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Smallest Countries Bordering Each Other

Name the countries with the smallest land area that border each other.
Methodology: Each country is ranked 1-196
We chose the countries that border each other with lowest average rank
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First submittedNovember 16, 2017
Last updatedFebruary 17, 2019
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Avg
Countries
161.5
Switzerland
Liechtenstein
159.5
Montenegro
Kosovo
156.5
Israel
Lebanon
154
North Macedonia
Kosovo
153
Belgium
Luxembourg
152
Austria
Liechtenstein
151.5
Albania
Kosovo
149
Albania
Montenegro
144
Burundi
Rwanda
143.5
Albania
North Macedonia
141
Bosnia and
Herzegovina
Montenegro
Avg
Countries
140.5
Croatia
Montenegro
137.5
Croatia
Slovenia
136.5
Serbia
Kosovo
136
Dominican Republic
Haiti
134
Serbia
Montenegro
134
Netherlands
Belgium
133.5
Italy
Vatican City
132
Austria
Slovenia
131.5
Italy
San Marino
130
Jordan
Israel
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level 59
Nov 16, 2017
I thought Italy was too big for this quiz!!!
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level 66
Nov 16, 2017
There's a lot of skew towards being the smallest of the small. Even though there is only 10,000 mi^2 between Vatican and Lebanon, Vatican is about 35 placements lower. You could stick Vatican next to Vietnam (rank 65, 331,000 mi^2) and still end up on this list
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level 81
Nov 17, 2017
My thought exactly! That's interesting.
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level 68
Jun 15, 2018
Same for me. Either the initial premise for the quiz is wrong or the answers are wrong in a couple of cases. The quiz suggest two small countries that share a border such as Rwanda and Burundi but somehow you included Monaco (borders with France and Italy), San Marino and Vatican City (both Italy) and I don't regard either France or Italy as being small bordering countries. Can you explain where I'm going wrong?
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level 59
Jun 15, 2018
its the combined land area of both coountries
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level 58
Jun 15, 2018
The quiz is based on the average rank of the two bordering countries, so bordering a very small country can skew the average pretty low.
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level 65
Sep 28, 2018
Monaco does not have a border with Italy.
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level 67
Nov 17, 2017
Another surprised to see Italy and a certain Balkan country on the list.
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level 70
Nov 17, 2017
I suggest 'inverting' the average rank so that 1 is the smallest country (this would also make it coherent with the instructions as they ask for the lowest average)
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level 71
Nov 20, 2017
I really thought a few of the West African countries would make this list.
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level 69
Nov 20, 2017
The first countries I typed were Benin, Togo. Facts are baffling sometimes.
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level 73
Nov 21, 2017
me too. That Mercator projection has got us all screwed up. I watched a video the other day that showed how we could build a road around the world and how long it would take to drive it. Essentially, they said it would take 7 days to go from Cape Town to Cairo, and then another 7 days to go from Cairo all the way to the eastern tip of Russia. Looking at a Mercator map, that seems completely ridiculous. Yet here we are.
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level 42
Jun 1, 2018
its not like we can use globe gores! haha
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level 37
Feb 1, 2018
I know! so strange.
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level 55
Feb 5, 2018
"We chose the countries that border each other with lowest average rank" The lowest average rank gives the largest countries. I think it should be changed to "highest average rank"
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level 44
Feb 10, 2018
Eritrea and Djibouti?
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level 72
Feb 17, 2018
Eritrea = 99, Djibouti = 147, so average is too low for this list.
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level 63
Mar 21, 2018
Fascinating how this quiz worked out. Good job!
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level 51
Apr 4, 2018
You're actually not looking for smallest countries bordering each other but tiny countries bordering to a rather small one. Thus leading to the strange effect that Italy appears twice on that list, but the Baltics don't...
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level 63
May 23, 2018
It might be worth ranking them by lowest total area of the two countries.
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level 23
Jun 15, 2018
Yeah, that would make much more sense.
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level 32
Jun 16, 2018
You'd get similar results, but I'd wager that countries like France and Italy wouldn't show up
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level 56
Jun 15, 2018
Hello, good quiz. I am quite surprised not to see France and Monaco, as well as France and/or Spain and Andorra.
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level 76
Jun 15, 2018
Slightly more challenging than the biggest bordering countries quiz, but still easy.
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level 55
Jun 15, 2018
The ranking system makes it more of guessing tiny countries with land borders, then guessing their smallest bordering countries. Perhaps ranking pairs by sum or product of areas would give a set of top twenty pairs which are actually small
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level 37
Jun 15, 2018
IT IS NOW CALLED NORTHERN MACEDONIA!!!!! (sry, I'm Greek) I JUST WANT THE CONTREVERSY TO BE OVER!
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level 58
Jun 16, 2018
what the...
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level 76
Jun 17, 2018
Then stop fussing about it and just let the people decide what to call their own country. Or start referring to Greece as FOROG so that you don't seem biased.
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level 32
Jun 16, 2018
I had three left and went for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania... But I was on the wrong continent entirely!
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level 67
Jun 18, 2018
I would have thought more central american countries would be in here
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level 23
Jun 28, 2018
Am I missing something in the rules? What about Togo (56.785km2), Benin (112.622 km2), Ghana (238.533 km2) and Burkina Faso (274 000km2), all smaller than italy (301 338km2) and bordering at least one of the others?
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level 54
Jul 2, 2019
It is the average of ranks, as said in the description, not the average of the surface area itself.
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level 43
Dec 31, 2018
what about Togo-Benin?