October 1 – Three-Way National Day!

Posted on October 1, 2014

Three nations are celebrating their national days today. In alphabetical order, they are: China, Cyprus, and Tuvalu.

Which of these nations matches up to each statement?

  1. Picture 1
    It is the fourth smallest nation, by area, and it is the third smallest nation, by population.
  2. Its railroad network is second in the world, only exceeded by the U.S.
  3. It used to be known as the Ellice Islands.
  4. It is an island nation in the Mediterranean Sea.
  5. It is the world's most populous nation.
  6. On this date in 1960, it became independent of the United Kingdom.
  7. On this date in 1978, it became independent of the United Kingdom.
  8. It is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world.
  9. Its first inhabitants were Polynesians.
  10. Picture 2
    People here paint buildings with white paint made from burning dead coral and mixing the ash with water.
  11. The northern part of the nation has been illegally occupied by Turkish forces since 1974.
  12. The cuisine of this nation is based on coconut and fish.
  13. The Communist Party has ruled the nation since this date in 1949.
  14. This nation is home to one of the world's earliest civilizations and today has the second largest economy in the world (the U.S. is the largest).
  15. Many people of this nation are of Greek ancestry, and one of the official languages is Greek.
  16. Picture 3
    Cricket, ano (a local version of volleyball—but played with two balls at once), football, and rugby are popular sports in this nation.
  17. This nation is made up of three reef islands and six atolls (which are rings of coral reef surrounding lagoons). The islands are very low-lying and are in danger of being swallowed up if global warming causes the sea level to rise.
  18. This nation is dominated by the Troodos Mountains and the Kyrenia Range, and the highest point is Mount Olympus.
  19. Picture 4
    This nation's cuisine is very diverse, so it is hard to make generalizations about it. We can say that its staple food is rice and that the nation's cuisine—or offshoots of its cuisine—has become known and popular all over the world.
  20. This nation suffers from a shortage of water, even though it has 107 dams storing water in reservoirs. Water desalinization plants are being built to deal with recents years of drought.
  21. This nation is the second largest in the word (when measuring just land).
  22. There are no longer working railroads in this nation.
  23. Picture 5
    There is only one airport and only one hospital in the entire nation.
  24. There are almost 300 living languages spoken in this country.
  25. There are no railroads at all in the entire nation.
  26. This nation has bragging rights in many different sports, but some of the most traditional sports include dragon boat racing, wrestling, and horse racing.
  27. Most of the population are members of the Greek Orthodox Church, but there is a substantial Muslim minority.
  28. Picture 6
    This nation hosted a recent Olympics.
  29. This nation's cuisine centers on seafood, olive oil, cucumbers, and tomatoes, along with marinated meat and pickled vegetables.
  30. This nation is famous for having severe air pollution problems.


  • The following items are true of Tuvalu: 1,3, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 23, 25. Pictures 2 and 6.
  • The following items are true of Cyprus: 4, 6, 8, 11, 15, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29. Pictures 3 and 5.
  • The following items are true of China: 2, 5, 13, 14, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30. Pictures 1 and 4.

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