If You Know Where 17/24 of These Obscure Countries Are, You’re a Geography Whiz

By: Lauren Lubas
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1 - Oman Oman is a coastal country that can be found where in the world?
The Arabian Peninsula
Officially known as the Sultanate of Oman, this Arab country is found bordering Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Surrounded by the turmoil in the Middle East, the government of Oman is a monarchy with a parliamentary system.
The Indian subcontinent
West Africa
South Africa

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2 - Chad The country of Chad might be named after your friend, but do you know where it is?
Central Europe
Central Africa
Although we don't often hear much about the Republic of Chad outside of political unrest, it's a relatively large country that is mostly desert landscape. It has a population of close to 15 million people, despite its climate.
Central Asia
Central America

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3 - Indonesia Can you guess where Indonesia is?
South of Australia
East of Japan
West of Burma
North of Australia
The Republic of Indonesia is a country made up of over 17,000 islands and is considered the largest island country in the world. It is right between Thailand and Australia, sitting between the Indian and Pacific oceans.

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4 - Nauru Where can you find Nauru, the smallest country that is not a city-state?
South of the Solomon Islands
Off the coast of India
East of the Solomon Islands
Nauru holds the record for being the smallest in many different ways. First, it is the smallest island country on the planet. Next, it is the smallest republic, and finally, it is the smallest country that is not owned or governed by another country.
In the Red Sea

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5 - Myanmar Also known as Burma, Myanmar can be found where?
Between Cambodia and Vietnam
Hudson
South of Thailand
Just north of Thailand
Myanmar has a rich religious history. Although Myanmar is a Southeast Asian country, it has a very diverse population. Living in this small country, you can find over 100 ethnic groups.

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6 - North Macedonia On which continent would you find North Macedonia?
Europe
Once a part of Yugoslavia, North Macedonia is situated on the Balkan Peninsula in Europe. It declared its independence in 1991, making it one of the younger countries you can find on a world map.
Africa
North America
Australia

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7 - Guyana Guyana is a pretty small country, but it has a coastline where?
South of Brazil
North of Brazil
Guyana is an English-speaking country that can be found in northern South America. While the majority of the country is covered in rainforest, the capital city has a lot of beautiful architecture.
North of Puerto Rico
South of Bolivia

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8 - Mali Can you tell us where the landlocked country of Mali is?
Southern Europe
Northern Europe
Northern Africa
You may not hear a lot about Mali, but it is the eighth-largest country in Africa (by square miles). It's a relatively young country, as over 2/3 of the population is under the age of 30.
Southern Africa

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9 - Papua New Guinea Where in the world is Papua New Guinea?
Just south of Australia
Off the eastern coast of the United States
South of Brazil
Just north of Australia
There may be a lot of active volcanoes in Papua New Guinea, but there are also gorgeous coastlines with beautiful coral reefs. It is a destination for any world travelers who love the ocean and beaches.

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10 - Bhutan Bhutan might have a name that looks odd to English speakers, but where can you find this country?
East of Nepal
This small South Asian country is home to epic landscape changes that include mountainous areas and plains. It is best known as a Buddhist kingdom that houses some of the most beautiful monasteries in the world.
West of India
North of China
South of Laos

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11 - Kyrgyzstan If you know where most of the -stan countries are located, can you tell us where we can find Kyrgyzstan?
Just south of Pakistan
Just north of Tajikistan
It might be a mouthful to say, but Kyrgzstan has a very mountainous landscape as well as over 6 million people in its population. It is surrounded by other countries that end in -stan, so if you're not a geography expert, it can be a little confusing to remember exactly where it is.
Just west of Turkmenistan
Far north or Uzbekistan

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12 - Moldova On which continent is Moldova?
South America
Asia
Europe
Once known as the Soviet Republic, Moldova sits between Ukraine and Romania. It is filled with Soviet architecture and historical sites, museums and artwork. Those who travel to eastern Europe cannot forget to add this to their itineraries.
Africa

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13 - Tunisia Where can you find Tunisia?
Southern Europe
Eastern Asia
Southern North America
Northern Africa
While Africa itself has a lot of history, Tunisia holds much of the world's history in its museums. Not only will you find archaeological exhibits in the Bardo Museum there, you will also see Islamic art and work from the early Romans.

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14 - Estonia Can you tell us where to find Estonia?
Across the Baltic Sea from Finland
Many don't realize that Estonia used to be a part of the Soviet Union until 1991. While you may know that Estonia is on the Gulf of Finland, you may not realize that the country is home to over 1,000 islands.
Across the Black Sea from Romania
To the east of the Caspian Sea
On the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea

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15 - Belize If you're looking at a map, how would you find Belize?
Look in Eastern Europe
Look in Central America
On the Caribbean Sea, you will find several smaller countries, but Belize is connected to Central America, just north of Guatemala. Not only is Belize beautiful, it has a lot of history and is home to Mayan ruins.
Look in southern Asia
Check out the islands just north of Australia

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16 - Venezuela Venezuela is a little more well-known, but do you know where it is?
Just south of Chile
Just west of France
Just north of Brazil
Although we rarely think of Venezuela as a rich country, it does have a lot of exports that are worth a lot of money around the world. As a matter of fact, in the early 1900s, oil wells were discovered, making Venezuela the owners of some of the world's largest reserves.
Just east of Vietnam

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17 - Togo Do you know where the country of Togo is?
Near the Mediterranian Sea in Europe
Near Iran
Just east of China
Near the Gulf of Guinea in Africa
When you think of Africa, you probably think mostly of ancient archaeological sites and desert landscape. Togo is the kind of country that can prove you wrong. It is considered a tourist destination and includes cultural and historical sites.

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18 - Djibouti It might be difficult to say "Djibouti," but do you think you know where this country is?
On the Horn of Africa
If you're looking for the saltiest bodies of water in the world, you need look no further than Djibouti. This small East African country has gorgeous landscapes and interesting outdoor activities.
In south Africa
In the Middle East
In the Pacific Islands

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19 - Eritrea Which sea makes up the coastline of Eritrea?
The Black Sea
The Red Sea
Sharing borders with Ethiopia and Sudan, Eritrea can be found just north of the Horn of Africa, making it situated directly on the Red Sea. For a smaller country, it has a population of nearly 4.5 million people.
The Caspian Sea
The Mediterranean Sea

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20 - Cyprus Where will you find the island country of Cyprus?
In the Black Sea
In the Gulf of Mexico
In the Mediterranean Sea
Although it lies in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is considered a Middle Eastern country. It can be found off the coasts of Lebanon and Turkey, and though it is large, it is only the third-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
Off of the Yucatan Peninsula

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21 - Qatar Can you tell us where to find the small country of Qatar?
North of Turkey
North of Greece
Next to Italy
Next to Saudi Arabia
Qatar might be near the most ancient civilizations in the world, but it is definitely a place of the future. The skyscrapers are done in gorgeous modern and futurist architectural styles, calling tourists from around the world.

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22 - Gambia The Gambia has a small Atlantic coastline, but do you know where it is?
West Africa
The Gambia may be small, but it is home to wildlife reserves and national parks that help protect some of Africa's most precious wildlife. Kiang West National Park has diverse habitats for all of its animals.
East South America
West South America
East Africa

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23 - Fiji If you know that Fiji is made up of 300 islands, do you think you can guess which ocean it's in?
Atlantic
Pacific
When you think of paradise, chances are you are imagining one of the many beaches that rests on an island in Fiji. A popular tourist destination, the islands of Fiji are peppered throughout the South Pacific.
Arctic
Indian

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24 - Latvia There are several small European countries. Can you tell us where Latvia is?
Just south of Germany
Just south of Italy
Just south of Estonia
Those who are looking for the best of both worlds should make a stop in Latvia during their European vacation. The country is full of lush forests and beautiful beaches that line the Baltic Sea.
Just south of France

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25 - Slovenia Where would someone find Slovenia?
Near Egypt
Near Georgia
Near China
Near Austria
Mountains, lakes, valleys and forests are just a few of the scenic areas you will find in Slovenia. Additionally, this country has some gorgeous classic architecture surrounding its historical and natural sites.

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26 - Suriname Do you know which continent Suriname is on?
South America
If you were a geography expert back in the day, you may know Suriname as Dutch Guiana. These days, it is considered one of the most diverse countries in South America, as it is home to Indians, Javanese and descendants of African slaves.
Europe
Asia
Africa

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27 - Malawi Where on the map would one find Malawi?
In the Pacific Ocean
In Africa
When compared to other African countries, Malawi is actually pretty small, but it has a lot of great reasons to visit. Not only are the people there considered some of the nicest in the world, but its freshwater lake is also one of the most beautiful on the planet.
North of Iran
Next to Japan

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28 - Burundi Where in Africa is Burundi?
West of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
North of Uganda
East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Republic of Burundi is might not be in international news every day, but it does have quite the economy. The country produces tea and coffee, earning it a higher revenue than many other African countries.
North of Rwanda

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29 - Benin On which body of water does Benin have a coastline?
Black Sea
Gulf of Mexico
Mediterranean Sea
Gulf of Guinea
Once known as Dahomey, Benin is considered to be one of the most stable democracies in Africa. If you look at the shape of the country, you will see it's a little odd, but has perfect access to the Atlantic.

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30 - Northern Mariana Islands The Northern Mariana Islands can be found where?
East of the Philippines
This island country is officially known as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. That can be a mouthful, so most people just call it the Northern Mariana Islands. The country is known for its beautiful views and interesting history.
West of the Philippines
South of Australia
South of Papua New Guinea

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31 - Haiti Haiti shares an island with which country?
Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic
Haiti is considered to be one of the most visited Caribbean countries. Tourists flock there for its beautiful views, great people and unique food. These tourists helped to build the country's economy over the years.
Cuba
Cayman

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32 - The Bahamas Where are The Bahamas?
South America
The Pacific Ocean
The Caribbean
Just south of Florida, you can find the Bahamas. The country is well-known for its perfect tropical weather all year, and boasts a solid tourist economy that attracts more and more people every year.
South Africa

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33 - Czechia Czechia, or the Czech Republic, was founded in 1993. Where is it?
Eastern Europe
Western Europe
Southern Europe
Central Europe
Once a part of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic (also known as Czechia) has some of the most beautiful European landscapes available. This country is rich in European history as it lies directly in the center of the continent.

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34 - Maldives Where would you find the island country of Maldives?
South of India
When it comes to tropical vacations and outdoor sports, tourists love to visit the Maldives. This country is picturesque and offers travelers a way to engage in their journey, instead of passively watching the waves roll by.
North of England
West of Africa
North of Japan

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35 - United Arab Emirates On which body of water would you find United Arab Emirates?
Red Sea
Persian Gulf
Those who have never been to the Middle East might not realize that there are some very modern and even futuristic cities available for tourists. In UAE, you can find Dubai and Abu Dhabi, cities that are gorgeous and ahead of their time.
Arabian Sea
Gulf of Aden

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36 - Malaysia Do you know where Malaysia is?
North of Burma
South of Indonesia
South of Thailand
Although you may not hear a lot about Malaysia, it has a booming economy. The tourist economy enjoys gorgeous cities and vast beaches while the financial economy has become a power player in the world market.
North of Vietnam

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37 - Bangladesh Can you tell us where we might find Bangladesh?
West of India
South of Africa
North of Europe
East of India
If you're looking for the longest sea beach in the world, you need look no further than Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar. This beach is well-known for its stunning views and wonderful people.

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38 - Cameroon Cameroon is on which continent?
Africa
If you've never heard of Cameroon, it's time to find out a bit more. The African country has a booming agricultural center that produces everything from bananas to coffee to cotton.
Europe
Antarctica
Asia

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39 - Guinea-Bissau Where would you find the country of Guinea-Bissau?
The Pacific Ocean
West Africa
In West Africa, you can find a lot of smaller countries, and most of them have great tourist attractions such as beautiful beaches and landscapes. However, Guinea-Bissau has a little more sordid history, as it attracted South American drug lords as a stop for deliveries to Europe.
South Africa
Asia

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40 - Lesotho Do you know which country completely encircles the country of Lesotho?
Botswana
Namibia
South Africa
Also known as the Kingdom of Lesotho, this landlocked country is well known for its near-perfect mountain view and beautiful countrysides. The interesting thing about Lesotho is that it is completely surrounded by another country: South Africa.
Zimbabwe

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