Countries With the Most Neighbors

Which nations are within 200 kilometers of ten or more other countries?
In this series: within 100km, within 200km
Counting overseas regions but not territories
Quiz by Quizzer6794
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Last updated: July 24, 2019
First submittedFebruary 14, 2017
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Country
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Russia
18
China
17
Italy
16
Iran
14
France
14
Saudi Arabia
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Country
13
Croatia
13
Germany
13
Poland
12
DR Congo
12
Turkey
12
Serbia
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Country
11
Austria
11
Bosnia & Herzegovina
11
Hungary
10
Brazil
10
Bulgaria
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Level 83
Feb 15, 2017
Shouldn't Serbia be here? It borders 8 and is within 200 km of Albania and Greece. Might even be within 200 km of Slovenia and Slovakia.
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Level 63
Feb 15, 2017
Serbia has been added.
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Level 80
Jun 26, 2017
Maybe Serbia wasn't counted because every single one of their neighbors hate them. Not very neighborly. Of course that can also be said of Turkey... unless you count Northern Cyprus. And almost of Russia, possibly excluding Belarus and maybe China or North Korea.
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Level 23
Jun 26, 2017
Romania is Serbia's bestest neighbor and ew get along very well
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Level 69
Jun 26, 2017
And not all Turkey's neighbors hate them, by Middle Eastern standards anyways. Israel on the other hand...
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Level 80
Jun 26, 2017
I've spent considerable time in Romania... was even living there briefly... and that's not the impression I got. Though it's probably safe to say Romanians dislike Serbs much less than Kosovars or Bosnians do, sure. But hey, it's the Balkans, right?
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Level 80
Jun 26, 2017
"by Middle Eastern standards?" haha... yeah Turkey is between the Balkans and the Middle East... and... not at all coincidentally both regions are so troubled and full of strife. So much of all the problems in the region stem from the Ottoman legacy, including the issue of Israel/Palestine. But... who would you say doesn't hate Turkey? Georgia? Maybe. Though all the former Soviet/CIS residents I knew had this impression of Turks as lecherous perverts and sex tourists, including the girls in Batumi. Alawite Syria not really a fan of Turkey's current Islamist government, and traditionally they squabbled over how to deal with Israel. Iraq/Kurdistan/Da'esh constantly sending terrorists in to Turkey. Shia Iran and Sunni Turkey not the best of friends. Bulgarians talk only about centuries of Ottoman rape. Greeks hate Turks almost as much as they hate Macedonians. Armenia of course is still upset about that little unrecognized genocide.
Maybe if you count that little Azerbaijani exclave?
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Level 41
Dec 5, 2019
kalbahamut, Your message is a little offensive because I feel like it's been taken too far. Our president (?) Erdoğan is total shit in my point of view but they don't hate Turks (as a society), at least from what I've made out when I've visited neighbors or areas close to the neighbors. Greeks hate Turks as much as Macedonians or the Armenian genocides are being used as excuses in your message (And I do not go against the possibility of their existence) Ataturk actually made a BRAND NEW country when Turkey was born, going (or trying to) go away from its toxic Ottoman traditions to create a democracy, give countless rights and new laws for the public, etc. All the terrorist attack things are the fault of Erdoğan because of his lack of management or intelligence (just SOMETHING is missing there tbf)
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Level ∞
Dec 5, 2019
Hey @screelium. I approved your comment because you have something important to say, but we generally delete comments that use curse words.
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Level 80
Dec 5, 2019
I don't really have anything against the Turkish people personally, I was just describing the reasons that I observed that people in neighboring countries gave for hating Turks. In my experience, quite a lot of them did. I'm not necessarily saying that they are right to... but they do have their reasons. And while yes Ataturk did found a new nation-state in a sense, there is still a lot of continuity between the modern state of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, and memories in the Balkans and the Middle East go back a long ways as I'm sure you're aware.

And I'm no fan of Erdogan but, surely, you're not trying to say that the reason why Turkey has got issues with almost every single one of its neighbors is his fault, are you? Most of these disagreements go back to before he was even born.
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Level 72
Feb 15, 2017
Great! How did you work out the data? What about a version of closest to most NON-BORDERING countries within 200 km?
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Level 63
Feb 15, 2017
Thanks! We used the Distance Calculator on daftlogic.com. As for the version excluding neighbors, you can feel free to make it. We are already taking care of 100 and 500 kilometer versions.
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Level 74
Feb 15, 2017
Nice quiz! I just did a re-measure to Italy's 18th country, Macedonia, but I still come up with 204 km. Maybe the clue for that one should be 17?
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Level 63
Feb 15, 2017
Thanks! It has been changed.
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Level 74
Feb 15, 2017
Also, I think Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Croatia, would both qualify for this list.
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Level 63
Feb 20, 2017
You're a big help, thanks! Do you have an Excel table of all of the distances? You do have many proximity quizzes already so the idea isn't hard to put together if not!
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Level 74
Jun 26, 2017
Nope, I just used my head. Over and out from Country 11, and a nice evening at both a pop music festival on Danube Island and classical music at Musikverein - Mozart and Rainhard Fendrich, Austria's biggest stars of the 18th and 20th century, all in one evening!
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Level 46
Dec 5, 2019
I know this is posted already some time ago, but out of curiousity I made this R script which might help you with this. I don't know about the quality of the shapefile, but you can replace that if you'd like. -------------------------------- library(sf) library(maptools) data(wrld_simpl) # Set this to what you like km <- 100 countries <- st_as_sf(wrld_simpl) treshold <- km units(treshold) <- 'km' get_number_of_countries <- function(country, countries, treshold){ distance <- st_distance(country, countries) is_within_treshold <- distance < treshold number_of_countries <- sum(is_within_treshold) return(number_of_countries) } result <- list() for (i in 1:length(countries)){ country <- countries[i,] result[[as.character(country$NAME)]] <- get_number_of_countries(country, countries, treshold) }
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Level 70
Feb 19, 2017
Good quiz, makes you think. If you like a challenge try my 'Hopscotch' quizzes such as 'Mal's European Closest Capital Hopscotch'
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Level 57
Mar 25, 2017
Serbia, Poland,Germany, Turkey, France and Iran were total guesses
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Level 61
Jun 26, 2017
Be Interesting to see what peoples' approach to this was? I just thought of those countries with the most borders, and then those in pockets of lots of smaller countries
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Level 70
Jun 26, 2017
I just went for large countries surrounded by countries and then smaller countries among lots of smaller countries, still missed Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria.
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Level 45
Jun 26, 2017
I typed in all of the countries from Asia and Europe, and then just put in Brazil and Congo. It worked very nicely!
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Level 42
Jun 26, 2017
57 seconds!
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Level 50
Jun 26, 2017
Im pretty sure that Mali qualifies for your list
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Level 59
Jun 26, 2017
7 countries touch Mali. Then you have Benin, Togo, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and The Gambia which are nearby. The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau might be within 200km but I think the others are too far away.
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Level 63
Jun 26, 2017
Its 7 borders are actually the only ones! Benin, Togo, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, and the Gambia are all just barely too far away, some only 20 km from the cut.
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Level 47
Jun 26, 2017
Anyone notice how most of these countries are European? Only China, Iran, Congo and Brazil aren't. That is counting that Turkey is included in Europe.
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Level 83
Jun 26, 2017
Granted, Europe has a lot of small countries. That might help.
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Level 28
Oct 31, 2019
48 small countries
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Level 83
Dec 5, 2019
But Europe only has 45.
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Level 67
Mar 18, 2020
France and spain are around 50st largest in size (48th and 51st) of all the countries, wouldnt call sweden and germany small either, ow and let's not forget russia. (And greenland, I will never take you for granted! But as usual you will be disregarded)

Runners up are, in order; finland, norway, poland, italy, uk, romania and greece. You could say they arent small either they are in the top 50%

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Level 67
Mar 18, 2020
@jack are you still counting yugoslavia as one country or something? How do you get 45.
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Level 28
Oct 31, 2019
yay bulgaria is there im from bulgaria i speak bulgarian
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Level 61
Dec 5, 2019
What about Australia? They've had over 8,000 episodes.
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Level 63
Dec 5, 2019
That was included in the quiz before the title became Americanized
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Level 80
Dec 6, 2019
Balkanization for the win!