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Southernmost Countries of the World

Name the world's 20 southernmost countries - based on their southernmost point.
Not counting the island possessions of European countries
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Last updated: February 16, 2019
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First submittedAugust 23, 2010
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° South
Country
56°30'
Chile
55°04'
Argentina
54°47'
Australia
52°37'
New Zealand
46°59'
South Africa
35°02'
Uruguay
33°45'
Brazil
° South
Country
30°40'
Lesotho
28°58'
Namibia
27°36'
Paraguay
27°19'
Eswatini
26°54'
Botswana
26°52'
Mozambique
25°37'
Madagascar
° South
Country
22°54'
Bolivia
22°25'
Zimbabwe
22°21'
Tonga
21°02'
Fiji
20°32'
Mauritius
20°15'
Vanuatu
102 Recent Comments
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Level 20
Apr 13, 2012
19/20 - missed Tonga. I tried all of the other Oceanic countries except it!
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Level 20
Aug 16, 2017
I did the same but with Fiji. Somehow.
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Level 29
Feb 28, 2024
thanks for the answers lol
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Level 35
Dec 22, 2012
14, didnt spell namibia right.
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Level 75
Feb 22, 2013
All of them right
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Level 28
Mar 26, 2013
Wow. Bolivia.
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Level 68
Aug 2, 2016
That was the last one I got too.
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Level 25
Nov 9, 2017
That was the one I didn't get.
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Level 77
Mar 26, 2013
If the given latitude is correct then Vanuatu is out of place and should appear last.
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Level 74
Mar 27, 2013
Yeah, I like how they are in order, but that confused me for a second.
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Level 43
Feb 15, 2015
Yeah, why is Vanuatu so far south?
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Level 56
Mar 27, 2013
i got them all with 1 second left. =)
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Level 50
Apr 1, 2013
Interesting i just tried Vanautu in the Countries of the World quiz and it was accepted.
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Level 50
Apr 1, 2013
@nix418 funny that you mention Kirabati cause that spelling is accepted in the Countries of the World quiz as well.
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Level 37
Dec 30, 2013
2:12 left. Make room for the champions!
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Level 55
Feb 12, 2014
19/20- How did i miss Brazil!?
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Level 73
Mar 4, 2014
didn't though Bolivia was so south...
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Level 55
Apr 15, 2014
Yay, I got the pointless answer because my girlfriend is from Mauritius!
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Level 7
Apr 18, 2014
yayyyyks...cant believe it, been thinking for the last 2 minutes for one more left answer..and it is just freaking BOLIVIAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!.. haha i'll never forget that
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Level 51
Apr 21, 2014
Shouldn´t be the UK one correct answer, due to the Falklands...?

Just wondering

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Level 82
Nov 30, 2020
"Not counting the island possessions of European countries" is in the description of the quiz.
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Level 51
Apr 21, 2014
aah,,, forget the last comment.. should have read the headline
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Level 77
Jul 27, 2014
Good job. It's truly amazing how many people complain without first reading the instructions or previous comments. Glad you caught yourself!
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Level 42
Oct 5, 2014
TOO EASY
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Level 65
Nov 14, 2022
bully 4u 🙃
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Level 76
Nov 4, 2014
Is that penguin in any of these countries? He looks like he's hanging out further south than any of them.
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Level 54
Nov 25, 2014
they make in Tierra del Fuego, Chile and Argentina, and some at the far south tip of Africa.
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Level 70
Dec 20, 2014
We have penguins in South Australia
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Level 68
Aug 2, 2016
And New Zealand
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Level 23
Dec 4, 2014
i realised zimbabwe right at the last second but didnt have enough time to type it.
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Level 70
Dec 20, 2014
Why is Australia given farther south than New Zealand?
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Level 53
Feb 2, 2016
Macquarie Island -- just google mapped Australia
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Level 65
Apr 14, 2015
I didn't get a lot of the South American countries, cause I didn't think that they were that far south
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Level 51
Apr 25, 2015
Technically, the UK should count as the Falkland Islands are down there by southern Argentina. *Sits back to watch arguments erupt*
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Level 51
Apr 25, 2015
Aw, I guess the quizmaster made a disclaimer on that already. My bad.
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Level 49
May 19, 2021
if island possesions would count, the uk woudlnt be here bc of the falkland islands but because of south georgia and the south sandwich islands
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Level 21
May 27, 2015
missed zimbabwe.. *face palm*
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Level 56
Jun 7, 2015
I know this has already been mentioned, but please fix the order! Vanuatu should be last, not fourth.
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Level 76
Jun 7, 2015
Esatto!
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Level ∞
Jun 7, 2015
Fixed
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Level 63
Jun 9, 2015
Why is Urugay an acceptable answer for Uruguay (and Paragay for Paraguay)? I realized that I missspelled it by mistake and retried with Paraguay and it worked there too. That doesn't feel right.
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Level 50
Jun 13, 2015
Nice quiz ;)
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Level 63
Feb 3, 2016
I always think that South America's and Africa's southern "ends" are closer together latitude-wise than they really are. So in my head Brazil appeared further North to me than some of these African nations. Plus I thought Paraguay and even Bolivia would be further South than Brazil which is probably why I missed it. Guess I usually just look at the big part of Brazil and forget about the rest.
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Level 68
Aug 12, 2016
Falklands (territory of UK). And techically Antartica is divided into territories under rule of Norway, UK and France
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Level 82
Nov 30, 2020
"Not counting the island possessions of European countries" is written as a disclaimer at the beginning of the quiz. And you missed out the Antarctic territories of Argentina, Chile and New Zealand, as well as Australia, which has by far the largest chunk of the continent of any nation (France by comparison has a tiny sliver). However, none of that matters, as all Antarctic territorial claims are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty System. Under the ATS no territorial claims south of 60 degrees are recognised. This means Chile's Diego Ramirez Islands are the southernmost land that is an integral part of a nation's territory, being south of the 56th parallel. Thule Island in the UK's South Sandwich Islands, is the southernmost internationally recognised territory in the world, sitting just barely north of the 60th paralel cut off.
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Level 72
May 20, 2021
Totally agree with Falklands and Antarctica. But I think France should be inclueded because of la Réunion. Not including it is like saying that the northernmost part of USA is Maine...
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Level 48
Feb 12, 2017
Kicking myself. I knew Mauritius but put Mauritania instead.
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Level 58
Aug 19, 2018
You're not alone.
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Level 42
May 23, 2017
Add UK; they have Falklands. Also France; French Southern and Antarctic Lands
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Level 69
Jan 18, 2019
Read the description..
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Level 57
Jul 20, 2017
Please add everything as qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm
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Level 57
Jul 20, 2017
Please accept llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogoch for everything
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Level 31
Aug 2, 2017
Wow...the map is very deceiving. In my mind, I never considered Brazil to be that far south
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Level 41
Aug 16, 2017
Missed Mauritius
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Level 50
Aug 16, 2017
What about the UK man, falkland islands!!???!!!?!??!?!??!??!?!?!??!
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Level 70
Aug 16, 2017
"Not counting island possessions of European countries"
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Level 34
Aug 16, 2017
I put Morrishus, wrong apparently.
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Level 69
Jan 18, 2019
Haha.

I put saoof-aafrika

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Level 55
Apr 22, 2021
Yeah, and I put Bouwiweeia, and it didn't accept.
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Level 69
Aug 16, 2017
Getting those pacific islands was tough, but did it.
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Level 64
Aug 16, 2017
100% YEAH!!!
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Level 22
Aug 20, 2017
nice quiz :)
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Level 55
Aug 21, 2018
Swaziland changed its name to eSwatini earlier this year, both should be acceptable.
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Level 69
Jan 18, 2019
Not sure, but isnt that the name of the language?
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Level 45
Oct 17, 2018
Darn Tonga! Oh well, at least the comments are hilarious.
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Level 43
Dec 23, 2018
I always spell Namibia Namimbia
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Level 71
Jul 15, 2019
Got the same problem with Viriginia... :)
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Level 67
Jul 18, 2019
i never remember eswatini in any quizz

Eswatini Eswatini Eswatini

please accept spelling dumbarse as an alternative. That I'll remember

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Level 47
Aug 7, 2019
I can’t believe I got all of them on my first try! Booyah!
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Level 38
Sep 19, 2019
No Maldives?
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Level 42
Jan 4, 2022
Most of the islands are even located above the Equator.
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Level 85
Dec 3, 2019
France should be counted as Réunion is a department of France, and therefore is France. The land of the country itself is different from an overseas possession.
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Level 47
Dec 21, 2019
As a rugby fan, I noticed an interesting pattern between the 2nd and the 5th place of this ranking...
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Level 82
Jan 29, 2020
I noticed when I was travelling in Patagonia that the Chileans and Argentinians often seem to refer to things from and places in much of Patagonia with the word 'sur', but for areas around the Strait of Magellan and beyond (Tierra del Fuego, etc) they seem to prefer 'Austral'. Which of course is from the same route as that which gives Australia its name, though as I sit here in the furnace-like heat of a 2020s Australia summer, it doesn't feel like Australia's earning its 'austral' designation, unlike the wind-blasted and frigid subpolar steppes of the Patagonian austral zone. Also we kind of cheat in this quiz, given we only come in third thanks to remote Macquarie Island, which is well over a thousand kilometres from the nearest permanent residence of any Australia, though technically belongs to Tasmania's Huon Valley Council.
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Level 72
May 20, 2021
I think France should be inclueded because of la Réunion, as it is a department like any other. Not including it is like saying that the northernmost part of USA is Maine...
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Level 58
May 20, 2021
Maine isn't even the northernmost part of the continental US. Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota and Michigan all extend further north.
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Level 67
Oct 12, 2021
Minnesota actually goes the farthest north, dude to some dude's error a long time ago.
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Level 26
Oct 25, 2022
He said “not including it WOULD BE LIKE SAYING that the northernmost part of the USA is Maine.” He’s not actually saying it IS Maine. Anyway the quiz doesn’t accept overseas territories, so France wouldn’t be an answer.
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Level 45
May 20, 2021
Surprised that Bolivia is more south than countries like Tuvalu and Samoa are
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Level 64
May 21, 2021
Australia has a further down point than New Zealand? How does that work?
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Level 42
Jan 4, 2022
Bishop and Clerk Islets are the southernmost point of Australia, being located south of any New Zealand's areas.
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Level 52
May 21, 2021
It says European islands aren't counted, but I guess Australian islands are, and Heard is much further south than anything New Zealand possesses.
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Level 66
May 23, 2021
Yes, I found that a little odd, too.
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Level 42
Jan 4, 2022
I think the instruction meant that overseas territories of the European countries are not included in the list. Heard Island (and McDonald Islands) are an external territory of Australia, and although named 'a territory', they do not have statuses like those of BOTs or US overseas territories. The islands form a territory of Australia, which is just another administrative division of the country, along with 'states' (similar to Canada, which is divided into provinces and territories). The word 'external' means that the territory is located outside Mainland Australia, in contrast to 'internal territories'. They are all still integral parts of Australia.
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Level 43
Jul 16, 2023
Bishop and Clerk Islets in Tasmania aren't an external territory.
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Level 43
Jul 8, 2021
Lesotho and Swaziland are also supposed to be Included!
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Level 60
Nov 13, 2021
And they are. Except for Swaziland, because it doesn't exist anymore.
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Level 28
Aug 22, 2022
it does exist, it's just called eswatini
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Level 60
Nov 13, 2021
19/20... I missed South Africa.
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Level 34
Nov 15, 2021
I missed Australia... hehe
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Level 60
Dec 4, 2021
Ye forgot the island possessions of the almighty Molossia!
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Level 26
Oct 25, 2022
What?
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Level 36
Apr 1, 2022
Missed Vanuatu and Tonga
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Level 14
Apr 25, 2022
UK and France should also be on the list. (oversea territories such as Reunion)
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2022
Read the caveat.
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Level 26
Oct 25, 2022
read the caveat
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Level 28
Aug 22, 2022
fun quiz, got it first try :)
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Level 26
Oct 25, 2022
Alternative title: Countries Closest to Antarctica
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Level 48
Oct 26, 2022
Every time I retake the quiz, I guessed all I know but always forgets 1 country :/
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Level 45
Mar 25, 2023
I'm gonna go crazy, I thought of Vanuatu in my head and forgot to type it in. :((((
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Level 33
Apr 14, 2023
Thank goodness it accepted Swaziland. The globe I have was from back when Eswatini was still Swaziland…
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Level 51
Apr 2, 2024
19/20 and I missed Fiji :/ I think I need to eat something.