Countries Closest to Egypt

Can you name the 20 countries that are geographically closest to Egypt?
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Last updated: February 17, 2019
First submittedFebruary 23, 2016
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km
country
miles
0
Libya
0
0
Sudan
0
0
Israel / Palestine
0
7
Jordan
4
15
Saudi Arabia
9
202
Syria
126
214
Lebanon
133
293
Chad
182
352
Cyprus
219
364
Greece
226
km
country
miles
469
Iraq
291
478
Eritrea
297
504
Turkey
314
799
Ethiopia
496
835
Yemen
519
952
Niger
591
993
Albania
617
1065
Bulgaria
662
1071
Italy
665
1072
North Macedonia
666
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Level 83
Jul 26, 2017
I just measured and I think the southern tip of Sicily is closer to Egypt than Malta is by about 4km.
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Level 74
Jul 26, 2017
A map is flat, the earth is round, therefore the map is only an approximation. The shortest distance between two points on a globe is not necessarily the shortest distance between two points on a map. Not sure that this is the reason, but it could be (4 km is small enough margin that it could be accounted for by curvature).
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Level 63
Dec 11, 2017
depends on the projection of the map ;) some map projections display the shortest distance between two places as a line
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Level 74
Jul 26, 2017
These close re-measures are always fun! And we think you're right! 1073 km to Malta, but 1071 km to Italy. We've lodged that update, and if Dan's microscope agrees with our one, expect to see an update :)
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Level ∞
Jul 27, 2017
Updated!
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Level 56
Apr 22, 2020
I got 1069.7km to Italy, 1070.8 to North Macedonia, and 1071.8km to Malta - amazing! For Italy and Malta, make sure you measure from the border about 50km inland in north-west Egypt, not by the coast, and it's a km or so closer than your data for each location!! I love this!
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Level 56
Apr 22, 2020
Oh, and 1063.7km for Bulgaria - so that's 4 countries within 10km difference, over 1000km away each, which is pretty astounding!
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Level 64
Jul 26, 2017
Surprised by not seeing Tunisia, Eritrea and South Sudan
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Level 74
Jul 26, 2017
South Sudan 1089 km, just outside; Tunisia much further away; and Eritrea's already there.
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Level 64
Jul 26, 2017
Must have typed it in and never realized it. Can't really trust your eyes :P
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Level 20
Dec 9, 2017
lol
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Level 67
Dec 9, 2017
If you count Bir Tawil as a part of Egypt, then South Sudan is just 1055 km away, just said.
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Level 59
Jul 11, 2020
Egypt won't want any part of Bar Tawil until oil, gold or a UFO is discovered there.
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Level 37
Nov 1, 2017
Great Quiz! -
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Level 45
Dec 9, 2017
Shouldn't UK be included due to Akrotiri and Dhekelia on Cyprus? At the very least add a bumper at the top saying overseas territorys are forbidden.
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Level 20
Dec 9, 2017
yap
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Level 67
Feb 17, 2020
The word is territories*, and anyway the British Overseas Territories are not part of the United Kingdom, therefore not part of any sovereign state (hence not countries).
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Level 65
Dec 9, 2017
Chad is closer to Egypt than, for instance, Bulgaria!
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Level 59
Dec 9, 2017
Of course he is! I've visited his house in Cairo.
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Level 73
Dec 10, 2017
How much further is Djibouti?
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Level 74
Mar 10, 2018
1210 km / 752 miles.
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Level 28
Dec 11, 2017
Started typing in Yemen, and the time finished. 19/20
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Level 69
Mar 28, 2019
Great story
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Level 61
Aug 23, 2019
IKR
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Level 65
Aug 26, 2019
Niger? Please
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Level 74
Aug 26, 2019
What do you mean? It's already here.
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Level 67
Nov 13, 2019
Seeing where he put the question mark, I think it is a statement, said with attitude, Niger?! PUHlease! Instead of: Niger please.

I think he probably is thinking of nigeria or something. And somehow that this is not a factual quiz but one of opinions or something ( like with lists of best actors or something, then you get similiar responses, like: person x is in the top 3? PLease..)

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Level 74
Nov 13, 2019
Now, how many of you know how to pronounce that place? Ny-jeer-i-ya is the one with Lagos in it, but the one with Niamey is Knee-zhair :)
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Level 67
Nov 13, 2019
Really interesting to see that niger is here and tunisia isnt ! would not have expected that.
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Level 44
Jul 11, 2020
niger is huge though although i am suprised to see that tunisia algeria and morocco didn't make it
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Level 39
Jun 10, 2020
I love this so much:

If you were to use Sudan's version of their border with Egypt according to my calculations (in google maps lol), South sudan would be 1057.5 km from egypt. a k a SOUTH SUDAN WOULD BE ON THE LIST

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Level 74
Jun 10, 2020
South Sudan is 1088 km away, and the closest point is from an undisputed border point between Egypt and Sudan.
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Level 53
Jul 11, 2020
Palestine is not a country.
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Level 74
Jul 11, 2020
Palestine declared itself a country in 1988, and has since been recognised by the majority of nations (140 out of the other 195). It is also has observer status at the UN, gaining that in 2012 on a vote of 138 countries to 9. Its observer status is the same as Vatican City's and (until 1992) Switzerland's; it would have achieved full UN member status, but for the fact that United States had the power to veto its application (and indeed it had threatened to do so). Nevertheless it is an active participant in UN matters, for example by being a party to over 50 UN multilateral treaties such as the Statute of the International Criminal Court. It agreed boundaries to areas of control with Israel at the 1992 Oslo accords, the boundaries of which I was able to observe first-hand during a trip to both countries in 2017.
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Level 80
Jul 11, 2020
correct. The Oslo accords certainly did not agree to create a nation state of Palestine. Look them up. and the accords are not even being followed anyway. Jerry's prone to emotional reasoning on this issue.
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Level 74
Jul 12, 2020
Ryan has responded to an accurate, factual, post with claims of “emotional” reasoning, which is not just irrelevant, but incorrect, 12 times over! Yep, faced with 12 statements of fact, he was unable to argue against a single one of them, and so decided to just say that there was “emotional” reasoning instead. Ryan in turn has offered a single fact, which I happen to agree with: the 1992 Oslo accords, at which Israel and Palestine agreed their respective areas of control, did indeed not “agree to create the state of Palestine”. That had already happened, four years earlier.
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Level 80
Jul 12, 2020
I declared myself to be a country.

I guess I'm a country now, by Jerry's totally rational unbiased logic. Emotional reasoning is a thing I'm not trying to insult you. Look it up after you look up the word sovereignty. None of your statements of "fact" make Palestine a sovereign nation and therefore don't need to be refuted, even though some are misleading, deliberately or otherwise.

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Level 74
Jul 12, 2020
I have never said that a declaration of independence, by itself, brings a country into creation. Never. I don't even think that! Ryan, please stop saying untrue things.
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Level 80
Jul 13, 2020
"That had already happened, four years earlier." ... what else happened 4 years earlier then? Did Israel pull out of the West Bank? Did Yasser Arafat conquer East Jerusalem? Did all of the villages of Palestine send delegates to Ramallah and recognize the PLO's authority over them?
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Level 74
Jul 13, 2020
Ryan, if you want to genuinely engage, then I'm happy to do it outside of this website - you can email me at jhall@legalsearch.nz. Cheers, Jeremy
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Level 69
Jul 11, 2020
Although much of what Jerry is saying is true, Palestine is not a Jetpunk country. We are working with Jetpunk standards where Crimea belongs to Russia and Cyprus is in Asia.
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Level 74
Jul 12, 2020
Thanks for acknowledging that "much" of what we have said is true. Which of the points above aren't true, do you think? To address your broader point that if "Jetpunk" says its true then it must be true, I have news for you: the truth is not determined by simply parroting others. Work out for yourself, from first principles, what the truth is. Do your research. If you conclude, after weighing up all the pros and cons, that Palestine is not a country, then I respect your judgement call. But declaring that something must be true, just because someone else has said so, is just beyond ridiculous, as well as a waste of your brainpower. Does Crimea "belong" to Russia? I'd say Yes even despite Russia's dirty tactics in overrunning it. As for Cyprus, I work with Cyprus as being in Asia, not because Dan our quizmaster says so, but because I did my research and came to my own conclusion - which is that both answers are legitimate! My visit there has also helped form that opinion.
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Level 80
Jul 12, 2020
If the truth isn't arrived at when someone else declares something to be true then what realities in Israel changed in 1988, beyond the PLO's unilateral declaration? And if Cyprus is really a part of Russia well that shoots all of your arguments about UN recognition in the foot. The UN makes decisions via popularity contest independent of reality and officially they do not recognize that Crimea is part of Russia. So it must still be under the control of the Ukraine...
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Level 67
Jul 12, 2020
@jerry eventhough I agree with your point/sentiment, that people tend to take what is in a quiz as fact, it was on the quiz so it must be true. Just because some quizzes for diverse reasons leave things out, that does not change reality about those things. (weird example; a quiz about animal species but I leave out mule, since it is a hybrid that can't reproduce so not officially a distinct species, that does not suddenly stop it from being an animal, it lives and breathes. I have seen reasoning like that* many times though.(*not on the quiz so not an animal)

But you are arguing to "ing" about a point he hadn't made. He never said jetpunk says this so it must be true, quite the contrary, he mentions that in ambiguous/controversial cases this is the standard choice for jetpunk. (Similar to using a source, it might be up for debate, but that is what the source uses.)

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Level 74
Jul 12, 2020
To Mr Kal: What????? His last comment is so full of nonsense I see he's just playing to the audience. Ryan, if you want to genuinely engage, then I'm happy to do it outside of this website - you can email me at jhall@legalsearch.nz. Cheers, Jeremy
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Level 74
Jul 12, 2020
To Mr Sifhraven: I respectfully disagree. It is clear to me that Mr ing is not advocating for using his own research to determine an answer, but to simply parrot other people. (Read again: ”We” (who are “we”?) are working with Jetpunk “standards” (whatever they might be)”.)
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Level 80
Jul 13, 2020
I don't wish to engage beyond this. I appreciate the offer. But seriously why would I? Palestine is not a sovereign country. Your arguments and standards are inconsistent and non-sensical. You *feel* like Palestine is a country, but that's not enough. We've already hashed this out in comments sections plenty I don't think there's any point taking it to e-mail. Especially if you didn't understand the last comment which was in plain English. On the one hand you place a lot of weight on what the UN has to say about Palestinian statehood. On the other hand, when it comes to Crimea, you are willing to accept reality and ignore what the UN says. The consistent thing to do would be to recognize that in both cases what the UN says is based purely on politics, not reality.

In the comment above you imply ing believes something to be true just because JetPunk says it's true. Your criticism is hollow since you believe that Palestine sprang into existence in 1988, because Fatah declared it

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Level 80
Jul 13, 2020
Fatah declaring Palestinian independence did not create a state of Palestine any more than JetPunk declaring Taiwan is a country created a country of Taiwan. You told ing that accepting something is true because someone says it is true is not a means of arriving at truth. But further up the page you told me that while, yes, Palestine was not created in 1992, but that was because it was created in 1988.

I asked simply, okay, what changed in 1988? Aside from Fatah saying something had changed - which you said is not a good way to arrive at the truth. How was Palestine not a country in 1987, but was a country in 1988.

The answer is nothing changed except that the PLO, a terrorist organization that had for decades tried to achieve its goal of destroying the state of Israel through violence, decided to change tactics, renounce violence, and see if they could achieve their goals diplomatically instead. But the West Bank and Gaza were occupied in '87, and in '88

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Level 80
Jul 13, 2020
Fatah and Hamas both claimed to represent the ambiguous and undefined nation of the Palestinians in '87, and in '88. The PLO did not exert control over almost any of the territory it claimed to in both '87, and in '88. Especially not the city they claimed to be the capital of their "country."

In 1988, one group of at-that-time-unrecognized thugs in one of the occupied Palestinian territories, who were by no means the sole representative of the "Palestinian" people, and who controlled virtually nothing, and governed virtually nothing, announced that they were the government of the independent state of Palestine.

To you, this created the state of Palestine.

In reality, this declaration had as much weight as if I declared myself sovereign, or if Dan declared Kosovo sovereign. In other words, none.

I said nothing that was nonsense. I'm not playing to any audience. You just failed to follow along. I'll stop vandalizing your quiz now. Sorry.