Countries Less Populous Than Their Neighbors

Can you name the 52 countries of the world that have a smaller population than any country they share a land border with?
Not including neighboring overseas territories or dependencies
This quiz excludes countries with no borders
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Last updated: March 16, 2020
First submittedJune 11, 2015
Times taken27,341
Average score71.2%
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Country
Andorra
Armenia
Belize
Bhutan
Botswana
Brunei
Burundi
Canada
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Country
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
Eswatini
Gambia
Guinea-Bissau
Ireland
Jordan
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Country
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Mauritania
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Nepal
North Korea
Norway
Oman
Country
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Portugal
Qatar
San Marino
Slovakia
Slovenia
Suriname
Togo
Turkmenistan
Uruguay
Vatican City
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Level 75
Jun 11, 2015
argh I had one missing and couldn't figure out Andorra... but partly because it should come before Armenia, not after!
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Level 75
Jun 11, 2015
Nice idea :)
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Level 59
Jun 11, 2015
Your "island countries" instruction is unclear, as it appears you allow countries on shared island e.g. Haiti, Timor Leste, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, Ireland.
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Level 58
Apr 26, 2017
Surely the "shares a land border" is pretty clear. If a country has a land border, then it's to be considered, regardless of if it's on an island or not.
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Level 64
Apr 26, 2017
This is what we mean :)
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Level 67
Mar 21, 2020
Countries on an island and island countries is not the same
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Level 61
Apr 11, 2020
Come on, really? That's not clear to you?
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Level 86
Dec 10, 2015
Kuwait before Kyrgyzstan and North Korea before Norway
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Level 39
Mar 23, 2021
north korea is indeed before norway and kuwait is also before kyrgyzstan
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Level 54
Aug 12, 2021
It wasn't when this was posted.
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Level 59
Dec 20, 2015
Shouldn't Jordan be here? It borders Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, all of which are clearly more populous than Jordan, and Israel, which I'm not sure of. According to Wikipedia, though, Israel has a population of ~8.4 million while Jordan has ~8 million.
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Level 70
Jul 25, 2019
As for now Jordan has passed Israel
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Level 30
Aug 25, 2021
No Israel is still more populous than Jordan because it has Palestine and Palestine is not a real country
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Level 40
Nov 17, 2021
Although not recognized by the UN, jet punk and a majority of neighboring countries think of it as a country.
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Level 67
Mar 21, 2020
I just realised I did this whole quiz thinking about size hahah, still did above average. I wonder which would be different on that list.
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Level 27
Dec 20, 2015
I was sure Eritrea would be on the list but forgot about Djibouti. Singapore only borders on Malaysia and Indonesia, both who have higher populations than Singapore does.
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Level 24
Dec 20, 2015
Singapore is an island, which is why it's not here.
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Level 56
Dec 20, 2015
Singapore is an island.
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Level 87
Jul 17, 2018
I'll third that. Singapore is an island.
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Level 45
Jul 25, 2019
I’ll fourth that. Singapore is an island.
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Level 53
Apr 10, 2020
I'll fifth that. Singapore is an island.
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Level 18
Dec 14, 2020
I'll sixth that. Singapore is an island.
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Level 43
Oct 21, 2021
I'll seventh that. Singapore is an island.
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Level 36
Nov 9, 2021
I'll eighth that. Singapore is an island.
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Level 43
Dec 14, 2021
I´ll ninth on that. Singapore is an island
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Level 53
Feb 6, 2022
I'll tenth that. Singapore is islam... wait no I mean an island
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Level 37
Mar 25, 2022
I´ll eleventh on that. Singapore is an island
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Level 19
Dec 9, 2019
It has a bloody bridge on it.
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Level 31
Mar 23, 2020
And? If Britain was connected to France by a bridge, that wouldn’t make Britain part of mainland Europe and not an island would it.
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Level 70
Apr 12, 2020
Actually it is a tunnel, not a bridge.
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Level 63
Apr 23, 2020
@Nerd0921 "If".
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Level 49
Nov 24, 2020
denmark and sweden have a bridge too. bridges dont count as land borders
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Level 51
Mar 10, 2022
it woudlnt
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Level 58
Dec 15, 2020
Singapore is in Iceland
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Level 41
Mar 2, 2021
bruh
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Level 53
Feb 6, 2022
burh
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Level 60
Feb 7, 2022
bhur
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Level 51
Mar 10, 2022
singapore bordes neither
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Level 24
Dec 20, 2015
Wait... Libya has less people than Tunisia?! The more you know...
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Level 53
Dec 21, 2015
I was thinking the same, especially taking the land area into account. Also Norway/Finland was a surprise, though the differences are small.
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Level 58
Dec 21, 2015
Yes, that one surprised me too. As was not seeing Malawi (it has more inhabitants than Zimbabwe)
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Level 55
Jul 27, 2022
Malawi does not border Zimbabwe, it borders Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique
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Level 71
Jan 29, 2020
The area is not as important as the length of the coastline since that's the only place people live. And here the difference isn't as different. Furthermore, Tunisia has a short way to Europe (historical speaking) and the city of Carthage.
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Level 76
Apr 10, 2020
...the less you think you know.
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Level 63
Jan 16, 2016
Shouldn't Bangladesh be on here? I know it's super populous and everything, but it's only border is with India, the second populous country in the world, so since Bangladesh isn't the first populous country, shouldn't it be on here?
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Level 64
Jan 16, 2016
Bangladesh also has a border with Burma, a country far less populated than it.
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Level 63
Jul 29, 2016
arggggghh! I'll add that to the list of borders I always forget about, along with North Korea/Russia, Spain/Morocco, and France/Netherlands at Saint Marten.
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Level 43
Sep 2, 2016
(in French) Je rappelle que la frontière entre la France et les Pays-Bas ne comptent pas dans ce genre de quizz... (ce n'est pas une région mais une collectivité)
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Level 67
Dec 8, 2019
They arent talking about suriname, but sint maarten/saint martin. Which share an island.
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Level 60
Apr 27, 2017
Very cool! But I would need more time to get them all
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Level 60
May 28, 2017
You forgot to update this to have Dominican Republic instead of Haiti after you updated the original quiz.
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Level 65
Jul 2, 2017
Jordan now has more people than Israel due to all the Syrian refugees
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Level 52
Jul 2, 2017
Please put Guinea-Bissau in the right order
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2018
I got Jordan, Liberia and Mauritania, but missed Vatican City ;D
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Level 87
Jul 17, 2018
Not another quiz that says France borders Brazil, is it?
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Level 64
Jan 14, 2020
Many other quizzes say this, most notably "Countries Bordering France"
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Level 76
Apr 25, 2019
Needs an update for the name change of Swaziland to Eswatini
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Level 57
Jul 25, 2019
Swaziland should be Eswatini now
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Level 32
Jul 25, 2019
That's right it needs a name change.
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Level 64
Jul 25, 2019
Just changed it, thanks everyone!
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Level 19
Dec 9, 2019
Bangladesh doesn't border Bhutan.
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Level 68
Mar 16, 2020
Very true, my friend.
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Level 60
Feb 7, 2022
It borders Burma
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Level 67
Dec 9, 2019
Why isn't Lithuania here? I checked it has a lower pop than other countries around it
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Level 64
Jan 14, 2020
Latvia has half of Lithuania's population
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Level 51
Apr 14, 2020
Not really, but approximately 2 thirds.
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Level 52
Dec 10, 2019
make another one but with sizes
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Level 64
Jan 14, 2020
I don't have one, but someone else made it here :)
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Level 86
Mar 15, 2020
Jordan is accepted as an answer but doesn't appear on the list of countries.
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Level 58
Mar 31, 2020
hmmmm...
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Level 85
Mar 17, 2020
Why, on some quizzes, does Sri Lanka border India, but not on this one?
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Level ∞
Mar 17, 2020
The official stance of JetPunk is that Sri Lanka and India do not border each other.
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Level 85
Mar 17, 2020
I distinctly remember a very recent quiz (or recently reset...don't remember which one) where there was a comment at the top about "at low tide", and the clue requiring the answer "Sri Lanka" was flagged in red.
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Level ∞
Mar 17, 2020
We're phasing that out.
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Level 78
Mar 17, 2020
Jordan has a higher population than Israel
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Level 76
Apr 10, 2020
According to various sources, Jordan has a higher population than Israel.
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Level 46
Apr 12, 2020
I thought so, so I just googled it and found that Jordan has only around 70% of the current population just 10 years ago.

So many refugees migrated into the country.

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Level 49
Apr 10, 2020
Why isn't Central African Republic (CAR) here? It borders Cameroon, Chad, both Sudans and both Congos. Every singe one of those is more populous than CAR.
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Level 71
Apr 10, 2020
I am confused as well.
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Level 60
Apr 10, 2020
Yep, totally should be included in here. Unless the source of the quiz puts Rep. of Congo below Central African Republic, because it is the closest one in terms of rank.
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Level 71
Apr 10, 2020
If we do just do a simple Wikipedia check, the difference is like 800,000 so that must be a very strange source then.
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Level 51
Apr 14, 2020
Doesn't Jordan border Israel?
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Level 83
Jul 7, 2020
yes
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Level 83
Jul 7, 2020
and Jordan is more populous. I was wondering the same thing. Maybe it includes the population of the Palestinian territories.
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Level 57
Aug 7, 2020
I do not understand this quiz. Why is Switzerland not included? It has a smaller population than basically every country it borders. The quiz rules state "smaller than any country it shares a border with" not every. Also Russia borders China. Why is Russia not included? Sorry if I'm missing something
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Level 57
Nov 16, 2020
It borders Liechtenstein, which has a smaller population.
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Level 55
Nov 16, 2021
Russia borders Mongolia, which has a smaller population.
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Level 65
Feb 2, 2022
By saying smaller than any country it borders, the quiz instructions really mean smaller than EVERY country it borders. I can see how there might be confusion.
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Level 43
Aug 18, 2020
Remember, it's in alphabetical order.
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Level 75
Sep 16, 2020
This was one of my favorite quizzes. You need to know SO much to do well. You need to have a good handle on country population, names of countries, AND borders. Got them all with 11 seconds to spare.
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Level 70
Feb 10, 2021
Shouldn't Malawi be on this list? What am I missing?
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Level 62
May 19, 2021
Malawi has a population of about 18.63 million. It's neighbor, Zambia, has about 17.86 people.
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Level 70
Apr 21, 2021
Got a slow start, then realized the instructions should say "... that have a smaller population than *each* country they share a land border with..." Good quiz!
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Level 70
Nov 15, 2021
Why isn't King Fahd Passport Island considered a land border between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain?
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Level 59
Dec 13, 2021
Jordan has a bigger population than its neighbour Israel
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Level 66
Dec 23, 2021
ABC order allowed me to get the last three or four.
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Level 64
Feb 6, 2022
Shouldn't CAR be on this list ? It is less populated than all its neighbors
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Level 58
Mar 5, 2022
Microstates' time to shine!
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Level 40
Aug 5, 2022
That was fun, ty