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Countries Closest to Australia

Which countries are closest to Australia?
Excludes offshore territories and uninhabited islands
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: February 22, 2017
First submittedAugust 9, 2014
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km
country
miles
4
Papua New Guinea
2
123
Indonesia
76
461
East Timor
286
1303
New Zealand
810
1391
Solomon Islands
864
1744
Vanuatu
1084
1778
Federated States
of Micronesia
1105
1920
Philippines
1193
1995
Palau
1240
2250
Malaysia
1398
km
country
miles
2402
Brunei
1493
2591
Fiji
1610
2798
Singapore
1738
2863
Nauru
1779
3086
Kiribati
1918
3199
Tuvalu
1988
3228
Tonga
2006
3266
Marshall Islands
2029
3391
Thailand
2107
3413
Vietnam
2121
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level 62
Aug 9, 2014
I think you forgot Solomon Islands... ;)
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level 33
Oct 30, 2015
no he hasn't
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level 60
Oct 30, 2015
I think he did then he edited it without responding
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level 63
Jan 26, 2018
If so, very unlike QM.
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level 59
Jan 26, 2018
Maybe that's because it's Jerry, not Quizmaster.
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level 72
Mar 18, 2019
It would have been very unlike me as well :)
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level 72
Oct 10, 2014
Other Countries Closest quizzes: Hungary, Greenland and Japan.
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level 72
Oct 14, 2015
And is this was too easy, try the Aussie One Minute Sprint.
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level 72
Oct 21, 2015
I think so: 31% of quizzers have got 20/20, which is pretty impressive!
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level 61
Oct 30, 2015
Done with 02:36 left at second try, meh
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level 17
Jul 5, 2017
greenland isnt a country its a part of denmark
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level 17
Jul 5, 2017
https://www.thoughtco.com/status-of-greenland-1434963 here is proof
+4
level 73
Jan 26, 2018
And tomatoes are vegetables
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level 76
Jan 26, 2018
And Cyprus is in Asia...no, wait, it's in Europe...no, wait, it's in Asia,.. no, wait...
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level 67
Oct 11, 2014
Could you accept just Solomon and Marshall (e.g. not Marshall Islands)
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level 21
Jun 29, 2016
Why? Do we call South Korea "South"? Or UK "United"? Or Ivory Coast "Ivory"?
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level 64
Feb 13, 2017
You call south korea "korea".
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level 37
Jan 10, 2018
South Korea calls itself "Republic of Korea" The other Korea is the DPRK
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level 44
Jan 26, 2018
GeographyCopyright2017 why do we have to say the name in French? Do you want me to say Suomi and Estados Unidos Mexicanos? Must I say Deutschland and Россия instead of Germany and Russia?
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level 57
Jan 31, 2018
I don't support calling them "Marshall" and "Solomon." But countries are pretty much never referred to by their full names. What you call China is in English the People's Republic of China but actually is the 中华人民共和国. "South Korea" and "West Germany" don't even have "South" or "West" in their full names, in English or in Korean/German.
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level 61
May 28, 2017
I know ... it is SOOOO painful to have to type the words "island" ... and not just once, but twice!
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level 70
Jul 6, 2017
What's so hard about typing out the word islan.....ahhhh, I give up! Just couldn't do it. Oh, wow, I see what you mean.
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level 37
Oct 26, 2014
Got them all first go, 1:24 left on clock
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level 77
Nov 28, 2014
How far away is Argentina?
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level 41
Dec 7, 2014
long way away
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level 77
Oct 30, 2015
It was over 12,000 km on google. I thought maybe it would be closer around the south pole but apparently not.
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level 72
Feb 13, 2017
The shortest distance is 8573 km, from Tasmania to the southern end of Argentina.
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level 69
Jun 1, 2016
Just over 7000 km, at the closest point I can find. Although by that route Chile is closer, at about 6917 km between Macquarie Island, Tasmania and Islote Mendoza in Chile's Diego Ramirez Islands. Of course this is still more than twice the distance between Australia and Vietnam. The thing is the southern continents really don't go far enough south for polar distortions of standard map projections to come much into play, as happens with the surprisingly short distances between the far north of Europe and North America (Sweden and Canada are about the same distance apart as LA and Houston).
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level 57
Jan 31, 2018
Not that anybody lives in that part of Canada.
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level 58
Jan 26, 2018
That would depend on where you are, I would think.
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level 27
Dec 16, 2014
What about New Caledonia aka France? From Cathy
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level 72
Dec 16, 2014
Please note the instructions ("excludes external territories")
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level 78
Oct 11, 2015
This time I agree, New Caledonia is "just a territory". The distance must be taken with Réunion, which is of course too far to be in the top 20.
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level 72
Oct 11, 2015
Also, for those of you who work off the 204 country template, Niue comes in at 19th but Cook Islands are too far away to make the list.
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level 26
Dec 24, 2014
You do know that Phillipines is spelt with two ls. You should accept that as a correct answer because it wouldn't work for me.
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level 72
Dec 24, 2014
Philippines is spelt with one L - an easy way to remember that is to note it was named after a king named Philip.
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level 57
Jan 31, 2018
Philip had two "p"s in his name :p
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level 54
Jun 23, 2016
*facepalm*
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level 70
Jul 28, 2017
Don't forget about the silent "m" and the soft "w" in Philippines.
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level 83
Oct 12, 2015
Was surprised Samoa didn't make the cut, it's right there with Tonga and Fiji right? Apparently my sense of distance over water is not accurate.
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level 76
Oct 30, 2015
I only missed one (Brunei) yet only received three points. Tough competition, but enjoyed the quiz.
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level 39
May 28, 2017
I know, that happens to me too. Weird.
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level 76
Jan 26, 2018
Missed the same one again, but got five points today. Must have something to do with global warming. :)
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level 48
Oct 30, 2015
what about Samoa?
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level 32
Nov 3, 2015
Maldives?
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level 72
Nov 3, 2015
No, it's well further away.
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level 36
Nov 7, 2015
How about Iceland !!!???
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level 72
Nov 7, 2015
The icy bit to the south would come in at 12th; the country to the north would be about 150th
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level 67
Nov 22, 2015
I think I only got 100% because I want to move to Australia
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level 45
Feb 22, 2016
It won't be long before you'll have to add China to this list if they keep making islands in the South China Sea! ;)
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level 69
Jun 1, 2016
I think you got the distance to Indonesia wrong. Boigu Island in Queensland is only about 120 km from the PNG-Indonesia border.
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level 72
Jun 1, 2016
You're right. Quiz being updated.
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level 42
Jun 1, 2016
Missed Micronesia and Kiribati!
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level 57
Jun 4, 2016
What about Samoa?!?! It has to be there if Kiribati is there!
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level 72
Jun 4, 2016
Samoa is 3499 km / 2174 mi away
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level 31
Sep 7, 2016
I am so disappointed I forgot Singapore and Vietnam...
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level 58
Feb 16, 2017
Got them all with 28 seconds to spare. East Timor took about a minute and a half of hard thinking to come up with.
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level 67
Feb 21, 2017
Good quiz, try my 'Australia Quiz' for an all round challenge.
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level 56
Mar 23, 2017
I think there's scope for a "195 countries closest to Australia" quiz...
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level 39
May 28, 2017
If anybody ever creates that quiz, they would have to use the yellow box.
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level 57
May 28, 2017
Good old geography quiz... 5/5 on first try. Pondered also Samoa..
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level 39
May 28, 2017
5/5? But there's 20 answers...
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level 59
Jan 26, 2018
points
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level 44
Jul 5, 2017
I neary forgot Micronesia but got them all in the end with a minute plus to spare
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level 70
Jul 6, 2017
Kiribati is all over the place. Memo to self: always guess Russia & Kiribati on these.
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level 33
Jul 6, 2017
I think France should be considered as New Caledonia is very close, which is a region of France
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level 76
Jan 26, 2018
I read the Wikipedia article and I'm still confused as to what it is, but New Caledonia is not a region of France. Apparently it is a special collectivity called a territory "sui generis" meaning in a class by itself. It seems to be heading toward independence even though some do not want it. It even has two national flags representing the two factions. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Caledonia
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level 36
Jul 27, 2017
You've forgotten Samoa.
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level 72
Jul 27, 2017
See my answer to alisonchen, above.
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level 49
Aug 26, 2017
this whole thing is wrong. you didnt factor in christmas island and the Cocos/Keelings islands
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level 72
Aug 27, 2017
No it's not - please see the instructions. Norfolk Island isn't included either.
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level 25
Sep 5, 2017
Somoa?
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level 72
Sep 5, 2017
Samoa actually, but in any case see my answer to alisonchen, above.
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level 51
Nov 6, 2017
Someday I'm going to go live on Rotuma...
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level 62
Jan 26, 2018
How did I miss Fiji?! I could have sworn that I guessed that D:
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level 59
Jan 26, 2018
Nearest misses: Cambodia, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Laos
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level 72
Jan 26, 2018
Burmyanmar must be close to those too?
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level 58
Jan 26, 2018
I can't believe I for Brunei! Dang!
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level 67
Jan 26, 2018
Like many geography quizzes on this site, you have to get a perfect score to get 5 points. I forgut Brunei the first time around, but after finding out what I missed I was able to get a perfect on the second try.
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level 27
Jan 26, 2018
19/20, forgot brunei
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level 50
Jan 28, 2018
Forgive me asking but are you sure about Kiribati? Looks almost as far away from Samoa as Samoa is from Australia.
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level 50
Jan 28, 2018
Mackay looks to be about the closest point to both and Google tells me Apia, Samoa is 4,208 km away and Poland Kiribati is 6,327 km, a difference of over 2000km's.
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level 44
Mar 19, 2019
Kiribati covers an enormous area of ocean. It is made up of three main groups The Gilbert group is a permanently inhabited atoll near the equator. As such it is much closer than Samoa - even though if you look at a map of the Pacific it looks like Samoa is equidistant to the main part of Kiribati
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level 16
Feb 13, 2018
Shouldn't France be on here because of New Caledonia
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level 72
Feb 13, 2018
Please note the instructions - one of the problems of Countries Closest quizzes is that France outside Metropolitan France is so everywhere it would pop up as an answer over and over!
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level 56
Feb 4, 2019
Seeing the exact same comments over and over again is such fun...
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level 68
Apr 3, 2018
how did you get such a short distance for New Zealand if you were missing out uninhabited islands or overseas territories? surely the shortest distance in that case is from Southeastern Tasmania to Fiordland, which is over 1500?
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level 72
Apr 4, 2018
The nearest point of Australia to NZ is Lord Howe Island, which is a part of New South Wales.
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level 25
Jan 30, 2019
I only missed Kiribati, damn :D
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level 42
Mar 18, 2019
Can't believe that I got less than half right. As an Australian, I'm ashamed.
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level 47
Mar 18, 2019
100% on my first try
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level 43
May 23, 2019
Can you make one that includes offshore territories of both Australia & Other countries? e.g including Australia's Heard & McDonalds Islands
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level 50
Aug 14, 2019
As an australian this was a cinch
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