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Countries Bordering Two or More Oceans

Name the countries that border two or more oceans.
External territories are excluded but external regions are included
If a country only borders an ocean via a marginal sea, we display that sea
Whiners will be made to walk the plank
Quiz by Akasnah
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First submittedFebruary 18, 2013
Last updatedAugust 13, 2019
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Oceans
Country
Arctic
Atlantic
Pacific
Canada
United States
Atlantic
Baltic Sea
Russia
Atlantic
Indian
France
Arctic
Barents Sea
Atlantic
Norwegian Sea
Norway
Atlantic
Indian
South Africa
Pacific
Straits of Magellan
Argentina
Atlantic
Caribbean Sea
Pacific
Colombia
Costa Rica
Guatemala
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Pacific
Gulf of Fonseca
Honduras
Oceans
Country
Atlantic
Mediterranean Sea
Indian
Gulf of Aqaba
Israel
Indian
Red Sea
Egypt
Atlantic
Straits of Magellan
Pacific
Chile
Indian
Pacific
Australia
Indonesia
Indian
Andaman Sea
Pacific
Gulf of Thailand
Thailand
Pacific
South China Sea
Malaysia
Indian
Timor Sea
Pacific
Flores Sea
East Timor
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level ∞
Mar 7, 2013
I had to delete the comments on this quiz because some people were being disrespectful to the quiz maker.

Before you make a comment, please research the boundaries of the oceans.

Here is a good place to start:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Ocean

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level 14
Mar 8, 2013
Thank you for your support Quizmaster. It is really appreciated :)
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level 56
May 3, 2018
I actually love this quiz. Nice job making it!!
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level 36
May 4, 2018
Great quiz
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level 77
Apr 7, 2013
My well researched answers are always deleted. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean_sea
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level 72
Dec 17, 2018
Anything well researched wouldn't cite Wikipedia, but maybe an actual source you discovered through Wikipedia.
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level 77
Aug 24, 2019
oooh. burn. The sources are at the bottom of the page if you weren't too lazy/stupid to scroll down and see them.
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level 62
Aug 10, 2014
I was a little lost for all of 10 seconds, then glanced briefly at the very clear instructions and aced it. Great quiz!!
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level 14
Aug 17, 2014
Thanks and well done!
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level 71
Aug 14, 2016
It doesn't matter WHAT your arguments are – whether your logic is impeccable, your reasoning flawless, your rhetoric compelling. It doesn't even matter if you're completely correct; *none* of it gives you the right to be so disrespectful to the quiz maker that the freakin' site administrator has to delete your comments. I mean come on – we have some lively discussions around here, so if JetPunk had to actually REMOVE comments, I can only guess how ad hominem, rude, and horrible they must have been. Please don't be assholes, fellow quizzers; we're all here to learn! And thank you so much Akasnah, for a well-thought-out and challenging quiz. I (like the vast majority of people, I'm sure) really enjoyed it! 😚
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level 77
Oct 12, 2019
The comments I left were not rude. The quiz author himself was being rude, at first inviting input and criticism, and then after receiving it becoming increasingly adversarial to the point of insinuating that everyone who disagreed with the quiz was somehow stupid or ill-informed when they were not. I made comments defending these other commenters who were being unfairly attacked.
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level ∞
Oct 13, 2019
There are comments that by themselves are not rude, but when piled on to dozens of other similar comments constitute bullying. Maybe, Kal, you were just the first in a chorus of people and were in no way to blame. In that case, it would have been the people coming later with repetitive and unnecessary comments that are at fault. Let's imagine that somebody bumps you on the shoulder when you're walking down the street. No big deal, right. Now imagine that everyone does it. It is now an extremely big deal. That's what happened on this quiz and it was not cool. l have no problem banning people who don't contribute to the conversion and just pile on.
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level 77
Oct 14, 2019
Maybe but I still hold that it was the quiz author's own responses that led to this devolvement of the conversation. At first it was "hm, well, if more people have this opinion I guess I can change the quiz" and then quickly became "you people are stupid this is the way it is and anyone saying different is ignorant"... over a point that is moot at best.
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level 43
Aug 24, 2019
what were the rude comments about?
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level 77
Oct 12, 2019
what I mentioned above... there were many posters pointing out that it was odd to define seas such as the Red and Mediterranean as being part of the oceans that they flow into. Those posters thoughtfully shared links to articles and other sources that backed up this understandable and commonplace opinion, but then were being responded to as if they were unforgivably ignorant. That was uncalled for and deserved being pointed out. Differences of opinion on this would be fine if it didn't lead to rude condescension.
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level 34
Dec 9, 2013
Maybe I'm confused. What part of Israel is on the Indian Ocean?
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level 44
Jan 25, 2014
There is a really tiny stretch in Southern Israel that borders Jordan and the Sinai part of Egypt. It's on the Gulf of Aquaba, which is part of the Red Sea
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level 67
Aug 26, 2016
Yeah that got me as well. I had to go check.
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level 77
Aug 24, 2019
Eilat, by the definition of oceans used on this quiz.
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level 76
Dec 14, 2013
Well I thought this was a good quiz.
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level 14
Mar 13, 2014
Thank you :)
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level 40
Apr 27, 2014
Dang, I always forget Nicaragua and Honduras!
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level 76
May 1, 2014
Difficult!
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level 20
Oct 4, 2014
Great Quiz!
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level 58
Oct 21, 2014
Not sure if this has been mentioned; is the Med Sea classed as part of the Atlantic? Likewise the Red Sea as part of the Indian? My geography lessons were a long time ago, so I wouldn't like to say (just making excuses for my poor score, I suppose!)
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level 56
Sep 6, 2017
Seas are considered to be arms of different oceans. That's how they are defined by the international organization, the International Hydrographic Organization. All governments and international organizations follow those definitions, which are also used on sites like Wikipedia.
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level 77
Oct 12, 2019
Generally, no, but comments about this have been deleted.
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level 18
Dec 17, 2014
I don't like how both Argentina and Chile border both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Where do the oceans start and end down there, because that is impossible unless they both occupy the same space.
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level 69
Aug 13, 2019
Usually the borders between the oceans in the south are set by the longitude of the southernmost tip of South America, Africa and Australia. For South America that is between 67-68° West. At that point we have a couple of islands belonging to Chile and lying of both sides of the longitude, but also the Beagle Channel, which is only seperated by those Chilenean islands from the open sea, and touches Argentina on its northern banks. That part of Argentina stretches further west than 68° so it should be the Pacific on that side of the Beagle Channel.
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level 67
Jul 5, 2015
Israel? Never would have guessed that in a million years. Seems like a serious stretch, but I guess technically it's right.
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level 55
Aug 4, 2015
Yeah. I never would have guessed. I just now looked it up to check. I love learning new things! :)
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level 55
Aug 4, 2015
Awesome quiz. Love how it stretches the mind to figure it out. I can't believe I forgot all of Central America! *facepalm*
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level 35
Nov 28, 2015
I forgot Canada!
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level 61
Jan 21, 2016
I only missed Thailand
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level 77
Oct 14, 2019
I miss Thailand all the time... should probably go back
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level 56
Jul 19, 2016
When you think about it, isn't it mathematically impossible for both Chile and Argentina to border both the Pacific and the Arctic? Or are there some islands that are considered as well?
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level 72
Dec 18, 2018
What's the written equation look like?
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level ∞
Aug 12, 2019
I guess the Drake Passage is considered to be part of both oceans.
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level 76
Aug 12, 2019
Pacific and Atlantic, maybe. Definitely not Pacific and Arctic!
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level 39
Dec 12, 2016
Full, 0:56 remaining
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level 44
Jan 27, 2017
I managed to get all of them other than one. How did I miss Colombia?!
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level 26
Mar 17, 2017
I feel so dumb. I forgot Mexico!
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level 60
Aug 28, 2017
I got 17 (I forgot about Norway) and I didn't know Israel borders two oceans
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level 51
May 4, 2018
From what I understand, the Mediterranean Sea is not tidal. I think that's a pretty big missing characteristic of an ocean/part of an ocean.
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level 69
Aug 13, 2019
It is tidal, up to one meter, but that's not even relevant to classify side-seas as part of oceans.
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level 50
May 4, 2018
Kosovo is Iceland.
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level 15
May 4, 2018
No European would ever consider the Mediteranean as part of the Atlantic. It has already been stated, but I just want to say it again, no Italian, Greek, you name it... would ever claim that they live on the Atlantic. So, if you want a quiz to be fun and doable, you need to include this.
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level 53
Jan 19, 2019
What is the Mediterranean then? It is either a sea which is part of an ocean, or else it is a big lake. So you're saying it's just a big lake? I think that would trigger Europeans just as equally.
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level 62
Apr 23, 2019
A sea need not be part of an ocean.
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level 67
Aug 24, 2019
Well, they're at sea level; they're salty; they engage in constant flows with the oceans. Unless you're talking about things called "Seas" such as the Caspian.
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level 69
Aug 13, 2019
I'm European, I know geography and I now that the Mediterranean is part of the Atlantic. An ocean is a supercategory for a group of salt-water bodies that are interconnected directly. All seas, bays, gulfs etc., belong to one ocean. However, that does not mean they necessarily have the same properties. The Mediterranean is connected to the main Atlantic body of water by the Strait of Gibraltar and not to any other ocean, therefore it is part of the Atlantic. It is often refered to as Mediterranean and not Atlantic because of its large scale, such as the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean is. And even the Mediterranean itself has more subdivisions that locals use commonly. Venetians would often say they live at the Adriatic Sea, Athenians at the Aegean sea and so on. By your logic would those seas not be considered part of the Mediterranean?
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level 48
Aug 13, 2019
I am Irish. When we talk about our Atlantic coast, we all know what part of the country that is - the coast from out North West to our South West. Dubliners they'll tell you the water between them and Liverpool is the Irish Sea. None of that alters the fact that we also know that Ireland is an island in the Atlantic.
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level 45
Aug 25, 2019
Well, I'm European, and I consider the Mediterranean to be part of the Atlantic. True, I would never say that I was going to the Atlantic coast if travelling to Italy or Greece, but neither would anyone claim to be going to the Atlantic coast if travelling to the Caribbean, even though that is also part of the Atlantic. This is just because it helpful to name the specific sea for ease, but for this quiz the Mediterranean is definitely part of the Atlantic.
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level 41
Jan 20, 2019
I loved this quiz! The instructions are clear, and it made me really think about the geography in a different way (which is why I come to JetPunk in the first place) More like this, please!
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level 76
Aug 12, 2019
I need someone to explain East Timor. clearly I'm missing something about the Timor Sea/Atlantic Ocean. easy to see how East Timor touches Pacific but I thought maybe the 2nd ocean would be Indian. please help. thanks
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level 80
Aug 12, 2019
Its a mistake. Should be the Indian Ocean
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level ∞
Aug 13, 2019
Fixed
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level 72
Aug 12, 2019
Australia does not border the Atlantic (although 96% (!!!) seem to think it does)
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level 68
Aug 13, 2019
Agreed, I got it because I figured it had two oceans, such a large land mass. I just think it should be Pacific, not Atlantic. Good quiz otherwise.
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level ∞
Aug 13, 2019
Sorry. Gotta make some obvious mistakes so that people don't invent fake ones :) Fixed now.
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level 83
Aug 13, 2019
Seems like you've got to count either Greenland (as a pre-filled item) or Denmark - Greenland seems to border both the Arctic and Atlantic, no matter how you designate it, but I don't believe it can be categorized as a territory the same way that Guam or Bermuda are territories.
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level 66
Aug 13, 2019
out of curiosity, how does France border the Indian and Pacific oceans? I'm assuming there are external regions that I don't know about.
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level 68
Aug 13, 2019
Réunion & Mayotte, close to Madagascar in the Indian ocean are overseas regions. Not sure which one counts for the Pacific, but either New Caledonia (special status) or French Polynesia and Wallis et Futuna (overseas collectivities) works. Even without their mainland, France would still border the Atlantic (Caribbean sea) through, at least, French Guiana, Guadeloupe and Martinique (overseas regions).
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level 73
Aug 14, 2019
that one stumped me as well!
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level 66
Oct 12, 2019
In that case, why isn't the UK included given it borders the Pacific (Pitcairn Islands), Atlantic and Indian Ocean (Indian Ocean Territory)?
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level 61
Oct 12, 2019
I think it's because Reunion & Mayotte are French regions (comparable to US states, like Hawaii), whereas the Pitcairn Islands are UK territories (comparable to US territories like Guam). The overseas regions enjoy equal political status to France's domestic regions, but territories do not. It's not just about whether a country has land overseas, but how it regards that land and how the land participates in the government.
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level 55
Aug 14, 2019
I seem to remember that the board game 10 Days in Asia considered Singapore to be on the Indian and Pacific Oceans... a brief Google search seems to support this (it touches the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean via the South China Sea). Great quiz though; I couldn't for the life of me figure out what country bordered the Pacific, Atlantic AND Indian Oceans ignoring marginal seas.
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level 77
Aug 15, 2019
In my opinion, only the regions/departments should be taken into account for France, so it wouldn't touch the pacific ocean.
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level 67
Aug 23, 2019
D'oh, France and its stupid island territories
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level 60
Aug 23, 2019
Same
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level 38
Aug 24, 2019
Love this quiz! Could you see your way clear to compose more of the same?
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level 40
Aug 24, 2019
I loved this quiz!
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level 44
Aug 31, 2019
Challenging quiz!
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level 33
Oct 12, 2019
dang i always forget about french guiana, i spent the whole time thinking, how is it physically possible to border the pacific, atlantic, and indian at the same time?
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level 30
Oct 12, 2019
Misleading quiz. France??
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level 64
Oct 12, 2019
I don't understand why external 'territories' are excluded and external 'regions' are included. Sounds completely arbitrary to me.
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level ∞
Oct 13, 2019
I think this analogy will help... French Guiana is to France as Hawaii is to the United States. Legally, it is just like any other part of France. But France also has territories that have a similar legal status to Puerto Rico in the United States. As an American, this helped me to understand the distinction which can seem trivial to an outsider. Hope this helps!
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level 64
Oct 13, 2019
Thank you for your response! I honestly saw it as metropolitan France and 'the rest', so I learned something new. The 'overseas regions', namely Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Mayotte and Réunion are legally the same as the metropolitan territories. The last two are in the Indian Ocean, and the first three + metropolitan France are on the Atlantic. But what 'external region' of France borders the Pacific? French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna are semi-autonomous 'overseas collectivities', New Caledonia is an 'autonomous territory' and no other French territory borders the Pacific. Surely these are France's Guams rather than Hawaiis?
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level 38
Oct 12, 2019
Not a big fan of the external regions being included. Completely threw me off in a weird way. Just exclude all regions and territories.
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level 67
Oct 12, 2019
Not complaining, but why aren't Argentina and Chile in the same group?
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level 64
Oct 13, 2019
Because they are different groups: Chile borders the Pacific and touches the Atlantic through the Straits of Magellan. Argentina is the other way around.
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level 26
Oct 12, 2019
Israel was an interesting one and hard to get but nevertheless got it all be it whilst cycling through random guesses, got all of em.
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level 72
Oct 12, 2019
to be fair, if a country borders the Mediterranean and the Indian somewhere, one only really has to think from Egypt round to Turkey - about 5 countries? Agree with all the comments still remaining - great quiz and hope not many were forced to walk the plank ;-)
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level 29
Oct 12, 2019
Can someone please tell me how France borders the Indian ocean?
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level 63
Oct 12, 2019
Réunion and Mayotte.
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level 63
Oct 12, 2019
France does not touch the Pacific ocean, only its overseas territories do. If overseas territories count, Denmark touches the Arctic, and Britannia rules all of the waves.
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level 61
Oct 12, 2019
An overseas region is not the same as an overseas territory. It's the difference between Hawaii and Guam. Hawaii is far from the US mainland, but it has the same status as Nebraska among US states. It has senators, representatives, and its citizens vote in federal elections. It has access to the same federal programs and is subject to all the same federal laws. You couldn't exclude Hawaii or Alaska from a list of states just because of their distance from the mainland. It's the same with the French departments. They participate in the government, are bound by federal laws, and benefit from federal social programs. The same is not true for overseas territories like Guam, Denmark, and the Pitcairn Islands. They are regarded differently and function differently, so it makes more sense to exclude them from a list of states, just as you would exclude Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands when listing US states.
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level ∞
Oct 13, 2019
This exactly.
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level 64
Oct 13, 2019
I think SirGeorgington is right though. France has five 'external regions': Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion and Mayotte. None of them touch the Pacific.
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level 17
Oct 12, 2019
Did the quiz maker know that the Arctic ocean and Atlantic ocean do not actually refer to the same thing?
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level 27
Oct 13, 2019
Cheeky France and its 758 land borders.
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level 44
Oct 14, 2019
Papua-New Guinea has shoreline west of Torres Strait, so it must be added as it is between Pacific and Indian Ocean.