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Three Countries Closest to United States A-Z

For each letter of the alphabet, which three countries lie closest to the United States?
Excludes Caribbean territory of Netherlands and France
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: August 25, 2017
First submittedAugust 19, 2015
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letter
closest
2nd closest
3rd closest
A
Aruba, then
Antigua and Barbuda
Andorra
Algeria
B
Bahamas
Belize
Barbados
C
Canada
Cuba
Costa Rica
D
Dominican Republic
Dominica
Denmark
E
El Salvador
Ecuador
Estonia
F
Federated States of Micronesia
Faroe Islands, then France
Fiji
G
Guatemala
Greenland, then Grenada
Guyana
H
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
I
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
J
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
K
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kazakhstan
L
Luxembourg
Liechtenstein
Latvia
M
Mexico
Marshall Islands
Morocco
N
Nicaragua
North Korea
Nauru
O
Oman
 
 
P
Panama
Peru
Portugal
Q
Qatar
 
 
R
Russia
Romania
Republic of the Congo
S
St Maarten, then
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
T
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
Tonga
U
United Kingdom
Ukraine
Uruguay
V
Venezuela
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Y
Yemen
 
 
Z
Zambia
Zimbabwe
 
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level 77
Aug 21, 2015
montenegro? monaco, morocco, mali, mauritania aren't more near?
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level 72
Aug 21, 2015
Thanks - quiz updated.
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level 76
Aug 21, 2015
Most quizzes accept Congo for both countries and so I didn't even think about one of them for an "R" country. Great quiz.
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level 43
Sep 15, 2015
Good quiz but not sure why you refer to the Republic Of Congo and Micronesia as their full names but not North Korea (Democratic people's republic of Korea) a bit inconsistent.
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level 72
Sep 15, 2015
Fair point; the same argument applies for United Mexican States, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Republic of Korea (and China), and Peoples' Republic of China, and so on, and so on. It would probably be easier if there was consensus on the Congo front by calling them North and South Congo; the way it is usually referred to is a bit messy but is there any better option? The problem with Micronesia is that that name also refers to a much bigger area, so the FSM name appears to make a clear distinction between the country and the larger region. Again, messy, but is there any better option?
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level 74
Nov 13, 2017
FSM is only insisted on in English, other languages have no problem with Micronesia. Lots of other country names refer to a wider area (Ireland, Macedonia, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan, Moldova, South Africa etc).

Even the ISO standard recognizes the correct alphabetization.
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level 52
Sep 16, 2015
I need to study a current map. I tried Zaire. I forgot it has changed it name.
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level 61
Jan 9, 2016
this quiz started out fun, but got annoying very quickly since the countries names arent consistent. also: the netherlands are closer to the us than north korea. the article is no excuse.
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level 72
Jan 10, 2016
North Korea is 3285 km / 2041 mi from the US, closer than Netherlands (4992 km / 3102 mi away). What more consistent names can you suggest? I have no idea what "the article is no excuse" is supposed to mean - I don't have the slightest interest in excusing anything. But I do have an interest in making fun quizzes, and your specific suggestions as to how to improve them are very welcome.
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level 61
May 18, 2016
I'm guessing statcounter included the Dutch territories in the Caribbean like Sint Maarten.
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level 72
May 18, 2016
OK, if that is the case, then Saba is a Special Municipality of Netherlands in the Caribbean, which is closer than North Korea. Have added a note in the instructions to only include European Netherlands and France.
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level 38
Feb 7, 2017
How arbitrary!!! - In every other quiz there is a long tiresome discussion as to why the countries of Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten can't be included. Yet, suddenly HERE THEY ARE! -
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level 72
Feb 7, 2017
I'm consistent in my quizzes about counting these as countries (though please note that when they are featured, they're subject to Quizmaster edits to align them with his 196-country template). I haven't seen these discussions - please let me know where they are!
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level 38
Aug 25, 2017
The other quizzes are any of the "Closest to the United States" other than yours. I apologize, I did not realize that you were the Quiz Master in this case, Jerry. If I had, I would have known that you would actually include those countries that are actually CLOSEST! - I THANK YOU you for this quiz and will take it again for the pleasure of being able to type in Aruba and Sint Maarten!
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level 58
Jun 15, 2018
Fun quiz, but I think there should be a bit more time.