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Countries With the Most Neighbors

Which nations are within 200 kilometers of ten or more other countries?
In this series: within 100km, within 200km
Counting overseas regions but not territories
Quiz by Quizzer6794
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Last updated: July 24, 2019
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First submittedFebruary 14, 2017
Times taken68,180
Average score70.6%
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Country
19
Russia
18
China
17
Italy
16
Iran
14
France
14
Saudi Arabia
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Country
13
Croatia
13
Germany
13
Poland
12
DR Congo
12
Turkey
12
Serbia
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Country
11
Austria
11
Bosnia & Herzegovina
11
Hungary
10
Brazil
10
Bulgaria
37 Comments
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Level 90
Feb 15, 2017
Shouldn't Serbia be here? It borders 8 and is within 200 km of Albania and Greece. Might even be within 200 km of Slovenia and Slovakia.
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Level 65
Feb 15, 2017
Serbia has been added.
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Level 76
Feb 15, 2017
Great! How did you work out the data? What about a version of closest to most NON-BORDERING countries within 200 km?
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Level 65
Feb 15, 2017
Thanks! We used the Distance Calculator on daftlogic.com. As for the version excluding neighbors, you can feel free to make it. We are already taking care of 100 and 500 kilometer versions.
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Level 76
Feb 15, 2017
Nice quiz! I just did a re-measure to Italy's 18th country, Macedonia, but I still come up with 204 km. Maybe the clue for that one should be 17?
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Level 65
Feb 15, 2017
Thanks! It has been changed.
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Level 76
Feb 15, 2017
Also, I think Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Croatia, would both qualify for this list.
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Level 65
Feb 20, 2017
You're a big help, thanks! Do you have an Excel table of all of the distances? You do have many proximity quizzes already so the idea isn't hard to put together if not!
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Level 76
Jun 26, 2017
Nope, I just used my head. Over and out from Country 11, and a nice evening at both a pop music festival on Danube Island and classical music at Musikverein - Mozart and Rainhard Fendrich, Austria's biggest stars of the 18th and 20th century, all in one evening!
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Level 47
Dec 5, 2019
I know this is posted already some time ago, but out of curiousity I made this R script which might help you with this. I don't know about the quality of the shapefile, but you can replace that if you'd like.

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library(sf)

library(maptools)

data(wrld_simpl)

# Set this to what you like

km <- 100

countries <- st_as_sf(wrld_simpl)

treshold <- km

units(treshold) <- 'km'

get_number_of_countries <- function(country, countries, treshold){

distance <- st_distance(country, countries)

is_within_treshold <- distance < treshold

number_of_countries <- sum(is_within_treshold)

return(number_of_countries)

}

result <- list()

for (i in 1:length(countries)){

country <- countries[i,]

result[[as.character(country$NAME)]] <- get_number_of_countries(country, countries, treshold)

}

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Level 71
Feb 19, 2017
Good quiz, makes you think. If you like a challenge try my 'Hopscotch' quizzes such as 'Mal's European Closest Capital Hopscotch'
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Level 66
Mar 25, 2017
Serbia, Poland,Germany, Turkey, France and Iran were total guesses
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Level 68
Jun 26, 2017
Be Interesting to see what peoples' approach to this was? I just thought of those countries with the most borders, and then those in pockets of lots of smaller countries
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Level 71
Jun 26, 2017
I just went for large countries surrounded by countries and then smaller countries among lots of smaller countries, still missed Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria.
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Level 44
Jun 26, 2017
I typed in all of the countries from Asia and Europe, and then just put in Brazil and Congo. It worked very nicely!
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Level 66
Jun 26, 2017
57 seconds!
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Level 59
Jun 26, 2017
Im pretty sure that Mali qualifies for your list
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Level 67
Jun 26, 2017
7 countries touch Mali. Then you have Benin, Togo, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and The Gambia which are nearby. The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau might be within 200km but I think the others are too far away.
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Level 65
Jun 26, 2017
Its 7 borders are actually the only ones! Benin, Togo, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, and the Gambia are all just barely too far away, some only 20 km from the cut.
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Level 53
Jun 26, 2017
Anyone notice how most of these countries are European? Only China, Iran, Congo and Brazil aren't. That is counting that Turkey is included in Europe.
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Level 89
Jun 26, 2017
Granted, Europe has a lot of small countries. That might help.
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Level 27
Oct 31, 2019
48 small countries
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Level 89
Dec 5, 2019
But Europe only has 45.
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Level 68
Mar 18, 2020
France and spain are around 50st largest in size (48th and 51st) of all the countries, wouldnt call sweden and germany small either, ow and let's not forget russia. (And greenland, I will never take you for granted! But as usual you will be disregarded)

Runners up are, in order; finland, norway, poland, italy, uk, romania and greece. You could say they arent small either they are in the top 50%

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Level 68
Mar 18, 2020
@jack are you still counting yugoslavia as one country or something? How do you get 45.
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Level 89
Aug 16, 2021
1. Albania

2. Andorra

3. Austria

4. Belarus

5. Belgium

6. Bosnia and Herzegovina

7. Bulgaria

8. Croatia

9. Czech Republic

10. Denmark

11. Estonia

12. Finland

13. France

14. Germany

15. Greece

16. Hungary

17. Iceland

18. Ireland

19. Italy

20. Kosovo

21. Latvia

22. Liechtenstein

23. Lithuania

24. Luxembourg

25. Malta

26. Moldova

27. Monaco

28. Montenegro

29. Netherlands

30. North Macedonia

31. Norway

32. Poland

33. Portugal

34. Romania

35. Russia

36. San Marino

37. Serbia

38. Slovakia

39. Slovenia

40. Spain

41. Sweden

42. Switzerland

43. Ukraine

44. United Kingdom

45. Vatican City

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Level 27
Oct 31, 2019
yay bulgaria is there im from bulgaria i speak bulgarian
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Level 68
Dec 5, 2019
What about Australia? They've had over 8,000 episodes.
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Level 65
Dec 5, 2019
That was included in the quiz before the title became Americanized
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Level 85
Dec 6, 2019
Balkanization for the win!
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Level 43
Dec 28, 2020
I think that Romania should be here too, it borders, Moldova, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Bulgaria; and is also within 200km of Kosovo, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovakia, Poland, and Turkey is 22m less than 200km away.
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Level 67
Aug 16, 2021
Yeah I was thinking of Romania too
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Level 67
Aug 16, 2021
Just forgot Saudi Arabia
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Level 66
Dec 18, 2022
Forgot Croatia, Bosnia, and Bulgaria.
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Level 74
Jun 30, 2023
Romania missing, it has 12 qualifying neighbors or near neighbors.
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Level 70
Jun 30, 2023
I really should have read the instructions.
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Level 44
Oct 3, 2023
I only missed Bosnia and Herzegovina