Five Countries with the Longest Coastline by Continent

Can you name the five countries that have the longest coastlines within each continent?
Includes marginal seas such as the Mediterranean, but not the Caspian Sea or lakes
Includes overseas territories of countries. One country filled in to avoid confusion.
Modified from this source
Quiz by Quizzer6794
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Last updated: April 23, 2019
First submittedSeptember 26, 2015
Times taken59,878
Average score89.3%
Rating4.96
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Africa
5,440
Madagascar
3,840
Mozambique
3,790
Egypt
3,070
South Africa
2,710
Morocco
 
 
Asia
52,900
Russia
52,500
Indonesia
17,300
Philippines
16,800
China
15,500
Japan
Europe
27,400
Norway
20,200
Russia
12,100
United Kingdom
9,480
Greece
6,520
Sweden
 
 
North America
137,000
Canada
67,100
United States
43,700
Denmark (Greenland)
15,600
Mexico
5,750
Cuba
Oceania
34,100
Australia
11,200
Papua New Guinea
10,300
New Zealand
4,500
Solomon Islands
2,270
Vanuatu
 
 
South America
31,300
Chile
18,700
Brazil
5,910
Argentina
5,480
Venezuela
3,560
Colombia
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Level 71
Apr 23, 2016
Good quiz, makes you think and that's the idea of a good quiz.
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Level 64
Apr 23, 2016
Thank you, and that's true logic. :)
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Level 37
Jul 3, 2020
I have one criticism, in your source it says Fiji has about 340 more miles/kilometers than Vanuatu does so could you change that possibly?
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Level 37
Jan 29, 2017
I feel ashamed. I forgot about UK, so popular country in Europe. BTW nice quiz :D
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Level 81
Apr 22, 2019
I only got UK when, on a whim, I was guessing Ukraine. In hindsight it should have been obvious.
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Level 74
Apr 24, 2019
Really? Ukraine?
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Level 55
Aug 20, 2020
I guessed Ukraine as well, mostly because I forgot Crimea wouldn't count anymore.
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Level 72
Feb 18, 2022
I also had the problem that my brain kept confusing coastlines with borders often. I thought of Ukraine because of its long border, then realised its coastline is much smaller. This happened with other countries like India and Brazil.
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Level 61
Apr 22, 2019
Morocco longer than Somalia, interesting
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Level 80
Apr 22, 2019
Easy with Western Sahara
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Level 30
Feb 24, 2022
if south morocco was counted or as you call western sahara it wpuld be more than 3400 km
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Level 58
Apr 22, 2019
Kiribati longer than Vanuatu? Vanuatu has 2520 km of coastline
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Level ∞
Apr 23, 2019
My mistake. Now fixed.
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Level 75
Apr 23, 2019
Are the numbers km or miles?
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Level ∞
Apr 24, 2019
Kilometers.
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Level 83
Apr 25, 2019
based on some previous silly complaints this quiz should have been impossible for me to take as I grew up learning miles. But in reality I didn't actually notice as it is completely irrelevant.
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Level 30
Feb 18, 2022
If it's irrelevant why do you care? I can do pretty well in both the metric system and the imperial system, but the literal entire world outside Myanmar and the USA uses the metric system.
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Level 48
Feb 19, 2022
AND Liberia.
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Level 83
May 15, 2022
Apparently it's harder to understand someone's point using the metric system.
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Level 50
Apr 24, 2019
New Zealand has a longer coastline than the UK, China, Mexico and Brazil. Please check.
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Level 87
Apr 24, 2019
Seems reasonable. NZ is bigger than you might expect, certainly bigger than the UK. China and Brazil have coastlines on the east only (whereas NZ counts all the way around). Mexico is actually listed as more than NZ (15,600 vs. 10,300).
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Level ∞
Apr 24, 2019
Mexico has a lot of coast. Consider the Baja Peninsula. The coast of UK is very irregular. The numbers are accurate based on the map that I used. The source is posted.
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Level 47
Apr 24, 2019
to be fair, there is the coastline paradox...
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Level 55
Aug 20, 2020
...No it doesn't? on the quiz it shows new zealand lower than all 4 of those. unless you were saying it should show new zealand on the quiz as higher?
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Level 40
Apr 24, 2019
There should be Italy instead of Sweden following "The World Factbook"
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Level 37
Jul 9, 2019
Why is Egypt in the top 5 for Africa when in the top 10 African countries with the most coastline it doesn't appear anywhere? I find this very confusing.
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Level 64
Aug 1, 2019
This quiz uses data from the World Factbook, but that one uses info from JetPunk's formula to calculate coastlines. There's no real standard because of the coastline paradox.
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Level 47
Aug 2, 2019
Kind of surprised India wasn't on the list. Still got them all though.
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Level 59
Aug 2, 2019
surfs up. nice quiz.
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Level 30
Aug 2, 2019
cant believe i forgot indonesia and phillipines
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Level 48
Aug 3, 2019
Why didn't I get points when I got 27 countries right and the average is 25?

By the way, I forgot the Philippines *facepalm*

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Level 77
Aug 3, 2019
That feeling when you miss China because you thought you'd already typed it. Sigh.
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Level 29
Aug 3, 2019
When you think you've exhausted all countries in europe when you miss Greece. Darn shishgabobs!
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Level 67
Aug 9, 2019
You mean shish kebab?
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Level 65
Nov 25, 2019
Because of the Koch Snowflake and Coastline Paradox, every coastline is infinite
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Level 72
Mar 10, 2020
Actually, every coastline is just ridiculously long, if you measure from atom to atom
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Level 55
Aug 20, 2020
Or Subsubatomic particle to Subsubatomic particle.
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Level 68
Jan 2, 2020
Italy?
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Level 64
Jan 2, 2020
Just below Sweden, at 6050 km
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Level 72
Jan 25, 2020
I thought Guinea Bissau would have made it in Africa
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Level 48
Feb 18, 2020
whut about somalia
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Level 46
Jul 14, 2020
i thought that aswell
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Level 48
Feb 18, 2020
were iz peru
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Level 57
Feb 18, 2022
South of Colombia, south and east of Ecuador, north of Chile, northwest of Bolivia, and west of Brazil.
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Level 43
Aug 10, 2022
you forgot east of the pacific ocean
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Level 48
Mar 31, 2020
surprised no india
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Level 56
Apr 2, 2020
Bam! Another quiz aced.
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Level 65
Jun 7, 2020
good quiz
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Level 32
Jun 19, 2020
somalia should be here, jetpunk does not recognize somaliland
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Level 55
Aug 20, 2020
Somalia should not be here as its coastline is shorter than that of Morocco
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Level 60
Aug 9, 2020
Just out of curiosity, how long is the coastline of the Indonesian part of New Guinea? By looking at the map, it seems way larger than Vanuatu, but that of course can be deceptive, since Vanuatu is a lot of small islands. If it is more, then Indonesia should be listed in both continents, similar to Russia.
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Level 55
Aug 20, 2020
I don't know if Jetpunk considers Indonesia transcontinental, but maybe it does, it's worth a check.
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Level 60
Aug 22, 2020
Wait, so Venezuela's coastline is equal to the entire circumference of Madagascar?! That has to be the most unbelievable fact I have heard in a while....
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Level 71
Aug 23, 2020
In Venezuela check out 'Lago de Maracaibo' and 'Punto Fijo' in the west, plus there's the Orinoco delta in the east... It does seem unbelievable though I agree.
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Level 71
Sep 4, 2020
The coastline paradox makes these quizzes really dumb, it's all about guessing really.
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Level 60
Nov 7, 2020
Yes, I thought Somalia would be on this list
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Level 71
Feb 18, 2022
As long as you use the same method to "guess" each country then it's valid, isn't it?
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Level 39
Apr 1, 2021
I wrote my last answer 1 second before the deadline.
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Level 47
Aug 4, 2021
Only missed Vanuatu on my first go. Great quiz.
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Level 66
Oct 18, 2021
Fun quiz, having to think where the countries are and not just know the largest ones. Nice. Thank you.
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Level 36
Feb 6, 2022
how about Peru? Don't forget the Inca
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Level 36
Feb 6, 2022
Philippines got race with China, yes gas gas gas
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Level 57
Feb 18, 2022
Didn't think Japan had a bigger coastline than India, but I guess given the whole country is full of islands, its justified. Great quiz.
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Level 36
Feb 18, 2022
Only missed Mozambique
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Level 16
Feb 18, 2022
Cool quiz. I forgot Egypt, Greece, and Vanuatu. wait... Vanuatu? wow...
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Level 59
Feb 18, 2022
1:33 remaining
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Level 51
Feb 18, 2022
The only one I missed was China!
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Level 32
Feb 18, 2022
Canada just built different.
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Level 43
Feb 18, 2022
Canada's coastline is longer than the next four North American countries' coastlines combined.
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Level 30
Feb 24, 2022
Morocco's coastline is more than 3400 km
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Level 44
Apr 5, 2022
When in doubt, spam every country touching the coast
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Level 83
May 15, 2022
Thanks for the pro tip. I was having no luck at all guessing all the land-locked countries.
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Level 28
Jul 11, 2022
What a swell guy