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Pacific Ocean Island Countries

Name all the countries whose territory lies mostly on Pacific Ocean islands.
Including all seas connected to the Pacific
East Timor is given because it is uncertain
Last updated: November 14, 2018
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km2
country
1,904,569
Indonesia
462,840
Papua New Guinea
377,930
Japan
342,353
Philippines
270,467
New Zealand
36,193
Taiwan
28,896
Solomon Islands
km2
country
18,272
Fiji
14,874
East Timor
12,189
Vanuatu
5,765
Brunei
2,842
Samoa
811
Kiribati
747
Tonga
km2
country
710
Singapore
702
F. S. Micronesia
459
Palau
181
Marshall Islands
26
Tuvalu
21
Nauru
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level 69
Feb 11, 2015
I'm not sure but perhaps 'East Timor' can make it in the list. Fun quiz!
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level 48
Feb 11, 2015
Yeah, wasn't sure about that one but I think its technically in the Indian Ocean
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level 69
Feb 11, 2015
When I did a countries/oceans quiz I came to the very uncertain conclusion that it borders both Indian and Pacific! (http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/91108/countries-bordering-2-oceans)
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level 60
Feb 11, 2015
Technically, Timor Island is located in the East Indian Archipelago, which is the border between the two Oceans (Indian Ocean limit is in the Southern shores of the Archipelago, Pacific Ocean limit is in its northern shores). These are the official borders fixed by IHO, and that means that that zone is not part of any Ocean. It's like Mediterranean Sea, which is not part of Atlantic Ocean. But unlike Mediterranean Sea, which can be included into Atlantic Ocean following continuity reasons, it's not possible to put that area in any ocean following the same rules. That means East Timor can be seen as a Pacific or an Indian Ocean country up to your free interpretation. I think the most common interpretation is the "both" one, considering the southern shores of Sumatra, Java and Timor as Indian Ocean borders, and everything northern as part of the Pacific Ocean. But the correct one is: "none"!
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level 60
Feb 11, 2015
Anyway, if your criteria are "including all seas connected to the Pacific Ocean", then you should include East Timor to this list! ;)
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level 67
Feb 11, 2015
East Timor juts out into the Banda Sea, which is connected to the Pacific Ocean, and into the Timor Sea, which is arguably the Indian Ocean. The vast majority live on the Banda Sea side (Dili, the capital, is on the Banda Sea), so I vote in.
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level 59
Sep 14, 2015
If you include brunei and especially indonesia (as a whole, where east timor is just within it), then there is no reason at all to exclude east timor out of this quiz
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level 37
Dec 14, 2017
um... how would east timor lie in the indian ocean but brunei and singapore in the pacific ocean?????
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level 65
Mar 17, 2018
The argument would be that the island of Timor lies (kind of) in an oceanic wedge formed by Sumatra, Java, and the more-or-less straight line of most of the Lesser Sunda Islands. This gives the appearance of an Indian Ocean wedge between Indonesia and Australia that goes well west of Singapore, for example. I don't know, but there might be a cycling of currents in that area that come from and head back to Indian (rather than the Pacific) Ocean waters.
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level 74
Mar 18, 2018
Filling it in was a good compromise.
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level 54
Feb 11, 2015
Singapore?
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level 23
Apr 25, 2018
Yeah, exactly... Even Singaporeans think this is ridiculous... Might as well be adding Malaysia and Thailand to the list... Apparently the Pacific includes most of South East Asia.. or someone needs to go and look at a map...
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level 67
Nov 18, 2017
Am I missing something, or should Australia not be included? Pretty sure it's an island in the Pacific. The quiz says it "includes all seas connected to the pacific" so, surely it should be there?
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level 72
Nov 18, 2017
It is considered a continent. While not all agree about that, to be consistent with other JetPunk quizzes it is continental.
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level 67
Nov 18, 2017
Fair point, but surely it is still a country (as well as a continent) so should it not be included?
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level 71
Nov 18, 2017
It is a Pacific country, but (if it's considered a continent) not an island country.
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level 55
Aug 2, 2018
The distinction between island and continent is mostly arbitrary, though.
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level 72
Nov 18, 2017
Since there are only a handful of island nations in the Indian Ocean, they could be added to this quiz and rename it to "Pacific and Indian Ocean Island Countries" and then the East Timor debate can go way.
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level 71
Nov 18, 2017
7 + Indonesia and East Timor, quite enough for a separate quiz.
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level 72
Nov 19, 2017
You are correct, but that is still going to leave room for these debates.
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level 75
Nov 19, 2017
What about Malaysia? About 60% of its territory is on an island...
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level 56
Mar 17, 2018
I think Malaysia should definetly be there.
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level 50
Mar 17, 2018
Agree on Malaysia
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level 23
Apr 25, 2018
Malaysia is hardly a Pacific Island nation. -Fiji -Samoa -Vanuatu -Malaysia Pick the odd one out and it makes absolute sense as to why it should not be there.
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level 70
Nov 20, 2017
Why isn't Cyprus on here?!!! (ducks & runs for cover)
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level 71
Nov 23, 2017
duh, everyone knows that Cyprus counts as being geographically in Never Never Land and culturally in Narnia
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level 75
Apr 26, 2018
Good one, Don. You old muckraker. I do enjoy a good sense of humor. Some folks just take things way too seriously.
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level 59
Mar 17, 2018
How is Singapore on here? Google, Wikipedia, and Encyclopedia of the Nations all list it as being in the Indian Ocean.
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level 23
Apr 25, 2018
I know right... by that logic, might as well add IRELAND!!!
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level 30
Mar 17, 2018
Ha. I typed in Hawaii, New Caledonia, Cyprus, Madagascar, French Polynesia, Christmas island and Malaysia before Japan and Taiwan. Good quiz though I managed to get them all.
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level 74
Mar 17, 2018
Seems like if Indonesia is a certainty then East Timor should be even more certain.
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level 74
Mar 17, 2018
and Singapore, too
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level 43
Mar 17, 2018
If you look at this link: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/xo.html You can see that northern East Timor touches the pacific. :)
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level 35
Mar 17, 2018
What ocean is Australia in?
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level 77
Mar 17, 2018
Australia is generally excluded from island quizzes because it is considered to be a continental land mass.
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level 64
Mar 17, 2018
Australia and Malaysia are definitely missing. Some people insist that Madagascar should be included. It should be reconsidered. Cyprus is more “connected” to the Atlantic.
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level 59
Mar 25, 2018
Are you deluded?
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level 61
Mar 19, 2018
198,000 of Malaysia's 330,000 square kilometres are on Borneo, so it should be added to this quiz.
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level 57
Mar 19, 2018
100%!
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level 23
Apr 25, 2018
Singapore??? In the Pacific???? Are you serious????
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level 71
Sep 6, 2018
"•Including all seas connected to the Pacific"