Asian Countries with the Fewest Borders

Name the Asian countries that don't border any other countries - or that border only one other.
At high tide; not counting bridges as a border
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No Borders
Bahrain
Cyprus
Japan
Maldives
No Borders
Philippines
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
One Border
Brunei
East Timor
Qatar
South Korea
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Level 74
Sep 8, 2017
Don't you mean "at high tide"? I presume you're talking about the claimed India-Sri Lanka border that disappears at each high tide.
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Level 70
Sep 8, 2017
I think they were referring to the bridge that connects Bahrain to Saudi Arabia and Singapore to Malaysia.
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Level ∞
Sep 9, 2017
I meant high tide. Now fixed, thanks @Jerry928
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2019
Even at low tide there isnt a land border, just some bits and pieces above water, too far apart to jump from one to the other. So rather unnecessary to mention.
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Level 47
Apr 9, 2020
While I agree it isn't a border, the supposed border is made by a small atoll that is part Sri Lanka and part India, since it is not permanent it is not considered a border. that's like saying since the Polar Ice Caps freeze over, Canada borders Greenland, Russia and Norway by land.
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Level 61
Sep 9, 2017
I'm not sure if this counts. But what about the passport island between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia?
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Level 47
Jan 28, 2018
Of course it counts. Not many people know about it though.
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Level 47
Apr 9, 2020
Yes, it should count though
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Level 69
Aug 8, 2020
"Not counting Bridges"
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Level 16
Aug 8, 2020
@HatemAli They are talking about the island, not the bridge.
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Level 65
Sep 14, 2017
Cyprus is a European country. It needs to come off this list.
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Level 72
Sep 16, 2017
I was about to say.
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Level 80
Sep 17, 2017
Cyprus is an Asian island populated by Europeans (Greeks) in the South and Asians (Turks) in the North. Why can't you just understand that?
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2019
One of the better descriptions of cyprus so far
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Level 69
Aug 8, 2020
If you buy that Greeks and Turks are fundamentally different.
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Level 63
Aug 9, 2020
There's no one definition of what makes a continent a continent. A variety of aspects - geologic, cultural, etc - go into how these debatable fringe locales like Cyprus get umbrella'ed under one continental heading or another. To me, Cyprus belonging to Asia is like putting a tomato in a fruit salad -- you may have an argument but it's a very poor fit.
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Level 44
Dec 12, 2017
This is a tough one, as Cyprus is part of the E.U, but is very close to Turkey. I wish that the Middle East could be it’s own continent, what with how different it is from the rest of Asia.
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Level 58
Dec 12, 2017
Considering the amount of debate about what constitutes the Middle East, I don't think that will solve anything! :-)
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Level 53
May 13, 2019
Turkey, cyprus, lebanon, israel, jordan, saudi arabia, kuwait, qatar, uae, bahrain, oman, yemen, iraq, iran can be the continent of Middle East. Considering that turkmenistan, afghanistan, pakistan and uzbekistan should be a part. Unsure if tajikistan, kyrgysistan and khazakhstan can be a part. Any suggestions. Many refers the countrys i mentioned first and every stan is middle east.
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2019
yea then you have this weird thing of egypt being in the middle east..
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Level 47
Apr 9, 2020
Some people even consider Sudan part of the Middle East, which would make it span 3 continents. But also, out of the stans, definitely not Tajik, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, or Kazakh. Turkmen is pushing it. Probably Paki and definitely Afghan. Then there's the Arabian peninsula, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus, Bahrain.
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Level 38
May 11, 2020
@NorwegianQMaster, none of the stan countries are considered part of the middle east, and you forgot that the Sinai peninsula in Egypt is part of the middle east as well.
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Level 78
Aug 8, 2020
Views on Cyprus notwithstanding, when it comes to the choice between "TinklePork" and "PickleChicken", I think I know which recipe I'd probably go with.
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Level 57
Aug 9, 2020
The beef?
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Level 69
Dec 12, 2017
Needs a bit more time.
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Level 74
Dec 12, 2017
No.
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Level 39
Jun 18, 2020
Definitely, especially if you're doing it one-handed on a phone while brushing your teeth.
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Level 59
Dec 12, 2017
100 % worship me
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Level 59
Dec 12, 2017
3rd try i kid
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Level 71
Dec 12, 2017
Cyprus is the bane of my Jetpunk existence
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Level 72
Dec 12, 2017
You are not alone...
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Level 66
Dec 12, 2017
For me it is Taiwan...
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Level 60
Dec 12, 2017
When typing in Cyprus in these kinds of quizes, I already start to chuckle, looking forward to seeing the debate in the comments :)
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Level 47
Apr 9, 2020
Yes... Yes 100% yes. In the comments I always want to put "I can already hear the Cyprus debates..." but It's always long after the quiz is made and the debates are settled... well not settled, just abandoned.
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Level 71
Dec 12, 2017
Cyprus does have one border. I agree that Northern Cyprus can't be considered a state, but Turkey and its military have been holding half of the island for decades. The situation is not unlikely to the Republic of Crimea, which Jetpunk considers part of Russia. So think that Cyprus ought to be moved to the "one border" column.
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Level 53
Dec 16, 2017
The northern third is illegally occupied, so it's technically owned by Cyprus, which means there's no border.
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Level 71
Dec 18, 2017
That's why I referred to the Republic of Crimea, which is considered part of Russia by Jetpunk even if it's illegally occupied. In both cases, the "occupation" has been done by force against international legality and without UN approval. Both cases should be treated equally.
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Level 48
Sep 2, 2019
The Crimeans voted to become part of Russia
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Level 38
May 11, 2020
@RedLightning it was an illegal vote, and most countries and the UN believe that it was illegitimate and that the results were faked.
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Level 59
Dec 22, 2017
Irrespective of status of Northern Cyprus, the country is bordered by the British Sovereign Bases of Akrotiri & Dhekelia, which are legally part of United Kingdom.
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Level 76
Aug 8, 2020
No they aren't.
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Level 16
Aug 8, 2020
@overtired They are. Why do you think they aren't?
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2019
Even if they control it/ are occuping it, that doesnt suddenly make north cyprus a country.
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Level 67
Dec 12, 2017
How the heck did I forget Japan
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Level 53
Dec 12, 2017
I wouldn't count Cyprus as Asia. Geographically it's definitely borderline asian, but Turkey is considered 50/50 asian/european so I guess the same goes for Cyprus. BUT, their population is 2/3 greek/european and they're a part of the european union. I'd definitely consider it an european country. Counting it as an asian country I guess could be considered correct, but most people consider it european so I think it's weird in quizzes like this.
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Level 47
Apr 9, 2020
Turkey is not considered 50/50 Asian/European at all. Turkey has 1/2 of a major city in Europe and a small bit of land, whereas the capital, and all other major cities are in Asia, along with >90% of the land. As for Cyprus: politically, they are closer to Europe, but physically, they are much closer to Asia. Even closer to Africa than to Europe!
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Level 38
Dec 12, 2017
No way that Cyprus as a member of the EU can be listed as an Asian country.
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Level 16
Aug 8, 2020
There is some way.
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Level 53
Dec 12, 2017
Now they've done it!! The Chinese have dug up Cyprus and deposited it in the South China Sea.
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Level 80
Dec 13, 2017
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_(Roman_province)
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Level 49
Dec 12, 2017
Cyprus shall be in one-border, as they border UK Territories.
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Level 80
Dec 13, 2017
That's right, I guess. It could even be considered as having two borders and be disqualified because of that.
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Level 53
Dec 16, 2017
It could be in the one border section, for its border with the UK, but definitely not two.
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Level 88
Feb 2, 2018
One for Akrotiri, one for Dhekelia... or maybe 4 for Dhekelia? That's a seriously complicated map.
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Level 47
Aug 8, 2020
Definitely not 2. That's like saying that Canada has 2 borders when it only had one. and that's if the bases would even be counted. I may just me uneducated on this part of the debate but wouldn't they be considered overseas territories such as the Saint Martin/Sint Maarten.
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Level 54
Apr 25, 2020
cyprus is europe
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Level 60
Aug 8, 2020
No.
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Level 16
Aug 8, 2020
Cyprus is not Europe. There is no country that entirely makes up a continent.
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Level 47
Aug 8, 2020
"Laughs in Australia"
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Level 16
Aug 8, 2020
*Laughs in Fiji*
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Level 44
Aug 8, 2020
*Laughs in Turkmenistan*
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Level 42
Aug 8, 2020
Cyprus should be marked in Europe, going by past Jet Punk practices. WIll avoid confusion.
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Level 16
Aug 8, 2020
What past Jetpunk practises?
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Level 78
Aug 8, 2020
Cyprus is land-locked. And nobody's ever gonna change my mind about that.
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Level 32
Aug 8, 2020
Surprised that Papua New Guinea wasn't on the list of one-border countries, or is it less asian than East Timor which also borders with Indonesia?
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Level 16
Aug 8, 2020
It is in Oceania.
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Level 66
Aug 8, 2020
Cyprus is in the EU and is part of Europe despite being closer to Asia.
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Level 73
Aug 8, 2020
Thank you for your refreshing view on this issue.
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Level 59
Aug 12, 2020
It's closer to Africa than it is to Europe.
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Level 38
Sep 27, 2020
OMG there are 69 comments on this quiz and my interesting fact is about roosters reproducing asexually!! What a coincidence!!