Countries with Shortest Maximum Distances to the Ocean

Which mainland (not island) countries have no point more than 200 kilometers from the coast?
Only countries that are more than 50% on the continental mainland
Distances are approximate
Quiz by interopia
Rate:
Last updated: January 1, 2020
First submittedApril 7, 2017
Times taken12,086
Rating4.01
4:00
Enter country here
0
 / 22 guessed
The quiz is paused. You have remaining.
Scoring
You scored / = %
This beats or equals % of test takers also scored 100%
The average score is
Your high score is
Your fastest time is
Keep scrolling down for answers and more stats ...
Max Km to Sea
Country
1
Monaco
22
San Marino
22
Vatican City
39
Qatar
60
Panama
72
Lebanon
96
Belize
100
Costa Rica
100
Djibouti
105
El Salvador
115
Kuwait
Max Km to Sea
Country
115
South Korea
123
Israel
125
Albania
134
Andorra
136
Greece
136
Montenegro
185
Netherlands
186
Estonia
194
Equatorial Guinea
197
United Arab Emirates
200
Eswatini
+5
Level 72
Apr 7, 2017
very interesting, well done!
+2
Level 80
Apr 7, 2017
Thanks. It's all from personal research, so feel free to give any comments.
+7
Level 48
Apr 7, 2017
I was expecting Denmark. Does this count Greenland?
+1
Level 80
Apr 7, 2017
That was my thinking, but it's a tough call.
+4
Level 67
Feb 6, 2020
A little over half of Denmark (excluding Greenland and The Faroe Islands) is made of islands.. So it doesn't fit the criteria for the quiz.
+1
Level 55
Oct 30, 2020
That makes sense. Somehow, it made me really mad that Denmark wouldn't work. You'd think by now I would have learned to read the caveats!
+2
Level 64
Apr 7, 2017
I love your quizzes! A new subscriber :)
+1
Level 80
Apr 8, 2017
Thanks...I will do my best to keep the quality high
+6
Level 74
Apr 7, 2017
Yeah, nice quiz, this one made me think :) This continents v islands thing, I do wonder a bit about that, which gets Qatar in but Bahrain out; Andorra in but Ireland out (plus your deal about what to do with Denmark), but I guess you have to draw the line somewhere otherwise every small island country becomes an answer.
+2
Level 80
Apr 8, 2017
Another tough call is Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysia is no more than 140 km from the sea, but it only makes up 40% of the country, the rest of which is not on the mainland.
+1
Level 67
Mar 1, 2020
Bahrain and Ireland do not have territory on the mainland.
+2
Level 45
Apr 10, 2017
I like it! I would love to see this one featured :)
+2
Level 42
May 17, 2017
Awesome quiz!
+3
Level 31
Oct 15, 2018
Am I correct in asserting that there are four mainland countries that satisfy the requirements of:

- entirely within 200 km of the coast

- landlocked

And that they are:

Andorra

San Marino

Swazilan

Vatican City

+2
Level 81
Jan 1, 2020
Yup, that's what I counted. So close but potentially so far.
+2
Level 56
Aug 6, 2019
Great Quiz!
+2
Level 62
Aug 6, 2019
Really Fascinating Quiz!
+1
Level 70
Aug 18, 2019
Confusing quiz for me. I was not sure what was considered 'mainland'. Perhaps you could add a caveat of what you define 'mainland' as?
+3
Level 81
Jan 1, 2020
Not on an island.
+1
Level 80
Mar 1, 2020
A country with most of its land located on a continental landmass.
+1
Level 74
Dec 22, 2019
Guatemala?
+1
Level 80
Dec 22, 2019
Some inner parts of Guatemala are as much as 300km from the sea. Also, Monday morning I'm going to post another quiz you might be interested in.
+2
Level 58
Jan 1, 2020
Congrats on the feature! :)
+1
Level 67
Jan 1, 2020
Not Denmark?
+3
Level 83
Jan 1, 2020
I'd like to further the Denmark discussion. In almost no quizzes does Greenland figure in, unless there's the notation about including overseas territories.
+2
Level 80
Jan 1, 2020
I'm all for adding it to the quiz, having it as a pre-filled answer, or adding a caveat.
+2
Level 82
Jan 1, 2020
including Greenland would disqualify it on two counts (maximum distance and more than 50% being islands). Without Greenland (and the Faroe islands) it looks like the maximum distance is about 50km and about 30% of the area is island based.
+2
Level 72
Jan 1, 2020
Was wondering about Portugal, but even with Google Maps I can find a point which is barely 210 km away from the coast, haha
+2
Level 70
Jan 1, 2020
Kosovo must have been the "near miss"country for this quiz! 203 km :)
+1
Level 83
Jan 1, 2020
Or Chile.
+1
Level 81
Jan 7, 2020
No, in the North, there are places farther than 300km.
+1
Level 88
Jan 2, 2020
Guinea Bissau?
+1
Level 80
Jan 2, 2020
You could argue that it is more than 200 km from the northeast corner of the country to the coast, depending on where you define the border between the Geba River and the Atlantic Ocean to be. It is close, though.
+1
Level 82
Jan 2, 2020
Fun quiz! Interesting that four of these are landlocked countries :)
+1
Level 27
Jan 2, 2020
Gambia?
+1
Level 75
Jan 3, 2020
I'd like to see a sequel that includes islands. I'm not even from Denmark :)
+1
Level 72
Jan 6, 2020
Great to see it featured! Do we have 'island countries furthest from sea' yet?
+1
Level 80
Jan 6, 2020
Yeah! You were the first comment! Try this one I made recently: Island Countries Farthest From the Mainland!
+1
Level 81
Jan 7, 2020
Not bad. I guess it must be around 250km for Belgium (a bit less if you count the Scheldt estuary as the sea, and I bet you do to get 185km for the Netherlands). It must be close for Italy too, but I guess some places in the North are a bit farther than 200km.
+1
Level 81
Jan 7, 2020
Oh, and what about Portugal? It must be very close too.
+1
Level 73
Feb 26, 2020
What about Guinea Bissau?
+2
Level 45
Mar 1, 2020
I been drinking a little bit, but I feel the directions were a little confusing. Maybe more details for fools like myself.
+1
Level 63
Mar 1, 2020
I got everything except for the 4 landlocked countries.
+4
Level 70
Mar 1, 2020
I was surprised that Eritrea wasn't on here. And even more surprised when I checked it out that it wasn't close. About 350 kms.
+1
Level 73
Mar 1, 2020
great quiz idea! hats off.
+1
Level 51
Mar 1, 2020
I didn't understand this quiz, I thought I have to write only landlocked countries
+1
Level 22
Mar 1, 2020
This one quiz taught me more than school ever did. :)

Well done! :)

+1
Level 62
Mar 1, 2020
How far does Chile go inland?
+1
Level 23
Mar 1, 2020
I like how several of these are landlocked. so close ...
+1
Level 62
Mar 1, 2020
Yay glad to see this on the front page :)
+1
Level 48
Mar 2, 2020
Argh, I failed to read the instructions properly. I thought it was only countries that were near a coast but didn't have one, but that might make another interesting quiz.
+1
Level 44
Mar 2, 2020
Just so we're clear, do you count seas that connect to oceans (such as the Mediterranean) ?

Otherwise a lot of those countries don't qualify if you want to use the term "ocean".

+1
Level 56
Apr 21, 2020
I got them all with 6 seconds to spare. My last two were San Marino and Vatican City. Some of these are tricky because they aren't coastal. This quiz is a great geographic brain teaser!
+1
Level 56
Apr 24, 2020
Just wondering what the source is for this quiz? I found a [LINK REDACTED] quiz similar to this quiz, with the exact same measurements.
+2
Level ∞
Apr 24, 2020
That same user on the other site blatantly ripped off our Rust Belt Cities Map Quiz. I assume they copied this one as well.
+3
Level 80
Apr 24, 2020
The source is me using Google Maps and personally measuring the distances. A shame that other quiz took my research without giving credit.