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Countries Bigger Than Their Neighbors

Can you name the 14 countries of the world that are larger than any country they share a land border with?
  • Not including neighboring overseas territories or dependencies, but does include overseas regions
  • Excluding borderless countries
  • Also try the population version of this quiz by Quizzer6794
  • Quiz by Gamer1162 - Apr 28, 2017
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level 67
Mar 28, 2017
Nice quiz, but the answers aren't in alphabetical order.
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level 63
Mar 29, 2017
Why should they be in alphabetical order?
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level 62
Mar 29, 2017
I don't think they should be alphabetically, but... since they almost are, only one is not, it makes you think of a country that should fit there alpabetically.
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level 69
Apr 26, 2017
2 pairs are out of sequence :)
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level 58
Apr 26, 2017
I was thinking of South Africa, but when I saw it wouldn't have fit alphabetically, I didn't try it.
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level 62
Apr 26, 2017
Awaiting re-approval.
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level 21
Aug 10, 2017
Actually it's not wrong, DR Congo is before Dominican rep. because the D stands for Democratic which puts it in the right spot
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level 62
Mar 28, 2017
Good quiz, could proably do with a little more time, 30 seconds perhaps
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level 68
Mar 28, 2017
why didn't france make the list?
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level 62
Mar 28, 2017
Because the border with Brazil is considered
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level 32
Mar 29, 2017
This French Guyana issue just bothers me. At times quiz makers here take it in consideration(usually in order to be tricky) and at others they don't. There should be a standard.
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level ∞
Mar 29, 2017
@RogerSilveira. That's simply not true. We always consider French Guiana to be an integral part of France, just like we consider Hawaii to be part of the United States. We are very consistent on that.
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level 67
Mar 31, 2017
Ok then there are several quiz makers that take a different position.
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level 65
Aug 7, 2017
It's a bunch of Malarkey if you ask me. This quiz is about neighbors and bordering. When a part of a country doesn't even border its own country is shouldn't be part of a quiz like this one. I'm not arguing the political definition of the area, but French Guiana should be excluded on this quiz. When you look on a map of South America, it does not say "France" next to Suriname. Compare and contrast to Kaliningrad where the border does say Poland/Russia.
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level 41
Aug 7, 2017
It's not a bunch of malarkey. We consider Hawaii to be just as much of as US state as France considers French Guiana to be a region of their country. Most maps show French Guiana (FR), just as they show Hawaii (U.S.) It's a legally and well-known territory of France. Just because non-French people don't often remember this doesn't mean we should change the facts to suit their needs on this quiz.
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level 65
Aug 7, 2017
Consider the scope of the quiz. As I said, I'm not arguing the political status. Only the contiguous part of the country should count here. It makes for a better quiz in my opinion, that's all. France is bigger than all of its surrounding neighbors in Europe. I say Malarkey, for this quiz.
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level 55
Aug 17, 2017
French Guiana is as much a part of France as Paris. Just because it's separate from the rest of the country doesn't make it a territory.
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level 78
Mar 30, 2017
Screw you, France. Your phantom border with Brazil made me spend way too much time mentally scouring continental Europe for another candidate. Left me too short on time to remember one of those islands with 2 countries on it.
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level 43
Apr 26, 2017
Exact same thing happened to me
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level 59
Aug 7, 2017
I was just watching Martinique play Nicaragua in the Gold Cup. I know that Concacaf and Fifa are not who we should be looking to to solve these matters, but there are lots of reasons to be unconvinced by France's attempt at a permanent solution to its colonialism.
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level 68
Sep 8, 2017
tshalla, you win the Internet for today. The best comment I've read on JetPunk in quite a while
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level 58
Mar 28, 2017
Awesome quiz and thanks for the link! Also, try it with a map here.
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level 68
Mar 29, 2017
In that quiz, the UK doesn't count because of the border between Spain and Gibraltar. In this quiz, the UK is included in spite of Gibraltar, but France is excluded because of French Guiana. Of course, French Guiana is considered to be part of France, whereas Gibraltar is an overseas territory. Nevertheless, consistency would be nice.
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level 79
Mar 29, 2017
I believe the UK makes it because of its land border with Ireland, otherwise, it would be considered borderless in this quiz as it concerns Gibraltar.
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level 62
Mar 30, 2017
The norm on Jetpunk always seems to be to exclude overseas territories, unless otherwise noted.
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level ∞
Mar 30, 2017
@sumguy. We are 100% consistent on this. French Guiana is a region of France, similar to how Hawaii is a state. Gibraltar is a territory, similar to how Puerto Rico is a territory.

It's a very common misconception that French Guiana is a territory or even an independent country.

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level 67
Mar 31, 2017
In my experience Ceuta and Melilla are more often disregarded as an integral part of Spain (African countries quiz etc)
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level 63
Apr 28, 2017
French Guiana is definitley a region, not a territory. Look at it's flag also.
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level 28
Mar 29, 2017
I get Nicaragua and not Brazil
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level 38
Mar 29, 2017
Interesting concept...missed Nicaragua and Iran
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level 68
Apr 3, 2017
Very interesting quiz!
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level 59
Apr 26, 2017
Surprised how few African countries make it.
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level 56
Apr 26, 2017
The DRC is absolutely giant and borders like 20 different countries
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level 48
Apr 26, 2017
I think that if France is not in the list because of its border with Brazil, then the UK should not be on the list either because of its border between Gibraltar and Spain.
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level 55
Apr 26, 2017
you're right!
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level 67
Apr 26, 2017
I think you should read QM's previous comment on why that's a false equivalency.
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level 39
Apr 26, 2017
Indonesia should come before Iran alphabetically
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level 60
Apr 26, 2017
Are the countries supposed to be in alphabetical order?
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level 45
Apr 26, 2017
Does Greenland count as an overseas territory to Denmark, and in that case isn't it bigger than Germany?
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level 43
Apr 26, 2017
Saudi Arabia and South Africa are the wrong way round
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level 63
Apr 26, 2017
South Africa and Saudi Arabia ............. feel better now?
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level 58
Apr 26, 2017
Very cool idea for a quiz.
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level 44
Apr 26, 2017
Should say 'than' rather than 'that' in the description
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level ∞
Apr 26, 2017
Fixed
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level 49
Apr 26, 2017
Drop that hundo! 100%!!!
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level 47
Apr 27, 2017
Belgium is bigger than Luxembourg SPain is bigger than ANdorra France is bigger than Monaco Italy is bigger than San Marino
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level 62
Apr 27, 2017
It seems you don't get the quiz. The quiz is asking for the biggest country than its neighbors.
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level 35
Apr 27, 2017
South Africa and Saudi Arabia need to be swapped around, or have none in alphabetical order.
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level 55
Apr 29, 2017
Very creative quiz! I only missed Nicaragua
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level 11
May 11, 2017
What happened to france? It boarders Monaco and Andorra two of the smallest countries
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level 43
May 30, 2017
That doesnt matter. The quiz is asking for countries that are larger than all of its neighbours France owns French Guiana which borders Brazil, which is bigger
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level 42
May 11, 2017
make one for the countries that are smaller than all their neighbors! (now that I've typed it out, I'm sure you're already working on one)
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level 46
Aug 7, 2017
Isn't France bigger than its neighbours....and the spelling for neighbours is wrong
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level 62
Aug 7, 2017
It's been explained above. Neighbor is correct.
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level 44
Sep 8, 2017
Neighbor is correct in the USA... neighbour is correct in the UK
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level 56
Aug 7, 2017
cool quiz!
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level 36
Aug 7, 2017
got them all first try with 12 seconds left!
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level 68
Sep 8, 2017
Not saying it's incorrect but Tanzania does not share a land border with the Congo. I guess technically below Lake Tanganyika there is land but at no point can you walk from the Congo to Tanzania which to me denotes a "Land Border" as the instructions read. For most of the length of the border you can't even see the other shore. Should Tanzania be counted? If you say no what would you say if Lake Tanganyika extended south to Lake Malawi and ran 200 miles further south and made a path all the way to the Indian Ocean. Thus making Tanzania a peninsula
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