Countries Richer Than Their Neighbors

Name the countries that have a higher GDP per capita than all the countries they share a land border with.
Purchasing power parity estimates, 2019. More info here
Countries with no borders don't count. Not counting bridge borders. No data for the Vatican
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Last updated: May 6, 2019
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GDP per capita
# Borders
Country
$196,000
1
Monaco
$135,000
1
Qatar
$130,000
2
Liechtenstein
$112,000
3
Luxembourg
$84,400
1
Ireland
$83,900
1
Brunei
$78,200
2
United Arab Emirates
$76,100
3
Norway
$75,200
2
Kuwait
$64,900
2
United States
$61,500
1
San Marino
$58,600
2
Netherlands
$43,400
1
South Korea
$41,300
4
Israel
GDP per capita
# Borders
Country
$36,100
2
Estonia
$35,500
4
Lithuania
$29,300
4
Greece
$27,600
3
Chile
$27,300
2
Panama
$24,300
2
Uruguay
$21,400
2
Equatorial Guinea
$18,700
4
Botswana
$18,400
1
Dominican Republic
$16,000
6
Algeria
$7,000
3
Ghana
$6,000
4
Nigeria
$4,400
3
Djibouti
$3,700
5
Kenya
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Level 70
Apr 21, 2017
Needs more time
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Level 71
Apr 27, 2017
Agreed :-(
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Level 73
Jul 18, 2017
Really? I got 28, and that was with tons of guesses.
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Level 66
Apr 3, 2020
I reached 27/28 in six minutes, with plenty of time spent failing to guess the last one.
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Level 64
Apr 21, 2017
Cyprus borders Northern Cyprus. Two different GDPs and only one border for each
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Level 74
Apr 21, 2017
Northern Cyprus is not internationally acknowledged.
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Level 79
Jun 11, 2017
And there's the UN zone between them, not sure if they border each other anywhere.
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Level 82
Jun 25, 2017
Is the UN Zone the width of a narrow alleyway? Not sure that counts. I walked between the two in about 45 seconds. Pretty sure it's the first thing: only one country on Earth recognizes the sovereignty of Northern Cyprus and that's the country that moved in to occupy it: Turkey.
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Level 79
May 8, 2019
Yeah I agree the reason is lack of recognition (by JetPunk most importantly), especially as Cyprus is internationally recognized as encompassing the whole island apart from the SBAs so it can't border another country.

But from the Turkish point of view there's a no man's land (or British base) all along the border, so they don't touch, not even in the capital where they're a few metres apart.

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Level 63
Jun 25, 2019
The UK has territory on the island, so they still wouldn't be on the list if Northern Cyprus was taken into account.
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Level 75
Aug 11, 2019
Turk confirmed. Remember to update your Deutsch work visa.
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Level 79
Apr 21, 2017
The difference in wealth between the top and bottom countries is rather striking.
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Level 75
Apr 21, 2017
Great quiz!
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Level 84
Apr 21, 2017
More cowbell! I mean, more time!!
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Level ∞
Apr 22, 2017
Added one more minute.
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Level 71
Apr 22, 2017
Tougher than I expected. Nice idea.
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Level 72
Apr 23, 2017
what about Singapore?
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Level 88
Apr 24, 2017
Singapore doesn't share border with other country
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Level 79
Apr 25, 2017
Yes, bridges don't count
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Level 19
Jun 25, 2017
Singapore share a border with malaysia
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Level 68
Jun 24, 2019
Skitty, show us where then...
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Level 82
Jun 25, 2017
Somehow my brain skipped over South America.
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Level 68
Jun 25, 2017
Interesting that Greece is on the list, given their economic situation.
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Level 82
Jun 25, 2017
Yeah, not that interesting at all considering that they border 1. Albania (4th poorest country in Europe), 2. Macedonia (whose economy is based on pissing off Greece), 3. Bulgaria (chief export: magnificent breasts), and 4. Turkey (currently hard at work at transitioning from the European secular state envisioned by Ataturk to become more like Da'esh).
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Level 58
Jun 25, 2017
Great quiz - requiring double amount of pondering before answers!
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Level 61
Jun 25, 2017
Ireland has a higher GDP than UK? That's staggering.
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Level 61
Jun 25, 2017
GDP per capita. Ireland has a tiny population compared to the UK.
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Level 67
Jun 26, 2017
It's all the Apple and Google money.
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Level 60
Jul 23, 2020
Plus heaps of other tax-dodging scum.
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Level 65
Mar 30, 2021
It's just a better country in every sense, not difficult to understand.
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Level 20
Jun 25, 2017
Hey guys, great quiz by the way, please could you check out some of my quizzes as i am new and need people to play my quizzes, many thanks
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Level 60
Jun 29, 2017
No you don't
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Level 28
Jun 25, 2017
germany has the 5th largest gdp in the world with around $4 Trillion. why is it not on here?
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Level 86
Jun 25, 2017
Because this quiz is focusing on GDP per capita. Germany has less GDP per capita than Switzerland, which has less than Liechtenstein.
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Level 74
May 7, 2019
4th*
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Level 67
Sep 12, 2019
yea, per capita they are 20th,

luxembourg(4th), switzerland (6th) denmark(11th), netherlands(16th), austria(17th) they are all higher in rankings (in that order)

Followed closely by Belgium ((22) and france(24) and then czechia (40) and lastly poland (58)

So they are right in the middle, 4 of the countries that they share a border with have higher gdp per capita, and 4 have lower.

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Level 67
Sep 12, 2019
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Level 65
Jun 26, 2017
How in the world is Equatorial Guinea above South Korea, Andorra (and thus also France and Spain), and Israel? Is there something I'm missing about a tiny west Africa country that would make it so relatively rich?
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Level 70
May 7, 2019
one again, it's not the global GDP, the quizz is about GDP PER CAPITA
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Level 63
May 7, 2019
Not only that, but it's PPP (purchasing power parity) which takes into account the relative cost of things, so a expensive countries are handicapped in favor of less expensive countries.
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Level 67
Sep 12, 2019
Still there must have been a typo, th sources I find put them in the region where it is displayed now (22k) and not 45k where it would be if it was above south korea etc.

So the argument that it is GDP per capita, and PPP, though not incorrect, is invalid, because it would have had to have shown more than double its real GDP to be above south korea.

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Level 60
Jun 26, 2017
great, difficult quiz. i agree with others, though, needs more time.
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Level 47
Jun 26, 2017
Spain and Morocco (Plazas de soberanía, Ceuta, Melilla and Alborán)
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Level 38
Jun 29, 2017
Algeria has 6 land borders? Tunisia, Libya, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Morocco.
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Level 38
Sep 2, 2017
ireland has a higher GDP per capita than the UK? Seems unlikely...
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Level 86
Dec 12, 2017
yet true. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita
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Level ∞
May 6, 2019
Lots of giant corporations book their revenue in Ireland to avoid taxation.
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Level 67
Sep 12, 2019
Ireland is at nr 8 GDP per capita and the UK at 26... so yeah...

People are more widespread in ireland than the UK. The Uk density /km² is about 270 for the UK and only 70 for ireland. (65 million people versus 5 million approxomately)

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Level 75
May 7, 2019
The link in the instructions is broken.
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Level 63
May 7, 2019
same here
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Level ∞
May 7, 2019
Fixed
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Level 74
May 7, 2019
Maybe add the continent as an extra clue?
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Level 71
May 12, 2019
Nah. That would make it way too easy, IMHO.
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Level 63
May 7, 2019
what about south korea
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Level ∞
May 7, 2019
It's not missing. It's right there at $43,400.
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Level 74
Jun 23, 2019
What about it?
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Level 63
May 7, 2019
Missing Denmark.
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Level 71
May 12, 2019
Because it's not higher than Germany's.
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Level 29
Mar 15, 2020
According to the lists on Wiki Denmark has a higher GDP per capita than Germany.
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Level 76
May 7, 2019
Missing my neighbours' house. That place is a monstrosity!
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Level 30
Jun 23, 2019
found this pretty hard was only with powers of guessing LOL
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Level 68
Jun 23, 2019
What I find debatable is that the Netherlands and Luxembourg are both on the list. Don't the two countries share a border?
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Level 86
Jun 23, 2019
They do not. Kind of hard to debate that if you look at a map.
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Level 82
Jun 23, 2019
If you just make up the map in your head you could debate all of these.
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Level 86
Jun 23, 2019
So you're saying if I believe hard enough, Brunei can be neighbors with Ireland? Sounds pretty good to me!
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Level 37
Jun 23, 2019
Gosamp: Belgium borders the Netherlands to the North, and Luxembourg to the South. It lies between the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
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Level 82
Jun 24, 2019
If you like this quiz, you might also like Countries with a stronger military than all neighbors.
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Level 46
Jun 24, 2019
If you consider there is a tiny land border in an island in Adam's Bridge between Indian and Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka should be in the list, though it is arguable and this article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_territories_by_land_borders) also doesn't count it.
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Level 67
Sep 12, 2019
Yea, sri lanka hasnt bordered india for several centuries.
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Level 60
Aug 11, 2020
This is missing Denmark - higher than Germany.

And Andorra - higher than France and Spain.