Atlantic Ocean Island Countries

Name all the countries whose territory lies mostly on islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
Including ALL seas connected to the Atlantic, even the Mediterranean
Not including overseas territories such as Greenland
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Last updated: March 8, 2018
First submittedFebruary 4, 2015
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km2
country
242,900
United Kingdom
109,884
Cuba
103,000
Iceland
70,273
Ireland
48,671
Dominican Republic
27,750
Haiti
13,943
Bahamas
km2
country
10,991
Jamaica
9,251
Cyprus
5,130
Trinidad and Tobago
4,033
Cape Verde
965
Sao Tome and Principe
751
Dominica
616
St. Lucia
km2
country
442
Antigua and Barbuda
430
Barbados
389
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
344
Grenada
316
Malta
261
St. Kitts and Nevis
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Level 76
Nov 18, 2017
"Name all the countries whose territory lies mostly on islands in the Atlantic Ocean." Well, Denmark owns the largest island in the Atlantic and Greenland is many times the size of mainland Denmark, so one could argue that Denmark lies mostly on islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Level 72
Nov 18, 2017
And they own Zealand, Fyn, North Jutland etc.
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Level 82
Nov 18, 2017
Jutland is the only part NOT on an islands. Greenland, Faroe Islands and all those other islands make it very much *mostly* an island country. Sort of. I tried Denmark. (And almost forgot about Ireland even though I had UK.)
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Level 77
Nov 18, 2017
Reading about the Danish Realm, it seems clear to me that Greenland and Faroe Islands are not sovereign countries and are part of Denmark according to the constitution, they also have regular representatives in the Danish parliament. They are countries only in the sense similar to British regions and the devolution is quite similar to Scotland, Wales and NI.

So I think we deserve a caveat if Denmark is excluded :)
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Level ∞
Nov 18, 2017
Added a caveat
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Level 76
Nov 19, 2017
Why add a caveat and not just add Denmark? Is there some reason we keep ignoring the biggest island on the planet? Mercator envy?
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Level 64
Mar 8, 2018
It makes total sense to omit Denmark here as it's hardly ever considered to be a country of more than 2 million sqkm since no one ever includes Greenland's area in Denmark's. Adding Denmark wouldn't prevent a discussion either unless QM added a caveat explicitly saying that overseas territories are included (actually not even then would the discussions stop, as this situation shows). No, the quiz is fine the way it is in my opinion.
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Level 40
Mar 8, 2018
@JoshPen Fact check, Australia is technically the biggest island on the planet. Barely anybody lives in Greenland, and if you go there you don’t say "Guess what, I just got back from Denmark!" It is almost impossible to get there, and its population is not much bigger than the population of the Faroe Islands.
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Level 47
Sep 12, 2020
I won't get into the Australia bit, but the population of an island doesn't change how big or important to a quiz it is.
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Level 62
Sep 16, 2020
@sillie North Jutland, e.g. the northern part of Jutland, is actually and island, completely separated from rest of Jutland by Limfjorden
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Level 45
Sep 16, 2020
The question for me is, without Greenland, is Denmark still mostly on islands? It seems like it is at least close.
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Level 50
Sep 16, 2020
Afro-Eurasia is the biggest island in the world.
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Level 72
Mar 12, 2018
Just for the record, Denmark proper (excluding Greenland and the Faroes), is narrowly a majority non-island country by area. The Danish-owned Jutland Peninsula covers around 25,000 km2 compared to a bit over 19,000 km2 for the combined area of the islands. An interesting point is that in 1825 the balance tipped more in favour of the islands, when a flood permanently split off the North Jutlandic Island from the peninsula, adding about 4600 km2 to the island column. Still, in the absence of another such event, the mainland still wins over the islands. Population-wise, it's a different story with a bit over 3.4 million of Denmark's 5.75 million living on the islands - 2.2 million on Zealand alone.
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Level 81
Dec 7, 2019
And one can argue the Kiel Canal, but that would be silly.
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Level 46
Mar 13, 2018
Except that no one includes overseas territories in the location of a country. The territory is always referred to as being part of its mother country, rather than the mother country being said to lie where its overseas territories do. For example, Hawaii, in Oceania, is a US state. The US is not in Oceania, though, it's in North America. The UK isn't a Caribbean country because the British Virgin Islands are in the Caribbean. France isn't a South American country because French Guiana is in South America. I could go on.
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Level 57
Jul 22, 2018
@MasterKenobi that isn't the greatest analogy though as Hawaii and French Guiana have a different status than overseas territories like the British Virgin Islands and Greenland. Technically, you could say that France is located in both Europe, South America, North America, and Africa, as its territories there are departments, with the same status as France's mainland departments, whilst its other territories span into Oceania and Antarctica. The same goes with Hawaii. Obviously one wouldn't typically consider France to be anything other than European, but there is still a political distinction between its overseas regions and overseas collectivities.
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Level 71
Nov 20, 2017
Nice quiz!
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Level 71
Nov 24, 2017
Really stumped me until I read the caveat about the Mediterranean and remembered that it did indeed exist
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Level 63
Dec 16, 2017
aCTUaLLY eVERy OceAn iS CoNNECtEd tO tHe ATlAnTIc ocEAN !
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Level 63
Dec 16, 2017
Please don't kill me
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Level 40
Mar 8, 2018
Ocean doesnt = sea
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Level 51
Jan 30, 2018
Great quiz.
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Level 69
Feb 1, 2018
Good feeling when you can't get the last 3 with only 10 seconds remaining and then you remember you're missing all of the St's.
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Level 40
Mar 8, 2018
thats a lot of saints, god be with you (badum tss)
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Level 35
Mar 8, 2018
cyprus? malta? it is the Mediterranean!
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Level 54
Mar 8, 2018
The Mediterranean is a part of the Atlantic ocean. Just like the Baltic sea and the Caribbean sea for example.
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Level 37
Apr 10, 2020
I don’t count the Mediterranean because it is connected by such a narrow passage(the Straight of Gibraltar). I also don’t include the Baltic Sea because it is only connected by tiny little passages through Denmark.
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Level 36
Sep 16, 2020
NO NO NO! ABSOLUTELEY NOT!
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Level 65
Mar 8, 2018
Cyprus is in Asia though. I don't think Asian countries count
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Level 58
Mar 9, 2018
I sincerely hope that was sarcasm.
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Level 63
Mar 8, 2018
Man, I really need to start reading the fine print which is exactly what I love doing when I take a break to play online diversions. That's why I split my time between here and my rereading Visa cardholder agreement.
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Level ∞
Mar 8, 2018
You don't have to read the fine print. You just have to take the quiz. The fine print is for complainers.
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Level 59
Sep 15, 2020
Ha ha. I should have read, as I missed only Malta (Europe) and Cyprus (Asia).
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Level 66
Mar 8, 2018
+Quizmaster you've mixed the area of Iceland and Ireland.
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Level ∞
Mar 8, 2018
This has been fixed, thank you.
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Level 48
Mar 8, 2018
I can't believe the only one I forgot was Cape Verde! I was literally going to type that as my first answer but somehow I didn't, my ignorant brain of mine.
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Level 45
Mar 8, 2018
Ireland and Iceland are mixed up. Otherwise, great quiz!
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Level 70
Mar 8, 2018
I had no idea Cuba was that big! Damn you Mercator!
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Level 35
Mar 8, 2018
Cuba is the biggest island in the Caribbean
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Level 37
Apr 10, 2020
Cuba is actually pretty accurate in size on this map. It is mostly the land masses near the poles that are enlarged.
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Level 65
Mar 8, 2018
Awesome quiz
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Level 82
Mar 8, 2018
Nothing like getting all but the largest and third largest beating you head against the desk going "There is no island outside of Greenland in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Atlantic bigger than Cuba. Oh yeah there is THAT place."
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Level 64
Mar 8, 2018
Same thing happened to me. I couldn't for the life of me figure out what I was missing. I was thinking other than all the Canadian islands, which are way larger than Cuba, (but clearly not more than half of Canada) what else I was missing? I then started thinking that all the dutch islands plus their reclaimed land maybe counted, or all the UK islands ... oh wait...
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2018
Can’t believe Cuba is bigger than Ireland & Iceland!
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Level 59
Mar 8, 2018
The Mediterranean might technically be part of the Atlantic, but for all intents and purposes it’s a different body of water. Cut Cyprus and Malta.
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Level 58
Mar 9, 2018
It's not a lake, it's not connected to any other ocean, it's part of the Atlantic.
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Level 50
Mar 9, 2018
In the game History of the World (Hasbro, Avalon Hill) it is because of the Atlantic that my ships can attack in the Med. It stays.
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Level 37
Apr 10, 2020
I agree with you. The Mediterranean Sea is only connected to the Atlantic Ocean by a tiny passage way called The Straight of Gibraltar. I also don’t include the Baltic Sea because it is only connected by little passages through Denmark.
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Level 78
Mar 8, 2018
Great quiz. I hope we see this done for the rest of the oceans.
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Level 54
Mar 8, 2018
How about Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten? These are all seperate countries which, along with the Netherlands, make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Is that the reason they are not included?
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Level 59
Mar 8, 2018
"Countries" on JetPunk almost always refers to sovereign states. This is one of those times.
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Level 37
Apr 12, 2018
I missed most of these because I didn't consider the Caribbean Sea islands as part of the Atlantic Ocean. (Knocking head against all).
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Level 51
Oct 6, 2019
Somehow I read part of the first caveat, and the second caveat, and my mind did not register that the Mediterranean counted... Genius...
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Level 27
Sep 16, 2020
Great Quiz!!!
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Level 43
Sep 16, 2020
Man I was wondering for ages what twelve of the answers were but then I was like wait a sec, does the Caribbean count.
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Level 64
Sep 16, 2020
What about Bermuda?
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Level 43
Sep 16, 2020
British overseas territory, not a country in its own right
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Level 43
Sep 16, 2020
Didn't read the instructions properly and missed Cyprus and Malta.
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Level 35
Sep 16, 2020
Sao Tome and Principe should turn into São Tomé and Principé
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Level 27
Sep 16, 2020
If Cyprus, why not Malta?
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Level 58
Sep 16, 2020
Malta is there.
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Level 44
Sep 16, 2020
TIL the Mediterranean is counted as part of the Atlantic on Jetpunk