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Countries More Populous Than Their Neighbors

Updated! Can you name the 18 countries of the world that have a larger population than any country they share a land border with?
Not including neighboring overseas territories or dependencies
This quiz excludes countries with no border
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First submittedMay 28, 2015
Last updatedFebruary 17, 2019
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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
Uzbekistan
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level 81
Oct 2, 2015
Damn difficult to keep track of island countries with no land border at all vs. island coutries who happen to have a land border. Nice quiz although I feel countries with no land borders by default have a greater population than those neighbours of theirs that don't exist even. Add"countries that have at least one land border" to instructions?
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level 57
Oct 2, 2015
Ok, ok. But just to prevent other quiztakers from complaining about it. :)
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level 67
Mar 29, 2017
You receive my "Golden Nitpick" award for 2015..... congratulations!
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level 56
Apr 26, 2017
There must have been some stiff competition for that award!
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level 81
May 29, 2017
Thank you very much. - And the award will have pride of place on my mantelpiece!
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level 57
May 29, 2017
will there be enough room? you must have the other years' Nitpicks too
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level 48
Oct 20, 2015
another great quiz - thanks :)
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level 57
Oct 20, 2015
taken!
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level 34
Dec 7, 2015
15/18 first try
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level 60
Dec 20, 2015
Great quiz.
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level 72
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 64
Jul 30, 2016
Turkey?
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level 57
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 72
Dec 20, 2015
Where's that photo of? Interesting looking road and landscape, all three lanes of a dirt road seem to be reserved for one direction and treated to a freeway-style gantry.
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level 54
Dec 21, 2015
The Karakoram Highway at the border between China and Pakistan. See https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2007_08_21_China_Pakistan_Karakoram_Highway_Khunjerab_Pass_IMG_7354.jpg for a larger version & short description
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level 57
Dec 21, 2015
I copied-and-pasted the link you gave, and it doesn't seem to work. Try a hyperlink :)
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level 83
Sep 20, 2016
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level 66
Dec 20, 2015
Nowhere in Central America qualifies?
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level 67
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 57
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 57
Dec 20, 2015
Great quiz!
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level 57
Dec 20, 2015
@Roger77024; @Jerry928; @zjwlxyrpzxx; @2233thth; @GelEGuy:
Thanks, everyone!
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level 56
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 50
Apr 27, 2017
I thought it bordered Vietnam
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level 14
Dec 20, 2015
I forgot UK borders Ireland because of Northern Ireland :(((((((
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level 61
Dec 20, 2015
Missed Ethiopia and Algeria...
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level 16
Dec 21, 2015
Got 2 wrong South Korea and DR Congo
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level 66
Dec 21, 2015
I must've misspelled Dominican Republic. Was sure I typed it after Haiti didn't pop up. Must have typed it wrong. Oh well. Still fun. :D
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level 56
Dec 21, 2015
Really cool quiz!
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level 37
Dec 21, 2015
Fun quiz and suprisingly doable.
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level 54
Dec 21, 2015
I expected to find Saudi Arabia here, but Iraq has indeed almost 25% more inhabitants.
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level 57
Dec 21, 2015
I'm glad everybody enjoyed it!
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level 48
Jan 26, 2016
Great quiz - you really have to think and can't just guess big countries
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level 57
Jan 26, 2016
Thanks, Greenland! I guess your country is less populous than any of your neighbours?
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level 29
Feb 7, 2016
What about India? Or is that a country on China's coastline?
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level 57
Feb 7, 2016
It's a country bordering China.
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level 56
Mar 23, 2017
It borders China over the Himalayas (either side of Nepal). Nothing to do with the coast.
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level 63
Jul 27, 2016
Doesn't Iran have a bigger population than Turkey?
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level 57
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 72
Aug 3, 2016
missed ghana and egypt
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level 65
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 78
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 53
Apr 17, 2017
Such an interesting concept for a quiz! Good job!
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level 48
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 57
May 28, 2017
it's edited, after 2 complaints in an hour.
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level 48
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 42
Jul 4, 2017
Soon, India will overthrow China by population.
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level 57
Jul 4, 2017
Won't be long before soon
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level 40
Jul 6, 2017
Darn, only missed Uzbekistan.
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level 66
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 22
Jul 9, 2018
darn, only missed Sweden and South Korea
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level 58
Mar 2, 2019
Afghanistan has for a long time ago passed Uzbekistan's population.