mercator messes with your head a bit
The problem is that people who don't know this will use this as reasoning for including the Azores, which are an Autonomous Region of Portugal, and NOT a state/district/etc. like Hawaii is.
Regardless of whether you think the Azores are European or not(I think that most of the islands are, while some are on a different plate), It still wouldn't count for Portugal.
The U.S.'s leftmost point is Alaska, not Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands.
Two useful ways to distinguish between territories and integral parts of the country:
- Do the laws passed by the national parliament for the whole country have effect in that region without needing to be ratified or separately enacted by the local parliament? Azores: yes, except in delegated matters. Similar to Northern Ireland, for example.
- Are the locals represented in the national parliament on the same terms as any other region? Azores: yes.
Dutch Guyana became Suriname, and British Guyana became just Guyana, where as French Guiana stayed a department of France.
However, the definition of 'overseas territory' can be interpreted to include such things, depending on which side of the bed you got out of, so maybe it should read 'Not including overseas territories, regions, departments etc.', or make France #1.
There doesn't appear to be a definition of 'overseas territory' in any established dictionary that I can find, other than one that applies only to British overseas territories (https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/overseas-territory)
but a clearer disciption/caveat would be helpfull yes.
Jan Mayen is to Norway as Hawaii is to the U.S.
The Azores are to Portugal as Guam is to the U.S.
This is a pretty rough analogy since no two territories are really the same, but it gets the point across.
I'm really not sure why Jan Mayen would count and not Azores
It is so much more west than the rest of the countries and
Despite being VERY far from mainland Norway, Jan Mayen is a fully integral part of Norway, so it counts.
Definitely confusing for us quiz-takers, but the quiz author is correct here on including Norway and excluding Denmark.
Greenland is more west than any if these countries