has 285 Olympic medals, Canada 302, Russia has only 426 (the rest of the medals won by Russian athletes - 1,010 in number, were received under the flag of the Soviet Union). In first place is the United States, with 2,522 Olympic medals in total.
American Flag
The United States
Russian Flag
Russia
Flag of the Netherlands
Netherlands
Canadian Flag
Canada
Oil rig
 
 
As of 2018, which of the following countries produces the most oil per year?
China produces 4.8 million barrels of oil daily, Russia produces 11.2 million, Saudi Arabia 12.4 million, and the United States ranks first, producing 14.9 million barrels of oil per day (as of 2018).
American Flag
The United States
Flag of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
Russian Flag
Russia
Chinese Flag
China
An elderly farmer
 
 
As of 2017, in which country is the average age the highest?
The average age in Canada is 41.7, in Finland - 43.2, in Japan - 46.1, and in Monaco, the average age is the highest - 51.1 years (as of 2017).
Flag of Monaco
Monaco
Japanese Flag
Japan
Finnish Flag
Finland
Canadian Flag
Canada
Color wheel
 
 
Which country has the most colors in its flag?
The flag of South Africa has 6 colors, the Ugandan flag has 5, the flag of Azerbaijan has 4 colors, and the flag of North Korea only 3.
South Africa
Uganda
Azerbaijan
North Korea
"Welcome" in different languages
 
 
Which country speaks the most languages among its population?
Israel speaks only 37 languages and dialects, including sign language, while Australia speaks 275 languages, but this is also small compared to Nigeria, where 516 languages are spoken, and in first place is Papua New Guinea, where 820 languages are spoken.
Flag of Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
Nigerian Flag
Nigeria
Australian Flag
Australia
Israeli Flag
Israel
Hand over a large red button
 
 
As of 2017, which country is the least peaceful, according to the World Peace Index?
It might be surprising to learn that Iran is considered a more peaceful country than Israel with Iran ranking in at 129 and Israel ranking in at 144. North Korea came in at 150, and Syria, the least peaceful place in the world came in last place (as of 2017).
Syrian Flag
Syria
Iranian Flag
Iran
Israeli Flag
Israel
North Korean Flag
North Korea
A soldier in a battlefield and in the sky parachuters
 
 
As of 2018, which country has the most powerful army according to the World Military Power Index?
Of all these countries, the Israeli army is in last place, with a score of 0.32, followed by the Chinese army with 0.79, second is the Russian army with 0.80, and in first place the US army with a score of 0.94.
American Flag
The United States
Chinese Flag
China
Russian Flag
Russia
Israeli Flag
Israel
A woman raising her hand in the air and smiling
 
 
As of 2018, which country is the happiest according to the UN World Happiness Report?
Brazil is in last place with a score of 6.4, above is Costa Rica with a score of 7, then Switzerland with a score of 7.4 and Finland with a score of 7.6.
Finnish Flag
Finland
Swiss Flag
Switzerland
Brazilian Flag
Brazil
Costa Rican Flag
Costa Rica
An illustration of a person pointing to a light bulb with a brain inside it
 
 
As of 2017, which country ranks first in the Global Innovation Index?
In last place is China ranking 25th, next is Israel in 21st place. However, Singapore is at the top of the list in sixth place, while the country in first place is Switzerland (as of 2017).
Swiss Flag
Switzerland
Flag of Singapore
Singapore
Israeli Flag
Israel
Chinese Flag
China
Try again
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It seems you just guessed for the most part without thinking about current events or the cultures of the countries in question, but we are sure that if you invest a little more thought you’d do much better. True, some of the questions may have been confusing, but this is our world - surprising and unexpected, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse...
Good job
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You were able to answer most of the questions correctly, which shows that you are familiar with the culture and current status of the various countries around the world. However, there are still questions that seem to have confused you, but you can now go over your answers and find out what the right answers are. This will help you learn a bit more about the vast world around you.
Well done!
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You answered all the questions, except perhaps a few, but your score certainly shows that you have a broad knowledge of the culture and history of different countries - how else would you know the answers to these tricky questions? You are a person who knows how to analyze data and come to the right conclusions on your own. Share this test with your friends to challenge them!
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