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Quiz: Do you know the country these companies are from?

  • Quiz: Do you know the country these companies are from?

    Over the past few days, chances are you purchased something that was produced abroad. Did you watch the Super Bowl with a refreshing Aperol Spritz? That cocktail originated in the Mediterranean. If you saw the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers on a Sony or Panasonic television, that screen was produced in Asia. And if you’re rewatching your favorite Super Bowl commercials on a Lenovo, that computer was produced by a company that eventually took over one of the largest computer manufacturers in the world.

    Many of the products we use daily at home, work, or at school are from companies based overseas. Stacker compiled a list of companies and where they are headquartered using various sources—company histories, newspaper articles, and stock market information—and put them into a quiz format, in which the "clue" slide is the company and the "answer" slide is the country. Many of these publicly traded companies grew from small local shops with only say $25,000 in capital to multinational conglomerates worth multi-millions or even billions.

    There are companies rich in mining or oil found on the list, whose names you might not recognize but whose products reach almost 200 countries. There are also household names like the producer of Super Mario, the preferred cosmetics of Viola Davis, and the car company whose name is taken after “the god of harmony, intelligence, and wisdom from the earliest civilization in West Asia.”

    The influence of these companies extends beyond commerce, even occasionally playing a role in global issues. For example, the NBA’s media provider in China recently was caught in the middle of a controversy over free speech and government criticism. With great power comes great responsibility, and once a company becomes an international power player, the stakes are raised. Click through to find the impact and location of origin for some of the world’s biggest companies.

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  • Clue: Sony

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  • Answer: Japan

    Months after Japan surrendered to end World War II, a little company named Sony was founded with about 20 workers. Over the next seven decades, Sony morphed into an electronics giant and helped boost Japan’s economy. Today, one of Sony’s biggest sellers are PlayStation video game consoles, with a fifth-generation model due in 2020.

  • Clue: Aldi

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  • Answer: Germany

    Aldi is popular throughout Europe, but even if you’ve never shopped at one in the U.S., you may have stopped into one of Aldi’s grocery store cousins. Trader Joe’s, like Aldi, is owned by the Albrecht family. The Albrecht family purchased Trader Joe’s in 1979.

  • Clue: Nokia

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  • Answer: Finland

    Nokia is known for its cellular phones, but the Finnish company began as a paper mill. Nokia, now a publicly-traded company, has also produced tires, rubber boots, and other products. Although American football isn’t all that popular in Finland, Nokia sponsored the Sugar Bowl for more than 10 years.

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  • Clue: Huawei

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  • Answer: China

    Chinese tech company Huawei was founded in 1987 by a former officer of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, according to NPR. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, is embroiled in a U.S. extradition case because of alleged fraud.

  • Clue: BHP

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  • Answer: Australia

    BHP’s roots trace back to a small tin mine in 1851. BHP expanded to the Gulf of Mexico 166 years later, further cementing its role as a world leader in mining and petroleum. Currently, BHP is facing a probe over coal safety.

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