Since this word is made up of a single kanji, it should use the kun'yomi reading. When learning the kanji, you didn't learn that reading, so here's a mnemonic to help you with this word:
Tell me about your country. Now imagine your country covered in raccoons (くに), taking up every inch of the ground. In your country you have to walk on top of them there are so many. That's why your country is known as "(rac)coon country."
Which country are you from?
I thought this country was safe, but now I'm disappointed.
In my country, there is a shop that sells apple pies made by a cat.