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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
Quiz by Jerry928
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First submittedNovember 20, 2014
Last updatedJanuary 25, 2019
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Country
94
United Kingdom
92
Japan
88
Ireland
87
Iceland
83
New Zealand
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Country
79
Cuba
77
Madagascar
71
Indonesia
63
Philippines
60
Haiti
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level 75
Nov 18, 2018
There's famous. And then there's JetPunk famous. Like Internet famous, only smarter.
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level 75
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 73
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 72
Nov 18, 2018
Cyprus only manages 44%.
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level 80
Jan 24, 2019
That's because it's in Asia. No, Europe. Wait...
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level 61
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 28
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 72
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 69
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 46
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 73
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 44
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 72
Feb 6, 2019
Chill out dudes. You can argue Australia either way.
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level 38
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 32
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 61
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 67
May 3, 2019
All continents are surrounded by water! smh
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level 49
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 65
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 35
Jan 24, 2019
Forgot uk, ireland, and iceland.
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level 44
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 61
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 61
Feb 16, 2019
Ow and what should Macedonia be called ;)
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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 72
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 38
Mar 20, 2019
Haiti, but not Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Kitts, Antigua, Trinidad, Grenada, Bahamas, Barbados?