Big Countries Bordering Small Countries

Name the countries that share a land border that have the largest difference in area.
As measured by dividing the larger area by the small area
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Last updated: March 6, 2020
First submittedMay 24, 2016
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Countries
Countries
684,855
Italy
Vatican City
317,168
France
Monaco
4,940
Italy
San Marino
1,369
France
Andorra
1,081
Spain
Andorra
524
Austria
Liechtenstein
378
Russia
Estonia
265
Russia
Latvia
262
Russia
Lithuania
258
Switzerland
Liechtenstein
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Countries
Countries
251
China
Bhutan
248
France
Luxembourg
245
Russia
Georgia
197
Russia
Azerbaijan
186
Saudi Arabia
Qatar
142
Russia
North Korea
138
Germany
Luxembourg
128
Indonesia
East Timor
121
Saudi Arabia
Kuwait
89
D.R. Congo
Rwanda
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Level 64
Nov 16, 2017
Good Quiz, I believe Saudi Arabia, Bahrain should be on here because of Passport Island.
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Level 80
Nov 16, 2017
Probably doesn't count because it's artificial
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Level 75
Nov 20, 2017
Shouldn't matter. Borders are artificial too after all.
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2018
No, he means the island that the two bridges meet at (passport island, like he said...), which is half in Saudi Arabia and half in Bahrain. Small islands are obviously being counted (Indonesia and East Timor), so this should be included imo, even if the island is man-made
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Level 32
Mar 15, 2018
East Timor has a land border with Indonesia, whereas Indonesia as a whole is a bunch of islands.
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Level 69
Mar 20, 2018
It definetly is not a land border (Island of Timor), but Timor is not a small Island, compared to Passport Island, which is the only "Border" between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia
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Level 72
Nov 28, 2018
It IS a land border, because the island of Timor is split between the nation of East Timor and Indonesia.
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Level 23
Mar 19, 2018
Yeah...but honestly it is insignificant and not a single soul lives nor plans to live there.
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Level 56
Dec 12, 2019
still is a land border
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Level 70
Nov 17, 2017
Good quiz.mit took a bit of thinking to get them all
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Level 87
Nov 17, 2017
just curious... how far are Lesotho/Swaziland & South Africa from making the list?
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Level 71
Nov 17, 2017
Yeah, their absence really surprised me.
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Level 82
Nov 17, 2017
South Africa is 70x Swaziland and 40x Lesotho. I was surprised that Malaysia and Brunei didn't make the list, but Malaysia is only 57x Brunei.
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Level 73
Nov 24, 2019
Same. I was surprise with mexico and belize but that difference is 85 times
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Level 50
Nov 11, 2020
isnt mozambique bigger than SA?
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Level 64
Nov 20, 2017
Love these!
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Level 83
Nov 21, 2017
Awesome quiz. Must've taken a TON of time to compile this. Just curious, did you pace this off or use a humongous tape measure? :-)
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Level 45
Feb 10, 2018
Malaysia with Singapore and Brunei?
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Level 62
Mar 11, 2018
Singapore technically counts as an island, while Malaysia is only about 57 times the size of Brunei.
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Level 82
Nov 29, 2018
Not technically. Singapore is an island.
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Level 57
Jun 21, 2020
I think they used technically because of the bridge between them
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Level 49
Jul 6, 2020
bridges dont really matter because its artificial. if a natural bridge occurs its no longer an island
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Level 61
Mar 11, 2018
What about Brunei and Singapore ?
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Level 58
Feb 3, 2022
Not to be a jerk, but read the comments lol.
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Level 28
Mar 11, 2018
Great quiz, 100% on first try - Rwanda nearly got me though, and I kept morosely typing in Singapore before remembering it's an island. Clearly I was too out of it with food poisoning to notice...
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Level 59
Mar 11, 2018
57 seconds remaining. I completely forgot how big Russia was compared to other countries which aren't exactly small.
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Level 40
Mar 11, 2018
Nice quiz, I just didn’t think of indonesia and East Timor

Also if you have time check out my new quiz B cities by Picture

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Level 38
Mar 12, 2018
Same, that's the only one i didn't get. Yeah feel free to try my few quizzes, even if they don't really link to this one. :)
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Level 56
Mar 11, 2018
Slightly surprised india/bhutan not on list
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Level 91
Mar 11, 2018
India is 85.6x Bhutan...just missed the list.
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2018
Nice quiz. Almost missed Liechtenstein, because I didn't think of Austria/Switzerland as large countries. But got it with seconds to spare.
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Level 86
Mar 11, 2018
Surprised Mexico/Belize didn't make it
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Level 86
Mar 11, 2018
...Turns out it just misses at 85.5 x
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Level 27
Mar 11, 2018
Could Brazil and Suriname be on this?
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Level 27
Mar 11, 2018
Never mind only 55 times bigger
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Level 23
Mar 17, 2018
"the largest difference in area", to me, is to subtract the smaller area from the bigger area and check the result.
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Level 82
Mar 17, 2018
The mathematician in me agrees with you, but the geographer understands what this quiz is trying to achieve. Perhaps the word proportion should be mentioned at the top?
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Level 58
Feb 3, 2022
"greatest proportional difference in area"
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Level 44
Mar 23, 2018
What about South Africa and LeSotho?
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Level 74
Nov 28, 2018
RSA is 40x larger than Lesotho, South Africa-Swziland/eSwatini is 70
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Level 74
Nov 28, 2018
Great quiz!
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Level 47
Nov 29, 2018
Great quiz! Suprised that Switzerland is on the list because it's not too big IMO
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Level 63
May 10, 2022
It isn't; it's just that Liechtenstein is so incredibly small.
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Level 48
Aug 31, 2019
I missed DRC and Rwanda
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Level 46
Nov 30, 2019
Guinea Bissau 56km

Angola 1600km

Namibia 1500km

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Level 60
Jul 6, 2020
Wat?
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Level 20
Mar 10, 2020
Got Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar with only 12 seconds left. Good quiz
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Level 57
Jul 6, 2020
So since dr congo and rwanda just make it, where's dr congo and burundi? Just curious
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Level 60
Sep 28, 2021
84,3 times bigger, one of the very near misses alongside Mexico/Belize and India/Bhutan.
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Level 26
Mar 5, 2022
i put mexico and belize lol
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Level 67
Jul 6, 2020
Estonia et al. aren't even that small. Just goes to show how absolutely gigantic Russia is.
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Level 50
Aug 12, 2020
Fun quiz. Got easier when I stopped guessing big countries and started guessing tiny ones!
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Level 19
Feb 11, 2021
completely forgot that Liechtenstein was a thing O-O
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Level 41
May 30, 2021
hmmmm no brazil?
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Level 71
Mar 5, 2022
There are no very small South American countries. Suriname is only a bit smaller than Uruguay, Guyana is larger than Uruguay. Those three smallest are pretty hefty in their own right, although daddy Brazil is 52x larger than Suriname.
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Level 53
Jun 14, 2021
mexico belize is close
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Level 42
Feb 28, 2022
What about Mexico, it borders belize
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Level 71
Mar 5, 2022
Mexico is 86x larger than Belize, just off this list. I don't know why I worked that out for you, but for some reason I had to. Almost certainly procrastinating.