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Countries Closest to the US

Name the countries which are geographically closest to the United States.
  • As the crow flies - distances estimated
  • Not counting overseas territories of the US or other countries
  • Quiz by relessness - Sep 27, 2016
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level 67
Sep 11, 2016
"All three islands are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, although they remain outside the European Union. Aruba and Curaçao are autonomous, self-governing constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, while Bonaire is a special municipality of the Netherlands proper." - Arguably Bonaire should count, but not Aruba and Curaçao. If Bonaire did, it would be about 1195mi from Florida.
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level 40
Sep 26, 2016
not true! They are all part of the EU and the natives carry EU passports! - And if you can include France, you can very well include the Netherlands.
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level 48
Oct 15, 2016
Aruba and Curacao are constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Saying they should not count as part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is like saying England is not a part of the United Kingdom.
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level 52
Oct 25, 2017
Then Greenland should also count, as it is a part of the Danish crown (but autonomous and not part of Denmark itself). I don't think Aruba and Curaçao should count, but Bonaire definitely should.
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level 45
Jan 20, 2018
Why not to count any kind of part of all countries? It would make this otherwise too easy quiz just more fun.
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level 46
Sep 19, 2016
"Not including overseas territories of the USA or other countries" So what's Guadeloupe then? Hm?
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level 47
Sep 19, 2016
An overseas region.
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level 58
Oct 8, 2016
Hahaha :D
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level 32
Oct 25, 2017
good one
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level 42
Oct 25, 2017
Guadeloupe is to France, what Hawaii is to the USA
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level 32
Jan 14, 2018
Hate to break it to you, but Guadeloupe is not a French state.
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level 32
Sep 21, 2016
This quiz is inaccurate and shouldn't even be played
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level 38
Sep 21, 2016
on the instructions say "Not counting overseas territories of the US or other countries" and still Guadeloupe ( which is an overseas territory of France is included.
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level 44
Sep 21, 2016
Yep, this was weird
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level 48
Oct 15, 2016
Read literally every other comment and try again.
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level 72
Oct 25, 2017
Once more, Guadeloupe is not an overseas territory. It is part of the country of France just as Hawaii is part of the US. If you can understand how Hawaii and Alaska are states of the US but Puerto Rico and Guam are considered territories, then you should be able to understand this.Think of Guadeloupe as one of the states of France, except they don't call them states.
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level 68
Oct 25, 2017
Once more, it is not France. It is Guadaloupe. A simple distinction that "department" does not change.
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level 42
Oct 25, 2017
"department" is to France what "state" is to the USA
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level 40
Nov 23, 2017
Guadeloupe is NOT an overseas territory of France, it is an overseas REGION of France. Substitute States for Region if that makes it easier to understand (Just as Hawaii and Alaska are non- contiguous states of the USA).
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level 21
Sep 30, 2016
What about Denmark?
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level 72
Jun 5, 2017
If you're referring to Greenland, it's not close enough. Like the song says, "Canada's Really Big!"
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level 36
Nov 15, 2017
what song? seriously, sounds like a good song I WANNA HEAR IT
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level 26
Oct 5, 2016
Only missed Antigua and Barbuda + France, happy to get Kiribati however.
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level 39
Oct 12, 2016
Wrong! Quizmaster! St.Pierre and Miquelon 2 islands that have belonged to France for hundreds of years off the coast of Newfoundland are only 548 miles from the Maine border. Every Canadian knows this.
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level 48
Oct 15, 2016
But they're territories. This quiz doesn't include territories.
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level 48
Oct 15, 2016
I have a concern that this quiz is incorrect (and it has nothing to do with Guadeloupe, Kiribati, Iceland, or Japan). Aruba is about the same distance from the US as the Netherlands. If my understanding is correct, Aruba is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; therefore it is not an overseas territory - politically, it's like England is a constituent country of the UK. Because of this, I believe the Kingdom of the Netherlands should be included in this quiz.
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level 40
Dec 22, 2016
Amen. My argument exactly! -
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level 26
Oct 20, 2016
10 seconds left :)
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level 39
Oct 27, 2016
If, as you say MYMindWentBlank, that St.Pierre and Miquelon are not countries but French territories, then what, may I ask, is Guadeloupe doing on the list? It is also a French territory run by the same overseas department in France that runs St.Pierre and Miquelon. St.Pierre and Miquelon are far closer to the U.S. (almost half as much) than Guadeloupe. I agree that they are not countries, but the geographically challenged American who wrote this quiz does not know the difference between countries and colonies/territories.
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level ∞
Oct 28, 2016
I'm tempted to create the ability to upvote just so I can upvote your comment @relessness. It's so painful as a quizmaker to read inaccurate comments pointing out a "flaw" in your quiz.
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level 47
Oct 28, 2016
Hahah thanks,.. what I don't quite get is why people keep on saying it. Like there are many comments about it. Do people just immediately comment without having a look to see if people had the same complaint?
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level 51
Dec 4, 2017
*upvotes comment*
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level ∞
Oct 28, 2016
Also, I would normally delete insulting comments like @JBezz's but I'll leave it up in this case.
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level 71
Oct 26, 2017
I vote for leaving it up. Quite representative.
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level 55
Nov 25, 2016
Guadeloupe is an overseas territory...
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level 47
Nov 25, 2016
If you could provide some evidence to that claim I will be more than happy to change the quiz.
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level 53
Dec 22, 2016
"DOESN'T INCLUDE OVERSEAS TERRITORIES" adds guadeloupe in the answers
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level 45
Dec 25, 2016
I forgot that Guadeloupe isn't a territory. It's to France as Hawaii and Alaska are to the USA, therefore qualifying for this. It's annoying me looking at these people relentlessly commenting away, without doing the research to find that Guadeloupe is a department, and not a territory.
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level 53
Oct 25, 2017
It is an overseas department (DOM) whereas those in Europe are just departments. If there is no distinction why doesn't France call it a department (D) like Seine-et-Marne but a departement d'outremer - I mean I am not making up the translation it literally means "overseas department" (DOM) like Martinique?
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level 36
Nov 15, 2017
I am also annoyed by the people complaining about Guadeloupe, however, people really need to stop explaining it by comparing Guadeloupe to Hawaii and Alaska. Hawaii and Alaska are no different from any other U.S. state. They have the same rules and just as much autonomy as any mainland state. Guadeloupe is a department of France, which makes it different and more autonomous than a mainland region of France. It should not be compared to a territory or a state. It's halfway in between.
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level 42
Dec 30, 2016
I think this is unfair to put oversea regions but not oversea territories out because some people don't know what is the difference. (like me)
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level 52
Oct 25, 2017
Isn't education and learning one of the main reasons of this site? Now you have a good reason to look it up, it will not take a huge chunk of your lifespan, perhaps a few minutes. Don't be such a tl;dr-generation kid.
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level 21
Jan 13, 2017
I spelt El Salvador "El Savador"
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level 48
Jan 7, 2018
I upvoted your comment just because it's not about Guadeloupe/France.
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level 41
Feb 14, 2017
Recently the overseas territories of the Netherlands have been declared as an integral part of that country. So, Sint Maarten is closest to USA than Guadeloup, unless you considee than Saint Martin, which belongs also to France and is a bit closer to USA must be included as well as Saint Pierre and Miquelon in favor of France.
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level 40
Feb 28, 2017
Recently? - Try 7 YEARS ago (10/10/10)
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level 52
Oct 25, 2017
St Pierre and Miquelon is a COM (overseas collective, kind of like the former overseas territories), St Martin used to belong to the overseas department of Guadeloupe, but has been for a decade or so also a COM.
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level 20
Feb 19, 2017
Guadelope is on here and that is a french overseas territory
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level 31
Jul 21, 2017
It's an overseas Department, not an overseas Territory. Guadeloupe is just as much a part of France as is Paris - if it were to be removed, Japan and Kiribati would also need to be taken off the list (as you'd removed Hawai'i, an overseas State of the US,and those countries would no longer be within the quiz's range of US land).
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level 40
Jul 26, 2017
Overseas REGION, REGION, REGION, REGION!!!! - Think Hawaii and Alaska in relation to the USA. Just because the French (and Dutch) give them different names does not mean that the relationship changes! Also: Dominican Republic but not Haiti? (Try telling me that Kiribati and Japan are closer to the USA than Haiti)
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level 45
Feb 19, 2017
I got Kiribati but missed Jamaica *facepalms*
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level 25
Feb 20, 2017
USA has a small piece of land on the island of Cuba
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level 52
Oct 25, 2017
So does the UK (well, two) on Cyprus. I don't think you would argue that some of the countries closest to the UK is Cyprus, Turkey, Greece and Syria, though...? These pieces of land are not an integral part of the country, and neither are places like Guam, Northern Marianas, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico etc.
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level 51
Feb 27, 2017
But...but...what about the Conch Republic?
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level 30
Mar 4, 2017
Forgot France and Kiribati :|
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level 72
Mar 5, 2017
Until I started taking these quizzes I never realized that France had regions or departments overseas that were similar to our states. Relessness, please don't give up trying to educate us no matter how frustrating it must be. This was a great quiz.
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level 47
Mar 25, 2017
Guadeloupe is not a country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 51
May 18, 2017
No one is calling Guadeloupe a country. It is to France what Hawaii is to the U.S., and thus since Kiribati is on this quiz France should be as well.
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level 53
Oct 25, 2017
Does Guadeloupe make part of a federation? France is one of the most centralized countries in Europe, It is divided into regions(by no means equivalent to the states of the USA) which have very limited powers. The regions are made up of departments whose closest equivalent in the US would be counties, only with less power. I don't think Guadeloupe belongs here but if it had as much powers as a US state, Canadian province, German Lander, etc... I'd be all for it.
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level 51
Dec 4, 2017
'Power' has nothing to do with it. Canada, the United States, and Australia all have large external regions that are not necessarily as powerful as their other divisions (Hawaii and Alaska, Canada's northern islands, and Tasmania, specifically) but are still counted as part of them in quizzes like this. If you have a problem with Guadeloupe on this quiz, you should have a problem with Japan and Russia (closest to Alaska) as well as Kiribati (closest to Hawaii).
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level 54
Apr 18, 2017
The Territorial Collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (French: Collectivité territoriale de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon) is an overseas collectivity of France located in the North Atlantic Ocean about 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of the Canadian Island of Newfoundland.[1] The collectivity comprises a group of small islands, the main ones being Saint Pierre and Miquelon.The islands are part of France and the European Union. I mean you are really splitting hairs here. Honestly, it is a collective which is 99% the same as being in france. Mayotte went to the next level from being a collective to overseas provincial status. Bottom line, you include Guadeloupe, you include St.pierre, or better yet, because you thought that you would be so clever to stump people on your quiz that specifically says "no territories" while including an "overseas province" -which is not the same as a french province. If you want to make this into a legal argument no problem.
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level 52
Oct 25, 2017
Collectivité d'outre-mer (COM) and département d'outre-mer (DOM) are very much not the same.
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level 46
May 14, 2017
Can you accept Guadeloupe?
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level 40
May 18, 2017
I don't know enough about Saint Pierre, et. al., to comment about them specifically. But I am sure that Guadeloupe and Saint Martin are overseas regions of France, just as French Guiana. As to the Dutch islands, they are ALL, those which are overseas regions of the Netherlands, as well as those who have country (not sovereign country) status, part of the KINGDOM of the Netherlands and yes, therefore, integral parts of the European Union. You may compare them to the relationship England and Scotland have with the United Kingdom and that of Hawaii and Alaska to the United States.
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level 52
Oct 25, 2017
Saint Martin is not a DOM, it used to be part of the DOM of Guadeloupe, it is now a COM. Also, the ABC islands are not "ALL" part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Aruba and Curaçao are constituent countries of the Kingdom, but Bonaire is part of Netherlands itself (as a "public body", just like Saba and St Eustatius).
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level 12
May 18, 2017
Except for Guadalupe and taking into consideration that Puerto Rico is not part of the US***
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level 40
Jun 2, 2017
Nobody said it was.
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level 52
Oct 25, 2017
So... You think Guadeloupe is 1342miles from Puerto Rico? :D
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level 46
Jun 6, 2017
Kiribati was hard to know or quess.
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level 26
Jul 2, 2017
Forgot Alaska is just opposite Russia
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level 58
Jul 6, 2017
What about Bermuda? Isn't that a territory of the UK?
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level 33
Aug 30, 2017
Yes, it's a TERRITORY.
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level 45
Jul 7, 2017
Goodness gracious people! Guadeloupe is not a territory. It is an overseas region. Legally it is as much France as anywhere else in France. Just like Hawaii to the USA.
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level 44
Jul 10, 2017
i typed "honduras" but it wasn't accepted. must it be capitalized? please fix.
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level 40
Jul 21, 2017
These disagreement could go on ad infinitum. To those who got the relationships of Guadeloupe and the Caribbean Netherlands correct. Bask in the knowledge that we are correct and the others are incorrect. That's about as much satisfaction as we're going to get and I, for one, am tired of the arguments.
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level 20
Jul 26, 2017
*Jamaica*
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level 32
Aug 11, 2017
Grenada???
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level 28
Oct 23, 2017
doesnt the us border cuba in guantanamo bay
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level 67
Oct 25, 2017
I just want to take a moment to compliment relessness (and Quizmaster for that matter) for their BOUNDLESS patience. <3
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level 61
Oct 25, 2017
Can't you just cut the quiz off at 20 answers to avoid the rage about Guadeloupe? Also, in the explanation below the quiz, Guadeloupe is misspelled Guadelope.
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level 52
Oct 25, 2017
Also, can we just not try to explain things and educate people in general, so they can just live happily in front of the TV? No, education is paramount and if rage comes with it, so be it.
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level 61
Oct 26, 2017
If France is kept in the quiz, the typo should still be fixed.
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level 43
Oct 25, 2017
This comment section is priceless... lol
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level 52
Oct 25, 2017
Now I have read the entire comment section, so as not to repeat what others have... I believe the Marshall Islands are about (almost) as close to Hawaii as Kiribati, and definitely closer than Japan... Am I incorrect? https://imgur.com/a/7tNxW
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level 52
Oct 29, 2017
Can you respond to this? I even made a map illustrating this. Marshall Islands should be included, they are almost as close as Kiribati and closer than Japan.
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level ∞
Oct 30, 2017
I'll take a look in a few months. I don't want to reset the quiz so soon after it was featured.
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level 52
Nov 6, 2017
I will rephrase: Marshall Islands are closer than Japan to Hawaii. The distance between the Aleutian islands and Japan is probably much shorter. But I still retain that Marshall Islands are almost as close as Kiribati.
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level 52
Oct 25, 2017
Didn't know about the France thing. Everyday's a school day!
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level 28
Oct 25, 2017
Guadeloupe is a "région française d'outre-mer", literally an overseas region of France: it should not be included in the list.
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level 52
Oct 29, 2017
Overseas regions have identical powers to the regions of metropolitan France. Guadeloupe is just as much France as Corsica, Brittany or Normandy.
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level 40
Nov 23, 2017
Why shouldn't it? - A Region of a country is part of that country in question, whether it is contiguous or not. Maybe the problem here is that we don't consult our thesaurus enough! A "region francaise d'outre mer" is the same as the non-contiguous states of the USA: Alaska and Hawaii. By the way, similarly, the Caribish Nederland islands of St. Eustatius, Saba and Bonaire are the same to the Netherlands as Utrecht, Amsterdam or Den Haag. They are all intrinsically part of the Netherlands, unlike St.Maarten, Curacao nd Aruba who have country status within the Kingdom. (COUNTRY, not Sovereign Nation status). If this is all utterly confusing, blame the politicians!
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level 31
Oct 25, 2017
Grenada, Barbados, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago?
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level 50
Oct 25, 2017
If Guadeloupe counts as an intrinsic region of France - and it should - then Saba/Sint Eustatius/Bonaire should bring the Netherlands into play as they are special municipalities of the Netherlands proper, ie an integral part of the home country itself. Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten are, like Greenland, separate constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (and the Kingdom of Denmark).
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level 47
Oct 25, 2017
I don't think Guadaloupe should count (partly because its the only one I didn't get!) but mostly coz its an overseas territory of France which you specifically rule out in the brief..... Thanks
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level 52
Oct 29, 2017
You are simply wrong. It is not an overseas territory, it is an integral part of France.
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level 40
Nov 23, 2017
Read the instructions, read the comments or go back to sleep!
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level 59
Oct 25, 2017
I don't understand why nobody reads the numerous comments and responses regarding Guadalupe before posting their own on this thread. How many times does the same question need to be answered?
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level 25
Dec 5, 2017
I said Guadeloupe it didn't work
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level 51
Jan 14, 2018
There are a lot of politically illiterate people in this audience. How can you understand that Hawaii and Alaska are non-contiguous parts of the US without being territories, yet you can't understand how the same applies to Guadeloupe?
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level 45
Jan 14, 2018
All too easy :)
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level 25
Jan 20, 2018
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