Top 10 Most Famous Island Countries

There are 47 countries that are located entirely on islands. Which ones have been named the most often on the Countries of the World quiz?
Excluding Australia, considered a continent
Percentages as at July 2021
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: July 19, 2021
First submittedNovember 20, 2014
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Country
94
United Kingdom
92
Japan
88
Ireland
88
Iceland
83
New Zealand
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Country
79
Cuba
78
Madagascar
73
Indonesia
65
Philippines
60
Haiti
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Level 76
Nov 18, 2018
There's famous. And then there's JetPunk famous. Like Internet famous, only smarter.
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Level 76
Nov 18, 2018
Oh, and great idea for a quiz Jerry! I'm shocked that Cyprus isn't on here though. Considering, you know, the Cypriot Continental Wrangle.
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Level 79
Nov 19, 2018
I'm also a bit surprised by some. Like Haiti before Jamaica and all other Caribbean islands.
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Level 67
Mar 14, 2020
and taiwan
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Level 50
Aug 26, 2020
Taiwan I understand because stats only count for people's first time taking the quiz, most people first taking the quiz are new to Jetpunk and therefore might not know we count Taiwan, Haiti before Jamaica and the Bahamas though? that does surprise me.
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Level 75
Nov 18, 2018
Cyprus only manages 44%.
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Level 81
Jan 24, 2019
That's because it's in Asia. No, Europe. Wait...
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2019
I think if you could see the answers people tried here, it would be in the top ten. One of the first that came to mind for me aswell. Hard not to with the never-ending discussion in the comments.

I totally missed the UK and Ireland btw haha

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Level 44
Jul 19, 2021
Its funny that the top guessed on this quiz are lower than the amount people usually guess them.
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Level 31
Nov 21, 2018
In Australia we are taught that Australia is the world's largest island and smallest continent. Surprised we didn't rate a mention.
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Level 75
Nov 21, 2018
You did: you're in the instructions.
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Level 21
Nov 21, 2018
It should still be in there though. While it is considered a continent, it's still also considered an island
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Level 74
Jan 24, 2019
It is considered a lot of things. But there has to be a arbitrary line somewhere.You could justifiably count Eurasia as an island, or New Zealand as a continent.
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Level 28
Jan 24, 2019
Darn, didn't read the fine print.
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Level 67
Mar 14, 2020
@qru Why a line, they arent opposites things. Like one can be a zebra and male. Not ow it can't be a zebra because it is already male..
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Level 63
Mar 25, 2020
@Sifhraven Because if there isn't a line, then every landmass in the world is both a continent and an island
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Level 49
Jul 19, 2021
If Australia is a continent, which continent is New Zealand in?
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Level 75
Jul 19, 2021
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Level 61
Jul 19, 2021
Can Zealandia count to agree on Australia being it's own continent? Because if we go that way then we can consider Seychelles to be on the Mascarene continent, Madagascar to be its own continent if I remember well, some central american countries, and a few other areas I think. And we might have to revise the list of transcontinental countries as well...
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Level 54
Jan 24, 2019
Pretty sure Australia the country is considered an island, making up the continent of Oceania together with New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and smaller Pacific island states.
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Level 75
Jan 24, 2019
That's how I see it but what constitutes each continent is not universally agreed upon and Jetpunk considers Australia to be a continent in itself, and therefore not an island nation. Weirdly.

It's not even agreed upon by everyone how many continents there are, never mind where their borders are. At least Jetpunk is fairly consistent with itself

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Level 59
Feb 6, 2019
Australia is a continent, Oceania is not a continent it is a arbitrarily designated region.

Traditionally the continents that are most often described are Nth and Sth America, Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Australia and Europe (7 in total)

Geologicallly Europe and Asia are the same continent but in the last decade a seventh geological continent i.e.

the only other "continent" in the south pacific (and the earth) is Zealandia which apparently meets all the criteria for a continent and would be very obviously one if most of it wasn't submerged. As the name suggests its main visible land mass is New Zealand from where it runs north as far as New Caledonia coming very close to Australia off Queensland

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Level 75
Feb 6, 2019
Chill out dudes. You can argue Australia either way.
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Level 67
Mar 14, 2020
In my language we have 2 different words where english uses one. (usually the other way around, like how in english you have pigeons and doves and turtles an tortoises while in many languages they are considered part of the same thing, but I digress). One is continent aswell and is strictly geographical so based on continental plates. The other "werelddeel" literally meaning worldpart is continent in the sense of the regions people decided to separate the word into.

Many of the discussions and arguments I see on this site seem to involve this subject. People using different parameters arguing with eachothers. One says it belong to it because it is on the same plate, the other say it isnt, because it is outside the agreed borders. It is like people arguing about different things.

Hope this comment didnt get too messy/chaotic

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Level 50
Aug 29, 2020
Not in the US, where JetPunk is from. I understand that (most) other countries view it differently, but I guess the US is what matters here...
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Level 75
Aug 29, 2020
This is an international website now, with most quizzers here living throughout the world. A minority of activity in this website happens in United States.
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Level 76
Jul 19, 2021
I guess what matters here is what Quizmaster deems to be reasonable...
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Level 71
Jul 19, 2021
Brown nose
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Level 51
Jan 24, 2019
I personally blame being taught that Australia is a continent for my inability to judge distances in other countries, since they fail to teach us that it's also the *smallest* continent. Ask me how long it takes to drive from southern Germany to northern Germany and I'll assume it takes an hour or two. And surely Victoria is bigger than California?
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Level 43
Feb 5, 2019
As a teacher of Geography (in Australia), I can assure you that Australia is a continent and definitely NOT an island. The world’s largest island is Greenland.
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2019
It is surrounded by water so it is an island. It doesn't matter if it has been given the status of continent later on. That is just a label, like the calling the place Australia. Made up by men (unless you are referring to continents in a geological sense and not a geopolitical sense (social/cultural construct). Because humans can't change what a continental plate is as much as they can't change what an island is.)
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Level 68
May 3, 2019
All continents are surrounded by water! smh
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Level 57
Aug 29, 2019
Oh yes and the America’s totally aren’t surrounded by water. Nor is Afro Eurasia. Or Antarctica.
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Level 70
Jan 24, 2019
If you consider Australia an island, you might as well just go ahead and consider Antarctica an island as well. It has more landmass, sure, but since the definition of island is arbitrary, there is no reason to draw that line at Australia and not Antarctica. Since we are not going to do that, I think we have to agree to something like Greenland = island, >Greenland = continent.
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Level 47
Jan 25, 2019
Bout there are no sovereign nations on antarctica
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Level 68
Jan 31, 2020
That doesn't make any difference
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Level 41
Jan 24, 2019
Forgot uk, ireland, and iceland.
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Level 65
Jan 25, 2019
Got them all with 0:47 remaining at 3:07:42 PM on January 25, 2019.
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Level 30
Jan 30, 2019
This whole "is Australia an island" is like the most controversial thing ever lol
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2019
Try which continent does Cyprus belong to. And add a little bit of is England a country and is Russia in Europe. Also is Greenland a country in its own right and why is the poor thing never counted/included (either independently or as part of Denmark)
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2019
Ow and what should Macedonia be called ;)
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Level 75
Jan 31, 2020
Well, you just calling it Macedonia gets that ball rolling...
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Level 67
Mar 14, 2020
It still seem to not be moving ;)
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Level 53
Mar 17, 2019
Gibraltar is part of the UK and not on an island
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Level 75
May 3, 2019
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory (BOT). Although BOT's fall under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom, they do not form a part of it.
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Level 37
Mar 20, 2019
Haiti, but not Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Kitts, Antigua, Trinidad, Grenada, Bahamas, Barbados?
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Level 67
Mar 14, 2020
Not random islands, but most often guessed on the island nation quiz
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Level 57
Aug 10, 2020
Haiti is probably the most guessed after Cuba because it's the easiest name of Caribbean countries, easy to remember and to write down. And since it is last on the list, who knows, maybe Dominican republic is 11th. Well, 12th, since Dominica is always auto-filled when typing out DR.
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Level 65
Feb 13, 2020
The island of Haiti? Wonder why it was the least guessed 🙄
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Level 82
Mar 14, 2020
No, the island country of Haiti. aka the country (called Haiti) that is entirely located on island(s), just like every one of these other answers, including the #1 and #3 most guessed which also share their islands with other countries.
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Level 73
Jul 20, 2021
#8 also does some sharing. :)
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Level 26
Mar 14, 2020
It's very interesting to compare the accuracy of quiz-takers on the quiz this is based on versus this one. Funny how some percentages go up and some go down, while others stay the same.
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Level 36
Jul 19, 2021
Sorry Jerry! I almost missed NZ somehow.
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Level 65
Jul 19, 2021
Haiti is a wrong answer, because the name of the island is Hispaniola. On Hispaniola Haiti and Dominica are located...
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Level 57
Jul 19, 2021
It’s still an island country. It’s situated entirely on an island. Same goes for the Dominican Republic, UK, Ireland, PNG, and East Timor.
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Level 54
Jul 19, 2021
Somehow I'm not surprised at all that the third-largest island country, Papua New Guinea, is not in the top ten.
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Level 57
Jul 19, 2021
still need more type ins for Phillippines. I miss that one for spelling so frequently.
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Level 25
Jul 19, 2021
where are Maldives
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Level 36
Jul 19, 2021
Southern Asia.
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Level 20
Jul 19, 2021
In 'Countries of the world', Australia is part of oceania so technically Australia would work too here.
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Level 71
Jul 19, 2021
I am surprised that Singapore is not mentioned here, I would have thought that such an important port and trading centre would have been on the list.
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Level 75
Jul 20, 2021
Singapore is currently 46%
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Level 65
Jul 21, 2021
A lot of people don't realise Singapore is an island, I've seen a lot of discussions on here claiming it has a land border with Malaysia.
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Level 75
Jul 21, 2021
Well in a way, it does have a land border, via a causeway. I've driven over it. In these quizzes manmade causeways like here, and man-made islands like Passport Island, are quietly ignored. Therefore you can argue either way about whether Singapore and Bahrain are "island" nations. No problems with this quiz though, because they both score too low to appear anyway.