Countries Bordering France

Name the countries that share a land border with France.
This quiz counts overseas regions but not overseas collectives or territories
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: October 10, 2018
First submittedJuly 6, 2012
Times taken138,533
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Metropolitan France
Length
Country
623 km
Spain
620 km
Belgium
573 km
Switzerland
488 km
Italy
451 km
Germany
73 km
Luxembourg
57 km
Andorra
4 km
Monaco
Overseas Regions
Length
Country
673 km
Brazil
510 km
Suriname
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Level ∞
Dec 25, 2013
This quiz has been updated to include the borders of French Guiana. Why? Because it is an overseas region that legally has equal status to the French metropolitan regions.
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Level 14
Oct 21, 2014
You should add Sint Maarten because they share a border on an overseas region in the Carribbean.
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Level 48
Jan 31, 2015
Agreed
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Level 60
Feb 22, 2015
The note says that the quiz does not include overseas collectivities, and Saint-Martin is an overseas collectivity, not an overseas region.
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Level 46
Feb 25, 2015
Sint Maarten is not a country.
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Level 73
Jun 18, 2015
Yep, but even here in France, people won't mind about Guyane and won't bother to tell Brazil and Suriname. But if you are hardcore, you'll tell the three overseas borders and don't forget the extremely unkown shared with Netherlands ;)
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Level 73
Jun 18, 2015
*wouldn't, sorry guys it's late out there ;)
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Level 51
Oct 16, 2015
But that is an Island, so it can't have borders
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Level 43
Oct 29, 2015
@TamuAudwodi And yet there is one since the island is divided in 2 territories...
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Level 43
Oct 29, 2015
@YamanekoYep but even here in France not everyone think like that and everybody is supposed to be VERY aware that French Guyane is a region. The quiz is pretty clear and logical.
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Level 44
Apr 13, 2016
Je confirme, Saint-Martin n'est pas une région ou un département français comme la Gironde (en France métropolitaine)ou la Martinique. Saint-Martin est comme la Nouvelle-Calédonie ou St Pierre-et-Miquelon. C'est une collectivité d'outre-mer et non un département.
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Level 64
May 10, 2016
Parinter, I just started studying French a month ago, and I have been feeling a little dejected by my lack of progress. But I just understood (or think I understood) your whole comment. Oh, glorious day. J'apprends le francais.
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Level 56
May 19, 2016
Saint Martin should be added just for fun. Pretty please?
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Level 44
Jun 8, 2016
Je répète encore une petite fois (et en même temps ça fera un peu apprendre du français à tout le monde), Saint-Martin est une collectivité d'outre-mer et donc n'est pas un département, par contre la guyane française est une département de France et là on peut prendre conscience des frontières de guyane dans le cas de Saint Martin ce n'est pas possible.
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Level 44
Jun 8, 2016
D'ailleurs, c'est un département, la Guyane Française donc ça fait parti de la France metropolitaine et pas des "overseas regions" car ce n'est pas un territoire d'outre mer en résumé French Guiana = metropolitan department of France Sint Maarten = overseas region
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Level 58
Jul 19, 2016
What does it border, anyway?
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Level 47
Oct 9, 2016
The Dutch side of the island. But Parinter is right - the metropolitan departments are different. French Guiana should count and Sint Maarten should not.
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Level 25
Mar 23, 2018
When it comes to Sint Maarten, it depends whether you are counting fully independent countries only or if you are including constituent countries. Sint Maarten IS a country but it's not fully independent as it is a part of the Netherlands. If you want a comparison, it's like how England is a country in the UK.
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Level 28
Jul 4, 2018
you should also add the Netherlands, because it shares an island with France in the Caribbean
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Level 52
Oct 5, 2016
I know it says you don't count collectivities, but I think you should because I did some research and everything I found said the collectivities are of equal political status as the departments.
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Level 38
Feb 5, 2020
Absolutely!
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Level 52
Apr 24, 2020
I dropped the E in Suriname./
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Level 50
Dec 28, 2013
Great quiz. It was very easy.
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Level 79
Dec 28, 2013
yes, easy.
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Level 47
Oct 9, 2016
It would be illogical to include The Netherlands.
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Level 66
Nov 13, 2016
Assumedly, you refer to Saint-Martin (Sint Maarten). Saint-Martin, however, is an Overseas Collectivity of France, a territory looked after by France. French Guiana, which borders with Brazil and Suriname is an Overseas Department - a fully recognised region. This means French Guiana is an actual part of France, with representation in the French Assemblée nationale and votes in the European Parliament - the same as Guadeloupe and Martinique. This is akin to Sint Maarten, which is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which may be whence your confusion springs.
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Level 69
Nov 13, 2016
One has trouble keeping track of all the French names for "colony."
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Level 51
Oct 16, 2015
Pritty easy, you're right
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Level 51
Dec 28, 2013
Maybe you should say that the quiz includes the borders of French Guiana in the descruption
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Level 79
Dec 28, 2013
Between the caveat at the top that states precisely which areas are included, and the fact that the quiz is divided clearly into "Metropolitan France" and "Overseas Regions"... you'd have to be pretty thick or just not paying attention to not figure out that French Guiana was included. If the latter, then specifying French Guiana was included wouldn't help. I'm assuming that the 50-60% who missed the Guiana bordering countries simply don't know where Guiana is or were not aware that it's a part of France.
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Level 55
Dec 29, 2013
Hence, they should say that French Guiana is included...?
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Level 79
Dec 30, 2013
How did you extract that from my comment?

No, the quiz is fine as is. Enough hints are given already.
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Level 33
Nov 25, 2014
haha
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Level 43
Apr 11, 2020
But why does it have "Regions" as a plural - there's only one.
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Level 51
Jan 27, 2017
No, it makes it more of a challenge. *sneaky, sneaky*
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Level 4
Dec 30, 2013
@ Quizmaster, Correct, but you should also include Netherlands, since on the shared island of St. Maarten/ St. Martin both countries have a land border.
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Level ∞
Dec 31, 2013
I left that out because St. Martin is not a region of France, but an overseas collective. The difference is that French Guiana is part of France, analogous to Hawaii in the US. St. Martin is a territory, much like Guam or Puerto Rico of the US. St. Martin is not a PART of France in the same way that French Guiana is.
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Level 21
May 10, 2016
So does that mean the capital of Australia isn't in a region of Australia given that it is located in a territory, and not in a state like Hawaii is to the US?
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Level 74
May 15, 2016
Saying that French regions are like [US] states, and French collectives are like [US] territories, feels like trying to seek an equivalence between different jurisdictions that may not really apply. Saint Martin and French Guiana are both undisputably a part of France, so shouldn't the countries they border both be included?
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Level 43
May 25, 2016
No the distinction between US states and French regions is something, but it just supposes to reflect what the subdivision of state. Territories on the other hand are something else in both cases, and very similar.
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Level 52
Oct 5, 2016
What I have been able to find says that France has both overseas territories and overseas collectives, and the collectives are more like US states than territories in terms of their legal status and abilities.
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Level 58
Sep 6, 2017
@ChaosQuizzer: the Australian Capital Territory is analogous with District of Columbia.
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Level 42
Jan 10, 2019
And Canada.
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Level 4
Jan 4, 2014
@ Quizmaster. Not true, it's a part of France, just like Saba, St. Estatius, Bonaire...etc. are part of the Netherlands. Saint Martin is part of the European Union as a part of France, and even has the Euro as its currency. The fact that it is not a Departement, like French Guyana, does not mean it isn't part of France.
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Level 79
Jan 5, 2014
Panama, Ecuador, Lebanon, El Salvador, East Timor, and The British Virgin Islands, among other places, use U.S. dollars as official currency. They are not part of the United States.
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Level 79
Jan 5, 2014
Though I see your point. However, QM did say it was not a part of France "in the same way" as French Guiana. He didn't actually say it was not a part of France (full stop).
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Level 74
May 10, 2016
Oi! Be nice! People are allowed to add PS's, and that doesn't make them pompous.
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Level 74
May 10, 2016
Oi, Ryan! You be nice as well!
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Level 58
Sep 29, 2016
Ryan?
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Level 53
Dec 1, 2017
Lebanon does not use the US dollar, they use the Lira and Lebanese pound.
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Level 79
Mar 25, 2019
yeah that's me
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Level 73
Jul 14, 2015
It is not the same kind of part of France. French Guiana is a "département", like Paris or Finistère in Brittany. Saint Martin is a territory, like new Caledonia or Tahiti. In the french parliament, French Guiana has representants, Saint Martin hasn't.
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Level 43
Oct 29, 2015
For God's sake, the man is asking you about "french regions" ! That can't be more clear..
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Level 19
Jul 2, 2017
the moment you see you can reply to comments…
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Level 45
Jan 31, 2014
10/10 yipee
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Level 55
Apr 29, 2017
This is the best comment ever--no bragging, no time, just happy. Way to go Vicicpeid!
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Level 79
Mar 25, 2019
this is how I read virtually all comments about someone's performance. Some of these other inflections might just be in your head. Something to think about.
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Level 22
Feb 28, 2014
how do you consider brazil and suriname being bordering france?? They're both in south america. They're as much bordering france as the United States are...
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Level 43
Jan 23, 2016
If it seemed so obviously wrong how on Earth couldn't you tell yourself "maybe I'll google it to check why they would put it in the quiz"? People..
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Level 33
Mar 3, 2014
I agree, the United States has territories but the territories don't count as the USA.
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Level 33
Nov 25, 2014
Hawaii (Yes I'm aware that Hawaii is not a territory. That's the point.)
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Level 43
Jan 23, 2016
French Guiana is NOT a territory, as explained all over this website.
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Level 45
May 7, 2017
They're not territories, they're regions and they're considered to be part of France.
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Level 23
Oct 27, 2017
That is mainly because most of them are island territories anyways.
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Level 10
Mar 25, 2014
100% KA BEWM
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Level 22
Apr 15, 2014
The border with Brazil is 730km long.
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Level 32
Sep 3, 2014
8/10
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Level 59
Sep 5, 2014
too easy.
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Level 31
Oct 15, 2014
amazing that less people get Monaco than Luxembourg!
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Level 36
Nov 13, 2014
Pretty soon Catalonia!
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Level 43
Jan 23, 2016
or not.
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Level 71
May 10, 2016
Let's hope for the best.
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Level 52
Oct 5, 2016
(two years later...)
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Level 43
Apr 4, 2020
Still crossing those fingers...!
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Level 49
Dec 14, 2014
all with 1:38 left
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Level 69
Dec 24, 2014
All with 2:40. One of the easier geography quizzes, even though I got tripped up by trying to put in Guyana.
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Level 49
Jan 13, 2015
I kept thinking I was spelling Netherlands wrong
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Level 19
Jul 30, 2015
I have no clue how I missed Italy but got the rest...
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Level 37
Nov 11, 2015
Took me a while to get Suriname but got them all with 1:18 to spare :p
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Level 56
Nov 21, 2015
UGGGGGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe I missed Luxembourg. I thought I typed it in.
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Level 58
Nov 24, 2015
I'm pretty sure this is the only quiz that I've ever NOT gotten 100% on but still received 5/5 points. (I missed Suriname, because...I have no good excuse. I just forgot it existed apparently).
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Level 47
Dec 25, 2015
7/10 Luxemborug, Suriname and Brazil
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Level 41
Mar 27, 2016
All done with 1 sec left!
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Level 47
May 10, 2016
I've made an extension to this quiz with Countries Whose Closest Country is France. Feel free to check it out :)
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Level 51
May 10, 2016
This was so easy that I typed all the answers with my left (non-dominant) hand and I got all the answers with 2:05 to spare.
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Level 43
Apr 4, 2020
Now try it with your left foot!
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Level 62
May 10, 2016
100% with 0:59. Took me some time to figure out that French Guiana was the overseas territory.
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Level 56
May 10, 2016
It actually borders the UK too, because the channel tunnel part in France is part of the UK.
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Level 37
May 10, 2016
The Netherlands should be included. The island of St Martin is part French and part Dutch. Since they border each other, the Netherlands should be included. The french part of the island is an overseas collectivity, and it is known as the Collectivity of St Martin. The other side, the Dutch side, is known as a "constituent country" within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Since both are parts of their country respectively, the Netherlands should be included in the quiz. As for Suriname and Brazil, it is included in the quiz due to French Guiana being an overseas territory of the French republic. Does this make sense?
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Level 47
May 10, 2016
Please read all comments above on why the Netherlands is not included
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Level 47
May 10, 2016
Quizmaster:

"I left that out because St. Martin is not a region of France, but an overseas collective. The difference is that French Guiana is part of France, analogous to Hawaii in the US. St. Martin is a territory, much like Guam or Puerto Rico of the US. St. Martin is not a PART of France in the same way that French Guiana is."
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Level 66
May 11, 2016
Bordering France. Not bordering territories owned by France. This is utterly stupid.
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Level 43
May 25, 2016
Duh! Can't you read any comment, or just Google it.. French Guiana is not a territorry owned by France, it is plainly part of France as any metropolitan french regions. They have parliament representations and one of the very last minister of Justice (who created the gay marriage law) is from there.
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Level 70
Jul 28, 2016
Would they still be part of France if they held a referendum?
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Level 36
May 19, 2016
Nice ! Easy
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Level 61
Jul 14, 2016
People whine simply because they don't know the answers. Isn't that the whole point of this websitre? [Also, thanks for the easy 5 points]
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Level 78
Mar 25, 2019
I agree. The whole point of this website is for people to whine simply because they don't know the answers.
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Level 47
Oct 9, 2016
Please Stop saying Sint Maarten should count - it is not a metropolitan department.
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Level 38
Oct 11, 2016
Not only is it not a Metropolitan Departement, but Sint Maarten isn't even French; it is Dutch! - Saint Martin is French.
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Level 54
Nov 11, 2016
gg ez m8
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Level 44
Dec 7, 2016
This quiz needs a map
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Level 37
Jan 22, 2017
What about the border with the UK in the Channel Tunnel ?
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Level 58
Jul 24, 2017
Really? How is that a land border?
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Level 36
Mar 25, 2017
France also has a border with the Netherlands on the island of Saint Martin. Could you add that in as well.
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Level 38
May 3, 2017
I think that it was already explained by Quizmaster why he won't do so though, of course, I disagree with him. You're right, it should be included, as neither are "territories".
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Level 58
Sep 6, 2017
Having read all the comments on this quiz when so many people have already brought up the St Martin/Sint Maarten thing, I really just want scream! This is so tiresome (but amusing at the same time!)
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Level 59
May 17, 2017
why Brazil ??
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Level 28
Jun 18, 2017
It took me a longer time than it should've for me to get Italy
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Level 18
Aug 4, 2017
Good
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Level 43
Sep 23, 2017
To be clear, France has a border with Netherlands because Saint-Martin is part of the French region of Guadeloupe (which is included the same way Guyana is into the country of France). As a French citizen, I learned it after the Irma ouragan. I din't know it before but, yes, we share a border with Netherlands and there is no doubt about that.
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Level 38
Oct 28, 2017
You are preaching to the choir. The rest of the congregation is not listening! - Vive Le France!
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Level 47
Feb 23, 2018
Can either of you provide evidence of your claims?
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Level 47
Oct 13, 2017
This quiz needs a map
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Level 41
Feb 23, 2018
You forgot the Netherlands. They have a border on the island Saint-Martin!
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Level 21
Mar 23, 2018
nope! read the other comments!!!
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Level 27
May 15, 2018
got them all on the very first try!
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Level 32
Sep 5, 2018
I FORGOT ABOUT FRENCH GUYANA!!! So mad at myself...
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Level 31
Oct 25, 2018
I just love how the percentage drops so dramatically at the sight of brazil and Suriname.
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Level 67
Dec 8, 2018
Woohoo got them all in one go, happy and proud :)
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Level 39
Jan 9, 2019
If you include Brazil and Suriname, you should include the Netherlands too (France borders the Netherlands on the island of Saint Martin).
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Level 47
Jan 9, 2019
Good point
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Level 78
Mar 25, 2019
So glad you brought that up. I'm sure no one else has thought of that. (You might want to read the previous comments before posting.)
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Level 22
Jan 13, 2019
Got them all
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Level 48
Mar 25, 2019
Needs less time.
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Level 34
Mar 25, 2019
Damn I totally forgot about brazil and suriname
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Level 41
Aug 16, 2019
The Netherlands?
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Level 80
Oct 25, 2019
I demand independence for French Guiana! The citizens of Jetpunk deserve peace.
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Level 20
Nov 11, 2019
Cant believe I forgot Luxembourg >:(
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Level 27
Dec 28, 2019
Yay, I finally get France Badge
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Level 33
Jan 6, 2020
Yeet
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Level 66
Jan 24, 2020
I am going to add some nitpicking on this subject. There are many comments above about Sint Maarten. To be strictly accurate one should say that Sint Maarten is a constituent country of the state "The Kingdom of the Netherlands", as is "The Netherlands". Thus Sint Maarten is not part of the Netherlands. Confusion arises because rather lazily, generally people also use the term Netherlands to refer to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I hope that is clear.
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Level 44
Jan 24, 2020
France actually controls a region in Canada, in Newfoundland I think?
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Level 55
Apr 21, 2020
I assume you're talking about St. Pierre and Miquelon, which are very close to Newfoundland in Canada, but have always stayed under French rule, even after Canada gained its independence.
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Level 55
Apr 25, 2020
St. Pierre and Miquelon is also an overseas territory of France, like Saint Martin.
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Level 32
Mar 20, 2020
Great quiz! You could make it a speed round if you really want to torture us! ;)
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Level 44
Apr 6, 2020
If we count oversea collectivities there's Netherlands (Saint-Martin) and Australia (Antartica) too
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Level 17
Apr 23, 2020
easy 10/10 first try
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Level 35
Jul 1, 2020
I missed Spain but got Suriname... dang