Name a Valid Island Country

Try to name any island country that belongs in each selected category.
An island country is a country that is situated entirely on islands
For the sake of this quiz, Australia is considered a continent, not an island
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Last updated: April 24, 2020
First submittedMarch 13, 2020
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that borders another country
Brunei | Dominican Republic | East Timor | Haiti |
Indonesia | Ireland | Papua New Guinea | United Kingdom
in the Caribbean, but does not use English
as an official language
Cuba | Dominican Republic | Haiti
where at least 50% of residents are Muslims
Bahrain | Brunei | Comoros | Indonesia | Maldives
that has the Southern Cross in flag
New Zealand | Papua New Guinea | Samoa
whose name starts with some version
of the word "Saint"
St. Kitts and Nevis | St. Lucia |
St. Vincent and the Grenadines | São Tomé and Príncipe
whose name starts with T
Taiwan | Tonga | Trinidad and Tobago | Tuvalu
whose name ends in ESIA
F. S. Micronesia | Indonesia
in the Mediterranean Sea
Cyprus | Malta
with more than 100 million people
Indonesia | Japan | Philippines
with the word ISLANDS in its name
Marshall Islands | Solomon Islands
that uses Peso as its currency
Cuba | Dominican Republic | Philippines
that uses a form of Creole as an official
or national language
Haiti | Mauritius | Papua New Guinea | Seychelles | Vanuatu
that borders two or more oceans
East Timor | Indonesia
with fewer than 50,000 people
Nauru | Palau | Tuvalu
with the Union Jack on its flag
Fiji | New Zealand | Tuvalu | United Kingdom
entirely north of 60° North
Iceland
with a GDP per capita above $70,000 (PPP, 2020)
Singapore | Brunei | Ireland
considered to be an African nation
Cape Verde | Comoros | Madagascar | Mauritius |
São Tomé and Príncipe | Seychelles
with Portuguese as an official language
Cape Verde | East Timor | São Tomé and Príncipe
recognized by JetPunk but not the UN
Taiwan
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Level 75
Mar 13, 2020
Love your quizzes :)

Shouldn't Trinidad and Tobago be included as it starts with T?

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Level 75
Mar 13, 2020
Thanks :) Fixed.
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Level 80
Mar 13, 2020
You could accept answers without SAINT and ISLANDS for the relevant questions.
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Level 67
Mar 13, 2020
I tend to agree
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Level ∞
Mar 14, 2020
Okay
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Level 67
Mar 13, 2020
Nice quiz, try loads for 2 oceans, didnt get it, or the money question. Got the rest, needed to be rather fast though.
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Level 68
Mar 13, 2020
Doesn't New Zealand border up to three oceans?
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Level 75
Mar 13, 2020
Please explain.
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Level 82
Mar 13, 2020
You might think that it borders the Pacific, Indian and Antarctic Oceans... not event two of those.

The Antarctic Ocean northernmost point is 60º S... New Zealand isn't that south: Jacquemart Island is 52º37'10''. And remember, no claim in Antarctica is "valid".

The Indian Ocean ends west of Tasmania, so it doesn't touch New Zealand.

The Pacific Ocean not only touches New Zealand: It surrounds it completely.

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Level 56
Jun 16, 2021
Technically its called the Southern ocean
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Level 55
Mar 30, 2022
It depends who you ask
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Level 50
May 18, 2022
No, the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean at Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia.

The Southern Ocean reaches the southern end of New Zealand, and so New Zealand touches two oceans.

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Level 83
Mar 13, 2020
Shouldn't Papua New Guinea be included as one of the countries with a creole as its official language?
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Level 75
Mar 13, 2020
It should. Tok Pisin is often referred to as a pidgin, but it is a creole and an official language of the country.
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Level 82
Mar 13, 2020
Yes, Tok Pisin should count for that.
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Level 67
Mar 13, 2020
Also Vanuatu (Bislama) and Mauritius has no official language.
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Level 43
Dec 30, 2021
There is no official language in Mauritius, but Vanuatu does have official languages, which are Bislama, English and French.
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Level ∞
Mar 14, 2020
Added PNG and Vanuatu.
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Level 58
Mar 14, 2020
How about Jamaica?
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Level 53
Jan 19, 2021
Jamaica has English as it's official language, unfortunately. Patois stays off.
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Level 71
Mar 13, 2020
Great Quiz!! ⭐ Doesn't Iceland border the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans?
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Level 75
Mar 14, 2020
To the north Iceland borders the Greenland Sea. By some definitions the Greenland Sea is a part of the Atlantic Ocean, and by other it is a part of the Arctic Ocean. So no one can be sure about that.
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Level 67
Mar 13, 2020
Should add a note about Timor Leste.
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Level 45
Mar 14, 2020
agreed
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Level 60
Mar 14, 2020
just wanted to say hello to the fake intellectuals here posing after they took the test 25 plus times to jack up the percentage avg , and bragging of their prowess when they scored a 10 percent the first three times
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Level 74
Mar 14, 2020
Nonsense. I got 100% on first attempt, and am sure I'm not the only one. Jetpunkers gain their prowess from lots of other quizzes, they don't need four attempts here to get good (the regular ones, anyway).
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Level 84
Mar 14, 2020
yeah. I find it hard to understand how you could get to level 56 without being familiar with all of the answers on this quiz.
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Level 74
Feb 7, 2021
Just wanted to say hello to the sincere and salty quiz takers who are still figuring out how quiz stats work. Keep taking quizzes! Your geography skills will improve. Speaking from experience :) ~One of the 100% first-timers
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Level 84
Mar 14, 2020
this was super super easy and the stats only count your first attempt so if you were taking the quiz 25 times to try and "jack up the average" you'd be a fake intellectual indeed.
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Level 68
Mar 18, 2020
Yes, I thought it was easy to get 100% on first attempt, even though I was temporarily thrown by the two oceans question: what? not Australia? Note to self: "Read the caveats" before you start.
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Level 90
Mar 19, 2020
About halfway through the quiz, I forgot that we were looking for island countries, so I ran out of time on my first take. Finally caught on again when neither Brazil nor Australia were counted for the southern cross.
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Level 75
Apr 23, 2020
20/20 with 1:31 left on first try. This wasn't a hard quiz.
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Level ∞
Apr 24, 2020
One of my great frustrations in life is when expertise is confused for cheating. I'm a really good Scrabble player. Not nationally ranked, but not that far off either. In any case, I was playing on isc.ro and I opened with COINTER for 72 points. Then I played OUGUIYAS for 65. Weird words, but totally normal among high level players. My opponent accuses me of cheating and rage quits. So frustrating.
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Level 54
May 5, 2021
Wow, maybe if there is a chat you should remind them their an owner of a quiz site.
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Level 75
Mar 14, 2020
You either need to accept UK for countries bordering two or more oceans, or include the standard "does not include overseas territories" caveat in the instructions as the island nation of the UK has island territories in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
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Level 58
Mar 14, 2020
Yes, please accept U.K. for multiple seas
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Level 68
Mar 18, 2020
Well, are they part of the UK? Even if they are British? And if they are all to be considered part of the UK, then the UK is not an island nation because of Gibraltar.
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Level 78
Jul 14, 2021
They're not part of the UK.
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Level 43
Dec 30, 2021
British Overseas Territories are not part of the UK.
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Level 84
Mar 14, 2020
very easy

"other country" = another country

less than 50,000 = fewer than 50,000

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Level 62
Mar 23, 2020
+1 to both corrections.
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Level ∞
Mar 23, 2020
Okay
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Level 54
Mar 14, 2020
What about Australia? Or is it not counted because it's a continent.
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Level 68
Mar 14, 2020
Yes! (See quiz description - "For the sake of this quiz, Australia is considered a continent, not an island.")
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Level 25
Apr 23, 2020
but in australia we are taught its a island
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Level 61
Aug 12, 2020
Then you are taught wrong.
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Level 51
Oct 2, 2021
they're taught wrong in you're opinion at least.
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Level 54
Apr 17, 2022
Australia is the continental landmass of the continent Australia / Oceania. It's equivalent to Afro-Eurasia or the Americas.
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2020
Could use a bit more time. It's not hard in itself, and by speeding up I had well over a minute left on my second attempt, but it could allow some time to think.
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Level 72
Mar 26, 2020
St. Kitts also have a population under 50,000
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Level 69
Apr 1, 2020
St Kitts are just over at around 53,000
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Level 72
Sep 30, 2020
not according to Wikipedia (34'983).
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Level 53
Dec 16, 2020
That's from 2011... It currently has a population around 52,000 people.
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Level 66
Apr 23, 2020
nice one Kolji, I would shamelessly plug my valid quizzes here but eh I'm not big on doing that
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Level 71
Apr 23, 2020
It's interesting that there are several island countries that don't fit any of the categories; some examples are Bahamas, Dominica and Grenada.
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Level 76
Apr 23, 2020
Doesn't Fiji count for the creole question? Fiji Hindi is an official language and qualifies as a creole
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Level 43
Dec 30, 2021
It's not a creole. It's a dialect of Hindi.
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Level 64
Apr 23, 2020
Love how JetPunk recognition of countries has actually become a primary consideration of what is a country which I employ
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Level 54
Apr 23, 2020
Can you add Sri Lanka as an answer for the 'Saint' question?
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Level 76
Apr 23, 2020
Why should he?
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Level 53
Dec 16, 2020
Sri means "resplendent" or honor, not Saint.
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Level 26
Apr 23, 2020
Shouldn't New Zealand work as an answer for the one that says "borders two or more oceans"? New Zealand borders the Pacific and Southern oceans!
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Level 61
Apr 23, 2020
There's a comment above that proves this is wrong.
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Level 56
Apr 23, 2020
Doesn’t Jamaica have a creole based on English? (Patwa I believe?)
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Level 53
Dec 16, 2020
Patwa or Patois is not an official language in Jamaica, only English.
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Level 43
Apr 23, 2020
How could I forget about Chinese Taipei
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Level 25
Apr 23, 2020
australia has the southern cross and dont say its not a island cause in australia we are taught it is
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Level 70
Apr 24, 2020
UK kids are taught that England is a country, but that doesn't make it true on Jetpunk either.
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Level 75
Apr 24, 2020
In Australia you say "a island"?
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Level 66
Apr 27, 2020
What my grammatically challenged compatriot was trying to convey is that Australia is an island. Though I understand this is not the crux of the issue - it is whether we should be treated as a country or a continent.

Just a quick reference on Wikipedia (yes, yes the font of all knowledge...) shows the difference between the continental Australia and the country of Australia is the inclusion of the island of New Guinea, which would also include PNG.

I note that PNG is an acceptable answer in this quiz and submit, therefore, so should Australia. We are definitely a sovereign country and would like to be included in such quizzes...

C'mon, mate - let us play too!

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Level 54
Apr 17, 2022
I'm not sure you understand the issue. Australia is unarguably a country, but on JetPunk it's not considered an island country. This is because the continent of Australia or Oceania has to have a continental landmass, and since the landmass Australia is the largest one in the continent, it is considered the continental landmass, just as with the Americas or Afro-Eurasia. Nowhere do we claim that Australia is not a country; it's just not an island country.

You're saying the difference between the country and continent of Australia is the island New Guinea... Where would New Zealand, Kiribati, F. S. Micronesia, etc fall under? The continent of Australia is so much more than just the country Australia and the island New Guinea.

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Level 62
Apr 24, 2020
Australia is an island. Whether or not it is a continent has nothing to do with it.
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Level 77
Apr 24, 2020
Technically wouldn't all continents be islands? I was taught that Australia is a continent until all that funny business of Oceania came up, and now I have no idea. :)
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Level 61
Jun 8, 2020
I don't see why it should be. For every continent, you have the main landmass and surrounding islands (eg. continental Europe and Britain, Iceland, Malta, etc.; continental Asia and Japan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, etc. and so on) Why shoud Oceania be an exeption? Wouldn't it be more reasonable to consider Australia to be the main landmass of Oceania and the rest to be the adja ent islands?
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Level 72
Apr 24, 2020
That GDP per capita one is weird and kinda spoils a great quiz. "About" $70,000 - why? And GDP PPP - Brunei and Ireland were around $80,000, and Singapore was about $100,000 - who decides that they are "about 70,000"?
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Level ∞
Apr 24, 2020
That was mean to be "above" $70,000. Now fixed.
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Level 45
Apr 27, 2020
Love the quiz! Just a note though, Australia is not a continent- Oceania is the continent, Australia is just the biggest country in Oceania
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Level 31
May 23, 2020
Agreed
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Level 54
Apr 17, 2022
Agreed, it's not a continent. But that's not the argument here.

Oceania has to have a continental landmass, just as North & South America have the Americas and Africa, Asia, and Europe have Afro-Eurasia. The landmass Australia's the largest one in Oceania, so it's logically the best candidate for the continental landmass. Since the country Australia comprises mostly of the landmass Australia, which is considered a continental landmass and therefore not an island, Australia is not an island country.

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Level 33
Jun 24, 2020
Don't Iceland border two oceans? Atlantic and Arctic?
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Level 81
Sep 1, 2020
The consensus seems to be unclear as to which ocean the Greenland Sea belongs to
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Level 56
Dec 9, 2020
I got almost all of them but ran out of time. Maybe raise it a little?
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Level 58
Dec 11, 2020
Australia has the Union Jack on its flag, despite that, great quiz!
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Level 53
Dec 16, 2020
See the caveats. Australia is considered as a continent
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Level 61
May 30, 2021
I'm glad that Jetpunk recognized my country.
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Level 33
Jun 23, 2021
doesn't australia have both the union jack and the southern cross on it's flag yet it's in none of those categories.
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Level 78
Jul 14, 2021
Read the caveats.
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Level 32
Feb 20, 2022
Need to add Cape Verde to "countries that use Creole as an official or national language," please. Thanks!
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Level 55
Mar 10, 2022
Iceland Borders the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. The border may be drawn differently by different sources, but it is an island nation that borders both.
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Level 54
Apr 17, 2022
Please fix the caveats. It says that Australia is a continent, not an island, but it would be much more accurate to say that the landmass Australia considered to be the continental landmass of the continent Australia / Oceania.

This would prevent a lot of confusion, since the current caveat sounds like we're saying Australia isn't a country and whether the continent is Australia or Oceania is irrelevant anyways.

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Level 58
Jul 31, 2022
How only 47% got Taiwan? Many not jetpunkers must have tried this quiz.