Take another quiz >

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 taken2,863
Rating4.03
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
+2
level 71
Apr 7, 2017
very interesting, well done!
+1
level 78
Apr 7, 2017
Thanks. It's all from personal research, so feel free to give any comments.
+3
level 47
Apr 7, 2017
I was expecting Denmark. Does this count Greenland?
+1
level 78
Apr 7, 2017
That was my thinking, but it's a tough call.
+1
level 65
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.
+2
level 61
Apr 7, 2017
I love your quizzes! A new subscriber :)
+1
level 78
Apr 8, 2017
Thanks...I will do my best to keep the quality high
+4
level 73
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 78
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.
+2
level 44
Apr 10, 2017
I like it! I would love to see this one featured :)
+2
level 40
May 17, 2017
Awesome quiz!
+3
level 32
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 76
Jan 1, 2020
Yup, that's what I counted. So close but potentially so far.
+2
level 53
Aug 6, 2019
Great Quiz!
+2
level 60
Aug 6, 2019
Really Fascinating Quiz!
+1
level 64
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?
+1
level 76
Jan 1, 2020
Not on an island.
+1
level 73
Dec 22, 2019
Guatemala?
+1
level 78
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 52
Jan 1, 2020
Congrats on the feature! :)
+1
level 65
Jan 1, 2020
Not Denmark?
+2
level 80
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 78
Jan 1, 2020
I'm all for adding it to the quiz, having it as a pre-filled answer, or adding a caveat.
+1
level 81
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 70
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 67
Jan 1, 2020
Kosovo must have been the "near miss"country for this quiz! 203 km :)
+1
level 80
Jan 1, 2020
Or Chile.
+1
level 78
Jan 7, 2020
No, in the North, there are places farther than 300km.
+1
level 86
Jan 2, 2020
Guinea Bissau?
+1
level 78
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 80
Jan 2, 2020
Fun quiz! Interesting that four of these are landlocked countries :)
+1
level 25
Jan 2, 2020
Gambia?
+1
level 76
Jan 3, 2020
I'd like to see a sequel that includes islands. I'm not even from Denmark :)
+1
level 71
Jan 6, 2020
Great to see it featured! Do we have 'island countries furthest from sea' yet?
+1
level 78
Jan 6, 2020
Yeah! You were the first comment! Try this one I made recently: Island Countries Farthest From the Mainland!
+1
level 78
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 78
Jan 7, 2020
Oh, and what about Portugal? It must be very close too.