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

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