Topological Map of the World Quiz

A topological map is a type of diagram that has been simplified so that only vital information, such as borders, remains and unnecessary detail, such as size and shape, has been removed. Fill in this map of the world by correctly guessing each highlighted country.
Does not include island nations except those touching other mainland countries (i.e. Papua New Guinea)
The black areas represent large bodies of water
If two countries have the same borders (i.e. Norway and Finland) use geographical clues to help determine your answer (e.g. follow their borders along the Baltic Sea)
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Last updated: September 21, 2020
First submittedJune 11, 2020
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Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Argentina
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Czechia
D. R. Congo
Denmark
Djibouti
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Honduras
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malawi
Malaysia
Mali
Mauritania
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
North Macedonia
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of the Congo
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Slovenia
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain
Sudan
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
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Level 71
Jun 11, 2020
Really cool concept, well done. Though I believe you may have a couple of errors (two that I can make out).
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Level 66
Jun 11, 2020
Thanks! What errors did you notice? I'd love to fix them if you let me know :)
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Level 71
Jun 11, 2020
Perhaps I'm wrong but Zimbabwe/Botswana, and Kyrgyzstan/Uzbekistan seemed back to front to me.
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Level 66
Jun 11, 2020
Yes, you're definitely correct. I'll fix that right away.
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Level 74
Jun 11, 2020
I agree, amazing quiz. I'll nominate this for a feature, though maybe the odds there will be improved if you produce separate quizzes for each continent? I think that will attract more quizzers, just for the shorter length. The clue glitch I saw are that you include the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, but not the Angolan exclave of Cabinda. Also Singapore is considered to be an island country, though I guessed it here because it's the only one it could have been. Also you might want to tweak your "doesn't include island countries" in the instructions to allow for island countries connected to countries connected to mainland continents (eg Brunei, PNG and Timor-Leste). But the concept of this quiz is just amazing, and a real brain-stretcher - nice job.
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Level 66
Jun 11, 2020
Yeah, there are a number of things that I need to tweak (like Angola bc technically it borders the Republic of the Congo). And I plan on making separate continent quizzes as well because I know how difficult the entire world can be :) Thanks so much for the input!
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Level 62
Jun 11, 2020
Croatia borders Montenegro
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Level 66
Jun 11, 2020
True, I'll fix that. Thanks!
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Level 62
Jun 11, 2020
I think you know the rest too, like Azerbaijan borders Turkey. And if Singapore is included then let's include Bahrain, UK, Ireland and link up Denmark and Sweden. Anyway excellent work!
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Level 71
Jun 12, 2020
Loved this quiz. Pretty difficult but still got 151/153. Just got confused about Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and how many countries Laos borders
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Level 68
Jun 12, 2020
The position of some countries (Vatican/San Marino, Norway/Finland, Singapore(!)/Brunei, East Timor/PNG) is ambigous, but Finland/Norway is the only one whose placement goes against the general geographical layout and I got it wrong because of that: one more reason I see to flip them is that the sequence of continental borders should be preserved when possible (ie NK->Russia->Norway->Sweden->Finland->Russia, whereas here it's NK->Russia->Finland->Sweden->Norway->Russia)
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Level 66
Jun 12, 2020
Yes, that’s very true. I’ll try to figure out a way to differentiate between countries that have the exact same borders (i.e. Nepal and Bhutan, Vatican and San Marino). And the idea about the order of the continents makes a lot of sense too. I’ll take that into consideration. Thanks!
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Level 59
Sep 22, 2020
I thought of them with cardinal directions in mind. San Marino is farther north than the Vatican, flipping Scandinavia upside down puts Finland on the left, and Nepal is west of Bhutan.
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Level 80
Oct 18, 2020
Yes. I totally disagree with Finland/Norway. I chose Norway on the left because it's primarily east of Finland. That logic worked for figuring out San Marino and the Vatican (San Marino is north of the Vatican) and Nepal and Bhutan (Nepal is east of Bhutan, with downwards representing west). Finland/Norway was the only place it failed me.
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Level 68
Jun 12, 2020
Fantastic quiz! Can you fill the paths in white by default so that they're clickable? (Also check this doesn't accidentally hide any countries like vatican / San Marino)
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Level 66
Jun 12, 2020
Yup, I can try to do that. And thanks, I was wondering exactly how they could be clickable, but now I have my answer :)
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Level 68
Jun 18, 2020
Looks great now! And with the new Map Quiz format it looks so much cleaner :)
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Level 42
Jun 12, 2020
Just excellent! Congratulations! Nominated!
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Level 60
Jun 12, 2020
Cool concept. Thé map looks weird how China is bigger than Russia and South Korea is actually above North korea.

But cool quiz anyway

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Level 57
Jun 13, 2020
You got a subscriber and a Nomination! Congratulations and thanks for such a great quiz!
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Level 66
Jun 13, 2020
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it :)
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Level 57
Jun 19, 2020
You deserve a nomination !

I would have reversed finland and norway, because if we follow the coast line, the order isn't correct ...

And where is Gibraltar ???

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Level 66
Jun 19, 2020
I guess you do make a point... If you go from Estonia to Russia, the next country you would hit on the coastline IS Finland, so I'll make sure to change that. I chose not to include Gibraltar mainly because the UK wasn't included in the quiz either. I thought it might be too confusing to have exclusively Gibraltar and not the rest of the UK. Thanks for the input and I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Level 66
Oct 18, 2020
But if gibralter was included, then UK and Ireland could follow. In the same way malaysia joins onto indonesia and the PNG and east timor which would otherwise be omitted
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Level 56
Jul 8, 2020
This is awesome! What a great concept! Nominated for sure.
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Level 66
Jul 8, 2020
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it
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Level 58
Jul 24, 2020
Alaska and Ceuta and Melilla are missing
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Level 66
Jul 25, 2020
You are right, but I generally did not include overseas territories of countries, especially when they are so small. It would get very confusing for most people who don't know all of the minuscule territories. Additionally, including Alaska would not actually change the map since it only borders Canada and the U.S. already borders that. Thanks for the input!
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Level 61
Aug 12, 2020
This is amazing, I think that Ceuta and Melilla would be a nice feature. Nominated!
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Level 66
Aug 22, 2020
I don't get it.
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Level 67
Aug 27, 2020
As mentioned earlier the Norway-Finland problem could be more clear. I see your point with Finland and Estonia being close together. However, Norway is the westernmost of the two and Finland is closer to the Asian countries. I think you should try to focus on either cardinal directions or nearby countries (or maybe mention it in the description). It is an amazing idea though, you got a nomination from here.
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Level 66
Aug 27, 2020
I agree that the Norway/Finland problem can be very confusing. I think I will switch Norway back on the left side (west) and Finland on the right (east) in order to stay consistent with the cardinal directions. And thanks for the nomination!
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Level 50
Sep 2, 2020
In my opinion it makes no sense to have Norway to the left. When folowing their borders finland comes first(coming from the baltic sea).
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Level 66
Sep 2, 2020
I originally had Finland on the left, but it caused some confusion. However, I agree that it is more consistent with the border with the Baltic Sea. I will consider changing it back. Thanks!
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Level 73
Sep 2, 2020
I absolutely agree. When compared to the location of Sweden, Norway and Finland are currently swapped. That's one of only two I got wrong.
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Level 74
Sep 3, 2020
This quiz is amazing and strangely beautiful in its own way. Sort of reminds me of a Frank Lloyd Wright window. Great job!
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Level 66
Sep 3, 2020
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it
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Level 60
Sep 8, 2020
Very nice quiz! Maybe it would be a little bit easier if you can see every right answered ones. Like when you hold on one guessed country you can see which it was exactly.
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Level 66
Sep 8, 2020
Thanks! I agree, being able to see the answers you've already guessed would be very useful, but I'm not exactly sure how to do that. I'll look into it and add it as soon as possible.
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Level 46
Sep 10, 2020
Really great quiz!
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Level 51
Sep 17, 2020
Wow, how long did this take to make!?!?!
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Level 66
Sep 17, 2020
It probably took me a week or so, but I had a somewhat similar map that I found online for reference so that helped.
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Level 63
Sep 18, 2020
Nice quiz, but Spain is also bordering Morocco.
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Level 66
Sep 18, 2020
I actually chose not to include most small exclaves, like Ceuta and Melilla, because it would make this quiz a lot more confusing. You are correct, but there are so many tiny exclaves and enclaves that I chose to disregard most of them.
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Level 63
Sep 18, 2020
Yes, there are many, but I think this is the only place where it's bordering an extra country.
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Level 65
Sep 20, 2020
I agree, the Spain-Morocco border should be included. Still my favorite quiz atm :)
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Level 66
Sep 20, 2020
There does seem to be a lot of agreement on this, so I'll go ahead and add the border between Spain and Morocco. I agree, it is one of the few cases where an exclave borders a totally new country, so I'll oblige haha. I'll try and add it as soon as possible. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Level 65
Sep 21, 2020
At least, make Spain border the Mediterranean sea?

Loved the quiz btw

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Level 79
Sep 20, 2020
Amazing! Really creative and fun. Added my nomination!
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Level 66
Sep 20, 2020
Thanks!
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Level 57
Sep 21, 2020
Looks like a parking lot, but cool quiz.
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Level 66
Oct 18, 2020
too many 50/50s san marino/vatican, finland/norway and east timor/papua new guinea
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Level 46
Oct 18, 2020
I don't really see how to guess Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea apart, and I think you could add Haiti and Dominican republic ;)
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Level 40
Oct 20, 2020
😡😤😖
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Level 51
Oct 20, 2020
Would be really helpful if you could see the names of countries you have already guessed by hovering over them!
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Level 34
Nov 3, 2020
Would this be considered a cartogram?
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Level 66
Nov 3, 2020
Based on the definition I looked up, this map would not be a cartogram because the size/shape of each country on this map does not have any actual meaning. There are some good examples on this Wikipedia page such as cartograms that substitute population for area, making more populous countries like China and India the largest.
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Level 51
Dec 4, 2020
Wow ,this is tremendous! I love it! Nominated!
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Level 50
Dec 5, 2020
The Netherlands and France share a border on the island of Saint Martin. I don't know if it counts though because it's on an island.
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Level 43
Jan 8, 2021
there's a mistake, indonesia borders only 1 country, not 2, you got malaysia and indonesia mixed up.
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Level 66
Jan 8, 2021
Nope, Indonesia actually borders 3 countries: Malaysia, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea.
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Level 49
Jan 20, 2021
CHAD KILLED ME