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Transcontinental Countries

Can you name all the countries that straddle more than 1 plate OR continent?
Including overseas regions and territories
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_transcontinental_countries
Including Countries on Multiple Continental Plates
NOT including Antarctica
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Continents
Country
North America, South America
Panama
Asia, Europe
Russia
Europe, Asia
Kazakhstan
Europe, Africa
Spain
South America, North America
Colombia
Asia, Oceania
Japan
Asia, Africa
Egypt
North America, South America
Trinidad and Tobago
Asia, Europe
Armenia
Asia, Europe
Turkey
Africa, Europe, Asia
Cyprus
Europe, Asia
Georgia
South America, Oceania
Ecuador
South America, Africa
Brazil
Europe, South America, Oceania, Africa, North America, Asia
United Kingdom
Continents
Country
Asia, Oceania
Indonesia
Asia, Europe
Greece
Europe, Asia
Azerbaijan
Asia, Africa
Yemen
North America, Asia, Oceania
United States
Europe, South America, North America, Africa, Oceania
France
Europe, North America
Denmark
South America, Europe, North America
Netherlands
North America, South America
Venezuela
South America, Oceania
Chile
Asia, Oceania
Australia
Europe, Africa
Portugal
Europe, North America
Iceland
Africa, Europe
Italy
46 Comments
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Level 61
May 4, 2021
Brazil is here because of the St Peter and St Paul Rocks, which are on the African Plate, but claimed by Brazil
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Level 61
Apr 4, 2022
Please Read Caveat before commenting.
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Level 77
May 2, 2021
I would challenge Cyprus. Geographically, I don't see how it lies in any continent other than Asia. Also, there are some omissions: Netherlands straddles S. America. Italy and Portugal straddle Africa. UK also straddles Africa (St Helena and, more controversially, the Chagos Archipelago). Denmark straddles N. America. France also straddles N. America.
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Level 61
May 2, 2021
Cyprus i added to not start WW3. Ill add the rest tho
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Level 85
May 3, 2021
Another vote for Denmark. Thanks.
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Level 71
Jan 5, 2022
How does Cyprus have territory in Africa?
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2022
idk but if i didnt, I would have 3000 comments of strangers arguing
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Level 60
May 22, 2022
Nobody argues Cyprus is in Africa. People mention that it's closer to Africa than Europe as an argument against Europe, but nobody's arguing for Africa.
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Level 40
Jan 5, 2022
Does Japan counts as Asia and Oceania with it's Micronesian islands like Bonin islands etc?
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2022
I thought I added that
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Level 65
Jan 5, 2022
why iceland?
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2022
Its on 2 different plates
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Level 65
Jan 5, 2022
But so are India and mexico. Do you consider them to be 2 different continents?
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2022
Not really. They have too many borders, cultural similarities, linguistic similarities, and area to be counted IMO
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Level 84
Jan 5, 2022
Colombia should be there. With the San Andrés island in the Carribean, near the coast of Nicaragua. North american style
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Level 63
Jan 5, 2022
Definitely, especially as Venezuela is included. San Andrés is farther north than any Venezuelan land.
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2022
ok
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Level 78
Jan 5, 2022
I don't believe that Cyprus or the UK should be here.

Cyprus is in either Asia or Europe, depends on who you ask, but not in more than one. I would remove it from the quiz.

Following the caveats, UK should not be included either. The UK is purely located in Europe, with overseas territories in all other continents. These are territories, but not regions like France. For Asia, it would be Akrotiri and Dhekelia (on Cyprus), but also the BIOT.

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Level 59
Feb 16, 2023
Someone didn’t read the caveat
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Level 64
Jan 5, 2022
Shouldn't Panama be switched with Colombia? Since the last bit of the isthmus in part of Colombia and the end of the isthmus is where you would draw the border between the continents.
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Level 56
Jan 5, 2022
Baffled by Trinidad & Tobago! And I'm not quite sure how both Georgia and Armenia can be transcontinental, as the one is basically entirely north of the other and the continental border runs east-west :-S

If we're being geological about it though, I wonder if also Iceland should be included. The western 10% or so (as I remember) is on a North American plate, the rest on a European one.

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Level 61
Jan 5, 2022
Some people consider the Caucasus to be european
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Level 56
Jan 6, 2022
Yes, I realise that - but something surely can't be simultaneously European and Asian. Or are you including it on the same rationale as Cyprus? That would make sense, I suppose.
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Level 61
Jan 6, 2022
yes i am using that method but thanks for asking :)
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Level 64
Jan 5, 2022
I would certainly add Norway to the list and I also don't think it would be outrageous to add Colombia and Japan.
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2022
I thought i already added norway but ok what continent would it be in?
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Level 64
Jan 5, 2022
You seem to have handled it but Norway would occupy the Eurasian Plate obviously and also the Antarctic Plate.
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Level 77
Apr 15, 2024
Good point. And would Jan Mayen be counted as N America?
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Level 61
Apr 15, 2024
I think Jan Mayen is on the European plate
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Level 65
Jan 5, 2022
If you're defining continents by tectonic plates, then North America should be included as one of Russia and Portugal's continents, and the Himalayan countries certainly straddle the line between the "continents" of Eurasia and India. Also, Arabia and East Africa should be considered their own continents by this logic. Tectonic Plate boundaries are not the generally accepted boundaries of continents, so I would not use them here. However, if you wanted to make a "countries on multiple plates" quiz, I'm sure it would be well-recieved
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Level 51
Jan 5, 2022
Is Greece in here because of the Kastelorizo island south of Turkey? Because I dont see how Greece has Asian territory, and I dont know if Kastelorizo is considered Asian territory. (I'm Greek, asking out of curiosity)
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2022
uh oh i hope i didnt make a mistake :( Yes that is what I am talking about. Would you like me to change it?
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Level 77
Apr 15, 2024
I think that parts of Greece should be counted as Asia - Rhodes for example.
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Level 61
Apr 15, 2024
They already are
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Level 80
Jan 5, 2022
Iceland should be on here
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2022
it used to be dont know what happened but i fixed it :)
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Level 60
May 22, 2022
Iceland (and Brazil) are there but not marked as answers.
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Level 61
May 23, 2022
Correct
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Level 66
Nov 7, 2022
Armenia is not transcontinental.
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Level 61
Nov 7, 2022
I believe it to be Asian, but others think that the Caucuses are European
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Level 41
Feb 14, 2023
france is also in oceania
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Level 61
Feb 23, 2023
Youre right
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Level 44
Oct 8, 2023
Hold up, if parts of Norway are in Antarctica, does that mean that people have been inhabiting Antarctica, the mission for the vast future, since 1814?
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Level 61
Oct 9, 2023
in this case, kinda. But it is different for a lot of places because a lot of these territories are uninhabited except research personnel.
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Level 51
Apr 14, 2024
New Zealand (Ross Dependency) Ecuador (Galapagos) Mauritius (Diego Garcia Claim) Argentina (Argentine Antarctica) South Africa (Prince Edward Islands) ?
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Level 61
Apr 14, 2024
I’m excluding Antarctica