How well do you know the countries of the world?
The planet encompasses countries that are home to fewer than 100,000 people like Monaco and the Cayman Islands, as well as countries that are home to more than 1 billion residents like China and India.
The United Nations recognizes 195 countries in the world, and after scouring news articles, research sites, and tourism bureaus, researchers at Stacker created this quiz of 50 countries that would toggle the brains of even the savviest travelers and fact fanatics. While some facts in this article make perfect sense, others may surprise readers. Through research, Stacker discovered some interesting tidbits. For instance, the average French person eats more than 50 pounds of cheese a year and the average Norwegian eats 11 pizza pies a year. The quiz is made up of 100 slides, or 50 pairs of slides. Each pair will open with a slide of clues about a country and end with another revealing the name of the country. Clues may include details of the country's history, culture, climate, location, or flag.
Read on to discover the country that houses the world's tallest mountain and the places that produce the world's most emeralds and coffee beans.
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The second largest country in Europe, the capital of this Slavic nation is Kiev. It was part of the Soviet Union until 1990. It is sometimes called the breadbasket country, due to its high production of wheat.
This nation's green flag features a vertical white band, a large white crescent, and a white star. The first Islamic country to obtain nuclear power, its name means “land of the pure.” Its capital, Islamabad, has a population of more than 2 million people.
More than 160 million people live in what is Africa's most populous country, which is home to the largest and longest river in West Africa and houses Nollywood, the moniker given to this country's movie industry. The nation also has the longest bridge in Africa and a diverse number of butterflies.
This country is the largest country in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest country in the world. Its flag proudly displays a red maple leaf, and the country boasts more than 2,800 hockey rinks.
Marie Curie was born here, a country that is also home to the oldest restaurant in Europe. The country boasts 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites and 24 national parks.
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