Countries More Populous Than Their Neighbors

Can you name the 17 countries of the world that have a larger population than any country they share a land border with?
Not including neighboring overseas territories/dependencies nor countries with no border
Also try the area version of this quiz by Gamer1162!
Population data from Worldometers
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Last updated: November 10, 2019
First submittedMay 28, 2015
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Country
Algeria
Brazil
China
D.R. Congo
Egypt
Ethiopia
Country
Germany
Ghana
Haiti
Indonesia
Nigeria
South Africa
Country
South Korea
Sweden
Thailand
United Kingdom
United States
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Level 49
Oct 20, 2015
another great quiz - thanks :)
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Level 36
Dec 7, 2015
15/18 first try
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Level 59
Dec 20, 2015
Great quiz.
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Level 74
Dec 20, 2015
Agreed - very clever!
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Level 51
Dec 20, 2015
16/18. Completely forgot Turkey and Thailand somehow.. Good quiz idea!
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Level 66
Jul 30, 2016
Turkey?
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Level 63
Jul 30, 2016
Iran overtook Turkey in the time of that comment
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Level 38
Dec 20, 2015
awesome 18/18 3:28 :{>
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Level 66
Dec 20, 2015
Nowhere in Central America qualifies?
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Level 70
Dec 20, 2015
Just based on geography, I would have thought so as well, but it turns out that the countries decreases population as north to south, so no country in Central America is more populous than all of its neighbors.
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Level 63
Dec 23, 2015
By population:

Panama
Costa Rica
Nicaragua
Honduras
Guatemala
Mexico
(Belize and El Salvador are overtaken by their respective neighbors, Guatemala and Honduars / Guatemala and Mexico)

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Level 59
Dec 20, 2015
Great quiz!
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Level 63
Dec 20, 2015
@Roger77024; @Jerry928; @zjwlxyrpzxx; @2233thth; @GelEGuy:
Thanks, everyone!
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Level 65
Dec 20, 2015
Missed Ghana.
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Level 67
Dec 20, 2015
I actually thought Thailand bordered China. Whoops...
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Level 59
Apr 27, 2017
I thought it bordered Vietnam
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Level 62
Dec 20, 2015
Missed Ethiopia and Algeria...
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Level 14
Dec 21, 2015
Got 2 wrong South Korea and DR Congo
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Level 61
Dec 21, 2015
Really cool quiz!
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Level 55
Dec 21, 2015
I expected to find Saudi Arabia here, but Iraq has indeed almost 25% more inhabitants.
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Level 63
Dec 21, 2015
I'm glad everybody enjoyed it!
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Level 50
Jan 26, 2016
Great quiz - you really have to think and can't just guess big countries
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Level 63
Jan 26, 2016
Thanks, Greenland! I guess your country is less populous than any of your neighbours?
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Level 28
Feb 7, 2016
What about India? Or is that a country on China's coastline?
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Level 63
Feb 7, 2016
It's a country bordering China.
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Level 58
Mar 23, 2017
It borders China over the Himalayas (either side of Nepal). Nothing to do with the coast.
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Level 66
Dec 9, 2019
'on China's coastline' haha
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Level 64
Jul 27, 2016
Doesn't Iran have a bigger population than Turkey?
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Level 63
Jul 27, 2016
You are correct, thanks!
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Level 28
Aug 25, 2016
You and your Iran. Now I have to retake the quiz.
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Level 69
Oct 18, 2016
Looks like a lake counts as a "land" border? Otherwise Tanzania would have a larger population than any of it's neighbours. :-)
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Level 53
Dec 8, 2019
No, Tanzania and Uganda have a land border west of the lake.
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Level 82
Mar 29, 2017
I think Uzbekistan is now larger than Afghanistan and should be on the list now. According to Wikipedia 32 million in Uzbekistan and 28 million in Afghanistan. Other bordering countries Turkmenistan: 5M Tajikistan: 9M Kyrgyzstan: 6M Kazakhstan: 18M
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Level 54
Apr 17, 2017
Such an interesting concept for a quiz! Good job!
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Level 52
May 27, 2017
Haiti is more populated than Dominican Republic according to Wikipedia.
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Level ∞
May 28, 2017
Added Uzbekistan and swapped Haiti in for the Dominican Republic.
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Level 64
May 28, 2017
Haiti is now in both this one and the less populated one http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/139806/countries-that-are-less-populated-than-their-neighbors
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Level 63
May 28, 2017
it's edited, after 2 complaints in an hour.
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Level 51
Jul 2, 2017
Has Uzbekistan a bigger population than Afghanistan?
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Level 61
Jul 2, 2017
The answer is, "Maybe." Different sources claim different populations for the two nations. Ostensibly, the source of this is Wikipedia in which case Uzbekistan is listed as having the slightly higher population.
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Level 60
Jul 3, 2017
Thought it said "popular". Immediately thought of Canada.
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Level 46
Jul 4, 2017
Soon, India will overthrow China by population.
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Level 63
Jul 4, 2017
Won't be long before soon
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Level 38
Jul 6, 2017
Darn, only missed Uzbekistan.
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Level 71
Dec 10, 2017
Wikipedia says that Uzbekistan's population is less than Afghanistan's, confused as to why Uzbekistan's here?
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Level 25
Jul 9, 2018
darn, only missed Sweden and South Korea
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Level 65
Mar 2, 2019
Afghanistan has for a long time ago passed Uzbekistan's population.
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Level ∞
Jul 24, 2019
You're right. This has been updated. Probably had some bad data for Afghanistan previously because of all the wars.
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Level 82
Jul 25, 2019
What are we using as the source? Wikipedia on the individual countries page and List of countries and dependencies by population still shows Uzbekistan as having 500K more people.
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Level ∞
Jul 25, 2019
We now use Worldometers for our country population. Added a note. The population of Afghanistan is growing rapidly due to one of the highest birth rates in the world.
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Level 63
Jul 25, 2019
This would have been much harder were the answers not alphabetical. That really helped zero in on the last couple I was missing.
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Level 72
Sep 3, 2019
Freaking Ghana...got the rest.
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Level 46
Oct 9, 2019
Yemen should be here since they have a higher population than that of Saudi Arabia and Oman (in which they border).
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Level 63
Oct 9, 2019
Saudi Arabia has 34 million people.
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Level 66
Dec 9, 2019
You are wrong, and there's no need for 'in' before' which'
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Level 41
Jul 7, 2020
yemen does not has more than SA
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Level 41
Jul 7, 2020
also JackintheBox ha you just don't know how to speak british :)
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Level 49
Aug 25, 2020
@Xandog I bet you can't speak australian or canadian
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Level 73
Dec 8, 2019
this was fun!
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Level 63
Dec 8, 2019
Thanks!
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Level 56
Dec 8, 2019
Great quiz - maybe just a little too much time.
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Level 63
Dec 8, 2019
The average score is roughly 80% so the time is good for now :)
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Level 32
Mar 11, 2020
Nigeria,Uzbékistan?
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Level 41
Jul 7, 2020
good point
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Level 48
May 6, 2020
Turkey has re-overtaken Iran according to https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/population-by-country/, meaning it should be on here.
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Level 41
Jul 7, 2020
Tanzania should be on here. Don't go saying "Oh but it borders DR Congo", because maritime borders don't even count.
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Level 38
Jul 7, 2020
Lakes and rivers do
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Level 47
Aug 16, 2020
China. I can't believe I missed China.
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Level 45
Aug 16, 2020
Well I missed Nigeria🤪
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Level 35
Aug 20, 2020
which bordering country has more than saudi arabia?
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Level 28
Aug 31, 2020
Iraq I think