Five Closest Countries by Country #1

Name the five closest countries to the following 8 countries.

Whole series: 1, 2, 3
Left distances are in miles, right distances are in kilometres, excluding territories
Partly based on Jerry928's quiz on Oman and my United States version.
The rest are based on Google Maps.
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: February 17, 2019
First submittedNovember 25, 2014
Times taken85,911
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United States
0
Canada
0
0
Mexico
0
2
Russia
3
53
Bahamas
85
93
Cuba
150
 
 
 
Australia
53
Papua New Guinea
85
198
Indonesia
319
284
East Timor
457
951
Solomon Islands
1531
993
New Zealand
1599
Oman
0
United Arab Emirates
0
0
Saudi Arabia
0
0
Yemen
0
32
Iran
52
212
Pakistan
341
 
 
 
Lesotho
0
South Africa
0
175
Eswatini
282
228
Mozambique
367
267
Botswana
430
439
Namibia
707
Panama
0
Colombia
0
0
Costa Rica
0
104
Nicaragua
167
276
Venezuela
444
363
Honduras
584
 
 
 
Monaco
0
France
0
6
Italy
10
152
Switzerland
245
232
Spain
374
248
San Marino
399
Bhutan
0
India
0
0
China
0
28
Bangladesh
45
42
Nepal
68
188
Myanmar
303
 
 
 
Cyprus
43
Turkey
69
66
Syria
106
100
Lebanon
161
142
Israel
229
182
Jordan
293
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Level 72
Nov 25, 2014
Fantastic quiz! How did you work out the data?! Minor note: under Cyprus, Syria is listed before Turkey despite being 23 km further away
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Level 63
Sep 30, 2015
*23 miles
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Level 74
Nov 25, 2014
Agreed - this was fun! I hope you do some more.
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Level 47
Nov 25, 2014
Thanks, these quizzes were actually partly based on all your Closest Country quizzes... I should probably credit you.
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Level 72
Nov 25, 2014
Yes do credit Jerry, he certainly deserves it ;) Actually now that I think about it I suggest (to both of you, as a coproduction?) to do a similar one on seas/oceans, assuming Jerry's done enough closer to sea quizzes already
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Level 74
Feb 22, 2015
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Level 47
Feb 18, 2015
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Level 47
Feb 20, 2015
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Level 71
Jan 7, 2015
That was fun...and I finally broke my losing streak and got 100% on this one.
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Level 78
Feb 22, 2015
Ditto.
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Level 72
Jan 8, 2015
Fun Quiz! I've never seen such a high average.
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Level 68
Jan 12, 2015
Awesome quiz! It really makes you think! I can't believe I managed to get everything from the first try (albeit with only 3s left).
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Level 59
Jan 15, 2015
Suggest you add clarification that overseas territories don't count, and that the Jetpunk 197 are all that apply.
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Level 59
Feb 22, 2015
You should definitely clarify that. Or, like I prefer, add the overseas territories to the quiz. For example, Cyprus is closer to the British bases on the island than any other country. I'm pretty sure British and French territories are near some of the other countries as well.
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Level 59
Feb 22, 2015
Singapore is only 810 miles from Christmas Island of Australia
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Level 70
Jul 11, 2018
and New Zealand is only 710 km from Australia if you measure between uninhabited islands in the Southern Ocean
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Level 67
Jun 4, 2019
Which is the 197th?? I thought it was always 196
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Level 67
Mar 28, 2020
Depending on what you're leaving out, it's probably Palestine, Taiwan, or Kosovo.
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Level 67
Jul 2, 2020
Palestine is not one of the jetpunk countries. And you can go check the countries of the world quiz has 196 I am not leaving any out, (Or I would have said I thought it was 195), the person above has put an extra one in, or just made a typo/misremembered.
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Level 71
Feb 9, 2015
You have great ideas :)
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Level 87
Feb 19, 2015
Almost missed the furthest from Monaco. I would've thought that Austria or Liechtenstein were closer, but they miss it by a couple of miles.
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Level 64
Feb 26, 2017
That was the only one I missed!
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Level 71
Feb 19, 2015
Great quiz! Though I double-checked your distance between Australia and Papua New Guinea, which seemed much too small to me. And indeed it is: Google Maps tells me that the island of Saibai in the Torres Strait (part of Queensland) lies about 2.32 miles off the shore of New Guinea, instead of the 53 miles that the quiz has.
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Level 77
Feb 22, 2015
Just got Solomon Islands with 58 seconds left, an excellent quiz!
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Level 60
Feb 22, 2015
Could you accept just Solomon?
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Level 21
Feb 22, 2015
Never would have gotten Russia for US...pretty tricky!
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Level 60
Feb 22, 2015
Thinking of Sarah Palin helps....LOL.
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Level 41
Feb 23, 2015
You got to remember the diomede islands. They are two miles apart!
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Level 49
Mar 7, 2018
yup, way closer than people realize.
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Level 83
Feb 22, 2015
Data in miles makes it quite a bit harder than if it was in kilometers. You guys should ditch imperial, it really makes no sense.
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Level 67
Jul 2, 2020
It makes some sort of sense, a mile is a thousand paces, that is how it got its name. The name for feet makes sense aswell. So there is logic in it, however as how easy it is to work with, with all these subdivisions of measures which have no relation to each other, not too convenient. So "not sensible" might be a better term than "no sense"?

TL;DR It makes sense, it is just more complex

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Level 40
Jul 12, 2020
Miles could make some sense, as one mile corresponds to a minute of latitude; this makes life easier when working with a nautical map (and, of course, it assumes that you use nautical miles; any other kind of mile just adds unnecessary complexity).
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Level 46
Feb 22, 2015
monaco is a mint chocolate cookie, silly!
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Level 44
Jan 2, 2017
yet the country is still smaller
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Level 53
Feb 23, 2015
Got it 100% on the first try with 1:43 left, good quiz! Somehow forgot New Zealand until after I had every other answer.
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Level 37
Feb 26, 2015
stupid quiz! why don't you accept timor leste and solomon. those are the only two that I got left
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Level 14
Mar 5, 2015
The only one I didn't get was the United States one, forgot about Alaska being so close to Russia!!!
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Level 48
Mar 15, 2015
Love this one! Good job!
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Level 63
Apr 14, 2015
Wait a sec.... How did you get those columns with different headings? I've looked all over the quiz making page, but I cannot find it! Great quiz, though!
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Level 58
Jan 9, 2016
I'm sure you already know this, but you go to manual settings and click "Add Outer Box". You can import answers into the box rows and change the heading. That's probably what relessness did.
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Level 63
Jan 9, 2016
@cosmokim Thanks, and you're right. That was a while back though, and I actually found the answer out just a couple days later!
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Level 58
Sep 23, 2015
I guess the answers to "Cyprus" ought to put to bed the arguments about whether it's in Europe or not.
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Level 63
May 25, 2016
One can only dream.
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2018
why, it doesnt magically shift it location
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Level 53
Oct 21, 2015
This was a great quiz! I can do this one and #2 now very quickly, Can we please have some more of this one with other countries?
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Level 41
Dec 5, 2015
i think greece is closer to cyprus than jordan because of an island called strogkili which is between rhodes and cyprus
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Level 70
Jun 13, 2017
That's true, the distance from Strongyli is about 264 km.
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2018
yea was very surprised greece wasn t there, the cyprus one took the most wrong guesses from me I think
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Level 40
Jan 10, 2016
36!
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Level 52
Feb 26, 2016
20/20
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Level 61
Apr 11, 2016
This was an extremely fun quiz! 100% with 2:05 left.
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Level 44
Aug 12, 2016
Isn't Kuwait closer than Iran to Oman?
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Level 55
Nov 2, 2016
Iran's a lot closer, just across the Strait of Hormuz where as Kuwait's all the way up the Persian Gulf from Oman.
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Level 68
Aug 29, 2016
Solomon Islands gggrrrrrr. I must have named every other country within 1,500 miles of Australia. Cost me a clean sweep.
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Level 44
Jan 2, 2017
Tried San Marino with 14 secs left
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Level 32
Mar 26, 2018
San Marino and Liechtenstein are equidistant from Monaco.
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Level 71
Jan 5, 2017
Great quiz!
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Level 65
Feb 9, 2017
Interesting. Cyprus is closest to 5 Asian countries even though it's a European country
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Level 64
Feb 26, 2017
Umm...
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Level 33
Mar 5, 2017
Wow such a fun quiz! I got 40/40 on my first try. I know me countries :)
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Level 78
Jun 13, 2017
Just goes to show how much maps are skewed. I was sure Vanuatu was closer to Aus than NZ was, it's 1742 km away. But because New Zealand is so much further south, the NZ distance looks more.
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Level 67
Jul 2, 2020
On some maps they just completely forget about new zealand and not even put it on the map!
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Level 58
Jun 13, 2017
This was one of the GREATEST among nice quizzes! All with 1:32 left.
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Level 60
Jun 13, 2017
I assume overseas territory are not taken into consideration, since Cyprus borders with UK base of Akrothiri and Dhekelia
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Level 79
Jun 13, 2017
easy
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Level 62
Jun 13, 2017
Missed one. One point away from level 57.
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Level 47
Jun 13, 2017
Found it quite easy, but really good quiz.
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Level 39
Jun 13, 2017
What a great quiz! I am very surprised that I got 100%! I really like these random quizzes. It's so creative, I would've never thought of making something like this. :)
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Level 77
Jun 16, 2017
As mentioned above, the last one for Cyprus is wrong, as the easternmost Greek island is closer than Jordan.
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Level 22
Jul 10, 2017
I always forget about new zealand lol
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Level 38
Aug 21, 2017
Gerry, I must say, you conceive some dynamite quizzes!!! - Thank You!
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Level 44
Aug 21, 2017
I only missed Bangladesh! How did I miss Bangladesh?
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Level 38
Feb 4, 2018
San Marino closer to Monaco than the Vatican?
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Level 15
Mar 7, 2018
Yes, the Vatican is in the city Rome, halfway down Italy.
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Level 38
Feb 5, 2018
And again for Monaco: Spain and France, but no Andorra?
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Level 60
Jun 22, 2018
Accept Eswatini for Swaziland
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Level 15
Aug 31, 2018
I guessed Pakistan for Bhutan and got it for Oman. Cool Quiz!
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Level 69
Nov 5, 2018
Got all but San Marino
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Level 53
Jan 19, 2019
I guess Lebanan isn't a country :-D
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Level 67
Jun 4, 2019
No, it is Lebanana
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Level 26
Feb 14, 2019
Ehh, you forgot Qatar and Bahrain. I think they are closer to Oman than Iran and Pakistan...
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Level 67
Jun 4, 2019
Thinking isnt enough
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Level 67
Jun 4, 2019
You see it in 1 sec on the map, totally clear no question about it, no need to measure. Iran is separated with only a little bit of water (as is pakistan, but a little bit more water). Qatar does compete with somalia, but definitely not with iran or pakistan.
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Level 32
May 17, 2019
andorra is definitely closer than san marino to monaco
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Level 67
Feb 10, 2020
Em no.. just check a map, andorra is about 100km further away from monaco than san marino. About 500km, so it is not even a near miss.

Was this just a random thought? A lot of people seem to think that when you are adamant enough and simply state something as fact it magically becomes true. If something is a near miss and you are convinced then it is atleast understandable (but I still advice to check it first before claiming other things are wrong)

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Level 35
Jun 28, 2020
100%! Fun quiz :-)
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Level 15
Jul 13, 2020
really it makes no sense no offense babe