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Countries Closest to Canada

Which countries are closest to Canada?
Numbers in red indicate an external territory or autonomous region
Last updated: October 23, 2016
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km
Country
miles
0
United States
0
8
St Pierre and Miquelon (France)
5
26
Greenland (Denmark)
16
1232
Bermuda (United Kingdom)
765
1238
Russia
769
1638
Iceland
1018
1657
Bahamas
1030
1809
Mexico
1124
1928
Azores (Portugal)
1198
2065
Cuba
1283
km
Country
miles
2200
Norway
1367
2342
Finland
1455
2352
Sweden
1461
2582
Haiti
1604
2625
Jamaica
1631
2642
Belize
1642
2644
Dominican Republic
1643
2733
Guatemala
1698
2823
Honduras
1754
2832
Sint Maarten (Netherlands)
1760
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level 71
Oct 28, 2014
Other Countries Closest quizzes: UK, Russia, Hungary, India, UK plus its territories.
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level 71
Oct 28, 2014
Distances are the shortest distance between countries (thanks to buck1017 who asked for clarification on that).
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level 75
Oct 31, 2014
A bit surprised to see some of the Antilles countries are closer than others in Europe and East Asia.
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level 52
Aug 19, 2016
It's probably because of the Mercator.
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level 69
Sep 13, 2016
If Mercator were the source of the surprise, one would presumably be expressing surprise that some European countries make the list whilst some countries in the Antilles do not - Mercator exaggerates distances nearer to the poles. Kalbahamut's surprise is the other way around, so Mercator is unlikely to be the answer.
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level 52
Nov 2, 2016
Oh, yeah... whoops
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level 59
Nov 10, 2016
^ Username relevant. :)
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level 64
Oct 31, 2014
I have never heard of St Pierre and Miquelon. Man, that 5 miles one stumped me completely!
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level 34
Oct 31, 2014
This list is not correct! Portugal is 2 625 km away from Canada. The islands of Azores belong to Portugal and are on the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Look it up and please fix it.
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level 71
Oct 31, 2014
Nice spotting! In fact, the distance from the Azores of Portugal to Newfoundland is even less than you said. Quiz is being updated.
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level 34
Nov 4, 2014
Good job!
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level 36
Oct 31, 2014
Finland, but not Portugal or Ireland? Even Poland is closest to Canada than Finland, and Germany is closest than Sweden.
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level 59
Oct 31, 2014
Across the North Pole, the distance to the Nordic Countries becomes much shorter =)
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level 67
Nov 2, 2016
Ahhhhhh, I couldn't figure out why Finland was closer than Ireland, especially as the UK was accepted. I knew there must be a reason. Now I know what it is.
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level 46
Dec 17, 2018
Ofcourse! They allways tell you to think laterally... (good joke with english not being my language, if I do say so myself :D made myself proud haha)
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level 46
Oct 31, 2014
Surely Ireland should be there
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level 71
Oct 31, 2014
Surprisingly, it isn't. With Mercator projection (which most maps of the world use) distances closer to the equator are further apart than they appear, compared with distances further north or south - using a globe will confirm this. The shortest distance to Ireland is 2945 km/1830 mi, from Labrador.
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level 43
Oct 31, 2014
One of the rooms in the parliament buildings belongs to the Netherlands, that's why we have the Princess Margaret hospital. Technically that makes the Netherlands closer than even the States.
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level 75
Oct 31, 2014
The US has an embassy in Ottawa.
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level 38
Feb 15, 2017
It's Margriet, not Margaret.
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level 44
May 22, 2015
Tricky quiz, liked a lot
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level 21
Apr 3, 2016
Got netherlands but not mexico *facepalm*
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level 58
Apr 7, 2016
Turks and Caicos? (British overseas territory)
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level 54
Jun 26, 2016
Probably not as close as Bermuda, which is already on there.
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level 58
Dec 25, 2016
Right. Just noticed the pattern here.
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level 52
Aug 19, 2016
Canada was a good choice for this quiz - you have to recenter your mental picture of the globe, otherwise you wouldn't think about crossing the north pole to reach scandinavia!
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level 46
Dec 17, 2018
yea just did usa, thought well, this is a bad chouce, would hardly differ... but there is a good twist :)
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level 46
Oct 22, 2016
if haiti is in the answer then el salvador should be there
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level 46
Nov 2, 2016
Haiti is further north than El Salvador, they're not on the latitude so one being an answer on here does not support the other.
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level 71
Nov 2, 2016
El Salvador is 3105 km / 1929 mi away.
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level 59
Nov 2, 2016
I'm certain Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos Islands, Faroe Islands must all be closer than some of these. But maybe you only allow ONE overseas territory per parent country? If that is the case, suggest you make it clear in instructions.
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level 72
Nov 7, 2016
It says "countries" in the title
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level 60
Nov 2, 2016
thanks for an interesting quiz.got it with 2 sec to spare
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level 17
Nov 2, 2016
Finished with 0:48 left
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level 40
Nov 2, 2016
got all except dominican republic lol
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level 60
Dec 24, 2016
1. how is finland closer to canada than sweden? 2. how did those two countries make the list and the uk as well, but not ireland?
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level 71
Dec 25, 2016
Because the closest distance to Sweden and Finland is across the Arctic - you can confirm this by using a piece of string on a globe. That route also means that Ireland doesn't make the list of 20 nearest countries.
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level 38
Feb 15, 2017
Honduras is in Central America, and Sint Maarten is in the Leeward Islands, how could they possibly be six (6) miles apart?
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level 71
May 1, 2017
They're not, despite each being a similar distance from Canada. Think of the points of an equilateral triangle.
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level 61
May 3, 2017
Also, Canada is a huge country so the point of reference would be from the closest point in southern Canada which would be the bottom tip of the Niagara peninsula or from southern Vancouver Island.
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level 38
May 1, 2017
No Ireland? - Tell me, how do you get to the Netherlands w/o passing Ireland? - No Saint Kitts or Saint Barts? Get real!
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level 71
May 1, 2017
I am. France is already closest at St Pierre, so St Barts doesn't get a mention. St Kitts is too far away. Netherlands is closer at Sint Maarten than the country of Netherlands in Europe.
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level 61
May 3, 2017
Adding in the territories really makes you think. Guessed on Portugal because I ran out of colonial powers.
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level 38
May 3, 2017
Question: Canada is to the North of the United States, thus farther way from Central America and the Caribbean Islands. And, while I am happy to finally see Sint Maarten included in a quiz, how can St. Maarten (Netherlands) appear on a closest to Canada quiz, but NOT on a closest to the USA quiz?
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level 71
May 3, 2017
Simple answer: I didn't author the closest-to-usa quiz. If I had, I would have!
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level 38
Jun 13, 2017
Thank you for the explanation. And I do thank you for this quiz which I contend is more accurate than some of the other "closest to" quizzes.
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level 50
Dec 4, 2017
Shouldn't Norway be closer from Jan Mayen
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level 43
Jul 30, 2018
Ireland?
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level 71
Jul 30, 2018
Just outside: 2943 km / 1829 miles.
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level 46
Dec 17, 2018
wow didnt expect notway sweden finland, and thus didnt get those. Did get all the red ones. pretty easy because there are only a few countries that use to have a lot of colonies
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level 24
Jan 29, 2019
Don't understand why UK was not accepted - does it have to be spelt out?
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level 71
Jan 29, 2019
UK has always worked - wanna try again?
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level 50
Jan 29, 2019
No fair, Denmark isn't on... oh wait.
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