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Biggest Country by Body of Water

Name the country with the largest area that touches each of these bodies of water.
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We are looking for the largest country, not the longest coastline
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Last updated: December 11, 2019
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First submittedApril 21, 2015
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Body of Water
Country
Adriatic Sea
Italy
Bay of Bengal
India
Gulf of Mexico
United States
Mediterranean Sea
Algeria
Caribbean Sea
Mexico
Aegean Sea
Turkey
Lake Superior
Canada
Baltic Sea
Russia
Río de la Plata
Argentina
Red Sea
Saudi Arabia
Body of Water
Country
Balearic Sea
Spain
Yellow Sea
China
Bay of Biscay
France
Irish Sea
United Kingdom
Gulf of Aden
Somalia
Solomon Sea
Papua New Guinea
Lake Victoria
Tanzania
Coral Sea
Australia
Celebes Sea
Indonesia
Gulf of Guinea
Nigeria
48 Comments
+5
Level 76
Feb 20, 2016
Great quiz!
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Level 77
Feb 20, 2016
Thank you Jerry :)
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Level 77
Feb 20, 2016
I feel stupid for not getting the Celebes sea one. I still call the island Celebes in my mind!
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Level 67
Apr 28, 2016
A similar question was on Jeopardy™ last night, except that they were asking about the island, not the sea. The poor guy guessed "Greece."
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Level 73
Apr 28, 2016
not gonna lie. I guessed greece for that one. just based on the name, sounded greek
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Level 61
Apr 28, 2016
I guessed Greece too; never heard of the Celebs sea.
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Level 76
Feb 13, 2020
It's in eastern Indonesia
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Level 72
Jun 4, 2017
That was the only one I had never heard of.
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Level 77
Feb 22, 2016
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Level 70
Apr 28, 2016
Good quiz, if you enjoyed this try..........Mal's - Name the largest populated City when it is not the Country's Capital ....... or enter 'Mal's' in the search box and choose another.
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Level 43
Apr 28, 2016
19/20, only missed Gulf of Guinea! I literally tried out every single country in that region: Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast ... just not Nigeria. Sigh.
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Level 70
Apr 28, 2016
I'm pretty sure Italy's coast on Mediterranean Sea is much bigger than Algeria.
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Level 35
Apr 28, 2016
Its not by size of coast, it is size of the country.
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Level 69
Feb 11, 2020
"Name the country with the largest area that touches each of these bodies of water" There is no comma after area, so it is largest area touching the water, not largest country. Besides, otherwise they would have simply said biggest country, not country with the largest area..

edit apparently they do mean largest country... despite the description.

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Level 69
Feb 11, 2020
I would rethink the description, see my comment above and other comments below
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Level 71
Aug 9, 2022
A coast doesn't have an area, a coast has a length....
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Level 66
Apr 28, 2016
The description should make it more clear that it's the country that is largest by area that touches the body of water, not the country that has the largest area (aka coastline in this case) that touches the body of water.
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Level 25
Apr 28, 2016
I was completely flabbergasted when I typed "Russia" for the Baltic Sea question and see it turn green. Was my last guess after Sweden, Finland, Poland and the Baltic states.

In other words: I agree.

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Level 66
Jun 2, 2017
+1 absolutely the same
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Level 50
Apr 25, 2020
Very misleading indeed.
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Level 60
Aug 17, 2021
Why would a coastline be measured by area? In amost every other quiz and by common sense, coastline is measured by lenght. Stop looking for problems where there aren't any.
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Level 75
Mar 22, 2023
You've come to the right conclusion, but by the wrong reasoning. It has nothing to do with either common sense or precedent. It is strictly geometry. In order to have an area, you need to multiply length by another number and there isn't one.

Countries have area. Coastlines have length. This quiz uses area.

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Level 63
Apr 28, 2016
This quiz was super fun.
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Level 66
Apr 29, 2016
I don't know how, but I guessed it all.
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Level 53
May 23, 2016
How do we get Russia for Baltic Sea? Russia would be correct for the Barents Sea, but Sweden should be the right answer for Baltic, no?
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Level 77
May 23, 2016
It is an easy answer, Russia has border with the Baltic sea :)
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Level 58
Mar 14, 2017
St Petersburg lies on a small section of the Baltic.
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Level 69
Apr 25, 2020
As does Kaliningrad.
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Level 65
Aug 23, 2017
Brilliant -- especially that each answer is different.
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Level 29
Nov 13, 2019
First try 20/20 with 1:11 left!
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Level 84
Apr 25, 2020
Fortunate to have had over 1:30 to guess large countries for Celebes Sea, which I'd never heard of before.
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Level 22
Apr 25, 2020
I'm sure sweden and Finland have bigger baltic coast than Russia, isn't it?
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Level 78
Apr 25, 2020
They have the bigger Baltic Coast but they aren't the biggest countries on the Baltic Sea. Russia is by far larger in area than Sweden and Finland combined.
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Level 59
Apr 25, 2020
That's not the point. It is the size of the country that touches that body of water.
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Level 63
Apr 27, 2020
Got all except Papua New Guinea. Great quiz!
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Level 60
Jun 17, 2020
Guys, come on. The quiz was taken 17 thousand times and literally tens of you have an issue understanding the principle. You are looking for the largest contry, not the longest coastline. End of story.
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Level 79
Jun 21, 2022
The instructions are badly worded and could be interpreted differently by different people. The instructions should be made clearer. End of story.
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Level 71
Aug 9, 2022
Since one measures coastline in length, not area, the instructions are very clear. End of story.
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Level 65
Mar 19, 2021
this got me to level 43 :)
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Level 66
Dec 3, 2021
Mexico....Caribbean.....don't think so. Mexico has the Gulf, east coast of Honduras and south of Cuba defines Caribbean. I think teh east coast of Yucatan may count, but that is less than venezuela, colombia, cuba and several others
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Level 72
Mar 23, 2023
The east coast of the Yucatan is the Caribbean sea. Also, Mexico is bigger than all those countries you listed.
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Level 49
Mar 28, 2022
great quiz, I narrowly missed the celebes!
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Level 60
May 16, 2022
The description is pretty weird imo, probably should be edited as it gives the idea that it’s the amount of area touching the water.
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Level 67
Aug 18, 2022
I thought this was a great way to get familiar with the seas. I still find it frustrating that seas don't have great standardization of boundaries (like Caribbean, Biscay, Aden- I would not have guessed Mexico, France, Somalia), but linking linking seas-to-largest-country makes it a bit easier to remember the general area on the globe.

Thanks

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Level 52
Mar 22, 2023
If you want war in the comments, you should have asked for the AZOV Sea hahahaha
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Level 72
Mar 23, 2023
Wouldn't really cause a war. Russia is by far larger than Ukraine, regardless of the Crimea situation.
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Level 72
Mar 23, 2023
Maybe add a caveat excluding territories? Otherwise, the US becomes an answer for Caribbean Sea via Puerto Rico.
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Level 56
Nov 30, 2023
great quiz! :) pretty proud I got 20/20