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Countries Closest to the Aegean Sea

Which countries are closest to the Aegean Sea?
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level 68
Sep 3, 2014
Nearest misses: Malta, Lebanon, Slovenia.
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level 68
Oct 20, 2014
Other Countries Closest quizzes: Australia, Florida and Red Sea.
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level 21
Oct 28, 2014
I also tried them :/
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level 27
Jul 6, 2017
I guessed all of them lol
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level 38
Sep 4, 2014
And San Marino, Vatican...
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level 73
Oct 11, 2014
yup
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level 33
Oct 22, 2015
Kept on thinking I misspelled San Marino and Vatican. Then typed out Vatican City all the way and was scratching my head!
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level 68
Oct 22, 2015
They're further away - they are near the Adriatic Sea, but a fair bit farther from the Aegean.
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level 64
Sep 13, 2014
Thanks for accepting FYROM for Macedonia. I am hoping to see this in other quizzes as well.
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level 55
Oct 11, 2014
Isn't it only Greek people who refer to Macedonia as FYROM?
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level 45
Oct 12, 2014
I believe that the phrase "only Greek people" should never be used in a conversation with a Greek (:
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level 64
Oct 12, 2014
Actually, the name "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" is the one that is officially used to refer to the country by the United Nations, the European Union and other international organizations, while 16 countries use this term for ALL diplomatic purposes. And there is good reason for that, as Macedonia is a wider geographical region, like Scandinavia is much more than, say, Finland. Nor does this country have any right to monopolise the Macedonian national, historical and cultural heritage, especially since ancient Macedonia was part of the ancient Greek civilization. However, I'd be happy to hear any objections which could explain why I haven't found another quiz on this site which accepts "FYROM".
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level 66
Oct 13, 2014
Why does modern Greece get to monopolise the name "Greece", when Ancient Greece spanned a lot of the Mediterranean including Asia Minor, and all of Europe (at least) shares the cultural heritage of Ancient Greece, sometimes even upholding it better than the Greeks themselves do? Just let countries call themselves whatever they want - denying someone a name is petty and dickish.
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level 64
Oct 13, 2014
I believe that Greece definitely maintains a historical and cultural continuity, most evident in terms of language. Thus, regardless of the extent to which modern Greece truly preserves and honours its heritage, I don't think that any group of people would consider themselves Greek without identifying with modern Greek culture. However this is not the case for Greek Macedonians. The worldwide usage of the term "Macedonia" as a reference to a country with a completely different culture than theirs deprives them of their own cultural identity. The issue could be settled with an addition of some defining word(s) to the country's name, which could ensure the rights that both Greeks and Slavs have to a certain aspect of Macedonian culture. The denial by the government of FYROM to accept that means that Greek Macedonians are actually denied their name, an action which you may either call petty and dickish, or just a matter of political foul play.
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level 68
Oct 13, 2014
I've enjoyed and have learned a lot from these comments, so thanks. I find it ironic, though, that a debate about whether to accept a name should rage on a quiz site that already accepts it!
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level 64
Dec 17, 2014
Indeed it is a bit ironic, I just wanted hear some opinions and support my view on this issue, since most quizzes on JetPunk didn't accept FYROM (although that semms to be changing). Thanks for your understanding!
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level 70
Feb 23, 2015
Do you actually say Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia when you are speaking about Macedonia, or do you avoid sounding like a fool and just say Macedonia like everybody else does?
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level 64
Mar 12, 2015
In English, I generally call the country by its initials. In Greek, because the initials (PGDM) are not easy to pronounce as one word, we unofficially call the country "Skopje", after its capital. I'm not saying either of these is a solution (FYROM was meant to be provisional anyway), but I'd never call it simply Macedonia. Something like "Slavic Macedonia" would be just fine for everyone, except maybe for politicians who want to gain public support by fuelling "Macedonian" irredentist claims.
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Jul 6, 2017
Since making this comment I spent several months residing in Greece, mostly in Thessaloniki very close to the country of Macedonia, and heard lots of people say either "Fyrom" or "Skopje"... they all sounded supremely foolish, often using either name with exaggerated emphasis as if even they themselves weren't convinced.
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level 63
Jul 6, 2017
I think it is a problem for Greek people to admit to Macedonia, mainly because that makes Alexander the Great 'Macedonian' and not 'Greek'.
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level 52
Jul 6, 2017
Yep. Greeks have 'issues'. And we shouldn't encourage them. Calling it Skopje or Macedonians 'Skopjians' is just another way to insult them. Basically they need to get over it.
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level 64
Jul 6, 2017
So when FYROM capitalizes on its proclaimed name in order to promote the nationalist narrative of continuation of the "not-Greek" ancient Macedonian kingdom, completely disregarding and distorting the international consensus among historians, when its citizens express irredentism and passionate hatred towards Greeks even at unrelated (i.e. not against/in Greece) international sporting events, chanting that "even the Thessaloniki Plain will be theirs", it somehow is Greeks who sound foolish and have issues they need to get over for refusing to accept a name that historically refers to a wider geographical region and national heritage and has now been turned into a means of propaganda. I really can't see the logic here.
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level 68
Jul 6, 2017
That feeling seems to be at least mutual. I was in a train carriage a couple of years back at the Greek-Macedonia border with 5 young Macedonians who were returning home after a few days holiday in Thessaloniki. The Greek border guard stamped the Greek exit stamp for them on a separate piece of paper, because the Greek attitude was that putting the stamp into the passport itself, with 'Republic of Macedonia' on its cover, legitimizes FYROM's use of that term. Then the Greek official grunted "malaka" at them (literally, "masturbator", similar to "jerk" in the US or "wanker" in UK/Australia/NZ, but a bit stronger). One of them calmly replied "I am not a malaka", and the official moved onto the next compartment. Seeing that behaviour from a paid official doing his official duties, I was shocked. One of the group told me later, in a sad tone of voice, that the Greeks hate them because of the name that Macedonians chose for their country.
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level 64
Jul 6, 2017
This is really sad to hear, and I regret not pointing out myself that idiotic nationalist beliefs exist on both sides of the border to a certain extent, and that I certainly wouldn't blame the average Macedonian Slav for their government's aggressive stance that is inevitably affecting the population as well. The difference I see though, and the reason why I have been so vocal about the issue in this thread, (which I apologize for! :) ) is that FYROM's government has been constantly employing blatant lies to incite hatred domestically and has declined internationally any offer that would respect both Greek and Slav Macedonians' right of self-identification, probably to ease the implementation of its domestic policy. All this, of course, at the expense of Greeks, whose effort to defend their own identity and history is perceived, as the discussion above suggests, as stubborn and ridiculous.
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level 63
Aug 15, 2017
georgekotz: I like the underhanded way you brought in your biased phrasing "Macedonian Slav: & "Macedonian Greek"...... finally you show your true colours and they are pretty murky.
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level 68
Aug 15, 2017
Oi! Be nice!
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level 5
Oct 11, 2014
so if russia is in this list, how come serbia isn't?
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level 5
Oct 11, 2014
never mind lol, I guess I tried to enter serbia twice.... ;P
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level 31
Oct 11, 2014
Wouldn't the UK be one of the closest due to their territory on Cyprus?
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level 68
Oct 11, 2014
Akrotiri and Dhekelia on the island of Cyprus is one of 14 British Overseas Territories, which, although they come under the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the UK, do not form a part of it.
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level 30
Oct 11, 2014
Libya??? lol.
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level 50
Jul 6, 2017
Why is that funny?
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level 54
Oct 12, 2014
Does this include Russia due to Crimea?? Not that I disagree, just wondering?
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level 68
Oct 12, 2014
Yes, the Crimean Peninsula is treated as part of Russia.
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level 69
Jul 6, 2017
Besides, it's always a good idea to guess Russia on these types of quizzes. Russia is so big, it's close to everything. :-)
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Oct 13, 2014
19/20 Missed out on Libya ffs..
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level 34
Oct 21, 2014
Never even heard of this sea, but it wasn't hard to guess once you get Greece (Easy to get from the picture). And then all you have to do is name Countries near Greece.
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level 58
Mar 31, 2015
Is there one point in the Aegean from which you measure? If not, are the boundaries well-defined as to where the Aegean ends and Mediterranean begins?
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level 68
Mar 31, 2015
Distances between each country and the Aegean Sea are the shortest distance between each (so we are working off the whole area of the Aegean, not from a single point within it). The Aegean is a subset of the Mediterranean, so every part of the Aegean is also a part of the Mediterranean. The Aegean's boundaries are officially defined here.
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level 50
Jul 6, 2017
That's a broken link now, Jerry.
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level 68
Jul 6, 2017
OK, click here then scroll down to S-23.
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level 51
Apr 4, 2015
How could I miss Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ukraine?
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level 58
Jul 13, 2015
By not typing it into the answer box.
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level 46
Jan 31, 2016
Like for Quizzer6794!
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level 69
Jul 6, 2017
Live in Bosnia-Herzegovina for several years. Move to Ukraine. Live there for several more years. Move to Chicago. Live there for 2 weeks, venturing out at night frequently.

You'll miss Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ukraine.
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level 65
Aug 30, 2016
Good quiz, Jerry; thank you!
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level 40
Feb 16, 2017
DAMMIT HUNGARY!!
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level 49
Feb 23, 2017
Got Hungary as the last one!
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level 46
Mar 28, 2017
Great Quiz! Loved It. :-)
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level 68
Jul 6, 2017
That's a nice piece of feature timing Quizmaster - I'm in one of these countries right now! Over and out from sunny Keszthely :)
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level 34
Jul 6, 2017
Hungary?
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Jul 6, 2017
Yep. Great little town, even if I did get a parking ticket today despite there being no visible sign telling me I needed to pay to park there! And for all you non-Hungarians out there, it's pronounced Guest-Hay.
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level 38
Jul 6, 2017
I picjked those 3 before I picked Russia which was my last guess to finish
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level 55
Jul 6, 2017
Neither Lebanon nor Israel was on there, so I didn't even think to try Syria smh.
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level 43
Jul 6, 2017
The only one I missed was Moldova, I tried it early on but must've misspelt it :(
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level 46
Jul 6, 2017
What about San Marino and Vatican?
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level 68
Jul 6, 2017
Vatican City 863 km; San Marino 916 km.
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level 44
Jul 6, 2017
i don't know i always miss that "three" Romania, Bulgaria... Funny quiz.
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level 26
Jul 7, 2017
So it's closer to Russia than Lebanon, Israel or Malta?
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level 56
Jul 10, 2017
Yes.
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Jul 10, 2017
Missed Libya and Moldova.
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level 45
Jul 13, 2017
I find it amazing and fascinating, a) that Romania and Libya are so much closer than Cyprus, b) that Moldova is closer than Syria or Lebanon and c) that even Hungary is closer than Syria.. You're not counting the Bosphorus as part of the Aegean, are you? Because looking at the map it does not look like Rhodos and Cyprus would be farther apart than the northern bays of the Aegean and Romania, or that Rhodos and the Syrian coast would be farther than the northern bays and Moldova...
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level 40
Aug 21, 2017
Why do we so freely demand what indigenous people of other countries "must" call themselves? - For diverging from our edict would make them sound silly. - I see the mentality of the white man's burden is still alive and well... and we wonder why the world hates us!
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