Countries Closest to Antarctica

Which countries are closest to Antarctica?
Excludes uninhabited offshore islands, island possessions of European countries, and countries' territorial claims on Antarctica itself
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Last updated: March 4, 2019
First submittedNovember 5, 2014
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km
country
miles
1005
Chile
625
1023
Argentina
636
2484
New Zealand
1543
2518
Australia
1564
3151
Uruguay
1958
3292
Brazil
2045
3856
South Africa
2396
3978
Paraguay
2472
4236
Lesotho
2632
4513
Namibia
2804
km
country
miles
4513
Madagascar
2804
4523
Bolivia
2811
4597
Eswatini
2856
4646
Mozambique
2887
4714
Botswana
2929
5052
Mauritius
3139
5070
Zimbabwe
3151
5094
Peru
3165
5438
Vanuatu
3379
5576
Malawi
3465
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Level 74
Nov 5, 2014
Nearest misses: Tonga, Zambia.
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Level 74
Nov 7, 2014
Curses, Malawi *is* closer than Zambia!
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Level 56
Apr 15, 2015
Quite surprised that Vanuatu is nearer to Antarctica than Tonga.
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Level 74
Apr 15, 2015
Distance to Tonga is 5616 km / 3489 miles
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Level 46
Jul 21, 2020
I thought that as well, but looking at the map, even though Tonga is further south, the part of Antarctica due south of Vanuatu juts northward, making it closer. Very tricky!
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Level 28
Apr 14, 2016
Should United Kingdom count? I think so because Falkland Island belongs to the UK
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Level 74
Apr 14, 2016
A British Overseas Territory, like Falkland Islands, is territory under the sovereignty of United Kingdom, but is not a part of the United Kingdom itself.
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Level 23
Feb 20, 2018
But The Falklands are also claimed by Argentina, same as the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. So Wouldn't this be a Catch-22 Situation?
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Level 21
Jan 23, 2019
Ok, if you want, but France is nearest than Malawi, looks Reunion island
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Level 61
Aug 27, 2020
Read the second point of the first caveat again.
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Level 73
May 16, 2016
I think your Chile figure is off. Measuring on Google Maps I can find points where Isla Navarino, Chile is about 1025 km from the Antarctic mainland.
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Level 74
May 16, 2016
Thanks - figures updated.
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Level 77
Nov 13, 2017
Great quiz, should be featured someday
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Level 35
Feb 24, 2020
i was thinking "where in the world is norway, because of bouvet island?" then i noticed the word UNINHABITED in the caveat.