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Southernmost Countries by Continent

For each continent, name the five countries that have the southernmost points.
Not counting external territories
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Last updated: September 13, 2018
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Africa
46°59' S
South Africa
30°40' S
Lesotho
28°58' S
Namibia
26°54' S
Swaziland
26°52' S
Botswana
 
 
Asia
11°00' S
Indonesia
9°30' S
East Timor
0°42' S
Maldives
0°51' N
Malaysia
1°09' N
Singapore
Europe
34°49' N
Greece
35°30' N
Italy
35°47' N
Malta
36°00' N
Spain
36°57' N
Portugal
 
 
North America
5°31' N
Costa Rica
7°11' N
Panama
10°02' N
Trinidad and Tobago
10°43' N
Nicaragua
11°59' N
Grenada
Oceania
54°47' S
Australia
52°37' S
New Zealand
22°21' S
Tonga
21°02' S
Fiji
20°15' S
Vanuatu
 
 
South America
56°30' S
Chile
55°04' S
Argentina
35°02' S
Uruguay
33°45' S
Brazil
27°36' S
Paraguay
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level 57
Oct 11, 2015
Again thanks for the hyperlink! :) Here's the capital version: Southernmost Capital Cities by Continent!
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level 75
Oct 12, 2015
Confused as to how Costa Rica is further south than Panama...
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level ∞
Oct 12, 2015
They have an island that is south of Panama.
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level 68
Nov 25, 2015
Hmmm. Are we talking about Cocos Island here? A tiny uninhabited national park? Well in that case, why isn't Spain the most southern country in Europe? I.e. The Canaries. And what piece of land qualifies Italy to b more southerly than Malta? I love the quiz, but it seems to me to be a little inconsistent in it's definitions.
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level 55
Feb 14, 2016
It says not including external territories.
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level 23
Feb 14, 2016
But Simsy... then UK and France would have been on the Europe thing, because of Saint Helena between Africa and South America, and for France, French Guiana in South America. That would have been too complicated
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level 49
Feb 14, 2016
Not to mention the South Sandwich Islands and Antarctic claims.
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level 68
Feb 15, 2016
This was exactly my point. The quiz shouldn't be taking Costa Rica's external territories...
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level 55
Feb 15, 2016
There is a difference between external territories and what the Coco Islands are. Imagine them being more similar to the Hawaiian Islands.
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level 45
Feb 17, 2016
In what way is Cocos Island substantially different than St. Helena and Teneriffa? Distance?
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level 19
Feb 20, 2016
More countries have islands like that. United Kingdom should be one because of Bermuda
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level 57
Mar 12, 2016
Exactly: distance. That's what makes an external territory external. Essentially for this quiz, territories count if they're in the same continent. That would be my assumption. Seems logical.
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level 32
Nov 5, 2018
Lampedusa for Italy is more south than malta.
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level 75
Nov 30, 2015
Per the question about Italy, Lampedusa Island is a little south of Malta.
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level 41
Feb 14, 2016
Spain should be the southernmost point of Europe due to Canarias! It's lowest point is more a less 27ºN
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level 61
Feb 14, 2016
Geographically the Canaries are part of the African continent. If they're to be included then surely France would be further south, as you'd have to include French Guiana too...
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level 59
Feb 14, 2016
How is Costa Rica south of Panama?
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level 38
May 8, 2016
There is an islands just lower than Panama
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level 55
Feb 14, 2016
Does anyone know how much farther south Botswana is than Mozambique? They must be close...
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level 46
Feb 18, 2016
I think the official geographical term is a smidgen.
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level 48
Nov 4, 2018
Botswana's southernmost latitude is 26°54'S while Mozambique's is 26°52'S. Pretty close.
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level 52
Feb 14, 2016
Isn't Trinidad and Tobago geographically South American?
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level 59
Feb 14, 2016
I always thought this too...could not figure out which North American country I was missing. I definitely seem to remember Trinidad and Tobago being listed/counted under South American countries in other quizzes, but I could certainly be mistaken.
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level 57
Feb 15, 2016
All of the countries in the Caribbean, if not all the islands, are N. America . If you ref the country quiz, only the mainland from Columbia down is S. America
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level 61
May 24, 2018
Technically Trinidad is South America and Tobago is North America, but it's common to classify all islands between the two main land masses as North America.
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level 62
Feb 15, 2016
I'm curious- which point of Australia is further south than New Zealand?
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level 34
Feb 15, 2016
new zealand is farther south than australia
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level 70
Aug 15, 2016
I mentioned this above - but Macquarie Island is considered part of the State of Tasmania (and the Huon Valley Council). It is where the Australian figure is given for. Considering that it is an integral part of Australian territory and not an external territory it counts for the purposes of this quiz, despite not having permanent population. Likewise the NZ figure is for the Campbell Islands. Excluding uninhabited islands, yes, NZ is more southerly. Rakiura (Stewart Island) becomes the southernmost inhabited island, whereas the Tasmanian mainland is the southernmost in Australia.
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level 71
Feb 15, 2016
People are clearly taking these quizzes looking at a map. The numbers are way too high to be just informed guesses.
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level 52
Feb 15, 2016
I kind of thought so, too. I'm pretty sure that fewer than 77% of people would even remember to mention Malta on a list of countries, let alone one narrowed down by geography.
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level 50
Feb 16, 2016
I got 100% and I didn't look at a map. Most of the people on here would of taken the countries of the world quiz too so know most of the countries on there, if not all. Why would people not get an island in the Med being lower than most of the rest of Europe?
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level 71
Feb 16, 2016
It's one thing to have taken the "Countries of the world" quiz once, but it's quite another to remember all 200+ countries forever, let alone their exact geographical location. I'm not saying no one can get 100% without looking at a map but the geographical quizzes seem to be the only ones with numbers so high.
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level 50
Feb 17, 2016
I only reached a point where I could get 100% on the counrties of the world map by properly memorising the whole lot. I took that quiz several times a day for weeks before I could get them all. By now I genuinely do know all 196 and can visualise where they are without a map in front of me. I think the geography quizzes on here attract quite a high proportion of similarly geeky types... which is why they all seem to have high numbers.
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level 58
Nov 4, 2018
100% first pop. No cheating. Really fun quiz, had to think pretty hard.
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level 29
Feb 17, 2016
I got 25/30 and I did NOT look at a map. Am I a geography nerd? Yes. Did I take a lot of guesses that were incorrect? Yes. Am I a fast typist? Yes. :)
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level 45
Feb 17, 2016
People doing thes quizzes are generally more informed than the general populace. Yes, I would list Malta on a list of countries without looking at a map.
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level 71
Feb 17, 2016
Then shoudn't ALL quizzes have numbers as high as the geography ones? Since everybody here is so smart and above average? My guess is: googling every single question on a general knowledge quiz takes up a lot more time than just googling "world map" and going from there, thus explaining the unusually high numbers on the geography quizzes.
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level 50
Feb 17, 2016
I think I agree with Yrk in general but I don't think that is the reason for the high scores on geography quizzes. For me, there is something more appealing and satisfying about knowing all of the countries of the world as opposed to, say, a list of general knowledge facts selected at the whim of the person compiling the quiz. I do tend to do all quizzes enough times to get 100% (except the ones where typing speed is an issue) but I don't necessarily retain all that info til next time. With the world map ones, I retake every few months just to keep myself on the ball... I doubt I am the only one...
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level 71
Feb 17, 2016
Fair enough, then! I thought people like you and Yrk might have been the exception. Maybe I was mistaken... Either way, I know a lot more now than I did when I discovered this site a few months ago. I guess I shouldn't worry about whoever else is (and how they are) taking the quizzes. Cheers!
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level 70
Aug 15, 2016
I suspect it has to do with the fact that geography is fairly static and unchanging and also more finite. One can learn ALL the countries of the world, one cannot learn all the general knowledge. With sports you have ever changing record scores, times, etc. Highest grossing movies of all time? Changes year to year. Sure, occasionally new countries are added or borders might move, but it happens at a pretty slow pace. Even the periodic table, at least these days, seems to change more frequently than the countries of the world.
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level 60
Nov 4, 2018
I think of JetPunk, first and foremost, as a geography quiz site. The quizzes on other subjects have less interest generally, so quiz takers tend to be geography nerds first (as in, we almost all have that in common), and Harry Potter, music, or sports fans secondarily.
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level 74
Nov 4, 2018
I scored 100% first time without looking at a map with 1:21 left and I had trouble with a couple of them. JessArr is correct, if you take the countries of the world quiz monthly to keep your memory sharp, it's not that difficult. I do agree with you, however, that this site has a lot of geography nerds. I am humbled by their abilities to remember not only all the countries, but also their capitals and flags. I'll never be at that level no matter how often I try.
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level 35
Nov 4, 2018
Some certainly are. But I, as someone who really likes geography, got 30/30 with 1:32 remaining.
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level 44
Feb 17, 2016
Gibraltar as GB in Europe?
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level 46
Feb 18, 2016
Says under the title of the quiz not including external territories.
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level 19
Feb 20, 2016
Missed Greece, Malta, and 3 others
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level 19
Feb 20, 2016
Grenada! No!
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level 67
Jun 28, 2016
How is Singapore more southern than Brunei?
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level 70
Aug 15, 2016
Just a guess, but I suspect it's a result of Brunei being more northerly.
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level 44
Dec 18, 2016
Got all except FIJI... 29/30
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level 70
Feb 28, 2017
East Timor! I always forget East Timor! *sigh*
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level 57
Jul 31, 2017
Mozambique missed the list by ᴛʜɪs ᴍᴜᴄʜ.
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level 52
Aug 1, 2017
Is Hawaii an external territory of the USA then/
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level 67
Dec 21, 2017
I think the Europe column has an error. Cyprus is further south than the 5 on the list. Even if you take into account Spain's African cities, Cyprus should still show up somewhere in the top 5.
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level 61
May 24, 2018
Besides the little fact that Cyprus is in Asia :) An no, being in the EU doesn't make it Europe and neither does participation in the Eurovision Song contest (Australia is not in Europe!)
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level 20
Nov 4, 2018
All right first try. maldives and east timor were hardest to guess
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level 57
Nov 4, 2018
Got them all with thirteen seconds to spare. Grenada was the last one I got. So, 30 out of 30, 5 out of 5 pts, but my points total has gone up by 1pt???
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level 48
Nov 4, 2018
thank goodness South Africa is the still the most guessed answer.
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level 31
Nov 5, 2018
Europe should be re-checked with all those islands they own outside of the continent (British virgin islands, french guiana, reunion island, canary island...)
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level 43
Nov 5, 2018
In the description it says "not counting external territories".
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