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Countries Furthest from the US

Which countries are furthest from the United States?
We're looking for the greatest possible distance between countries
20,038 km is the furthest apart - at exact opposite points on earth - that two countries can get
Countries' external territories, such as American Samoa and Puerto Rico, are excluded
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Last updated: August 24, 2018
First submittedAugust 29, 2014
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km
country
miles
20,038
Botswana
12,451
20,038
Namibia
12,451
19,931
Zimbabwe
12,384
19,879
Zambia
12,352
19,704
South Africa
12,243
19,592
Angola
12,174
19,322
Mozambique
12,006
19,248
Democratic Republic
of the Congo
11,960
19,070
Australia
11,850
18,994
Swaziland
11,802
km
country
miles
18,964
Malawi
11,784
18,880
Lesotho
11,731
18,635
Tanzania
11,579
18,601
Mauritius
11.558
18,464
Madagascar
11,473
18,326
Burundi
11,387
18,165
Rwanda
11,287
18,157
Congo
11,282
18,003
Uganda
11,187
17,945
Indonesia
11,150
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level 72
Aug 29, 2014
Nearest misses: Comoros, Kenya, South Sudan and Equatorial Guinea.
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level 39
Oct 13, 2015
Yeah I tried all of them too :)
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level 78
Aug 29, 2014
How is East Timor not further away than Indonesia?
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level 72
Aug 29, 2014
With furthest-distance quizzes we're looking at the greatest possible distance between countries - ie far-end to far-end - and Java is further from the US than East Timor.
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level 56
Aug 30, 2014
From Google Earth, the NW corner of Botswana is only 11280 km from the NE corner of Maine coastline
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level 72
Aug 30, 2014
Nearest Countries quizzes, many of which are listed here look for the shortest possible distance between countries. Furthest Countries quizzes do the opposite - they try to find the furthest possible distance from one country to the other. So for example on a Nearest Countries quiz you'd have Mexico and the US at zero distance because they share a common border, but on the Furthest Countries quiz you would measure from the northern end of the US to the southern end of Mexico. The distance you have measured is the shortest possible distance between these countries, but measured from the far ends of each country these countries are actually antipodal - at exactly the opposite ends of the earth from each other.
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level 66
Oct 27, 2014
Curious how Mauritius measures up by those standards?
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level 36
Apr 19, 2015
Accept Zaire for DRC?
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level 72
Apr 19, 2015
It changed its name from Zaire in 1997.