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Countries Closest to America

America is the second-largest landmass on Earth. It could be a giant continent, and as far as Latin Americans are concerned, it is one. Which are the nearest countries to the single landmass of America? Countries that have part of their territory on America's landmass do not count.
Excludes uninhabited offshore islands and overseas territories
Countries marked in red do not appear in the Countries of the World quiz, but do appear in the Countries 197 to 205 quiz
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Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: August 29, 2019
First submittedNovember 23, 2014
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km
country
miles
15
Trinidad and Tobago
9
27
Aruba
17
65
Curaçao
41
81
Bahamas
53
82
Russia
51
88
Netherlands, at Bonaire
54
139
Grenada
86
206
St Vincent and the Grenadines
128
208
Cuba
129
345
St Lucia
214
km
country
miles
357
Barbados
222
500
Dominica
311
575
Dominican Republic
357
620
Haiti
386
623
Jamaica
387
701
Antigua and Barbuda
435
704
St Kitts and Nevis
438
773
Greenland
480
807
Sint Maarten
501
2067
Iceland
1284
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level 80
Nov 23, 2014
"Iceland" didn't work when I typed it in. Also, why does "Sint Martin" work but not "St Martin"?
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level 72
Nov 23, 2014
It's actually called Sint Maarten, and some variations on that are accepted, but not St Martin, which is the name of the French collectivity that borders Sint Maarten to the north. Iceland's been fixed, thanks.
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level 71
Nov 23, 2014
Cool idea! I think Falkland Islands can make it in the list I'd be curious to see a similar one which excludes Caribbean countries but it might be a pain to work out!
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level 72
Nov 23, 2014
Argentinian quiztakers may have a different view! There are several British Overseas Territories within range (Falklands, Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands), and they don't appear for the UK because BOTs, while being subject to the United Kingdom, do not form part of it.
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level 71
Nov 24, 2014
ok I don't know which interpretation is more correct but this way it seems to me that you're treating Overseas Territories like they don't exist as far as this quiz is concerned, so maybe you could write 'excludes uninhabited offshore islands and overseas territories' or something like that?
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level 72
Nov 24, 2014
OK, done, although hopefully the quiz title made that clear anyway.
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level 32
Nov 24, 2014
But Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten are parts of the Kingdom of Netherlands
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level 72
Nov 24, 2014
Exactly! They are part of the Kingdom, as you say - and the Kingdom is not the Country. The Country of the Netherlands, and Aruba, and Curaçao, and Sint Maarten are four countries that sit alongside each other, none above the other. The Kingdom of the Netherlands is a supranational entity. Are you saying that the Kingdom is the country, and the four countries are, well, not countries despite being called countries? I guess that's one point of view! It'll keep the ongoing debate interesting :)
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level 23
Feb 13, 2019
Hey Jerry, you should have Denmark accepted for Greenland, since some or many people like me say Denmark instead of greenland since we count Denmark as the actual country that possesses the islands. Thank you! (if you didnt accept this, i hate you! jk)
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level 72
Feb 13, 2019
The country of Denmark and the country of Faroe Islands and the country of Greenland combine to make the Kingdom of Denmark. A bit like New Zealand and Australia and Canada and United Kingdom all combine to be part of British Commonweath (they all have the same ruler, Elizabeth II). Have added Denmark as a type-in for you, though.
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level 38
Aug 29, 2019
Excellent quiz, as usual. Since you've accepted Bonaire (Netherlands), perhaps you could also accept Saba and Statia [Sint Eustatius] which are also an integral part of the Netherlands, with the same status as Bonaire
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level 72
Aug 29, 2019
As you say, Netherlands consists of Bonaire, Saba, Sint Eustatius and of course the "main" Netherlands, in Europe. The closest point that the Netherlands comes to America is at Bonaire, which is how Netherlands gets onto this list. Although we "accept" all these places, only the one that is closest to America gets a listing.