Country Connect by Closest Non-Neighbor

Start with the biggest country. Than enter the closest non-neighbor to the country which hasn't already been done. Continue until you have done all the countries in the world.
No territories, and no dubious borders (except Saudi Arabia-Qatar border, which is counted)
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Last updated: December 1, 2021
First submittedNovember 30, 2021
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Answer
Russia
United States
Bahamas
Cuba
Haiti
Jamaica
Dominican Republic
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Antigua and Barbuda
Dominica
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Grenada
Trinidad and Tobago
Venezuela
Suriname
Barbados
Guyana
Colombia
Costa Rica
Honduras
Belize
El Salvador
Nicaragua
Panama
Ecuador
Brazil
Chile
Paraguay
Uruguay
Bolivia
Guatemala
Peru
Argentina
Mexico
Canada
Iceland
Norway
Denmark
Sweden
Germany
Liechtenstein
Italy
Monaco
Switzerland
Luxembourg
Netherlands
France
United Kingdom
Belgium
Austria
Croatia
Albania
Serbia
Greece
Kosovo
Bulgaria
Ukraine
Lithuania
Estonia
Finland
Latvia
Poland
Hungary
Czechia
Slovenia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Romania
Slovakia
Belarus
Moldova
Turkey
Cyprus
Syria
Saudi Arabia
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
Iraq
Azerbaijan
Turkmenistan
Tajikistan
Pakistan
Kyrgyzstan
Afghanistan
India
Sri Lanka
Maldives
Seychelles
Madagascar
Comoros
Mozambique
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Gabon
Angola
Botswana
Lesotho
Eswatini
Answer
Zimbabwe
Namibia
Malawi
Burundi
Uganda
Ethiopia
Yemen
Djibouti
Sudan
Kenya
Rwanda
South Sudan
Chad
Algeria
Spain
Morocco
Portugal
Andorra
Tunisia
Malta
Libya
Israel
Iran
Oman
Qatar
Bahrain
United Arab Emirates
Kuwait
Armenia
Kazakhstan
Mongolia
North Korea
Japan
South Korea
China
Taiwan
Philippines
Malaysia
Singapore
Indonesia
Australia
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Vanuatu
Fiji
Tonga
Samoa
Kiribati
Tuvalu
Nauru
Marshall Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Palau
East Timor
Brunei
Vietnam
Thailand
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Nepal
Myanmar
Cambodia
Uzbekistan
Georgia
North Macedonia
Montenegro
San Marino
Vatican City
Ireland
Mauritania
Gambia
Guinea-Bissau
Mali
Nigeria
Togo
Niger
Ghana
Benin
Ivory Coast
Sierra Leone
Senegal
Liberia
Burkina Faso
Guinea
Cape Verde
Cameroon
Sao Tome and Principe
Equatorial Guinea
Republic of the Congo
Zambia
South Africa
Tanzania
Somalia
Eritrea
Central African Republic
Mauritius
Laos
New Zealand
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Level 87
Nov 30, 2021
The Vatican and San Marino wield a lot of clout in this quiz.
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Level 86
Nov 30, 2021
Too much time. 25 mins max necessary.
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Level 65
Dec 1, 2021
Great quiz!
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Level 51
Dec 1, 2021
Thank you!
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Level 72
Dec 1, 2021
Very creative.
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Level 51
Dec 1, 2021
Thank you!
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Level 63
Jul 15, 2022
It was crazy, but fun.
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Level 57
Jul 15, 2022
Really great and awesome
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Level 69
Jul 15, 2022
Several answers were suspicious, but the one I'm sure is just wrong is the idea that Niger is closer to Ghana than to Cameroon. It's almost exactly twice as far away. That makes me not have a lot of confidence in the other suspicious answers either.

Also, excluding territories is a very strange choice. It gets into a lot of grey area as to what exactly constitutes a territory.

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Level 36
Jul 15, 2022
yeah, i checked again if niger borders cameroon because of this and cameroons arm doesnt reach entirely to niger. also, including territories would be more fun since you have to think about those european possesions
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Level 51
Jul 15, 2022
I'll add a territory one when I get time I guess. The program I used for calculating distances didn't have territories so I left them out
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Level 51
Jul 15, 2022
Thanks for pointing it out. I will fix this quiz and cry and then cry even more if Russia gets within 4 km of Moldova:(
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Level 69
Jul 15, 2022
No problem. Don't cry tho D:

You can generally measure distances with Google Maps. The problem is that it's always possible to overlook something if you do it yourself, plus when it's really really close, it becomes not a good tool for that anymore (not sure whether that one would actually come up ever in this particular quiz). I can try to come up with a version including territories, but I am almost guaranteed to miss something at some point/

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Level 51
Jul 15, 2022
Yeah I used a program I found online not google maps. I dont think i will fix this quiz i will instead make a quiz with territories included though
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Level 69
Jul 15, 2022
Okay my attempt at the start of a territorial-inclusive one is as follows (ignoring Antarctica completely because it is stupid and un-fun)

Russia > USA > UK (Virgin Islands to the other Virgin Islands) > France (Anguilla to St Martin) > Canada (St Pierre) > Norway (Svalbard) > Denmark > Sweden > Germany > Liechtenstein > Italy > Monaco > Switzerland > Luxembourg* > Netherlands > St Kitts & Nevis (Sint Eustatius).

No idea if there's something I overlooked, but hitting France and the UK right away meant I checked a lot of island distances. Only other things that are likely to impact anything is Spain bordering Morocco, and Aus/NZ islands, and I'm tired, so I stopped here.

*Holy heck, Switzerland is almost exactly the same distance from Luxembourg and Slovenia. Within 1km. I measure Luxembourg as slightly closer, and you had that already so I'm inclined to assume you were right.

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Level 74
Jul 15, 2022
Excellent. BRAVO !
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Level 66
Jul 15, 2022
Nice quiz! But i'd like to remind you that Spain and Morocco do share a border, because Ceuta and Melilla, two Spanish cities, are surounded by Moroccan territory.
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Level 51
Jul 15, 2022
Thanks!

Just btw, I had done this without territories in mind (listed in the description) (including Ceuta and Melilla, which are arguably not territories in fact). It doesn't matter because I am making a new one with territories.

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Level 59
Jul 17, 2022
Why is the Saudi-Arabia/Qatar border dubious? They are both clearly connected by land. Or do you mean the Saudi-Arabia/Bahrain border on Passport Island?
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Level 51
Jul 18, 2022
Yeah I mean the Bahrain one got mixed up:)