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Countries Closest to South Africa with Exceptions

Name the non-African countries whose territory is geographically closest to South Africa.
  • Not counting overseas territories or departments
  • Not including the uninhabited South African possessions in the Prince Edward Islands
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Nov 10, 2017
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level 67
Nov 9, 2017
Excellent quiz. Surprisingly easy though. Lots of freebies once you realize most of the middle east is easily within the range
+3
level 70
Nov 9, 2017
Interesting!
+2
level 73
Nov 9, 2017
Using Google Earth's ruler tool, I get a much longer distance to Australia (about 7600 km). Is there something tricky I'm overlooking?
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level 67
Nov 9, 2017
You're right. And my "Countries Distance Matrix" concurs. Seems like next up is surprisingly- Uruguay, at 6465 km, narrowly beating out Turkey. Though that should probably be confirmed by whatever source Quizmaster is using.
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level 53
Nov 9, 2017
Indonesia actually looks closer than Australia.
+1
level 68
Nov 10, 2017
Maps are not at all useful for calculating – or even making wild guesstimates of – distances (even though in this case, it was the right guess!).
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level ∞
Nov 9, 2017
I finally got around to writing a computer program to calculate distances. I dug a little deeper and it seems that Australia is 6397 km from Marion Island, an uninhabited island controlled by South Africa. I think I'll remove that answer and add a caveat.
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level 53
Nov 9, 2017
With Argentina as a near miss?
+2
level 70
Nov 10, 2017
Malta should be close too
+2
level 56
Nov 22, 2017
Afghanistan seems much closer. Spain is also closer
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level 68
Nov 10, 2017
All but Uruguay. I tried Argentina and Chile -- figured if those were no then Uruguay wouldn't work. I should know better by now than to not at least try what I think is unlikely.
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level 49
Mar 12, 2018
yeah gave up on south american countries after I got Brasil.. and Argentina and Chile didnt work haha
+1
level 64
Nov 10, 2017
Uruguay's a big surprise. Never would've expected for it to appear.
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level 59
Nov 19, 2017
Even though I guessed Cyprus early on, I didn't get Greece until the last 5 seconds...I kept getting hung upon Turkey..
+1
level 67
Mar 12, 2018
I never would have guessed Greece is closer than Turkey.
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level 43
Mar 12, 2018
Probably because of Crete
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level 40
Mar 17, 2018
The Greek island of Gavdos lies to the south of Crete, comprising the southernmost point of Europe.
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level 56
Nov 22, 2017
I tried Spain because of the Canary Islands, but they are 6900 km far
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level 43
Jan 8, 2018
UK? They own falkland islands. They are only 4,300 miles apart?
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level 54
Feb 14, 2018
''Not counting overseas territories or departments.'' As statet in the top.
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level 39
Mar 12, 2018
I'll be the political and correct commenter again, Islas Malvinas belong to Argentina.
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level 65
Mar 18, 2018
The Falkland Islands belong to Argentina as much as Taiwan belongs to mainland China. Argentina's land claim is untenable. The Falkland Islanders are British citizens.
+1
level 68
Mar 12, 2018
Cool quiz. I couldn't visualise it at all though so did really badly!
+1
level 65
Mar 12, 2018
Interesting quiz, some surprises, good idea.
+1
level 73
Mar 12, 2018
Can't believe I got Uruguay but forgot Iran and Iraq.
+1
level 43
Mar 12, 2018
Forgot Greece while I got Turkey and Cyprus, good one. And I knew I forgot one country in the Saudi Arabia area, forgot about Kuwait.
+1
level 43
Mar 12, 2018
How did you get Turkey? It's not in the list.
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level 39
Mar 12, 2018
If greece is on this list, Malta should be too.
+1
level 31
Mar 12, 2018
Kuwait and Uruguay caught me off guard.
+1
level 57
Mar 12, 2018
I got Uruguay after trying a bunch of other countries, since I figured if Brazil was so in range there had to be something else. But Kuwait was the last one I remembered.
+1
level 32
Mar 12, 2018
greece stuned me
+1
level 43
Mar 14, 2018
"whose territory is geographically closest" (not including actual territories)
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level 41
Mar 24, 2018
Got all of them on the 2nd attempt. Was betrayed by Greece on the first run
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