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Countries with Shortest Land Borders

Of those countries that have a land border with a neighbour, what have the shortest?
Countries in red do not appear in the Countries of the World quiz, but appear in the the Countries 197 to 205 quiz
Excludes borders with overseas territories (eg Cyprus's with Akrotiri and Dhekelia)
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First submittedAugust 2, 2014
Last updatedMay 11, 2017
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km
country
miles
3
Vatican City
2
4
Monaco
3
10
Sint Maarten
6
39
San Marino
24
60
Qatar
37
68
Denmark
42
76
Liechtenstein
47
120
Andorra
75
228
Timor-Leste
142
238
South Korea
148
km
country
miles
359
Luxembourg
223
360
Dominican Republic
224
360
Haiti
224
360
Ireland
224
360
United Kingdom
224
381
Brunei
237
454
Lebanon
282
462
Kuwait
287
466
Palestine
290
516
Belize
321
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level 67
Sep 9, 2014
Good idea!!
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level 65
Sep 24, 2014
Great quiz! The total length land borders of Djibouti seem to be 506 km (although sources vary a bit), slightly less than Belize. Bahrain is also connected to Saudiarabia, so technically a very narrow border, but I would understand you chose to exclude such things. Cyprus is another interesting one; the Turkish part is ignored here for logical reasons, but so are the sovereign bases of the UK. Probably best to not get too tehnical, right?
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level 72
Sep 24, 2014
Wikipedia has Djibouti at 516 km. Where do you get the 506 figure from? If we can confirm that, I'll update the quiz.
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level 65
Nov 3, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Djibouti Within the same page it reads both 506 km (text) and 510 km (table on the right).
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level 72
Sep 24, 2014
Bahrain/Saudi Arabia is very, very interesting. Halfway along the very long bridge connecting these two, an artificial island nicknamed Passport Island was created, with Saudi customs on the west half, and Bahrain customs on the east half of that island. I looked at Bahrain's official maps on its website, which shows the international boundary in the sea to the west of Passport Island (which would make that whole island Bahrain, hence no land border) - but weirdly those maps also show only the eastern half of Passport Island, as if the Saudi customs area doesn't exist, which suggests they may consider it Saudi territory . So is the western half of that island Saudi Arabia or Bahrain? If anyone can get a definite answer please let me know! (I'm at jhall@kiwilink.co.nz)
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level 65
Nov 3, 2014
The western half is definitely Saudiarabia, if you look up the King Fahd Police Station on the Causeway, you'll find it's location on the western half of the island.
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level 72
Nov 3, 2014
Sure, but look at http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=10/26.1129/50.2570. There is contradictory information here.
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level 65
Nov 3, 2014
I looked at your link. If we thake that as the truth, then the little island just south of the causeway would still qualify as a land border. :-)
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level 76
Nov 29, 2014
I used to pass through that border twice or more times every week, and have also tried to figure this out before, and also got conflicting information. I found some maps with the border passing directly through the middle of the island, some with it passing to the east and some passing to the west. Saudi laws are observed on the West side, at least in regards to the McDonald's closing for prayer times. And not on the eastern side. If that counts for anything. :)
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level 72
Sep 24, 2014
Fair point about Cyprus's border with the British territory of Akrotiri and Dhekelia. I'll just add a note excluding borders with overseas territories from this quiz. With Northern Cyprus I'm inclined to not count it as a country, since only Turkey recognises it.
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level 65
Nov 3, 2014
If you're now excluding overseas territories from the borders, what does Sint Maarten actually border? ;-)
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level 72
Nov 3, 2014
France. Do you consider that a collectivity of that country, as St Martin is, is a territory? You can argue that case either way.
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level 21
Dec 21, 2014
St Maarten is not a country!!!! It is not in the UN, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,
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level 72
Feb 23, 2015
Please see the instructions, also the answer above. Sint Maarten is part of the kingdom of the Netherlands - which is a supra-national entity that is different from the country of the Netherlands, which is also a member, alongside Sint Maarten, of the kingdom. You don't have to be a member of United Nations to be a country (Kosovo and Taiwan, for instance, are not UN members either).
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level 76
Feb 23, 2015
Why do you only accept one country for each answer? I understand that Vatican City's border with Italy is very short, but isn't Italy's border with Vatican City equally short? How did you determine which country to use and which to exclude? Likewise, France should net you Sint Maarten. Maybe that would quiet some of the complainers here.
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level 76
Feb 23, 2015
and.. wait... you've actually got both the Dominican Republic and Haiti... so now I'm totally confused. Are you adding up these countries total combined land borders with *all* neighboring countries?
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level 72
Feb 23, 2015
Yes, we're asking for the countries whose land borders are the shortest. To take your example of Vatican City, its land border length is just the 3 km of its circumference, but Italy's land border length is far greater because it is also adjacent to France, San Marino and so on.
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level 76
Feb 23, 2015
okay I got it now.
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level 46
Apr 24, 2015
I think Palestine should be marked red (like Sint Maarten is). Great quiz :)
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level 72
Apr 24, 2015
Now done - thanks.
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level 43
Jul 20, 2016
(in french) Et ce que on prend en compte l'eurotunnel et la frontière au milieu entre France et UK dans le nombre de km pour les frontières britanniques?
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level 72
Jul 20, 2016
Est une frontière sous la mer une frontière «terre»? Question intéressante!
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level 46
Sep 1, 2016
St. Marteen is just an overseas territory of france
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level 72
Sep 1, 2016
So? (The French part is called St Martin, by the way)
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level 41
Jul 28, 2017
close to do South Korea and how is Sint Maarten a country. it's part of Netherlands
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level 72
Jul 28, 2017
Please see answers to belbel and DJ1 above (and also note the instructions)
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level 51
Aug 10, 2017
According to Wikipedia, Sint Maarten is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Similar to the way Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland are constituent countries of the United Kingdom. So if you are going to include Sint Maarten, you better break up the UK and list those individual countries.
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level 36
Oct 16, 2017
Got Ireland but not the UK I can't handle myself