Smallest Countries with at Least One Border

Can you name the smallest countries by land area that border at least one other country?
Not counting Bahrain which borders Saudi Arabia on a small artificial island
Quiz by nichster
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Last updated: May 12, 2020
First submittedMarch 8, 2016
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sq km
country
0.44
Vatican City
2.02
Monaco
61
San Marino
160
Liechtenstein
468
Andorra
2,586
Luxembourg
5,765
Brunei
sq km
country
10,452
Lebanon
10,887
Kosovo
11,295
Gambia
11,586
Qatar
13,812
Montenegro
14,919
East Timor
17,364
Eswatini
sq km
country
17,818
Kuwait
20,273
Slovenia
20,770
Israel
21,041
El Salvador
22,966
Belize
23,200
Djibouti
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Level 44
May 13, 2020
Thank you for the nice comments. If you want some more interesting stats then here you go:
  • All of the top 6 are in Europe.
  • 6 are in Asia
  • Just 3 are in Africa
  • 8 actually have just one border.
  • 6 countries have two borders.
  • 2 are wholly enclaved.
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Level 88
May 12, 2020
Didn't realize Lesotho was larger than many of these! Great quiz
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Level 67
May 14, 2020
I tried it too and wasn't aware of the size of slovenia, though after running out of answers I knew for sure, that was my first estimated guess.

And somehow israel feels too big to be on here. I guess because it makes a lot of the lists european countries do, like higher education. Somehow it feels important so a bit bigger than it actually is.

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Level 27
Jul 1, 2020
I tried Lesotho and didn't think of Slovenia. I strongly suspect the distorted maps we're used to cause a bias, Slovenia looks bigger than it is because it's further away from the equator.
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Level 68
May 12, 2020
Needs more time.
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Level 70
May 12, 2020
I would second that. In some ways it's good as it stops you just guessing half the world's countries, but most similar quizzes do have longer times (I think). Really good idea for a quiz though - I'd never appreciated how small Israel and Lebanon are.
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Level 67
May 12, 2020
Thirded
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Level 66
May 12, 2020
Fourthed. If not a full minute, at least another 30 seconds. (In 3 other quizzes I took today, I commented that I thought 30 seconds should be removed :) ).
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Level ∞
May 12, 2020
Adjusted the time. Thanks!
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Level 67
May 14, 2020
Ah allready adjusted, I wanted to comment it feels just right for me, but apparently before it was shorter. Only missed one and was going em that country next to israel, but time was up before I could type it.
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Level 62
May 12, 2020
I found out today that I can type "Djibouti" in about half a second.
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Level 81
May 13, 2020
The sign of a true Jetpunker.
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Level 47
May 13, 2020
How about Cyprus? It has borders with the British sovereign bases.
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Level 66
May 13, 2020
Indeed. And not mentioning that there is a real border to Northern Cyprus.
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Level 69
May 13, 2020
I still don't understand why the difference between the Vatican and Palestine, as both are UN observers. Guess I'll have to come to terms with the US based choices (even Taiwan gets recognized which neither the US, nor the UN do). In my world Taiwan, the Vatican, Kosovo and Palestine are all countries. :)
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Level 52
Jul 1, 2020
that "border" is not recognized which means it's not a border
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Level 73
May 13, 2020
Would have never guessed that Djibouti is larger than Belize or Slovenia. Stupid Mercator Projection . . .
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Level 64
Jul 2, 2020
I don't think mercator projection is causing much of a difference between Belize and Djibouti. They're only like 4° different.
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Level 69
May 14, 2020
I'm shocked that Slovenia and Israel are larger than Rwanda, Burundi, or Equatorial Guinea.
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Level 67
May 14, 2020
you mean smaller?
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Level 52
May 25, 2020
yes
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Level 70
May 14, 2020
I was surprised that Haiti has a greater area than some of these, on the map it looks so small.
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Level 38
Jun 9, 2020
Haiti? Singapore?
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Level 43
Jun 17, 2020
Singapore is an island
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Level 30
Jun 24, 2020
What about Singapore it is connected by bridges?
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Level 39
Jun 30, 2020
Bahrain is connected to Saudi Arabia by a bridge as well...
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Level 65
Jun 30, 2020
But not connected by a land mass.
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Level 1
Jun 30, 2020
Porque en la prueba de países pequeños me salían mal, países como líbano, mónaco, san marino, brunei y otros que al final salían, inclusive salió un país eswatini?
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Level 26
Jun 30, 2020
Kosovo is not country.
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Level 50
Jun 30, 2020
Yes.
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Level 65
Jun 30, 2020
Just forgot Montenegro!
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Level 43
Jun 30, 2020
A lot of people are commenting on Israel being so small! I agree that it somehow seems bigger, but it is interestingly smaller than Djibouti or Belize.
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Level 44
Jun 30, 2020
This quiz is great - really had me thinking hard, and I feel lucky to have got it with time to spare.
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Level 48
Jun 30, 2020
Nice quiz thanks. Missed Slovenia, I was thinking about it but didn't write. I was surprised not to see Haiti and Dominican republic on the list.
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Level 35
Jul 1, 2020
Haiti/Dominican Republic are clearly absent and a nice trivia
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Level 36
Jul 3, 2020
No, Haiti = 27,750 sq km; Dominican Republic = 48,442 sq km so neither makes this list.
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Level 36
Jul 3, 2020
I really enjoyed this one. It was only after doing this quiz that I realised Lesotho is bigger than I thought! Managed to guess them all, though I was sitting with one missing for ages - The Gambia! Totally forgot about it for ages.
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Level 15
Jul 19, 2020
Kosovo is Serbia! I don't understand this quiz!