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Countries With the Most Islands

Can you name the countries that have the most islands of at least 10 square kilometers in size?
INCLUDES OVERSEAS TERRITORIES
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First submittedOctober 12, 2016
Last updatedDecember 25, 2018
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Country
388
Canada
305
United States
251
Indonesia
201
Russia
157
Chile
146
Denmark
116
Norway
101
United Kingdom
95
Australia
87
Philippines
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Country
86
Greece
79
Japan
78
France
62
China
52
Papua New Guinea
48
South Korea
43
Solomon Islands
41
Finland
40
Brazil
37
Mexico
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level ∞
Oct 24, 2016
Thanks to all the people who pointed out errors in the previous version. This version uses a better methodology. I started with this geospatial data. Then I wrote a program to count the islands. This time I wrote additional code to filter out islands less than 10 square km in size. Finally, I checked Wikipedia to see if there were any missing islands. This increased the # of islands in Greece, although certain countries might still be missing islands. I think this quiz is mostly accurate now!
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level 71
Oct 25, 2016
to 'test' the method you can for example see if it found 24 for Italy like wikipedia says - https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isole_italiane_per_superficie
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level ∞
Oct 25, 2016
The number it found for Italy was very close.
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level 67
Jan 27, 2017
The title is "countries with the most islands" so why the 10 square km cut-off? According to this definition, the Maldives (with about 1,190 islands) has 0 islands. There can be difficulties determining the difference between islands and sandbars, for example, but the current cut-off is arbitrarily weird.
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level ∞
Jan 27, 2017
This comment is a little annoying. Read my methodology (the first comment), and then realize how much work it took to create this quiz. Better data doesn't exist.
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level 67
Jan 27, 2017
I don't doubt that it was complicated and a lot of work, so thanks for doing that. What I don't understand is the 10 square km filter. What was your thinking there?
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level 39
Jan 27, 2017
tshalla has a point. I was thinking many more of the Caribbean and Oceania countries would make this list - when in fact next to none did. Seems strange to only include islands of an arbitrary size. Still enjoyed the quiz, don't get me wrong! I just wonder how the designation of 10 km was decided.
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level ∞
Jan 27, 2017
There has to be a cutoff somewhere. Otherwise, there could be millions of islands. Maybe even billions in areas where the land is near sea level. But the reason I chose 10 square kilometers is that the map I used included most islands of that size, but not necessarily smaller islands.

I also doubt that countries of Oceania or the Caribbean would appear on this quiz - no matter what the cutoff.

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level 67
Sep 13, 2017
Maybe lower the cutoff to 5 square km?
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level 77
Sep 13, 2017
mr. panther excels at being annoying.
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level 77
Sep 13, 2017
and yes, the smaller you make the cutoff, generally speaking, the bigger the numbers would get for all countries. It's not like Canada has tons of big islands but no smaller ones...
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level 44
May 5, 2019
Or you could make it about inhabited islands.
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level 61
May 5, 2019
@tshalla your remark is very silly. It isnt said anywhere that they suddenly arent islands anymore, that is a weird thing to say and a very odd conclusion.

That is like, when someone says; "I counted all the girls in the room, besides the girls with coats on" And then you claim that the girls with coats on suddenly arent girls anymore?!? Just because he mentioned he didnt count the GIRLS with coats on (or ISLANDS with a size smaller than 10km2)

I am counting all the dogs, but not the dogs with spots. "OMG he is saying that dogs with spots arent dogs !!!!!"

totally makes no sense...

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level 67
May 5, 2019
The title is "countries with the most islands". The Maldives is an island nation (there are about 1,200 of them, by most counts) with no islands larger than 5 square kms. So, it's weird to think that in a quiz with that title, the Maldives have no islands by that criterion. A simple solution would be to fix the title: "most large islands" As for girls in a room, well, if the quiz title was "number of girls in the room", then I suppose it would be weird not to count the ones with coats on.
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level 77
May 6, 2019
"Countries with the Most Islands Over 10 Square Kilometers" is a bad title. The caveats explain the criteria and the definition being used. You need such a criteria and definition in order for such a quiz to be possible to make. This isn't hard to figure out. And, again, if you think that if you count every islet, atoll, cay and sand bar then suddenly the Maldives is going to have more islands than Canada you are an idiot. Lower the standard for what constitutes an island and the totals for every country will increase.
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level 67
May 6, 2019
Please reference where I suggested that the Maldives had more islands than Canada. On the other hand, it doesn't look like you know what an atoll is, given the list you put it in. It still won't reduce me to name calling, but there it is.
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level 77
May 6, 2019
I don't have the power to reduce you any further. I know what an atoll is, maybe you do not. Of course the cut-off is arbitrary. It has to be. And depending on where you place the cutoff the ordering would change. But have you found any lists where the Maldives is listed as having more islands than Mexico (or Canada)? I can't actually find any lists that include data on Mexico or Brazil. Different countries have different definitions of what constitutes an island and some have no good data at all so unless you did some independent research on the subject and want to offer that as an alternative, your complaint is not helpful. What size would you use for your own arbitrarily weird cut-off, and where is the data set we could use that consistently applies that standard to all countries in the world and doesn't just go off of inconsistent tourism board statistics taken from each different country?
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level 77
May 6, 2019
by the way:

at·oll
noun
a ring-shaped reef, ISLAND, or chain of islands formed of coral.

Origin: MALDIVIAN
early 17th century: from Maldivian atoḷu.

Many if not most of the Maldives islands are atolls. It's where the word comes from. Look at a map. And realize that to get to their very inflated 1000+ figure they tout on tourism sites, they are indeed counting basically every little sandbar.
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level 67
May 7, 2019
Thanks for the lesson about my second home. I like this start: "Many if not most of the Maldives islands [sic] are atolls." Demonstrably false. "It's where the word comes from." Yup. It's a Dhivehi word that referred originally only to administrative units and has only been adapted more recently (thanks partly to Darwin's use of the Maldives for his theory of atoll formation) to describe the physical geographic aspect common elsewhere. "And realize that to get to their very inflated 1000+ figure they tout on tourism sites, they are indeed counting basically every little sandbar." Wrong again (that's a strikeout). The 1,190 and 1,200 numbers long predate tourism (which began in 1972) and were come to by overseas geographers, rather than the tourism board that you suggest. Islands without trees are excluded from the figure. Oh yeah, "look at a map"? How about the 3' x 6' one I've got here in my office? The one that names each island? One like that?
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level 77
May 8, 2019
Calling me wrong when I'm not wrong doesn't make me wrong. You can't even admit when you're wrong, can you? A small ring-shaped coral island is an atoll. A group of small coral islands in a ring shape is also an atoll. I posted the definition that clearly shows I was right to include it in my list. An adult would admit that I was correct and that it was rude and incorrect of them to be condescending in response. You're welcome for the lesson. I'm sorry you failed to learn anything from it. I can't see the map in your office but if it doesn't show many VERY tiny atoll-shaped islands, then my best guess is that you've accidentally hung up your Long John Silver's kids placemat. Anyone else is free to go to google maps right now, zoom in to the Maldives, and see that I'm right. Maybe start by poking around the neighborhood of the Four Seasons.
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level 77
May 8, 2019
Stonehenge was constructed before the British Tourist Authority was created. That doesn't mean the BTA never mentions Stonehenge on its website.
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level 36
Jan 30, 2017
Google "the rock clapping hands gif", this is how I feel.
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level 38
Mar 28, 2018
you're my idol
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level 25
May 12, 2018
I thought Croatia has a lot of islands as well. That's not a correction of course.
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level 27
Feb 8, 2019
Well, you are still missing Croatia.
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level 57
Feb 10, 2019
The methodology is impressive making a great quiz.
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level 46
May 5, 2019
Wow, I didn't realize this quiz took so much effort to make. Great job, much appreciated!
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level 71
Oct 24, 2016
Only missed one. >:( I didn't think it'd have that many.
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level 83
Oct 25, 2016
Expected Croatia to make the list. That 10km requirement cut out some of my favorite places, like Susak and Zlarin.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2016
I too was stunned that Croatia wasn't up there, but yeah – I guess a lot of the islands fell under the cutoff. I never considered 10 sq km as being very large, but now that I think about it, it kinda is :-)
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level 72
Oct 30, 2016
If you treat Cook Islands and Niue as territories of NZ, rather than countries, then New Zealand makes this list with 39 islands! There are 32 in NZ proper (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_islands_of_New_Zealand), another 6 in the Cook Islands (Rarotonga, Mangaia, Aitutaki, Atiu, Mauke and Mitiaro), plus the island of Niue itself.
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level 69
Nov 12, 2016
Amazing how countries like the UK/Denmark, which are tiny, have almost half/just over half as many big islands as Indonesia. I kind of expected Indonesia to be #1.
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level 64
Jan 27, 2017
Nope, that's Canada! We're number one!(In possessing islands larger than 10km2) We're number one!
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level 51
Mar 21, 2017
Canada's first on a quiz on JetPunk! *for the first time in forever*
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level 53
May 20, 2017
Cause we have more lakes than the rest of the world combined
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level 67
Dec 22, 2016
Finland has thousands of islands but only small, with 759 islands over 1 sq.Km in size. not a very large country but great in islands and some beauties too.
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level 57
Jan 27, 2017
Quite right, here is a quote from Wikipedia about the archipelago Sea: "If the number of smallest uninhabitable rocks and skerries is accounted, 50,000 is probably a good estimate. In comparison, the number of islands in Canadian Arctic Archipelago is 36,563. Indonesia has 17,508 islands, and The Philippines have 7,107 islands."
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level 67
Jan 27, 2017
As someone living in the Finnish archipelago, YES.
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level 64
Jan 27, 2017
Did not expect the USA to be that high up on the list. And I cannot believe I forgot the Philippines. Dishonor on me and my family.
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level 67
Jan 27, 2017
Wow, you really take quizzes seriously!
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level 48
Jan 27, 2017
Nice quiz. I think it was actually more interesting with the island size minimum which made it trickier.
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level 47
Jan 27, 2017
Nice quiz
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level 57
Jan 27, 2017
19/20. Never in a billion years would I have picked the Solomon Islands. Grrr.
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level 78
Sep 14, 2018
even though it has islands in the name?
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level 39
Jan 27, 2017
Bahamas?
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level 62
Jan 27, 2017
Not enough to make the list
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level 57
Jan 28, 2017
Good quiz, looking forward to seeing a 1 and 100 sq km version of this
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level 24
Jan 28, 2017
Finished at 53 seconds, i tried 5 times :)
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level 43
Jan 28, 2017
Wow Indonesia has 17,500 islands and only 251 are above 10 square km?
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level 40
Jan 29, 2017
Croatia has over 1000 islands
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level 51
Aug 13, 2017
Perhaps try reading the instructions before commenting.
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level 61
May 5, 2019
perhaps try reading what he wrote before commenting. He just says how many islands croatia has. Not that it should be in the quiz or that the quiz is wrong.
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level 19
May 8, 2019
@Sifhraven so right. also great burn XD
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level 56
Feb 4, 2017
the Maldives ?
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level 67
Jun 18, 2018
According to the criteria, the Maldives has no islands.
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level 72
Jun 18, 2018
Man, you hold grudges. Does this bother you in real life? Like, when someone asks how your day is, do you say, "well, my good man, according to this jerk's criteria the Maldives HAVE NO ISLANDS, so how can my day possibly be going well?"
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level 61
May 5, 2019
According to your comments, either you cant read, or well something else is going on, but dont want to be too rude.

when someone says "islands smaller than 10km2 are excluded" and you accuse them of saying that those arent islands, something goes very wrong in your logic.

In an amusement park when it says girls shorter than 1.20m arent allowed in this ride. Would you complain to the owner of the park and accuse him of claiming that girls under 1.20m arent girls? sounds preposterous right?

(PS I changed it to girls instead of kids, because well it is not universally agreed upon what ages you are considered a kid)

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level 56
Feb 4, 2017
Denmark has 400 islands
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level 51
Aug 13, 2017
Perhaps try reading the instructions before commenting.
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level 61
May 5, 2019
Again perhaps try reading the comments before commenting. People just might be proud of their countries and want to share that theirs have a lot of island eventhough not enough above 10km2 to make it to the list.

I could add, my country has about 45 (more like 55 if you count the ones that used to be islands but are now connected with dams for instances)

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level 19
May 8, 2019
@Sifhraven thanks again for correcting everybody
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level 58
Mar 2, 2017
I already made this quiz, before this one was released.
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level 67
Sep 13, 2017
Yes Nelly and you went and made quizzes that I made long before........ that's the way it goes on jetpunk.
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level 44
Jul 18, 2017
Indonesia has over 18 000 islands
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level 51
Aug 13, 2017
Perhaps try reading the instructions before commenting.
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level 61
May 5, 2019
ugh
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level 59
Sep 8, 2017
I actually completed this quiz first time, I can't believe it!!
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level 27
Sep 14, 2017
18/20 YAY!
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level 49
Jun 17, 2018
Same!
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level 61
Jun 17, 2018
Here is some information you might want to take into consideration for your next version of this quiz: 6.000 islands Greece has 6.000 islands in total, scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 are inhabited. They take up 7,500 km of the country's total 16,000 km coastline. Spreading in two main seas, the Aegean and the Ionian Sea, the Greek islands are divided into smaller groups. Therefore, even if you were to use only the 227 islands that are INHABITED -- it would put Greece up near the top. Thank you
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level 52
Jun 19, 2018
Sigh.
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level 61
May 5, 2019
sigh? I assume you are referring to that you think the poster is wrong and forgot to read the instructions? But he clearly says FOR YOUR NEXT QUIZ. So I dont see the need to sigh about anything ( ofcourse you could have plenty of other reasons in life to sigh, but that is not my bussiness)
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level 58
Dec 11, 2018
Κοπελιά, διάβασε ξανά τις οδηγίες..
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level 61
May 5, 2019
.....Διαβάστε τι λέει. "για το επόμενο κουίζ"......
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level 39
Jun 19, 2018
"Perhaps try reading the instructions before commenting." :D
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level 39
Jun 19, 2018
Lol
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level 39
Jun 19, 2018
Got 19/20, I'm with you, baconbburger... CURSE YOU SOLOMON ISLANDS (no insults or grudges to the Solomon Islands included in this message)!
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level 21
Jul 23, 2018
WHY, SOLOMON ISLANDS, WHY!?
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level 57
Feb 10, 2019
Impressed by Quizmasters Islands quiz, surfed the web for lists of countries with most islands. The Telegraph and some other sources have recent lists. You can naturally ask what is the definition of an island? You are welcome to see the lists I used in "Top 10 Countries With the Most Islands"
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level 35
Apr 5, 2019
I'm Asian and only missed South Korea....... Well........
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level 43
Apr 10, 2019
Really mad at forgetting Greece. Was thinking what European countries has a lot of islands and thought Croatia, France, Denmark, UK, Italy, Norway and Finland. Not sure why Greece didn't come to mind. anyway. 19/20 is more than I expected to get. I think being Australian helped me think about the Oceanic countries such as Solomon Islands which many missed.
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level 61
May 5, 2019
I allways have the same problem greece comes to mind last or not at all in quizes. This time it came to me, but as the last answers I was sure about, after that it was guess work.

I guess for me it might be that they dont totally feel part of western europe ( as much as the others) but also not really part of eastern europe. I have no other explanation. It keeps happening time and time again.

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level 50
May 5, 2019
The absence of Argentina here made me impressed. I thought they had some islands
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level 28
May 5, 2019
South korea has more than 48 islands, it has more than hundreds
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level 77
May 5, 2019
And the Philippines has nearly 8,000, but most of them are not more than 10 square kilometers.
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level 61
May 5, 2019
My turn! : read the instructions ;) :D
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level 61
May 5, 2019
Maybe it is allready done, but indeed an idea for a similar quiz to do this but then with inhabited islands?. Or just the named ones, surely that data is out there somewhere, I know it is for my country atleast. Probably less hassle to get the data. And definitely less complaints and misunderstandings ;)
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level 51
May 6, 2019
Or maybe they could do a quiz inhabited islands over 10 sq KM
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level 25
Aug 11, 2019
18/20. I missed out China and Papua New Guinea =(
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level 44
Sep 3, 2019
I think New Zealand should make the cut. Wiki lists 32 islands >10 kms plus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_islands_of_New_Zealand Then there are another seven in the Cooks which is not recognised as a sovereign nation on Jet Punk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cook_Islands