Countries that Make the Best Beer

The Top Ten

1 Germany Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. more.

To be honest I really don't understand why so many people know germany as the country of beer. I mean don't get me wrong your beer is insanely good but still. If you' ve been to Belgium and tried the beer over there, they are in my opinion just better in general. And by "the beer of belgium" I don't mean the popular piss everyone drinks at parties, I'm talking about the local beer. If you have been to both countries and tried the beer there, I would like to know why you think germany has better beer than Belgium. I just see Belgium as a goldmine of beer because I live here but I ve been a lot to Germany and never thought I was drinking better been then I've had before. - gmatias283

Highest density of breweries in the world, high quality. How can you even think of America as beernation? Most produced beer there is more like water than anything else (except the pacific coast they have some nice microbreweries) and where is the czech republic?

Hmm I'm pretty sure that Belgium has higher density of breweries, Belgium has over 1000 individual brands, that's more than Germany even though Belgium is way smaller

These people make beer that tastes like beer. Who wants steak that tastes like everything else besides steak? Don't get me wrong Belgium beer is a close second & the U.S. makes all kinds of beer with 101000of different micro breweries.

It was hard to choose between Germany and Belgium, but in the end I chose Germany. - AliciaMae

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2 Belgium Belgium

Belgium and Germany are the only 2 countries that can claim to best beer country. They both have a very long and rich tradition of making beer and are the most innovative ones. If you count the top ranked beers of those countries together, they leave the rest of the world FAR behind.
Their might be an exception for the pilses. But you can't compare that type with others.

The best beer doesn't mean the best selling beer. Heineken is a good example: sells great, but tastes like piss.

Actually, there are well over 1000 different beers in Belgium; combine this with about 20 different types of beer and a history of brewing that easily dates back to the middle ages, you've got yourself a beer capital of the world.

Excuse me? Germany and Canada are better beer brewers than Belgium? B*tch please, there is a Belgian Beer Bible on my book shelf: 1568 pages, only containing Belgian beers and their information. And that's only for the officially known beers in Belgium...

Unlike Germany, Belgium still makes beer like beer is supposed to be.

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3 Czech Republic Czech Republic Czechia, officially the Czech Republic, is a nation state in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast.

I am from Czech Republic, and we truly do have the BEST beer. Most people do think that Germany has the 'best' beer. Hah! What a joke. It is honestly nothing compared to our Czech's beer. Most people do think that Germany has the best beer only because they never had Czech beer.
For example Pilsner Urquel, Gambrinus, Staropramen, Kozel. All these are good.
Stop believing that Germany has the best beer until you try the Czech one. It is insult for Czech Republic.

Czech Republic (Bohemia) is the best. Hops grown there are the best, the climate is ideal for

Growing outstanding hops. Pilsner beer was created there. Taste it and you will see for yourself.

Czech pils are the best beers in the world. Smooth and effervescent they can be enjoyed during any season. Add a bit of lemon aide on a warm day and you have a tasty Radler. Belgian beers are a failed attempt at imitating wine that began during the period in which wines were banned from the country. Crisp, clean, simple, elegant pils are the standard of quality.

Also commented the same in German vote... I'm English. I love German beer and Czech beer. Those 2 stand above all else. Sure other countries can lay claim to decent beer, but these 2 countries are the powerhouses of beer brilliance.

I think most beer on tap is pish. Don't get me wrong, on a hot day, with friends in an idyllic pub by the river, if all they had was fosters, I'd drink it and have a great day. But if ever there is a choice German and Czech are it.

When I met my missus, she only drank champagne. If you tried passing her prosecco she knew. But, she never drank beer. Now she is happy to drink staropramen, budweiser (the budvar one, not USA dogs wee one) and various pilsners. She won't touch fosters or carling even if there was nothing else. Then it's herbal tea or water lol.

Belgium would rank higher for me but Stella let's the side down

Beer good here.

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4 Canada Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, more.

Since the beginning of the craft beer boom, Canada and the United States are the easy 1-2 for anyone who actually knows anything. The "Three Sisters" of the Pacific Northwest - Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver are the epicenter of beer innovation in today's world, while some fantastic things are also coming out of places like Quebec and New York, Ontario and Chicago.

No question, a beer on the dock during summer does not get any better or more Canadian than this. Excellent craft beers but unlike USA or other countries, the cheap beers here are still really good. Blue, JR, Carling, all good cheap Canadian beers.

I don't really drink but, as a proud Canadian, I cannot stand to see the States rise above us in this competition. If you've seen the movie 'Canadian Bacon' you've seen what Canadians will do if you insult their beer. - BKAllmighty

It's nonsense to have the U.S ahead of Canada in this list. Yes there are some very good U.S craft beers but there are also many many hectoliters of crap that come out of the U.S. Sure Canada has it's share of lame ones too but with robust, quality offerings from Quebec, because, Ontario and exactly every other region in the country, it is a no brainer between these two neighbours.

Quebec in particular is one of the most (sadly) underrated beer regions in the world. My personal favorite Unibroue produces some of the finest beers you will find and their presence alone should be enough to tip the scales.

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5 United States United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the more.

Thanks to the craft brewing boom the USA is turning out some of the best beers in the world in a huge variety of styles. The Belgian styles are the only thing I have not seen perfected but when it comes to everything else you will be hard pressed to find something to match the quality of the best brews in the US.

I have tried beers when I was abroad in other countries in Europe. I've tried German beer, Czech beer, Dutch Beer and Belgian beer and it is all pretty good but it all taste the same. Honestly you can get a similar taste and better in the U.S. and the reason is because we have so much more selection. Brewing has become an artistry here. Some of the craft beers blow these European ones out of the water with taste, smoothness and flavor and contrary to what anyone thinks about this particular beer, I have yet to taste something as good and refreshing as a Blue Moon in Europe.

With a nod to Belgium, the variety of excellent (craft) beer sets the U.S. apart from the rest of the world. You simply can't find more great breweries brewing all kinds of beer any place in the world.

You can't help but end up with the best beer when you have so many craftsmen making beer. How can you equate a country that has a few large brewers that all taste the same with one that has hundreds with wider ranges of variance?

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6 Netherlands Netherlands

There is more than Heineken in the Netherlands

The Dutch beer is much better than American, Canadian and German beer, its much stronger and tastes better, Belgium beer is pretty good as well

Try the Heineken Oud Bruin (old brown) or herfst & winter bok (autumn & winter bock). The cherry beers are also quite nice, although I believe not many of the mentioned beers are being exported. You should really come to Holland and try all the different delicious beer flavors! - naughtygizzi

Better than the beer from the US

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7 Ireland Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

Frankly the whiskey is better but...

Irish Pride! Super good

Ireland all the way for beer

Best beer and best pubs to drink it!

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8 England England

England for it's vast selection of Ales. Beers that actually TASTE of something not fizzy piss that is 90% of commercial lager. Its obvious what people have really voted for on this list (just see the list of best beer brands - it's a joke). The only two countries that can hold their own against the beers of England (or Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland for that matter) are Germany and Belgium.

Are you having a laugh if English beer is so great how come you hardly ever see it anywhere outside England, and its not that you want to keep it all for yourselves

What the? Fizzy, chemical, mass produced lager brewing nations higher on this list than England. Really. Unfortunately most counties in the world do not have the right facilities to cellar store real ale at the correct temperature and to pull it through to create the ideal body for proper ale. No disrespect to other countries on this list, but you simply can't recreate a real pulled pint of real ale from a bottle. You need to experience it in a British pub.

As others have said, Britain as a whole must be in the top 3 - along with Belgium and Germany. The fact that other fine ale-brewing nations aren't high on this list (France, Sweden and Norway for instance) shows that this league table reflects a lack of knowledge about beer more than anything else.

England one of the founding countries of Ale. Ale the best beer in the world. The range of flavours available with ale is limitless compared to lager.. Cask conditioned ale the true and best form of experiencing ale. Sad if Cask conditioned ale travelled better, everyone would know of the magical experience drinking this fresh amazing beer is. I have lived in Prague for 10 years, nej lepsi lager I am certain, but when it comes to British cask conditioned ales, its cerainly the best in the world.

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9 Scotland Scotland Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain.

I am from Scotland and we do not have the best beer - some nice ale I suppose. Whisky on the other hand we are number 1!

I am Scottish and live in scotland and the beer you get from fyfe is apparently amazing I personally have never had it but I am under 18 so fat chancw

Top 5 at least
Innes and gunn
Isle of seil
The list is endless.

10 Austria Austria Austria was Celtic (Hallstadt) then as Noricum, part of the Roman Empire, Alaric, who took over Rome, studied at a monastery near Vienna. In the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperors moved to Vienna, then Austria became separate. Medieval documents from Eastern Europe as far as West Ukraine were often more.

Can't believe that Austria is only twelve on the list, the beer in Austria is second to none especially the wheat beer

Austrian beer is sadly always overlooked, I'm guessing because it's such a tiny country. But let me tell you, for its size it has an amazing selection of beer.

I've been to many countries and there are quite a few good beers but I always love me some Austrian beer.

At least third

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The Contenders

11 Greece Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

They start producing really good beers in Greece and during the summer they serve it in an enjoyable way.. Frozen glass, it's amazing! Every time I visit the country I can't wait to drink a cold beer in a frozen glass. fix and alfa are my favorites.

Mythos Kicks ass. If you haven't tasted it you don't know what you're missing. Dare to DISCOVER! Take a trip to Greece and discover the beauty of its beaches, lifestyle, beers...Live a little!

They get beer from olives!

the best

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12 Italy Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. more.

In the last two decades they started a lot of local breweries, with solid beers and nice experiments. They are getting better by the day!

Even Sardinia produces a very popular beer, the Ichnusa

Italians love tasting a good beer. Britons love to get drunk with any beer.

Italy has improved lately the quality of its craft beers

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13 Mexico Mexico

Why is Mexico ranked lower than Canada, Italy, Greece and Bulgaria? Mexico should always be ranked in the top 5 for sure. Who has heard of Italian, Greek or Bulgarian beer?

Love this countries verity, look out for Cerveza Indio it is an up and coming star that has been around for a while but is starting to go mainstream with it's amazing taste, especially for a dark beer.

Mexican beer is outstanding...many German and Austrian immigrants brought there great beer drinking recipes to Mexico.

Mexico is ranked low, because usa are racist and hate mexico, how come canada, peru, czech republic are above

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14 Denmark Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.

"Fur" is not only the best special beer in Denmark, but also among the best in the world.

In Denmark we have two major beer production companies, Tuborg and Carlsberg both of wich are great and world renowned, we should be higher on the list.

You have to taste Mikkeler

love it

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15 France France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to more.

France is not known for its beer, better for its wine. But there, they are also drinking lots of beer and have lots of small breweries, really nice.
The problem it's the price of beers in the bars and pubs.

I am about to die when I eat French food it is so good

France it's more than 400 official breweries.
For instance the famous Kronenbourg producing beer from 1664.

16 Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, was established in 681 ad. and since then it never changed it's name, which makes it one of the oldest countries in Europe. Located in the Balkan Peninsula between Greece, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia and Black Sea. The Capital of Bulgaria is Sofia, more.

Yes Bulgarian beer is great!

Amazing beer wow its great

Beers for everyone. Ariana is 2% alcohol and is perfect for beginners.

Try Zagorka,it's like Heineken but with little stronger taste,Kamenitza is like mix of Becks and Karlsberg.Top Bulgarian brands are high quality and tasty,you can find what you want they have beers for every taste.

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17 Australia Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.

Australia has best climate for drinking cold beer. - ssmith88

What have none of you heard of West End, easily the best tasting beer in the world from the best beer making nation

Every hour in AUS is beer hour

With over a hundred beer labels

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18 Poland Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north .

In my opinion Poland should be at the top, Polish beers are both tasty and strong. I can't believe Belgium is so high on the list. Stella Artois tastes like a really bad fizzy water and you can't even get drunk of it.

If you haven't tried polish beer, then you have no idea what good beer is like. HAHA

Poland is the third largest beer producer in Europe who produces more than 1,000 different beers. Variety and choice are so massive that everyone can find their favourite one!

I was in Poland and beer there is the best in whole world!

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19 Japan Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. more.

With Japan being one of Germany's Allies, it received a lot of influence and help throughout the 20th century in creating palatable and crisp beers without sacrificing flavor. I put them above Italy on your list. Even after living in Siena and Florence I still think their beer is overrated.

Not trendy to like it but reliable and perfectly composed. - Kotomitsuki

Disgusting food and drinks, that's all.

Kiran ichiban beer is really good! Sapporo is good too!

20 Slovenia Slovenia Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a nation state in southern Central Europe, located at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes.

Laško is truly great

21 Romania Romania Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,391 square kilometres and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh-most-populous member state more.

Because they are drinking a lot of beer...

So we drunk a lot of beer how do You know? Did You see one of us?

We like also their white wine 1000 times better than Italian wine.

Gypsy country

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22 Finland Finland
23 New Zealand New Zealand

Steinlager anyone? We also have the best craft beer scene in the world.

Steinlager pure that's all I have to say

Steinlager, tui, speights, db... we should be in the top 5.

Nz bo

24 Ukraine Ukraine Ukraine is a sovereign country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland and Slovakia to the west, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively.

Obolon is the best

Very good craft beer in Ukraine. Mad Brewlads, etc

Few kinds of nice beers. Taste is better mostly from bottle beers. Most common brands Obolon, Lvivske and Chernigivske. I like all of them. Each have different bread taste

25 Laos Laos Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR), or commonly referred to its colloquial name of Muang Lao is a landlocked country in the heart of the Indochinese peninsula of Mainland Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to more.
26 Latvia Latvia Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia, is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe, one of the three Baltic states.

One of the best beers I've ever tried. One of the best are Valmiermuiza, Tervetes, and Uzavas.

You won't undertand until you've tried Brengulis or Valmiermuiža!

I love Latvian beer CESU or Uzavas, Tumsais Or Gaisais BEAUTIFUL

Very good beer! The best is "Miezītis''

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27 Lithuania Lithuania

Lithuanian beer quality is one of the best in Europe, its just for us as a small nation is very hard to compete on production and export level with other popular brands.

Old beer traditions.. BEST BEER IN THE WORLD.

In addition the commercial beers, larger cities have beer bars where you can get unfiltered beer made by the establishment. Excellent variety - it�'s just not as well known as beer from larger countries.

Very very very lets say memorable beer. 'utenos' and 'vilkmerges'

28 Philippines Philippines The Philippines was established in March 16, 1521 and named in honor of a Spanish King whose name is King Philip of Spain II. It is located at Asia, specifically at Southeast Asia. The capital is Manila. 89% of the people there currently are native, while 11% of people there are foreigners.

One of the best, but not the best.

Best beer ever!

29 Sweden Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. more.
30 Portugal Portugal Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country on the Iberian Peninsula, in Southwestern Europe.

Here in Portugal there are many beers brands like Sagres, Super bok, and many more... There are a preference relationated with the age of the taster, for example, young people drinks more sagres because it�'s image of young society that it�'s very connected with Portugal team of Portugal and is cool drink sagres whille old people like drink suprbock...

31 Slovakia

Slovakia is nearly as good as the Czech Republic. The smaller brother is growing. They luck on small family breweries but the rest is great.

Each beer in Slovakia is great. We might lack quantity, but we definitely do not lack quality.

32 South Africa South Africa South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana more.

Craft beer in South Africa has gotten HUGE, with incredible beers making it's way into the market

Forget castle and the whole SAB! There are brilliant craft beers such as Mitchell's!

South African beer is the best with brands like Castle Lager - Danielsun182

Just the best beer in the world

33 Spain Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.

By far... The best

Just paella y panderetas.

34 Estonia Estonia

Saku is an amazing, tasty beer!

35 Brazil Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.

Brazil is the 3rd Country in Global Beer Consumption by Country. We do like and have good beers. Ok, we are no Germany, but I am sure we are at least among the Top 10 in the world.
(Source: Questionnaire surveys Kirin Institute of Food and Lifestyle conducted with brews associations in major countries; The World Beer Market: The 2012 Survey).

36 Serbia Serbia Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans.

Pils=Jelen beer!

37 Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. V 1 Comment
38 China China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1. 388 billion . It was established in 1949. Its capital is Beijing. The other major cities are Hong Kong and Shanghai. Chinese (Mandarin) is the only more.

China have very good beer. We copy america, Belgium, Germany and others. We steal secret recipe and make knock off. China knock off better, higher quality than cheap American pee water. Our beer number one in world, super fun time yummy beer!

Chin chaw li nin uno jen aao

Qingdao makes the best beer!

39 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Kazakhstan, officially known as the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country in northern Central Asia, with a sliver of its territory west of the Ural River extending into Eastern Europe.
40 Wales Wales Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Located on the island of Great Britain, it is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south.

A budding beer industry catering to a diverse array of tastes. If you're after a hoppy IPA, a refreshing lager, a smooth bitter or a tantalisingly dark porter, the Welsh beer industry has something for you!

41 Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe . It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities . more.

Greath beer some small like appenzeler and martek just super

42 Thailand Thailand Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia.

Singha & Chang beer brands are known to me when I traveled to Thailand.

We have Singha, Chang and Leo

43 Kosovo Kosovo Kosovo is a disputed territory and partially recognised state in Southeast Europe that declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo.

Birra Peja is a top quality beer... Its not the best but from 1-10 I would give it an 8... Its just sad that its hard to find it in usa

Birra Peja.
Kosovo has beers of high quality and they hit the spot!

44 Georgia Georgia Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region. Located at the crossroads between Eastern Europe and Western Asia it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russian Federation, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The country's capital and a largest city more.
45 Namibia Namibia Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean.

I feel we have some pretty amazing beers, Tafel lite, Tafel lager, Windhoek draught, Windhoek lager, Camelthorn etc. People should just give it chance. They will love it!

46 Tunisia Tunisia Tunisia, officially the Tunisian Republic or the Republic of Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa, covering 165,000 square kilometres. V 1 Comment
47 Morocco Morocco
48 Peru Peru Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America, bordered by Colombia and Ecuador to north, Brazil to east, Bolivia to south-east, Chile to south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Peru is mostly known for being where the Inca people originally came from. The capital of more.
49 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and known from the beginning of British colonial rule until 1972 as Ceylon, is an island country in South Asia near south-east India.
50 Argentina Argentina Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a federal republic located in southeastern South America.
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