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Landlocked Countries Quiz

Name the countries in the world that don't border an ocean.
Area in square kilometers
We consider the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, and Baltic Sea to be part of the ocean
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: April 9, 2019
First submittedAugust 11, 2011
Times taken134,525
Rating4.99
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Area
Country
2,724,900
Kazakhstan
1,564,100
Mongolia
1,284,000
Chad
1,267,000
Niger
1,240,192
Mali
1,104,300
Ethiopia
1,098,581
Bolivia
752,612
Zambia
647,500
Afghanistan
622,984
Central African Republic
619,745
South Sudan
582,000
Botswana
488,100
Turkmenistan
447,400
Uzbekistan
406,752
Paraguay
Area
Country
390,757
Zimbabwe
274,222
Burkina Faso
241,038
Uganda
236,800
Laos
207,600
Belarus
199,951
Kyrgyzstan
147,181
Nepal
143,100
Tajikistan
118,484
Malawi
93,028
Hungary
88,361
Serbia
86,600
Azerbaijan
83,871
Austria
78,867
Czech Republic
49,035
Slovakia
Area
Country
41,284
Switzerland
38,394
Bhutan
33,846
Moldova
30,355
Lesotho
29,743
Armenia
27,834
Burundi
26,338
Rwanda
25,713
North Macedonia
17,364
Eswatini
10,908
Kosovo
2586
Luxembourg
468
Andorra
160
Liechtenstein
61
San Marino
0.44
Vatican City
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level ∞
Aug 9, 2011
Updated to add South Sudan.
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level 55
Aug 11, 2011
ohhh Azerbaijan.
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level 74
Jul 27, 2018
Those fractured states.
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level 47
Aug 11, 2011
Got them all. :D
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level 55
Aug 11, 2011
I would have got them all if I remembered that the Caspian Sea doesn't connect to an ocean.
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level 51
Aug 11, 2011
Should of just named the quiz...name a bunch of african countries....lol
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level 77
Jul 9, 2013
2/3 of these countries are not in Africa, including the #1 and #2 answers. Your proposed title would be much more apt for some other quizzes, like, lowest HDI countries, lowest GDP per capita countries, countries with the most AIDS, or most religious countries.
Here, it doesn't actually fit very well.
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level 74
Jul 27, 2018
Should of, Would of and Could of always sound like names that should be followed by places. As Sir Should of Gramercy, I forgive you.
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level 33
Aug 21, 2011
Good quiz.
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level 54
Sep 16, 2011
Is the world's newest country South Sudan or Southern Sudan?
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level ∞
Sep 16, 2011
South Sudan. Fixed!
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level 66
Nov 18, 2011
I kept thinking Ethiopia bordered the Indian ocean for some reason
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level 77
Jul 9, 2013
It has at various points in history, and also bordered the Red Sea up until 1993 when Eritrea gained independence.
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level 34
May 25, 2015
It has never bordered the indian ocean
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level 77
Jun 23, 2015
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level 44
Dec 18, 2011
I should just stop doing Geography quizzes, based on percentages everybody does really well and I suck :(
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level 14
Jan 30, 2013
Same
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level 77
Jul 9, 2013
Sorry. I'm one of the ones pushing the percentages up. Got 100% on this. :(
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level 55
Apr 9, 2015
That's probably because some of us just keep taking them to beat our own scores.
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level 43
May 11, 2016
I don't really see the point in that because isn't the point of these to see how much you know? Not to remember them from just doing the quiz?
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level 74
Jul 27, 2018
The better point would be to get better at it and learn.
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level 77
Jul 30, 2018
The stats only count your first try.
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level 29
Jul 28, 2019
I like to do the quizzes for fun first and to see how much I know, then I do them multiple times as memory tests. I know! I need to get a life! But hey I'm happy xx
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level 51
Dec 19, 2011
Ethiopia used to border the ocean before part of it became Eritrea
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level 17
Jan 1, 2012
haha saw 0.44 area and immediately thought Vatican City
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level 43
Feb 24, 2012
I need a better definition of ocean because what about the Mediterranean and black seas? Those aren't oceans.
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level 77
Jul 9, 2013
Not according to most people, or the majority of articles on Wikipedia either (including the articles about the seas in question), but jetpunk, starting with this quiz I think, has adopted the position that any body of water not entirely cut off from an ocean is part of an ocean.

A small caveat about any country without a direct sea route to an ocean would clear up the confusion.
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level 84
Jan 2, 2014
I'd say that caveat is basically comprehended in the title of the quiz--Landlocked. The implication of a landlocked country is that it does not have native, direct access to global maritime trade.
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level 77
Jan 5, 2014
That's simply not accurate. You are adding things to the common definition of the word. Look it up

Landlocked (adj)

definition 1: a country or region almost or entirely surrounded by land.

The definition used by this quiz is unusual. Doesn't make the quiz wrong, but it would be nice if some would stop treating people who are confused like they're morons when really they are confused because of the quizzes peculiarity; not because of any ignorance on their part.
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level 84
Apr 4, 2016
@kal, I hear your argument, but I think the connotation of a word is just as much a part of its meaning as the denotation.
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level 77
May 11, 2016
The word doesn't have the same connotation to me.
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level 84
May 11, 2016
Well, that's your problem then :)
I respectfully submit that it should. For evidence, look at the Wikipedia article on Landlocked Countries. The definition is the first sentence of the article. The next half of the page is dedicated to why it is significant, dealing primarily with issues of trade and economic development.
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level 77
May 11, 2016
It's not uniquely my problem because I'm not the only person who feels it doesn't connote that. The definition you found on Wikipedia differs from the one I found in the dictionary. Maritime trade can and does take place across seas.
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level 77
May 11, 2016
Maybe yours is a "better" definition. It might even be a more common definition. It's just not the only definition. No need to condescend about it as if it were. That's all I was trying to say.
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level 84
May 19, 2016
Apologies if you found my reply condescending, I assure you, such was not my intent. In my mind the 'that's your problem, then' was intended to sound like Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame, and just acknowledge the difference in meaning in a humorous way, not to imply that you had, nor were the only one with, a problem. I think the biggest difference between our approaches is that of data vs information, and expectations of what the quiz was asking for.
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level 34
Nov 13, 2016
In regards to the Aral sea (if we can even call it that anymore) I'm pretty sure Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are considered landlocked countries.
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level 35
Nov 23, 2015
The Black Sea connects to the Mediterranean Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea connects to the Atlantic Ocean, so there you go.
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level 76
May 11, 2016
Using that logic, then people living in Michigan and Minnesota can advertise their Great Lakes properties as "ocean-front" since the Great Lakes waterways connect them to the Atlantic.
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level 47
Nov 12, 2016
@Lumi There are canals that go around Niagara falls and the St. Mary's River at Sault Sainte Marie.
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level 27
Apr 15, 2012
Why is the democratic republic of congo not included? Nevermind, just saw that it reache the coast. Woops
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level 37
Apr 16, 2012
What about Georgia?
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level ∞
Apr 17, 2012
What about it? :)
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level 77
Jul 9, 2013
See my above comment for a less condescending answer.
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level 48
Jan 4, 2014
I don't think that it was neccesary given the quizmaster was just making a lighthearted joke, it was not particularly condescending or patronising, a point reaffirmed by the presence of a smiley face. Secondly, to which comment above do you refer? You have many seeings as you seem to have become self-appointed grand poobah of this quiz. Regardless, none of your comments seem to directly refer to Georgia or its lack of landlock'edness anyway. If any answer here is condescending it is much more likely yours or my own.
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level 77
Jan 5, 2014
Jokes can be condescending. I make them all the time. My reference to my "above comment" was a reference to the comment immediately above the reference.
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level 48
Jan 25, 2014
The comment immediately above your reference is the Quizmaster's comment to which this thread referring. Unless either I am mistaken as to what you refer by saying 'my reference' or you mean the comment immediately above the original 'What about Georgia?' in which case it is a comment posted by 'MrsHayden46' concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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level 77
Jun 23, 2015
Whatever. I don't remember any more what I was talking about. QM's joke was dismissive, condescending, whatever you want to call it. Forgingiron asked a legitimate question. If he wanted to find a more serious answer, I explained it in my comments above.
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level 24
Jul 27, 2017
Georgia has a coastline on the Black Sea. The fact that that is itself landlocked doesn't matter.
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level 76
Jun 18, 2012
Seas shouldn't be included as part of oceans. They aren't.
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level 31
Dec 29, 2012
The Black Sea is connected to the Mediterranean Sea which connects to the Atlantic Ocean. The Caspian Sea is inland and does not connect in any way to an ocean. So, figuratively the Black Sea could be considered part of the ocean.
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level 19
Aug 29, 2013
Only if you count the small river-like outlet that connects it through istanbul, which i do not.
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level 77
Dec 30, 2013
good point, as many inland lakes are connected to the ocean through rivers. but as pointed out before, jetpunk has adopted a certain stance on this issue and, in spite of many people always being confused and complaining about it, has decided that it's better to condescend toward those people and act as though the complainers are somehow ignorant, rather than providing simple and clear explanations. The caveat at the top about seas being part of oceans is helpful, though it still has the matter-of-fact and patronizing tone of certainty.
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level 67
Jul 27, 2017
Straits are not rivers. My amateur definition: rivers drain water in a downward direction. Straits are narrow passages that connect areas at the same level - usually sea-level.
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level 41
Dec 19, 2012
36.
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level 57
Mar 24, 2013
The's a small river between the Aegean Sea and the Black through Turkey
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level 77
Dec 30, 2013
Technically not a river but a strait. Even though at its narrowest point the Bosporus is only 700 m across, or 0.7 km. By contrast the Amazon River is 325 km across at its widest point, and connects Bolivia to the Atlantic Ocean. I suppose the difference is the water is only flowing in one direction?
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level 48
Dec 30, 2013
There's no need to get so worked up over technical terms, and besides if you are comparing the 'Bosporus' to the Amazon River you should compare the narrowest point of each rather than the narrowest of one and widest of another. For all I know from the information given by you, the Amazon could be funnel-shaped and may be less than 500 metres at its narrowest. And what kind of final statement is that? Is it even a statement? Or a question? Some people are much too haphazard with their use of question marks.
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level 77
Jan 5, 2014
If there's no need for it then why is your comment on the same subject twice as long as mine?
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level 48
Jan 25, 2014
:)
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level 36
Jun 19, 2013
One.Left. Bhutan you will be the death of me.
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level 28
Dec 30, 2013
this is a fun quiz
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level 66
Dec 30, 2013
Crap I got them all :D
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level 32
Jan 6, 2014
I thought i typed Ethiopia... Maybe i misspelled it or something
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level 58
Mar 28, 2014
100% with 2:21 left
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level 24
Apr 11, 2014
think of the enclaved countries first.
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level 65
Apr 28, 2014
It lacks Bosnia and Jordan
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level 29
May 2, 2014
Jordan borders the Red Sea ever so slightly, and Bosnia has a small strip of land that connects to the meditteranean
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level 24
Jul 27, 2017
Why don't people look before commenting?? :')
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level 61
Jul 7, 2014
Forgot Australia...
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level 67
Feb 24, 2015
Let there be light!
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level 62
Oct 26, 2018
Yes please.
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level 20
Nov 16, 2014
beat me with a time left with 2:07
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level 58
Jan 15, 2015
It took me a long time to get that Caspian Sea is not connected to any ocean !!
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level 46
Mar 21, 2015
Good quiz. Don't know what you people are complaining about, the title is pretty much self-explanatory.
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level 24
Sep 19, 2015
100% with 2:21 to go!!!
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level 41
Sep 19, 2015
Got every one of them, except Botswana and Belarus!!
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level 45
Nov 7, 2015
Forgo Moldova and yet I have a Moldovian roommate....
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level 39
Nov 9, 2015
You forgot about the Congos
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level 77
Nov 18, 2015
Those two countries bordering the atlantic ocean?
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level 58
Nov 12, 2015
Laos just always seems to me to be an island country. The name just sounds like it: Laos. I have no idea why I think that, cause clearly I'm wrong, but it gets me every time.
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level 35
Nov 23, 2015
Missed Andorra.
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level 63
Jan 2, 2016
Don't think I can ever complete unless another minute is added, slow typing and thinking...don't change, let me improve!
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level 58
Jan 10, 2016
For a bigger challenge try this quiz titled "Double Landlocked Countries"
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level 47
Mar 28, 2016
Much surprised to learn that Ethiopia is landlocked – something I wouldn't have guessed in a million years.
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level 34
May 3, 2016
Got them all except Mongolia.
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level 50
May 11, 2016
Remembered Malawi with two seconds. First try, 100%!
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level 44
May 11, 2016
Serbia has territory of 88.361km2 only if you count Kosovo as part of Serbia, but you clearly don't because Kosovo is also an answer. ;)
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level 26
May 11, 2016
When you type Kazakhstan wrong for about 2 min, and type is "Kazakistan" T_T can this be fixed, please? Like be an exception or something because I don't think I'm the only one that spells it like that.
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level 67
May 11, 2016
Caspian Sea does connect to the ocean via the Sea of Valusia. Azerbaijan should be removed.
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level 44
Nov 19, 2017
What is the 'Sea of Valusia' you are talking about? I looked it up, and seems to be from a movie or video game or something like that. If you meant it as a joke, I apologize for ruining the joke, the part about removing Azerbaijan just made me think you were being serious.
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level 28
May 11, 2016
HARD!!!
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level 39
May 11, 2016
Got 100% on first try, something that rarely happens for me. Really proud of myself!
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level 43
May 11, 2016
Kazakhstan touches Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan too!!
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level 59
May 11, 2016
Azerbaijan isn't landlocked... it has access to the Caspian Sea. So far as I know, a sea isn't a land mass!
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level 27
May 11, 2016
DRC???
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level 54
May 20, 2016
It has a coastline of about 40 kilometers, to the north of the mouth of the Congo river.
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level 52
May 12, 2016
Forgot that Afghanistan was landlocked...
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level 47
May 12, 2016
Czechia should be accepted for Czech Republic since the name changed
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level 59
May 16, 2016
Missed only Mali, Botswana, and Belarus.
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level 17
Jun 12, 2016
I'm really enjoying all these quizzes; would it be possible to change the comments though so that the most recent are at the top of the page?
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level 20
Jun 12, 2016
How is Azerbaijan a landlocked country?
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level 26
Jul 3, 2016
how about jordan? the dead sea????
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level 48
Mar 6, 2018
Red sea...
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level 48
Jul 4, 2016
Quizmaster, I believe you should be able to type in "fyrom" for Macedonia, "car" for Central African Republic and "czechia" for Czech Republic.
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level 77
Nov 22, 2016
Please don't accept FYROM for Macedonia. This is retarded.
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level 34
Oct 12, 2017
lol
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level 44
Jul 22, 2016
I couldn't remember Rwanda damn it
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level 38
Oct 12, 2016
I really enjoy these quizzes. I just wish that more people would just read and accept the rules without the constant back and forth about meanings and definitions. Unless something is glaringly wrong, just LET IT BE, for hemel's sake!
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level 28
Oct 23, 2016
Kazakhstan has a coast
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level 44
Nov 12, 2016
Got them all except South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Zambia!
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level 51
Nov 12, 2016
cyprus is in asia
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level 76
Oct 26, 2018
Haven't you heard? Lamplighter Don settled it once and for all and moved it to South America. Not sure whether it's now landlocked or not.
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level 20
Dec 10, 2016
100% :42 left
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level 57
Jul 27, 2017
Great quiz!
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level 24
Jul 27, 2017
Damn, first attempt and I got everything except Belarus. Pretty happy otherwise!
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level 41
Aug 23, 2017
How's Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on this
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level 48
Mar 6, 2018
Caspian Sea is a lake. :)
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level 20
Sep 9, 2017
If you don't know B&H has a very small coast, but it a coast so no landlock
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level 31
Sep 29, 2017
It declared independence and is now recognised as a country by a majority of UN members. Sounds like a country to me.
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level 58
Jan 30, 2018
I missed Uganda... I didnt know da wae...
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level 48
Mar 6, 2018
got all with 1:54 remaining time
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level 71
Mar 11, 2018
What about Andorra?
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level 73
Mar 12, 2018
It's on there.
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level 19
Mar 20, 2019
You just spelled it wrong.
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level 53
May 24, 2018
can you accept eSwatini for Swaziland?
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level 38
Jun 28, 2018
40/45 Missed the most obvious ones... Niger, CAR, Moldova, Macedonia, Laos
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level 50
Jul 4, 2018
Whoops, forgot Ethiopia
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level 44
Jul 30, 2018
1.33 left happy with that
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level 55
Aug 14, 2018
Why no Georgia?
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level 46
Oct 26, 2018
If you check the map, you can see it has a fairly long coastline on the Black Sea.
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level 46
Sep 1, 2018
What about Bosnia??
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level 65
Oct 26, 2018
What about looking at a map??
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level 23
Sep 22, 2018
dammit uganda (do you no da wae)
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level 46
Oct 26, 2018
44/45, damn Malawi.
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level 45
Oct 26, 2018
Totally forgot about Laos
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level 45
Oct 26, 2018
84% so close...
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level 32
Feb 22, 2019
How can I forget Lesotho.
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level 59
Apr 8, 2019
i only missed macedonia because all the while, i thought it officially changed its name as north macedonia. but the latter was not accepted as correct. i think this must be corrected.
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level 36
Aug 27, 2019
Curse you, San Marino, for fooling me by literally having the Italian word for sea in your name...
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level 50
Sep 14, 2019
Missed San Marino and a couple of 'stans'! Thank you jetpunk, my geography is much improved
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level 26
Oct 5, 2019
ama san marino e na kraq na italia