Closest Non-Bordering Countries

Name the 10 pairs of countries that are closest together but do not border!
A big thanks to Jerry928 for working out the data!!!
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Last updated: April 19, 2016
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Miles
Countries
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0.4
0.2
Namibia
Zimbabwe
Across land
0.5
0.3
Malaysia
Singapore
Across water
1
1
India
Sri Lanka
Across water; borders on land according to Wikipedia
1.1
0.7
Bahrain
Qatar
Across water
4
2
Russia
USA
Across water
4
2
Denmark
Sweden
Across water
4
3
China
Taiwan
Across water
6
4
Australia
Papua New Guinea
Across water
6
4
Grenada
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Across water
6
4
Indonesia
Singapore
Across water
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Level 84
Sep 8, 2014
What about between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia (looks to be about 5 miles) and Bahrain and Qatar (looks like less than 2 miles from one of Bahrain's islands to Qatar).
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Level 73
Sep 9, 2014
I've added Bahrain-Qatar, thanks to spotting that.

Bahrain-Saudi Arabia is currently under investigation (a chat with a Bahrain government official!)

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Level 74
Apr 19, 2016
Here is Middle Island which has Saudi customs on one side and Bahraini customs on the other - but try as I might, I just cannot find whether either country owns it, or if the border runs down its middle! Does anyone out there know?
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Level 45
Jun 22, 2020
According to this, the border runs down the middle of that island: https://web.archive.org/web/20091022192557/http://www.kfca.com.sa/cause_border.htm
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Level 55
Sep 9, 2014
Could North and South Korea technically not border because of the DMZ? Its a question not a statement
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Level 73
Sep 9, 2014
I guess not... I guess you can assume that all land belongs to some country (maybe excluding Antarctica)
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Level 59
Sep 15, 2014
How about United States & United Kingdom via their respective Virgin Islands?
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Level 74
Apr 19, 2016
UK territories do not form a part of the UK, even though they are under its jurisdiction (which is why Anguilla - Sint Maarten above has also been omitted).
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Level 62
Mar 4, 2015
What about Egypt to Saudi Arabia?
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Level 53
Jan 19, 2017
Just a bit too far—about 7 km. Same goes for Egypt and Jordan.
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Level 57
May 25, 2015
What about Panama and Colombia?
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Level 33
Jun 16, 2015
They do border each other, it's weird that they separate continents I know, but they have a land border.
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Level 69
Dec 12, 2015
What about Oman and Iran?
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Level 53
Jan 19, 2017
That's 50 km
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Level 74
Apr 19, 2016
And here is the closest non-bordering country pair in the world! The leaf-shaped island in the middle distance is Namibia, all of the green river-bank in the foreground is Zimbabwe, and between them, the strip of dry land with a road running across it, is Botswana (just) keeping them apart.
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Level 72
Jul 31, 2017
I'm going to be extra nit-picky here though: this should really still be classified as a "water border." Namibia owns no territory on the south side of the Chobe River, thus you must cross water in order to get from Namibia to Zimbabwe at this shortest distance.

Plus if you look at the way the borders are drawn on Google Maps (admittedly not perfect), the narrowest they ever are is over water. I know that's not your criteria, but just added reference.

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Level 72
Jul 31, 2017
I would venture that the closest non-bordering countries that are joined only by land borders would probably be Monaco and Italy at just over 8km
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Level 47
Dec 19, 2017
The only reason I got that was because I was on google earth and I saw Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia and I wanted to see if they made a four corners.
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Level 62
May 31, 2016
Canada and Denmark (Greenland)?
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Level 53
Jan 19, 2017
Overseas territories don't count
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Level 47
Dec 19, 2017
also that is 14 miles
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Level 53
Jan 19, 2017
Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands are about 3.7 km apart (Aiaisina Island and Kukuvulu Island)
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Level 45
Jun 22, 2020
Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines are actually only 750m apart (between Petite Martinique and Petit Saint Vincent)