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...was formerly known as Nyasaland?
...was where the first season of 'Survivor' was filmed?
...was the first Eastern Bloc nation to begin to dismantle its border fence with western Europe? home to the world's fastest diesel ferry?
...was invaded during 'Operation Enduring Freedom?'
...uses the somoni as its unit of currency?
...has the most FIFA World Cup appearances without a championship? the only Pacific Ocean nation to consist of only one island?
...has won the most Summer Olympics medals without ever having won gold? the only one to have elected a female-majority legislature?
...had a constitutional monarchy after gaining independence from France in 1954 until being overthrown by communists in 1975?
...uses the Nikkei 225 as an index for its main stock exchange? named after France's King Louis XV's Minister of Finance?
...has the least total area of any landlocked country outside of Europe?
...has an exclave of Nakhchivan?
...has the greatest number of languages spoken? the smaller of the two that are the only two in the world to have their capital cities located across a river from one another? the only one in South America to have only two colors in its flag?
...has the most total area of any landlocked country in Africa?
...produces Aldaris beer?
...contains the headwaters of both the Senegal and Niger Rivers?
...was the first to have its voters reject European Union membership?
...that contains the location of the ancient city of Carthage?
...has the Vysshaya Liga as its top division of professional soccer? the only nation in North America not to border the Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean Sea? closest to the Arctic Circle without having any territory inside it?
...was invaded by U.S. troops in 1983?
...was founded and colonized by freed American slaves?
...has the largest desert that is located within only one country? the first to see dawn of each new day? the world's leading producer of renewable energy?
...has a flag with five stars representing the Federal Republic of Central America?
...was the only Pacific island nation to avoid formal colonization?
...has had a runner win either the men's or women's Boston Marathon every year since 1991?
...has the greatest life expectancy at birth? the smallest original European Union member? the home country of Nobel laureates Arthur Lewis and Derek Walcott, making it the country with the most laureates per capita? believed to be home to the most Palestinian refugees? the only non-European country to be completely surrounded by one other country?
...was home to the dodo before its extinction?
...was formely known as Upper Volta? the location of the titular 2006 'Casino Royale' in the 2006 film?
...had its best known site under joint U.S. control until 1999? the world's most densely populated?
...has the longest-serving current head of state? home to the headquarters of both the European Union and NATO?
...sentenced an American teenager to caning for vandalism in 1994?
...has the most official languages?
...has the most populated metropolitan area in Africa? the southernmost of the Lesser Antilles? connected to the continental mainland by the King Fahd Causeway?
...has the northernmost capital?
...was the first to be admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations without ever having been a part of the British Empire?
...has hosted the most Olympic Games?
...does not maintain foreign relations with any permanent members of the UN Security Council?
...has the largest number of Muslims?
...has the world's tallest building? the smallest in the Americas in both size and population? the place of origin of Dalmatians? the larger of the only two to be surrounded by landlocked countries?
...has a flag with stars that are a geographically-accurate representation of the country's islands?
...contains the first New World land visited by Christopher Columbus? closest to Antarctica without any Antarctic territorial claims?
...has Bambara as its most widely understood language? the world's least densely populated?
...has the least total area of any country the Prime Meridian passes through?
ClueCountry home to the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world? the only one to have red and black as the only two colors on its flag?
...had the longest civil war in Latin American history, spanning from 1960-1996? the only non-island nation in North America not to border the Pacific Ocean?
...was the site of the Chernobyl disaster?
...has a capital city whose construction began on previously undeveloped land in 2002? the least populated in South America? the smallest through which the Equator passes?
...that has about 20% of its land area located below sea level? the most recent to gain independence from the UK?
...has residents who are known as Malagasy? the westernmost in the Arab League?
...hosted the first Winter Olympic Games?
...received its current name after independence to decrease confusion with a neighboring country? the oldest independent state in Africa?
...has won the most Olympic gold medals in men's ice hockey? home to Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall?
...has the largest number of Roman Catholics?
...that was known as New Hebrides until independence?
...has its capital located on the island of Guadalcanal? referred to as 'Hellas' in its native language?
...was the only one to have gained its independence from New Zealand?
...has a church that has been under construction since 1882?
...contains the land claimed by the breakaway country of Transnistria?
...has the northernmost metropolitan area of more than one million people? home to the launchpad for the world's first human spaceflight? home to the two holiest Muslim sites?
...was the first in Africa to reach the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals?
...produces Pilsner Urquell beer?
...has a name meaning 'ancient and bearded?' home to Victoria Falls National Park? the least populated OPEC member?
...has its national bird, the grey crowned crane, on its flag?
...has the southernmost capital? planning to move its capital to Ramciel by 2015?
...Kosovo has declared independence from?
...has the lowest high point above sea level, at 7 ft. 7 inches?
...has a flag whose design represents the Pacific Ocean and the country's four island groups?
...renamed its largest city in 1976 to honor its first president and leader of its independence movement?
...has the shortest coastline?
...contains the region of Transylvania?
...regained autonomy as a result of the Russo-Turkish War, after more than 450 years of Ottoman rule? the only English-speaking nation in South America? the only communist nation in the western hemisphere?
...has the highest proportion of Roman Catholic residents in Asia? where LEGO pieces were created?
...served as the test site for 67 U.S. nuclear weapons tests between 1946 and 1958?
...has Krio as the most widespread language?
...has a 2.5-mile wide, 160-mile long demilitarized zone as its northern border? home to Boiling Lake, the world's second largest hot springs?
...was the setting for the book and movie 'Black Hawk Down?'
...was formerly known as Kampuchea? the only former Yugoslav state to border only one other former Yugoslav state? named after the desert that is believed to be the world's oldest?
...has the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas?
...had coups d'etat in both 1999 and 2001? where Nobel Prizes are awarded?
...has the highest mountain outside of Asia?
...shares a name with a region of Greece, causing a naming dispute between the countries? the least populated country that has officially acknowledged its possession of nuclear weapons? the smallest current European Union member? the only one whose flag is not a rectangle? the most populated nation with no standing army?
...has the least populated national capital?
...has the highest percentage of Christian residents of any Arab League member? located closest to the USA without actually bordering it?
...has, since 1974, had part of its territory under control of a separate state that is only formally recognized by Turkey?
...has a name derived from a word in its official language meaning 'fortresses built near water?'
...has the largest percentage of its land area protected in parks and reserves?
...provides the soldiers who serve as Vatican guards?
...that is believed to contain the location of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon?
...has its capital located on the shore of Lake Tanganyika?
...was formed in 1990 when its formerly separated northern and southern halves united?
...has .cf as its Internet country code top-level domain?
...that is home to the world's deepest known cave?
...produces Madeira wine?
...had militants that received funding from the U.S. government as part of the Iran-contra affair? the most populated not to have diplomatic relations with the USA?
...has the longest written Constitution?
...was known as Zaire until 1997?
...has the most total area of any country on the Mediterranean Sea?
...has the most distant point from the center of the Earth? the most populated country in Africa?
...was the first to be invaded by Nazi Germany?
...does not allow its citizens to visit Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, or Yemen without special permission?
...has its capital located on the island of Bioko? home to the only volcano on mainland Europe to have erupted within the last 100 years?
...was where the hottest temperature on the Earth's surface was recorded? home to the driest location on Earth?
...that defeated Bolivia in the Chaco War?
...has the most saline body of water outside of Antarctica?
...that was formerly known as Dahomey? the most recent and southernmost member of the Arab League?
...gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1993?
...was where the first pterodactyl fossil was discovered?
...has a quarter of Jerusalem's Old City named after it? home to the $27 million and 160-foot tall African Renaissance Monument?
...takes its name and borders from the river that passes through its center? the easternmost of the Lesser Antilles?
...had the deadliest tornado on record?
...has the greatest population of Albanians outside of Albania?
...has 70% of its population residing on the island of Viti Levu?
...has a name meaning 'Land of the Pure' in its national language?
...that contains the land at the southern end of the world's longest overland animal migration? located closest to the intersection of the Equator and the Prime Meridian?
...contains most of the Tatra Mountains?
...has the only absolute monarchy in Europe?
...was the first former Soviet Socialist Republic to declare independence from the USSR?
...that contains the location of the ancient city of Troy? has a population of more than 500,000 but was uninhabited until being settled by Portugal in the 15th Century?
...had the story of its bobsled team dramatized in the movie 'Cool Runnings?'
...lost its status as a UN Security Council permanent member in 1971?
...has a main island that was known by 'Hairouna' to the indigenous population? the only one not bordering Russia where Russian is an official language statewide?
...has the smallest area and borders at least two other countries?
...lost most of it's men's national soccer team in a 1993 plane crash?
...was the first that the United Nations graduated from 'least developed' to 'developing' status?
...contains the Aïr Mountains?
...has a tricolor flag whose colors represent forests, the Equator, and the sea? named after a man who led multiple Latin American countries to independence? the only one in Africa to be represented by a pavilion at Epcot?
...has about 70% of its land area covered by the Karakum Desert?
...was the first in the Eastern Bloc to elect a non-communist government?
...has Avianca as its flag carrier airline?
...has a legislature called 'Oireachtas?' the only OPEC member located wholly within the southern hemisphere? the northernmost nation through which the Prime Meridian passes?
...was the first to elect a female head of government?
...has both Arabic and English as official languages? the only one besides Italy to have Italian as its sole official language?

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