Countries Richer Than Their Neighbors

Name the countries that have a higher GDP per capita than all the countries they share a land border with.
2022 estimates. Purchasing power parity. More info here.
Countries with no borders don't count. Not counting bridge borders. No data for the Vatican
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Last updated: April 29, 2022
First submittedApril 21, 2017
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GDP per capita
# Borders
Country
$203,000
1
Monaco
$141,000
3
Luxembourg
$134,000
2
Liechtenstein
$125,000
1
Ireland
$113,000
1
Qatar
$78,300
2
United Arab Emirates
$77,800
3
Norway
$76,000
2
United States
$75,000
1
Brunei
$70,100
1
San Marino
$69,300
1
Denmark
$68,600
2
Netherlands
$63,600
2
Andorra
$53,100
1
South Korea
$50,200
4
Israel
$46,500
4
Lithuania
GDP per capita
# Borders
Country
$44,800
2
Estonia
$38,300
3
Guyana
$37,500
8
Turkey
$36,100
2
Panama
$30,500
5
Kazakhstan
$28,500
3
Chile
$26,700
2
Uruguay
$24,000
1
Dominican Republic
$19,300
4
Botswana
$19,000
2
Equatorial Guinea
$18,300
6
Libya
$10,600
2
El Salvador
$6,800
3
Ghana
$6,700
3
Djibouti
$6,100
5
Kenya
$5,900
4
Nigeria
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Level 70
Apr 21, 2017
Needs more time
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Level 71
Apr 27, 2017
Agreed :-(
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Level 75
Jul 18, 2017
Really? I got 28, and that was with tons of guesses.
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Level 67
Apr 3, 2020
I reached 27/28 in six minutes, with plenty of time spent failing to guess the last one.
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Level 63
Jun 23, 2022
Still it won't be enough to get El Salvador...
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Level 63
Apr 21, 2017
Cyprus borders Northern Cyprus. Two different GDPs and only one border for each
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Level 74
Apr 21, 2017
Northern Cyprus is not internationally acknowledged.
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Level 80
Jun 11, 2017
And there's the UN zone between them, not sure if they border each other anywhere.
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Level 83
Jun 25, 2017
Is the UN Zone the width of a narrow alleyway? Not sure that counts. I walked between the two in about 45 seconds. Pretty sure it's the first thing: only one country on Earth recognizes the sovereignty of Northern Cyprus and that's the country that moved in to occupy it: Turkey.
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Level 80
May 8, 2019
Yeah I agree the reason is lack of recognition (by JetPunk most importantly), especially as Cyprus is internationally recognized as encompassing the whole island apart from the SBAs so it can't border another country.

But from the Turkish point of view there's a no man's land (or British base) all along the border, so they don't touch, not even in the capital where they're a few metres apart.

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Level 65
Jun 25, 2019
The UK has territory on the island, so they still wouldn't be on the list if Northern Cyprus was taken into account.
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Level 76
Aug 11, 2019
Turk confirmed. Remember to update your Deutsch work visa.
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Level 81
Apr 21, 2017
The difference in wealth between the top and bottom countries is rather striking.
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Level 76
Apr 21, 2017
Great quiz!
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Level 85
Apr 21, 2017
More cowbell! I mean, more time!!
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Level ∞
Apr 22, 2017
Added one more minute.
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Level 73
Apr 22, 2017
Tougher than I expected. Nice idea.
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Level 72
Apr 23, 2017
what about Singapore?
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Level 88
Apr 24, 2017
Singapore doesn't share border with other country
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Level 80
Apr 25, 2017
Yes, bridges don't count
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Level 19
Jun 25, 2017
Singapore share a border with malaysia
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Level 69
Jun 24, 2019
Skitty, show us where then...
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Level 83
Jun 25, 2017
Somehow my brain skipped over South America.
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Level 68
Jun 25, 2017
Interesting that Greece is on the list, given their economic situation.
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Level 83
Jun 25, 2017
Yeah, not that interesting at all considering that they border 1. Albania (4th poorest country in Europe), 2. Macedonia (whose economy is based on pissing off Greece), 3. Bulgaria (chief export: magnificent breasts), and 4. Turkey (currently hard at work at transitioning from the European secular state envisioned by Ataturk to become more like Da'esh).
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Level ∞
Apr 29, 2022
Not any more. Turkey slightly beats them now.
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Level 69
Jun 23, 2022
I was very surprised to find out that Greece wasn't on the list. I didn't expect them to be jumped by Turkey.
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Level 57
Jun 25, 2017
Great quiz - requiring double amount of pondering before answers!
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Level 63
Jun 25, 2017
Ireland has a higher GDP than UK? That's staggering.
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Level 61
Jun 25, 2017
GDP per capita. Ireland has a tiny population compared to the UK.
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Level 68
Jun 26, 2017
It's all the Apple and Google money.
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2020
Plus heaps of other tax-dodging scum.
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Level 65
Mar 30, 2021
It's just a better country in every sense, not difficult to understand.
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Level ∞
Apr 29, 2022
Yeah but the reason that they are ahead of the UK is they are better at setting up shell corporations for major American tech companies.
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Level 36
Jun 24, 2022
To think that is the sole reason we have a better GDP than the UK is pretty short sighted
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Level 20
Jun 25, 2017
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Level 61
Jun 29, 2017
No you don't
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Level 54
Jun 23, 2022
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Level 29
Jun 25, 2017
germany has the 5th largest gdp in the world with around $4 Trillion. why is it not on here?
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Level 87
Jun 25, 2017
Because this quiz is focusing on GDP per capita. Germany has less GDP per capita than Switzerland, which has less than Liechtenstein.
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Level 76
May 7, 2019
4th*
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Level 67
Sep 12, 2019
yea, per capita they are 20th,

luxembourg(4th), switzerland (6th) denmark(11th), netherlands(16th), austria(17th) they are all higher in rankings (in that order)

Followed closely by Belgium ((22) and france(24) and then czechia (40) and lastly poland (58)

So they are right in the middle, 4 of the countries that they share a border with have higher gdp per capita, and 4 have lower.

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Level 67
Sep 12, 2019
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Level 65
Jun 26, 2017
How in the world is Equatorial Guinea above South Korea, Andorra (and thus also France and Spain), and Israel? Is there something I'm missing about a tiny west Africa country that would make it so relatively rich?
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Level 71
May 7, 2019
one again, it's not the global GDP, the quizz is about GDP PER CAPITA
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Level 62
May 7, 2019
Not only that, but it's PPP (purchasing power parity) which takes into account the relative cost of things, so a expensive countries are handicapped in favor of less expensive countries.
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Level 67
Sep 12, 2019
Still there must have been a typo, th sources I find put them in the region where it is displayed now (22k) and not 45k where it would be if it was above south korea etc.

So the argument that it is GDP per capita, and PPP, though not incorrect, is invalid, because it would have had to have shown more than double its real GDP to be above south korea.

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Level 61
Jun 26, 2017
great, difficult quiz. i agree with others, though, needs more time.
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Level 47
Jun 26, 2017
Spain and Morocco (Plazas de soberanía, Ceuta, Melilla and Alborán)
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Level 54
Jun 23, 2022
What about them?
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Level 38
Jun 29, 2017
Algeria has 6 land borders? Tunisia, Libya, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Morocco.
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Level 38
Sep 2, 2017
ireland has a higher GDP per capita than the UK? Seems unlikely...
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Level 89
Dec 12, 2017
yet true. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita
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Level ∞
May 6, 2019
Lots of giant corporations book their revenue in Ireland to avoid taxation.
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Level 67
Sep 12, 2019
Ireland is at nr 8 GDP per capita and the UK at 26... so yeah...

People are more widespread in ireland than the UK. The Uk density /km² is about 270 for the UK and only 70 for ireland. (65 million people versus 5 million approxomately)

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Level 74
May 7, 2019
Maybe add the continent as an extra clue?
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Level 71
May 12, 2019
Nah. That would make it way too easy, IMHO.
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Level 75
May 7, 2019
Missing my neighbours' house. That place is a monstrosity!
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Level 30
Jun 23, 2019
found this pretty hard was only with powers of guessing LOL
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Level 69
Jun 23, 2019
What I find debatable is that the Netherlands and Luxembourg are both on the list. Don't the two countries share a border?
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Level 87
Jun 23, 2019
They do not. Kind of hard to debate that if you look at a map.
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Level 83
Jun 23, 2019
If you just make up the map in your head you could debate all of these.
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Level 87
Jun 23, 2019
So you're saying if I believe hard enough, Brunei can be neighbors with Ireland? Sounds pretty good to me!
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Level 83
Jun 23, 2022
exactly
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Level 37
Jun 23, 2019
Gosamp: Belgium borders the Netherlands to the North, and Luxembourg to the South. It lies between the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
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Level 71
May 1, 2022
I also get confused by the countries on Germany's northwest border sometimes to be honest. Basically:

Belgium borders all the others;

The Netherlands only borders Belgium;

Luxembourg & France both border all the others except the Netherlands.

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Level 69
Jun 23, 2022
Alex

And then St Martin comes in to ruin your day

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Level 83
Jun 24, 2019
If you like this quiz, you might also like Countries with a stronger military than all neighbors.
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Level 46
Jun 24, 2019
If you consider there is a tiny land border in an island in Adam's Bridge between Indian and Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka should be in the list, though it is arguable and this article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_territories_by_land_borders) also doesn't count it.
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Level 67
Sep 12, 2019
Yea, sri lanka hasnt bordered india for several centuries.
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Level 85
Apr 30, 2022
Who's richer than Senegal that borders on Senegal? The only candidates are Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Gambia, Mauritania and Mali. None of them seems to qualify.
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Level 76
May 3, 2022
Perhaps it was the 33rd country and didn't make the table? Does appear to be an omission, looking through the source linked above.
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Level ∞
May 3, 2022
Dang. Sorry about the mistake. I'm not going to fix it now because I don't want to reset the stats.
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Level 69
Jun 24, 2022
You could replace some other country with Senegal and the stats wouldn't reset. How about we knock off the Dutch?
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Level 38
Jun 23, 2022
Costa Rica?
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Level 55
Jun 23, 2022
Panama is richer than Costs Rica.
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Level 55
Jun 23, 2022
No Kuwait?
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Level 69
Jun 23, 2022
With PPP, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are very close. I would guess Saudi Arabia edged ahead in the estimates used here. In pure GDP per capita, Kuwait would certainly make the list.

edit: That said, the best data I could find puts Kuwait still slightly ahead ($51,000 to $50,100), so it could also be an oversight/ but Quizmaster may have better data than me.

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Level 55
Jun 23, 2022
I did not expect Turkey to be richer than Greece.
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Level 67
Jun 23, 2022
because its not true
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Level 67
Jun 23, 2022
how is turkey richer than greece? the worst thing i have ever seen
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Level 69
Jun 23, 2022
And anyone should agree with you because?
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Level 59
Jun 26, 2022
This quiz is using PPP, which essentially tries to adjust GDP per capita to the cost of goods in that country. If it used nominal GDP instead, Greece would be much richer than Turkey per capita.
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Level 45
Jun 23, 2022
Forgot that Africa was a thing
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Level 69
Jun 23, 2022
The only "rich" quiz where Switzerland is not an answer :)
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Level 70
Jun 23, 2022
Libya surprised me. I thought for sure that Tunisia or Algeria would be richer.
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Level 69
Jun 23, 2022
I was going to make a comment about PPP helping Libya out there, but it looks like it's ahead of them both in nominal GDP per capita too. Oil market covering for instability I guess.
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Level 57
Jun 29, 2022
Switzerland?
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Level 58
Jul 6, 2022
Beaten by Liechtenstein