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Countries Closest to Australia

Which countries are closest to Australia?
  • Excludes offshore territories and uninhabited islands
  • Quiz by Jerry928 - Feb 22, 2017
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(56)
I think you forgot Solomon Islands... ;)
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Aug 9, 2014
(28)
no he hasn't
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Oct 30, 2015
(57)
I think he did then he edited it without responding
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Oct 30, 2015
(67)
Other Countries Closest quizzes: Hungary, Greenland and Japan.
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Oct 10, 2014
(67)
And is this was too easy, try the Aussie One Minute Sprint.
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Oct 14, 2015
(67)
I think so: 31% of quizzers have got 20/20, which is pretty impressive!
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Oct 21, 2015
(51)
Done with 02:36 left at second try, meh
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Oct 30, 2015
(67)
Could you accept just Solomon and Marshall (e.g. not Marshall Islands)
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Oct 11, 2014
(21)
Why? Do we call South Korea "South"? Or UK "United"? Or Ivory Coast "Ivory"?
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Jun 29, 2016
(46)
You call south korea "korea".
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Feb 13, 2017
(30)
No you don't call South Korea just "Korea", that is the whole peninsula. That's like saying you call South Carolina "Carolina", called Western Germany "Germany" or maybe even calling South Sudan "Sudan" :þ But I think "islands" is something that could be omitted from the answer.
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Mar 21, 2017
(39)
Got them all first go, 1:24 left on clock
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Oct 26, 2014
(69)
How far away is Argentina?
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Nov 28, 2014
(28)
long way away
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Dec 7, 2014
(28)
Over 7000 miles away.
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Oct 30, 2015
(69)
It was over 12,000 km on google. I thought maybe it would be closer around the south pole but apparently not.
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Oct 30, 2015
(67)
The shortest distance is 8573 km, from Tasmania to the southern end of Argentina.
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Feb 13, 2017
(67)
Just over 7000 km, at the closest point I can find. Although by that route Chile is closer, at about 6917 km between Macquarie Island, Tasmania and Islote Mendoza in Chile's Diego Ramirez Islands. Of course this is still more than twice the distance between Australia and Vietnam. The thing is the southern continents really don't go far enough south for polar distortions of standard map projections to come much into play, as happens with the surprisingly short distances between the far north of Europe and North America (Sweden and Canada are about the same distance apart as LA and Houston).
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Jun 1, 2016
(23)
What about New Caledonia aka France? From Cathy
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Dec 16, 2014
(67)
Please note the instructions ("excludes external territories")
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Dec 16, 2014
(70)
This time I agree, New Caledonia is "just a territory". The distance must be taken with Réunion, which is of course too far to be in the top 20.
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Oct 11, 2015
(67)
Also, for those of you who work off the 204 country template, Niue comes in at 19th but Cook Islands are too far away to make the list.
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Oct 11, 2015
(26)
You do know that Phillipines is spelt with two ls. You should accept that as a correct answer because it wouldn't work for me.
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Dec 24, 2014
(67)
Philippines is spelt with one L - an easy way to remember that is to note it was named after a king named Philip.
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Dec 24, 2014
(54)
*facepalm*
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Jun 23, 2016
(77)
Was surprised Samoa didn't make the cut, it's right there with Tonga and Fiji right? Apparently my sense of distance over water is not accurate.
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Oct 12, 2015
(70)
I only missed one (Brunei) yet only received three points. Tough competition, but enjoyed the quiz.
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Oct 30, 2015
(49)
what about Samoa?
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Oct 30, 2015
(23)
100% 0:45 left. Surprised Samoa wasn't there but I guess it's further from Australia then I realised. Cool quiz btw
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Oct 31, 2015
(67)
To platitude, OmarVP and dylanandluca: Samoa is further north-east than Fiji and Tonga, and therefore the furthest of those three from Australia (and also outside the Top 20).
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Nov 1, 2015
(40)
American Samoa is also a territory of the U.S.A. and not included per the instructions.
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Jun 1, 2016
(67)
It would be too far away to make the list in any case.
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Jun 1, 2016
(70)
Shaynay, Samoa is a country in its own right. American Samoa isn't the same place.
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Mar 21, 2017
(24)
Maldives?
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Nov 3, 2015
(67)
No, it's well further away.
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Nov 3, 2015
(35)
How about Iceland !!!???
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Nov 7, 2015
(67)
The icy bit to the south would come in at 12th; the country to the north would be about 150th
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Nov 7, 2015
(41)
I think I only got 100% because I want to move to Australia
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Nov 22, 2015
(48)
It won't be long before you'll have to add China to this list if they keep making islands in the South China Sea! ;)
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Feb 22, 2016
(67)
I think you got the distance to Indonesia wrong. Boigu Island in Queensland is only about 120 km from the PNG-Indonesia border.
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Jun 1, 2016
(67)
You're right. Quiz being updated.
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Jun 1, 2016
(32)
Missed Micronesia and Kiribati!
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Jun 1, 2016
(45)
What about Samoa?!?! It has to be there if Kiribati is there!
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Jun 4, 2016
(67)
Samoa is 3499 km / 2174 mi away
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Jun 4, 2016
(32)
I am so disappointed I forgot Singapore and Vietnam...
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Sep 7, 2016
(35)
Got them all with 28 seconds to spare. East Timor took about a minute and a half of hard thinking to come up with.
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Feb 16, 2017
(61)
Good quiz, try my 'Australia Quiz' for an all round challenge.
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Feb 21, 2017
(33)
I think there's scope for a "195 countries closest to Australia" quiz...
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Mar 23, 2017
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