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

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