Longest Countries

Which countries have the greatest end-to-end distance across their mainland?
Distances are calculated as the longest possible distance across countries, excluding exclaves and offshore islands
One country appears in the Countries 197 to 205 quiz
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: May 12, 2018
First submittedAugust 10, 2015
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km
country
miles
7856
Russia
4881
4997
Canada
3105
4881
China
3033
4634
United States
2879
4405
Brazil
2737
4054
Chile
2519
4050
Australia
2517
3415
Argentina
2122
3333
Mexico
2071
2996
India
1862
km
country
miles
2955
Kazakhstan
1836
2651
Greenland
1647
2401
Mongolia
1492
2365
Dem Rep Congo
1470
2275
Saudi Arabia
1413
2271
Iran
1411
2143
Algeria
1331
2101
Peru
1305
2070
Myanmar
1286
2019
Mozambique
1255
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Level 74
Aug 10, 2015
Nearest misses: Libya, Colombia, Pakistan. If you accept Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara, it would also appear here (2155 km / 1339 miles).
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Level 52
Oct 21, 2016
Maybe include that in the instructions? I think most quizzes on this site count Western Sahara as part of Morocco so it would be inconsistent, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Level 16
Jan 6, 2020
Why is there Greenland? It isnt country, but territory of Denmark
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Level 74
Jan 6, 2020
Please see our answers to Stauf00, cpgatbyu, bezz and Pharley below.
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Level 55
Aug 10, 2015
Ugh. Tried everything I could think of. Makes sense that I missed Greenland, seeing it isn't a recognized country and all.
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Level 55
Aug 10, 2015
Considered part of the Kingdom of Denmark.
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Level 74
Aug 10, 2015
Please note the comment in red in the instructions. Greenland has its own national parliament, national flag, national everything really, with control over its own everything. For instance, it has voted to leave the EU while Denmark has independently remained within it.
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Level 79
Aug 10, 2015
No, it doesn't have control over its own everything. See, e.g., "http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21640224-falling-crude-prices-are-forcing-greenland-put-plans-split-denmark-independence-ice", which says that "areas including justice, defence and foreign affairs remain under Copenhagen’s thumb."
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Level 74
Aug 13, 2015
Interesting article. The Danes, as the article points out, are in control of foreign affairs and defence (one wonders where the Greenlandic coastguard would invade otherwise), though the 2009 referendum determined that Greenland government will be given significant autonomy in determining foreign affairs; with many aspects of foreign affairs policy no longer be linked to Danish policy; and control of the militarised Greenlandic Coast Guard transferred to the Government of Greenland. In my book that's independent enough to qualify Greenland as a country. (Also note Greenland has control over its own policing, judicial system, company law, accounting, auditing, mineral resource activities, aviation, law of legal capacity, family law and succession law, aliens and border controls, the working environment, and financial regulation and supervision).
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Level 64
Sep 7, 2017
No Jerry, they did not vote for independence, they voted for greater autonomy over their province, very much like we do in Canada. This is what is referred to as a confederation, and no, BC does not negotiate seperate treaties nor does it have it's own navy, and niether does Greenland. Each province in Canada has its own flag, but we are not seperate from Canada. The provinces control the resources within it's borders, just like Greenland voted for. https://www.thoughtco.com/status-of-greenland-1434963
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Level 74
Sep 8, 2017
Yes, I've read Matt Rosenberg's articles on that website - of which the one you link to is one - and he sets up criteria for deciding whether it's a country that in my opinion are (a) way overblown and (b) inconsistently applied. So I take his opinions with a grain of salt.
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Level 44
Aug 10, 2015
I Think Greenland should be an independent country given how big it is. I didn't guess it either cuz I've been doing the country quiz and its not on there.
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Level 70
Aug 10, 2015
It would have the seventh-smallest population of any country in the world, putting in right in the mix with places like St. Kitts and Nevis and Liechtenstein.
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Level 54
Dec 5, 2017
Antarctica is very big.
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Level 44
Jan 12, 2019
Yes but not a foreign or sovereign nation, it's only inhabitants are a handful of scientist on about 6 month shifts and a huge amount of penguins(SO CUTE!!)
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Level 72
Aug 20, 2015
What about Indonesia? Or, see Greenland, you only count distances within the same island?
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Level 74
Aug 20, 2015
The longest same-land distance in Indonesia is 1731 km, the length of Sumatra.
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Level 60
Apr 27, 2016
greenland is not a country it is owned by greenland. think before u make a quiz
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Level 74
Apr 27, 2016
I did. Please see the comments above on that topic.
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Level 52
Oct 21, 2016
Greenland is owned by Greenland?
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Level 70
Jul 23, 2017
The best argument for an Independent Country yet.
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Level 57
Mar 29, 2017
How about the Federated States of Micronesia?
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Level 74
Mar 29, 2017
Please note the word mainland, which we've put in bold in the instructions!
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Level 56
Sep 5, 2017
I don't think "197 to 205" is clear enough... Better ways to indicate you'll be counting Greenland. Just say "autonomous territories also counted" or something like that. Idk. Maybe take it off if you can't fit it. "Dependent territories counted separately" would also key us in
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Level 74
Sep 5, 2017
If you take the Countries 197 to 205 quiz it'll be clear enough! And in any case, Greenland isn't an "autonomous territory" or a "dependent territory".
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Level 56
Jan 25, 2018
If you are going to call Myanmar its old name of Burma, then you should probably call Iran its old name of Persia. BE CONSISTENT!
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Level 74
May 12, 2018
Quiz updated, thanks.
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Level 65
May 12, 2018
If Greenland isn't considered a country for every other quiz about countries on this site, then it shouldn't be considered a country for this one. Irrespective of any cryptic notes in red.
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Level 74
May 12, 2018
Cryptic means "mysterious in meaning; puzzling; ambiguous", and the instruction in red is precisely the opposite of that, namely bleeding obvious. Please also read the responses to Stauf00 above.
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Level 48
Jun 24, 2018
Please accept kazachstan as well.
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Level 74
Jun 24, 2018
But that's not its name. It doesn't even sound like how it would be if it was spelt that way.