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Countries Closest to United States by Continent

For each continent, can you name the 5 countries that are closest to the United States?
Quizzes-by-continent concept: Quizzer6794
Not including the external territories of the U.S. or other countries
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: July 23, 2019
First submittedNovember 16, 2015
Times taken30,996
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North America
0 mi
Canada
0 mi
Mexico
53 mi
Bahamas
93 mi
Cuba
471 mi
Jamaica
 
 
South America
1,053 mi
Colombia
1,121 mi
Venezuela
1,612 mi
Ecuador
1,756 mi
Peru
1,758 mi
Brazil
Europe
1,852 mi
Portugal
2,026 mi
Iceland
2,514 mi
Ireland
2,555 mi
United Kingdom
2,815 mi
Spain
 
 
Asia
2 mi
Russia
1,366 mi
Japan
1,664 mi
China
2,042 mi
North Korea
2,300 mi
South Korea
Africa
3,074 mi
Cape Verde
3,161 mi
Morocco
3,276 mi
Mauritania
3,341 mi
Algeria
3,529 mi
Senegal
 
 
Oceania
1,035 mi
Kiribati
2,127 mi
Marshall Islands
2,485 mi
Tuvalu
2,509 mi
Samoa
2,700 mi
Nauru
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level 70
Nov 16, 2015
This can be nice series :)
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level 62
Oct 23, 2016
True, now it can be a fun quiz series to feature. Probably do the same with capitals.
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level 72
Mar 19, 2017
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level 40
Mar 21, 2017
Just missed Kiribati and Samoa. Surprised to learn that Jamaica is closer than Haiti but not after looking at a map!
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level 43
Jan 18, 2018
lucky guess with tuvalu at 0:02!
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level 72
Oct 23, 2016
Very US-centric ;)
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level 60
Oct 23, 2016
I thought the same thing!
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level 72
Oct 29, 2016
Wouldn't the US have to be an answer, at least once, to qualify for uscentricity?
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level 60
Nov 13, 2016
well the US isn't an answer in this quiz ;)
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level 73
Mar 9, 2018
Even if the US isn't an answer, it's pretty much at the center of the quiz.
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level 62
Jun 30, 2019
yea for it to be the center, the other stuff needs to be around it, so quite correct. In all senses of the word.
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level 72
Oct 29, 2016
The Europe answers depend on whether you count the Azores, which are a part of Portugal just as Hawaii is a part of the US, as a part of Europe. We have, but if we hadn't, then Portugal would drop off this list and be replaced by France.
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level 78
Nov 6, 2016
It's a bit complicated. I guess the distance for Ecuador and Peru is taken with Hawaii?
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level 38
Nov 12, 2016
Hawaii is about 5.000 km farther away from Ecuador and Peru than Florida. :P
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level 79
Jul 8, 2018
Ah, I wondered how Portugal could be so dramatically closer to the U.S. than Spain.
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level 69
Dec 29, 2016
Isn't Denmark one of the closest countries by virtue of Greenland?
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level 72
Dec 29, 2016
Greenland is physiographically a part of North America, not Europe. If you have a look at a world map, Greenland is way closer to the North American mainland than the European one.
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level 57
Mar 19, 2017
Greenland is a Denmark territory
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level 52
Jan 22, 2019
Greenland is not part of the European continent, though. However, the Azores are not part of the European continent either, but are apparently being counted.
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level 72
Jan 22, 2019
Which continent would you place the Azores in? (It is far closer to the European mainland than the North American one).
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level 31
Jan 17, 2017
how is the average score on this so high?
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level 52
Jan 18, 2017
Many if not most of the people who take geography quizzes on JetPunk are people who have mastered the countries of the world quiz - that tends to skew the results.
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level 45
Jan 20, 2017
Didn't you know? everyone on Jetpunk is a genius. :)
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level 62
Jun 30, 2019
Or will be after spending a few months here.
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level 46
Jan 21, 2017
Technically, isn't the US closest to the US?
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level 38
Jun 3, 2017
lol
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level 62
Jun 30, 2019
how would that even be possible. Unless, ofcourse, you count alternate universes, or slightly out of phase ones.
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level 46
Jan 21, 2017
Got Marshall Islands with 0:02 left :P
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level 76
Mar 19, 2017
I typed it three times but must have been spelling it wrong. Probably forgot an L.
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level 32
Mar 5, 2017
Forgot Tuvalu :|
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level 27
Mar 19, 2017
Typed all the Oceanian countries :)
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level 43
Mar 19, 2017
Congrats on making 2500 quizzes!
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level 72
Mar 19, 2017
Thanks man :)
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level 56
Mar 19, 2017
Why is Russia not in the North America list? Less than 3 miles apart at their closest separation.
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level 67
Mar 19, 2017
Are you suggesting that Russia is a part of North America?...... really
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level 63
Mar 20, 2017
My bad - I'd flipped the question round in my head and was looking at the countries closest to North America, rather than which North American countries were closest to the US.
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level 53
May 22, 2018
part of eastern russia (such as kamchatka) is actually on the north american tectonic plate.
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level 79
Mar 19, 2017
It seems odd, but perhaps there is some odd section of Brazil that juts closer to the US than the closest part of Guyana...anyone have any thoughts?
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level 56
Mar 19, 2017
The section bordering Colombia is closer to Florida (almost directly South, while Guyana is more Southeast, therefore in a straight line Brazil is closer
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level 27
Mar 19, 2017
Only 99% of people get Canada... I am disappointed in society.
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level 56
Mar 19, 2017
i got 27 of 30 my first try and only did better than 30 percent stuff it
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level 24
Mar 20, 2017
Algeria? The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and perhaps even Liberia are all closer to the US.
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level 72
Mar 20, 2017
Yes, and No, No, No, No and No. (Get a globe and some string, and be surprised!)
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level 43
May 23, 2018
only the gambia was a bit surprising ti me. the others are clearly to far away.
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level 62
Jun 30, 2019
yea senegal being on, but not gambia was a surprise.

Will have to dust of that globe :)

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level 30
Mar 20, 2017
More people got Ireland than Russia?
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level 49
Feb 24, 2018
the closet neighbor that isn't touching the US is Russia by virtue of Alaska, which BTW was a part of Russia at one time, its sad...
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level 32
Mar 20, 2017
1 second left phew
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level 66
Mar 21, 2017
I refuse to believe that Brazil and Peru are closer to the US than Guyana and Suriname - I think you forgot those countries!
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level 72
Mar 21, 2017
We double-checked and Guyana and Suriname are definitely further away (Guyana 1768 mi, Suriname 2037 mi). The closest Brazil-US line goes from the jungle near Puerto Tolima to Key West; the closest Guyana-US line goes from the Guyanese coast to Plantation Key on the Florida Keys.
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level 56
Mar 22, 2017
Is this the only quiz counting Russia as part of Asia and not Europe? I'm not complaining, just curious. Most of its land is in what we would typically call Asia, but this is the first I've seen it included in the Asia category. Seems inconsistent.
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level 72
Mar 22, 2017
There is the occasional one, but not many. Russia's usually listed as European because most of its population lives there, but in this quiz, I don't know how else we could manage a Closest Country quiz with its Asian part being so close to Alaska.
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level 43
May 23, 2018
its talking about the closest a country is, no matter the continent. its using territory as a whole and being u.s.centric.
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level 38
Jun 3, 2017
Is it funny that I have exactly 196 poi- oh wait I'm gonna bring up this discussion again...
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level 21
Nov 28, 2017
Why did neither France or Denmark count?
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level 62
Mar 5, 2018
First I was wondering why North Korea was listed as closer to the United States than South Korea. But then I remembered: Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
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level 48
Mar 12, 2018
got all on first try with 1:58 time remaining
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level 37
Apr 2, 2018
Denmark is the closest in Europe due to that Greenland is part of Denmark
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level 72
Apr 2, 2018
See our answer to AJS, above.
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level 53
Jan 22, 2019
Forgot Molossia
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level 61
Aug 22, 2019
I assume it was a close call between guyana/suriname and ecuador/peru?
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level 72
Aug 22, 2019
Guyana misses out by just 10 miles, and Suriname by 278 miles.
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level 31
Oct 15, 2019
I always remember every Oceanian country except Samoa :/
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level 16
Oct 20, 2019
what about denmarks greenland and frances south american exclave? nice quiz though! :)
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level 46
Oct 20, 2019
I thought Norway would have been closer than Spain
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level 25
Oct 20, 2019
Did you count Puerto Rico (USA)?
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level 72
Oct 20, 2019
We didn't; please note the instructions.
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level 15
Oct 20, 2019
yee
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level 44
Oct 23, 2019
how is algeria closer to the us than gambia which is inside senegal?!
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level 72
Oct 23, 2019
Gambia's further away than Senegal because, as you say, it is "inside" Senegal (not strictly true, but we know what you mean). As for Algeria, time for you to get a globe and some string and check it out. Projecting a circular world onto a flat map creates distortions.