Landlocked Countries that once had a Coast

Name the modern-day landlocked countries that had once had a coast.
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Last updated: July 14, 2021
First submittedJuly 6, 2021
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Africa
Ethiopia
Malawi
Mali
Asia
Afghanistan
Armenia
Mongolia
Europe
Austria
Czech Republic
Hungary
Moldova
Serbia
Vatican City
South America
Bolivia
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Level 56
Jul 6, 2021
Nice!
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Level 76
Jul 14, 2021
Fun quiz! Curiously, when did Afghanistan have a coast?
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Level 52
Jul 14, 2021
For quite some time actually (i.e. the Durrani Empire). It didn't lose it until the early 19th century.
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Level 67
Jul 14, 2021
Very interesting. And Malawi?
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Level 52
Jul 14, 2021
Kingdom of Maravi.
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Level 69
Jul 14, 2021
What are your criteria on what counts as the same country? Because for example King of Bohemia Ottokar II controled territories on the Adriatic coast for a period of time, so for example Czechia could make the list as well.
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Level 52
Jul 14, 2021
You're right! I must've missed that. Added.
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Level 44
Jul 14, 2021
What about (North) Macedonia? Didn't the Macedonian Empire (Alexander the Great) stretch at least to the Aegean or Adriatic Sea?
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Level 52
Jul 14, 2021
Actually, Macedonia was Greek. North Macedonia itself has never held a coast.
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Level 65
Jul 14, 2021
yeah Macedonia was a Greek "city state"
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Level 55
May 2, 2022
"North Macedonia itself has never held a coast"... Neither did the Czech Republic or the political entity which is nowadays called Mali and so on and so on... Seems like you're overly precise in some cases and then not precise at all in other cases, depending if it suits you or not. A good way to clarify how you define your answers would be by specifying your quiz description further.
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Level 71
May 2, 2022
@UsmmeCntBeBlank It sounds like you are confused about the etymology of North Macedonia. Despite the name, it is not actually a successor to the ancient Macedonia, which was Greek culturally. The Czech Republic, on the other hand, is actually the successor of the old Kingdom of Bohemia.
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Level 68
Jul 14, 2021
What about putting last time the country had a coast? I think it would help to think of old kingdoms.
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Level 63
Jul 14, 2021
What about Niger and Mali? The Songhai Empire controlled parts of each, and had a small coast on the Atlantic. Either way, great quiz!
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Level 52
Jul 14, 2021
The Songhai Empire was a Malian nation, which is already on here.
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Level 63
Jul 14, 2021
Oh sorry, I missed that. Thanks!
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Level 61
Jul 14, 2021
Nominated
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Level 62
Jul 14, 2021
How about adding which country they lost the coast to and in what year? It would be interesting to learn more about the history behind each of these losses.
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Level 62
Feb 17, 2022
great quiz, should be featured!
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Level 76
May 2, 2022
I guess I'm wondering about South Sudan? True, as a country it never held coastline, but as part of Sudan it did. Is this what eliminates it?
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Level 61
May 2, 2022
I believe that would be because South Sudan never controlled Sudan and as a nation is very new. The government itself never held any coastline.
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Level 41
May 2, 2022
I like the idea of this quiz, but the implementation is very questionable. Of the 13 answers, a small fraction (namely Bolivia and Ethiopia and possibly Afghanistan) are a modern nation-state that is clearly the same legal entity as the one that formerly had a coastline.

Some others (such as Austria and Serbia) are rump states of multicultural empires/states that were created as legal entities immediately upon the loss of their foreign territories. However, most of the answers lost their sovereignty entirely for long periods of time before a modern nation-state was created on their territory with a questionable link to the former empire.

In order to address the dissonance that I felt as I took this quiz, I suggest giving for each answer the date on which the coastline was lost AND the name of the country at the time the coastline was lost. This would eliminate much confusion.

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Level 40
Jun 16, 2022
North Macedonia?
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Level 50
Jul 29, 2022
Dude, there was already a comment about this, and it was debunked, try reading some more comments next time