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Countries Closest to Alaska

Which countries lie closest to Alaska?
Excludes offshore uninhabited islands
Other Countries Closest to US States quizzes: Maine, Hawaii and Florida
Red text indicates an overseas territory
Quiz by Jerry928
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First submittedAugust 16, 2014
Last updatedOctober 3, 2019
Times taken14,814
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km
country
miles
0
Canada
0
4
Russia
2
2135
Denmark (Greenland)
1327
2195
Japan
1364
2677
China
1663
2689
Mexico
1671
3291
North Korea
2045
3703
South Korea
2301
3740
Mongolia
2324
4163
Iceland
2587
km
country
miles
4170
Norway
2591
4289
Finland
2665
4407
Sweden
2739
4644
Marshall Islands
2886
4940
France (St. Pierre & Miquelon)
3070
5165
Bahamas
3209
5169
United Kingdom
3212
5200
Taiwan
3231
5226
Cuba
3247
5251
F.S. Micronesia
3263
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level 72
Aug 17, 2014
If you're tempted to say "surely Country X can't be right", double-check the answers first using a globe and some string!
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level 71
Jun 5, 2017
I did - I really thought more of the Central American countries would be on here...
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level 48
Aug 21, 2017
Faroes Islands as a territory?
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level 72
Dec 19, 2018
If this quiz used Countries 197 to 205, it would appear here. This quiz uses the Countries 1 to 196 template, which makes the nearest point of Denmark to Alaska its constituent country of Greenland. The Faroes, another constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark, are further away.
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level 60
Aug 21, 2017
And then you'll figure out "Country-X can be right and don't call me Shirley!"
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level 46
Aug 18, 2014
How about USA?
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level 72
Aug 18, 2014
Nah, otherwise you'd be saying everyone is near themselves :)
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level 85
Jun 5, 2017
Fascinating and fun. I could have sworn Ireland would have made it into the list...
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level 79
Jun 5, 2017
Yeah, I found that surprising too. I'm guessing the UK makes it because some territory and Finland et al are closer to Alaska's westernmost point? Or maybe it has to do with them being so far up North?
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level 72
Jun 5, 2017
Try doing this using a globe, and it will make much more sense! The shortest route to the UK is from the north-easternmost corner of Alaska to Shetland Islands, but that most direct route appears on a regular world map as an upward-sweeping arc that passes north of Eureka on Ellesmere Island. Since that shortest distance involves coming into Europe from the north like that, Ireland becomes a fair distance "behind" the UK and therefore a fair bit further away.
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level 73
Jun 5, 2017
Very tricky with having to go up and over. Huge range of countries and locations and climates.
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level 72
Jun 5, 2017
Nearest miss, at 5405 km: Kiribati. Also, keeping to our "excludes uninhabited offshore islands" rule, the distance to Russia should appear as 44 km / 27 miles. Big Diomede Island in Russia is indeed 4 km / 2 miles from Little Diomede, Alaska but, unlike Little Diomede, it is uninhabited. (We left the 4 and 2 number up here because it's way more famous!)
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level 59
Jun 5, 2017
Alaska's interesting location makes this very challenging and fun!
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level 68
Jun 5, 2017
I think St Pierre and Miqueron should sneak France onto the list above some of these. It's about 5083. That is, if Greenland counts for Denmark.
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level 72
Jun 5, 2017
Good point! I'll submit that update to the Quizmaster, and let's see what is decided!
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level 68
Jun 7, 2017
I see it has been added, excellent!
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level 72
Jun 7, 2017
We aim to please. Also, thanks to Quizmaster for showing me a new feature by slightly reducing the size of some words. You do that by writing the following: < X spanXstyle=X"font-size: 90%"X> - now remove the X's to make it work - if I remove them now, then the rest of this sentence would look like this, 90% of the size of the earlier text.
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level 61
Jun 7, 2017
I forgot Iceland. Sorry Iceland. :(
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level 75
Aug 21, 2017
Wow I was sure Kiribati, being the westernmost, would be closer than Marshall Islands or Micronesia. Guess it's too far south!
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level 51
Aug 21, 2017
You need to be more consistent with these quizzes. This one includes overseas territories and not countries from the 197-205 quiz. But your one about Maine, Hawaii and Florida are the opposite. Those do not include overseas territories but do include those 197-205 ones. They all need to be the same.
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level 72
Aug 21, 2017
We are clear with our instructions on each quiz!
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level 51
Aug 21, 2017
Yes, I'm aware of the instructions. I'm saying they should be the same on every one. Keep it consistent.
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level 69
Aug 21, 2017
So hard to earn 5 points here. I will try again in a few months again.
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level 38
Aug 21, 2017
That Arctic circle!
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level 37
Aug 21, 2017
what about the philippines
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level 72
Aug 21, 2017
5576 km / 3465 miles.
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level 85
Aug 21, 2017
Totally not related to this specific quiz but is there a 'league table' of any sort showing a list of peoples points/levels? Curious to see how far off I am from others...
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level 68
Aug 21, 2017
Yes - it's in this blog post: https://www.jetpunk.com/blog/jetpunk-level-stats
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level 54
Aug 21, 2017
Can someone explain to me why Iceland and the UK are on this list but not Ireland?
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level 72
Aug 21, 2017
See my answer to NigelS above.
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level 55
Aug 21, 2017
amazing quiz. thanks a lot for that one. missed the hard two :/
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level 15
Aug 21, 2017
i got a hundred
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level 46
Aug 21, 2017
I got all of them except China. Whoooops...
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level 24
Aug 21, 2017
USA? Russia? North Pole? Canada?
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level 79
Aug 21, 2017
Narnia? Hoth? The Moon?
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level 46
Aug 28, 2017
No Ireland??
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level 62
Dec 4, 2017
One second left! Not kidding, exactly one second.
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level 54
Dec 19, 2018
Where is the United States? Isn't it close to itself? XP
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level 72
Dec 19, 2018
See our reply to Kontio100, above,