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Countries Closest to Europe

Name the countries that lie closest to the continent of Europe, but that aren't considered to be part of Europe.
Excludes Russia; treated as European because most of its population lives there
Quiz by Jerry928
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First submittedSeptember 12, 2014
Last updatedSeptember 27, 2016
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km
country
miles
0
Azerbaijan
0
0
Georgia
0
0
Kazakhstan
0
0
Turkey
0
14
Morocco
9
70
Tunisia
44
110
Armenia
69
153
Algeria
95
165
Iran
103
321
Turkmenistan
199
km
country
miles
341
Libya
212
363
Egypt
225
392
Cyprus
243
511
Iraq
318
615
Uzbekistan
382
625
Syria
388
713
Lebanon
443
725
Israel
451
789
Jordan
490
970
Saudi Arabia
602
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level 73
Aug 17, 2016
Wait just a minute...let me stand back while this Cyprus sized can of worms opens up...
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level 69
Aug 18, 2016
Oh how I love Cyprus worms...
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level 58
Nov 20, 2016
Turkey worms are pretty good, too. Taste just like regular worms, but better for you!
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level 55
Aug 18, 2016
Now I'm confused, what day was this quiz featured, because it's not on the front page and it was created three days ago.
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level 72
Aug 18, 2016
When it was featured this week, it had some edits done, and the "created" date on a quiz is actually the date of the most recent edit. It was originally created in September 2014.
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level 66
Aug 19, 2016
If you really want to have fun, there is an argument that Canada is number 21 (from the Arctic region, Svalbard)
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level 59
Nov 17, 2016
France also borders Canada. And Brazil and Suriname.
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level 79
Nov 17, 2016
Those countries may border France, but that doesn't make them close to the continent of Europe. Not all French territory is in Europe.
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level 57
Aug 20, 2019
bags of fun that is
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level 69
Aug 31, 2016
Isn't Kazakhstan and Turkey partly in Europe?
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level 57
Sep 8, 2016
Same with Cyprus right?
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level 41
Nov 17, 2016
Kazakhstan and Turkey are transcontinental countries, so they can be considered part of Europe or Asia...but Cyprus is always considered part of Europe so I'm surprised about them
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level 45
Nov 18, 2016
it's geographically in Asia, part of the EU. thats how it is on jetpunk
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level 52
Sep 8, 2016
How does Canada not count? I understand where Canada is and where Europe is, the logic behind these quizzes is bizarre to me at best. Europe has a country defined it it as Denmark, Denmark owns Greenland as its territory. Canada is only 210.11 miles or 338.15 km from Greenland in its closest borders. I will concede that Russia is part of Europe but only the western part counts, for a unknown reason.
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level 72
Sep 8, 2016
It depends where you draw the North America / Europe divide, since Greenland can be grouped in with either continent. The Wikipedia entry describes Greenland as physiographically part of North America, but culturally part of Europe. (This might start a Cyprus-style debate!). Greenland is just 26 km / 16 miles from Canada at its closest point, in the far north, off Ellesmere Island. And Greenland is not "owned" by Denmark any more than the US "owns" Marshall Islands! Greenland, and the Country of Denmark, are both members of the Kingdom of Denmark.
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level 66
Nov 9, 2018
Then surely Greenland, which though Danish, is part of N. America, should count as it is definitely closer to Europe (Iceland and Svalbard) than any of the middle eastern countries (excepting Turkey) are?
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level 62
Nov 12, 2016
By that logic Brazil, Suriname, China, Mongolia, and North Korea all border Europe because of French Guiana and Russia
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level 45
Nov 18, 2016
Suriname and brazil should be on it more than Canada. French Guiana is actually part of France (not as an overseas territory), whereas Greenland is highly autonomous (and it keeps geting more autonomous)
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level 56
Sep 22, 2016
I tried Russia and it didn't work, so I concluded that transcontinental countries apparently wouln't count. But then I missed Turkey :( Maybe you can say something about the transcontinental countries in the notes?
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level 72
Sep 22, 2016
Fair point; we'll add a note to the instructions.
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level 44
Nov 17, 2016
Yeah but Russia borders Europe, Asian part of Russia borders European part of Russia
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level 44
Nov 17, 2016
And if you consider whole Russia to be European, than North Korea borders Europe and you should add it to this quiz
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level 49
Nov 17, 2016
Yes, North Korea borders Russia, but it is thousands of miles from the European part of Russia.
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level 48
Sep 23, 2016
What about Mali and Mauritania? They are close to the Canary Islands (See Countries Closest to Spain). Technically, aren't they close to Europe?
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level 40
Nov 2, 2016
Thats what I thought.... much closer than Saudi Arabia etc.
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level 72
Nov 2, 2016
Spain straddles two continents geographically - the obvious European part, but Ceuta, Melilla and the Canaries are part of Africa. Culturally, you could make a case for all of it being European.
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level 70
Oct 10, 2016
Some of the Middle Eastern countries here are measured to Rhodes, which I think is dubiously considered Europe. Yes, it's Greek, but it's much closer to mainland Turkey (which is here considered Asian) and should probably be treated in the same way as Cyprus (i.e. not part of Europe). Otherwise, you'd have to take the Canary Islands into account as mentioned above- they're owned by Spain despite being closer to Africa.
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level 84
Nov 17, 2016
Still need to clarify the comments... If Russia is "treated as European", then lots of countries (China, for instance) should be on with distance of 0km. Also, Morocco is 0km from Spain (Ceuta).
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level 69
Nov 17, 2016
Ceuta is in Africa, not in Europe, and that Russia is treated as European doesn't mean, it's wholy in Europe.
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level 59
Nov 17, 2016
Basically what it's saying is that Kazakhstan is Asian, but it borders European Russia so it counts as 0km. Same for Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan. Russia is ignored as a quiz answer, and for geographical calculation, because its size and borders mean that it falls into a grey area in terms of whether it's in Europe or Asia, and answering "China" may be technically true but isn't the point of the quiz.
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level 62
Nov 18, 2016
Nice answer, Corrode!
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level 48
Mar 24, 2018
politically yes. but GEOGRAPHICALLY NO NO NO....Siberia is in Asia..
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level 34
Nov 17, 2016
Cyrpus is European and part of the E.U. How do you count it as not??
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level 83
Nov 17, 2016
This map might help you out.

This is an unambiguous definition of the European continent that is independent of political geography. The countries of Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan contain territory inside this definition, and therefore are 0 miles away from the continent of Europe. Cyprus and Armenia are completely outside the continental borders.
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level 38
Apr 6, 2019
Cyprus is 243 miles from Mainland Europe. Georgia, Kazakhstan and Turkey all 0 miles away from Europe are in Asia. Morocco (9 miles away), Tunisia (44 miles away), and Libya (212 miles away), are all in Africa and are all closer to Europe than Cyprus.
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level 67
Nov 17, 2016
Man, a lot of people here seem to not know where the continent of Europe is. It's nowhere near China.
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level 49
Nov 17, 2016
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level 25
Nov 17, 2016
when googled. It says cyprus is part of the EU
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level 44
Nov 17, 2016
So what? Greece is part of NATO, does that mean Greece is a Northern Atlantic country?
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level 60
Nov 17, 2016
And Australia gets a gig at the Eurovision Song Contest.
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level 48
Mar 24, 2018
EU is not a geographical boundary of Europe. other European countries are not member of Europe, so that means they are not part of Europe also???lol
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level 38
Nov 17, 2016
What's this with 50% scores for countries that I picked right off and should have 100% on?
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level 73
Nov 18, 2016
That's the precentage of all your tries when you took the quiz. If you missed the country on your first try and guessed it the second time, it shows 50%.
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level 49
Nov 17, 2016
*CONTINENT* OF *EUROPE*. What is so hard about that? I really thought Jetpunk users were smarter than that.
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level 57
Nov 18, 2016
Surely if Russia counts as Europe then all the countries bordering it count as nearest to Europe, including like USA lol.
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level 49
Dec 30, 2016
Basically to clarify for anyone wondering why China, Mongolia, Morocco, etc. aren't 0 km/mi even though they border Russia and Spain respectively: I don't think it's a stretch to say Spain is "based" in Europe. On Jetpunk, Russia is also considered to be "based" in Europe because of big cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg. However, when you're a transcontinental country, just because you're based in one continent doesn't mean the rest of your country is also in that continent. This is obvious with Russia; most of it is clearly in Asia. It's also why many islands in the Caribbean aren't European (geographically) but, well, Caribbean. All of the transcontinental answers on this quiz (Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey) are not counted as part of Europe (despite having land in Europe) because they are considered to be "based" in Asia. And Cyprus, well... that's just Cyprus for you. Hope this helps!
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level 32
Mar 22, 2017
Ye, it helps.
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level 32
Mar 4, 2017
Cyprus? What?
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level 32
Mar 21, 2017
you should probably remove turkey or add russia cause eitherwise it's just confusing
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level 57
May 29, 2017
Doesn't Spain have territory on Africa? Shouldn't Morocco be 0?
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level 72
May 29, 2017
It does, but as you say, it's in Africa!
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level 45
Jan 31, 2018
Got 100% on first try with 2:12 left, could cut out some time
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level 54
Feb 2, 2018
If Russia is split by the Volga River, then Kazakhstan is further than 0km away from Europe
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level 48
Mar 24, 2018
i think people here with a lot of questions on mind should know first the geographical border of the continent Europe. try to do some research/search and effort pls. not just any nonsense questions/ arguments.
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level 34
May 21, 2018
Got them all with 2:02 left :)
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level 53
May 9, 2019
Why isn't Australia on here?