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

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