Most people will recognize their own home country straight away based on its shape, after all, you get to see it often enough during school days. But what about other states? Test your good eye and geography knowledge: How many of the following 17 countries do you recognize by their outline alone?
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Why do some states have so straight borders?
There are countries where the borders with neighboring states look as if they were once drawn with a ruler, for example in North Africa near Algeria, Libya or Sudan. In fact, the borders of many states were artificially determined one day – in the case of North Africa, for example, at the so-called Congo Conference, in which the former colonial powers divided the continent from November 1884 to February 1885. In the USA, too, the states have very straight lines in many cases, as they were also determined and are not based on natural features (such as rivers or mountain ranges).