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Countries Less Populous Than Their Neighbors

Can you name the 52 countries of the world that have a smaller population than any country they share a land border with?
Not including neighboring overseas territories or dependencies
This quiz excludes countries with no border
Quiz by Quizzer6794
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First submittedJune 11, 2015
Last updatedJuly 25, 2019
Times taken2,041
Rating4.81
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Country
Andorra
Armenia
Belize
Bhutan
Botswana
Brunei
Burundi
Canada
Denmark
Country
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
Eswatini
Gambia
Country
Guinea-Bissau
Ireland
Jordan
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Country
Libya
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Mauritania
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Nepal
Country
North Korea
Norway
Oman
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Portugal
Qatar
Country
San Marino
Slovakia
Slovenia
Suriname
Togo
Turkmenistan
Uruguay
Vatican City
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level 71
Jun 11, 2015
argh I had one missing and couldn't figure out Andorra... but partly because it should come before Armenia, not after!
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level 69
Jun 11, 2015
Nice idea :)
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level 60
Jun 11, 2015
Your "island countries" instruction is unclear, as it appears you allow countries on shared island e.g. Haiti, Timor Leste, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, Ireland.
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level 56
Apr 26, 2017
Surely the "shares a land border" is pretty clear. If a country has a land border, then it's to be considered, regardless of if it's on an island or not.
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level 59
Apr 26, 2017
This is what we mean :)
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level 78
Dec 10, 2015
Kuwait before Kyrgyzstan and North Korea before Norway
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level 59
Dec 20, 2015
Shouldn't Jordan be here? It borders Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, all of which are clearly more populous than Jordan, and Israel, which I'm not sure of. According to Wikipedia, though, Israel has a population of ~8.4 million while Jordan has ~8 million.
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level 59
Dec 20, 2015
Sulps, thanks. Manually chosen; couldn't expect me to not make a single mistake.
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level 58
Jul 25, 2019
As for now Jordan has passed Israel
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level 27
Dec 20, 2015
I was sure Eritrea would be on the list but forgot about Djibouti. Singapore only borders on Malaysia and Indonesia, both who have higher populations than Singapore does.
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level 27
Dec 20, 2015
Singapore is an island, which is why it's not here.
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level 58
Dec 20, 2015
Singapore is an island.
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level 72
Jul 17, 2018
I'll third that. Singapore is an island.
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level 44
Jul 25, 2019
I’ll fourth that. Singapore is an island.
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level 27
Dec 20, 2015
Wait... Libya has less people than Tunisia?! The more you know...
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level 51
Dec 21, 2015
I was thinking the same, especially taking the land area into account. Also Norway/Finland was a surprise, though the differences are small.
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level 54
Dec 21, 2015
Yes, that one surprised me too. As was not seeing Malawi (it has more inhabitants than Zimbabwe)
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level 58
Jan 16, 2016
Shouldn't Bangladesh be on here? I know it's super populous and everything, but it's only border is with India, the second populous country in the world, so since Bangladesh isn't the first populous country, shouldn't it be on here?
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level 59
Jan 16, 2016
Bangladesh also has a border with Burma, a country far less populated than it.
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level 58
Jul 29, 2016
arggggghh! I'll add that to the list of borders I always forget about, along with North Korea/Russia, Spain/Morocco, and France/Netherlands at Saint Marten.
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level 43
Sep 2, 2016
(in French) Je rappelle que la frontière entre la France et les Pays-Bas ne comptent pas dans ce genre de quizz... (ce n'est pas une région mais une collectivité)
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level 23
Jul 9, 2018
Well, as Suriname is independent, France doesn't border the Netherlands. (which is basically what the french guy is trying to say)
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level 46
Apr 27, 2017
Very cool! But I would need more time to get them all
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level 48
May 28, 2017
You forgot to update this to have Dominican Republic instead of Haiti after you updated the original quiz.
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level 56
Jul 2, 2017
Jordan now has more people than Israel due to all the Syrian refugees
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level 52
Jul 2, 2017
Please put Guinea-Bissau in the right order
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level 57
Feb 16, 2018
I got Jordan, Liberia and Mauritania, but missed Vatican City ;D
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level 72
Jul 17, 2018
Not another quiz that says France borders Brazil, is it?
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level 70
Apr 25, 2019
Needs an update for the name change of Swaziland to Eswatini
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level 41
Jul 25, 2019
Swaziland should be Eswatini now
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level 33
Jul 25, 2019
That's right it needs a name change.
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level 59
Jul 25, 2019
Just changed it, thanks everyone!