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15 Biggest Island Countries

In just 3 minutes, try to name the biggest countries located completely on islands.
Area in square kilometers including land and inland water area
Quiz by Jiaozira
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Last updated: July 24, 2019
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First submittedMarch 2, 2016
Times taken115,697
Average score80.0%
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Sq. Km
Country
(7,692,024)
(Australia)
1,910,931
Indonesia
587,041
Madagascar
462,840
Papua New Guinea
377,930
Japan
300,000
Philippines
270,467
New Zealand
242,495
United Kingdom
Sq. Km
Country
109,884
Cuba
103,000
Iceland
70,273
Ireland
65,610
Sri Lanka
48,671
Dominican Republic
36,193
Taiwan
28,896
Solomon Islands
27,750
Haiti
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Level 69
Feb 1, 2017
Taiwan! I knew I'd forgotten a biggy
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Level 44
Mar 3, 2017
Why is Australia already filled in? Also, I thought Papua New Guinea had a border with Indonesia
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Level 70
Mar 3, 2017
Just to clear this up: Australia is sometimes considered a continent, especially in a geographical sense, therefore disqualifying it as an island. It is filled in from the start for those who consider it an island. Also, a country can have international borders and still be an island country. For example, the United Kingdom shares a border with the Republic of Ireland on the island of Ireland, but this does not mean the Republic of Ireland is not a country. The same goes for Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, who both share the island of New Guinea, making them island countries.
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Level 75
Apr 16, 2017
Australia could be both?
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Level 69
Apr 27, 2017
Then Afroeurasia or the Americas might as well be an island too, but it's almost never classified as one.
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Level 25
Nov 22, 2021
thats true i was thinking and then the correction said indonesia and papua new guinea that arent islands becuse they border eachoter
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Level 74
Apr 16, 2017
Just out of curiosity. When is an island an island? Artificial islands count, right? But what if you dig a canal? If one of the two pieces of land on either side is then surrounded by water and only reached by crossing bridges or taking a ferry, has it become an island? If the answer is yes, then Denmark becomes interesting, as there is the Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal) which separates the Northern tip of Germany which borders Denmark. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiel_Canal
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Level 70
Apr 16, 2017
Denmark is not considered an island country. Although there are canals, that does not turn the Jutland peninsula into an island.
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Level 74
Apr 16, 2017
Yet we let another man-made canal determine the divide between continents: the Suez canal. :)
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Level 76
Apr 16, 2017
No it doesn't. That political/geographical divide existed long before the canal was built.
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Level 16
Aug 13, 2018
The border of Africa and Asia was not determined by the Suez canal. The Suez canal was built on the border of Africa and Asia. Also, using a simple definition of 'island,' like what you are doing, would make many places an island. South America would be an island to North America and vice versa due to the Panama canal. Africa would be an island to Asia and Europe due to the Suez canal and Mediterranean sea respectively. Singapore could arguably not be an island due to the Johor-Singapore causeway. Good try though.
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Level 68
Oct 19, 2019
Manmade structures dont count as division even though americans think that cause of american continent
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Level 61
Nov 1, 2023
Nobody thinks that way. It’s just logical to see how North and South America are connected and to consider them separate continents.
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Level 27
Apr 16, 2017
When you put Marshall Islands in, it doesn't work, so you don't bother trying Solomon Islands
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Level 74
Nov 22, 2021
Maybe change "you" to "I" ...
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Level 80
Sep 10, 2022
That moment when the Marshall Islands is actually one of the smallest countries on earth…
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Level 62
Apr 16, 2017
Why does Indonesia count while Malaysia is exempted?
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Level 60
Jan 23, 2019
Might have something to do with the fact that part of Malaysia lies on continental Asia while the description namely asks for countries that are locatet completely on islands. Just a wild guess. :-)
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Level 69
Apr 17, 2017
I want to congratulate you deep within my heart for counting Australia in this.
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Level 16
Aug 13, 2018
Why? cus it's obviously an island?
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Level 43
Nov 7, 2019
There are 7 continents, one of which is Australia. As it is a continent, it cannot be an island. Just as Antarctica cannot be called an island.
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Level 35
Feb 9, 2021
Why is Australia a continent. In my opinion Oceania is the right term because if it takes up like 80% of landmass then Europe should be called Russia or North America should be called Canada
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Level 70
Feb 9, 2021
I prefer Oceania too. However, Australia is considered a physical continent, in terms of geology (which I will not even pretend to be knowledgeable about). However, I will say that 'continents' in the way that I use, and the way I see most often used in general, are essentially man-made regions. There is no reason as far as I'm aware that Hawaii should be grouped with Australia under Oceania, other than that us humans like to group everything into neat catagories, and Hawaii is historically a Polynesian region like much closer territories to Australia (New Zealand for example) so we can justify that decision. This quiz discounts Australia because it is a continental landmass. Yes it is arbitrary and based on a weird agglomeration of different understandings of what a continent is, but it has wide acceptance and often that is above all the most important quality.
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Level 49
Nov 3, 2022
The justification that I've seen is that unlike other continents which are defined by a landmass, Oceania is defined by an ocean. Doesn't really explain why places like Japan aren't a part of Oceania although I guess you could say that Japan is just too close to Asia whereas Hawaii isn't close to any continent.
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Level 49
Apr 17, 2017
@cpgatbyu now the hmm 36%. I doubt he got them all
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Level 42
Apr 18, 2017
I only missed Taiwan...
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Level 42
Oct 5, 2022
me too..
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Level 65
Apr 18, 2017
oops! I forgot the UK
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Level 37
May 14, 2017
Easy enough till you get to soloman islands, was bigger than I thought
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Level 25
Jun 23, 2017
Whew, got them all first try exept for Solomon Islands... so hard, I thought it was small... I had no idea it was bigger than Haiti!!!!
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Level 65
Sep 8, 2017
say no territories please because i tried greenland and it didnt work
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Level 70
Sep 8, 2017
The title says it all. A country is a country, and doesn't include territories. Greenland is sometimes treated like a country, but here on Jetpunk it is always considered a territory and will be until it formally becomes independent.
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Level 65
Sep 8, 2017
MAJORITY OF US THINK IT IS 100% ISLANDS NOT PART OF AN ISLAND! HAITI IS NOT ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ISLANDS NOT PART OF AN ISLAND for example: Haiti isn't one hundred percent surrounded by water... same with Ireland + UK, Indonesia + Papua New Guinea
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Level 70
Sep 8, 2017
Sure, Haiti has a land border, but it is completely located on an island, shared by the Dominican Republic. Also, it is not majority people who say this, I have never heard someone argue against Indonesia or Ireland not being considered an island country.
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Level 50
Jul 24, 2018
Well, I understood the description. It says 15 biggest countries located entirely on islands. This clearly includes island countries with borders
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Level 74
Aug 3, 2018
It's quite a simple concept. Haiti is entirely on the island of Hispaniola. It shares the island with the Dominican Republic. Therefore, it is an island country with a border with another island country.
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Level 16
Aug 13, 2018
Actually you're the only one I've seen complain about this. Personally, I found it to be painfully obvious what the maker of the quiz meant by the description. Pro tip: get better cognitive skills.
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Level 60
Jul 25, 2020
Just because you have ego so massive THAT YOU HAVE TO WRITE IN ALL CAPS, doesn't make you a majority. Also, calm down, mate.
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Level 78
Nov 4, 2020
Exactly, there's no need to shout. We can hear you just fine.
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Level 67
Nov 24, 2021
I find it telling that 4 years later exactly no one has liked your comment. So much for "MAJORITY OF US."
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Level 45
Jan 8, 2018
Missed Philippines.....
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Level 55
Feb 8, 2018
wait..... but that's 16
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Level 16
Aug 13, 2018
Australia is given and is therefore not included in the number
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Level 73
Apr 5, 2018
I'm actually surprised that the Solomon Islands are bigger than Haiti.
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Level 28
Apr 7, 2018
No idea how I missed Philippines and Iceland... Also missed Solomon Islands but I'm not as alone there.
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Level 61
Jan 13, 2021
Maybe you just forgot?

Happens to the best of us.

I almost thought Iceland didn't even exist because I thought it should be renamed Greenland and Greenland renamed Iceland.

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Level 52
Apr 7, 2018
Jamaica?
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Level 86
Jul 4, 2018
Less than half as big as Haiti.
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Level 69
Aug 3, 2018
I have no idea why I've always imagined that Cyprus is much, much larger than it actually is.
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Level 74
Nov 4, 2019
Only because it's an Asian country with European influenced culture that is the subject of way too much debate on this site
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Level 60
Jul 25, 2020
It might be because when you see a map of Europe, it is always more zoomed in than maps of other continents, probably because it is so small and it fits the same space in greater magnification. So parts of it seems way larger. But when you look at a world map, Europe is actually way smaller than other continents and Cyprus on a world map is really tiny.
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Level 63
Jan 16, 2019
Got them all with 1:22 remaining at 4:27:16 PM on January 16, 2019.
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Level 50
Feb 22, 2019
I forgot one if them........ Ireland.
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Level 78
May 29, 2019
of* :)
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Level 80
Sep 10, 2022
*of :)
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Level 50
Feb 22, 2019
The only one I missed out was Ireland, xD
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Level 37
Mar 12, 2019
got Indonesia and the Philippines but totally spaced on Papua new guinea...
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Level 45
May 29, 2019
I had 14 with 0:36 remaining and couldn't for the life of me get the Philippines so ended with 14 :(
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Level 45
May 3, 2019
Im so stupid...Get everything but Japan (facepalm)
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Level 51
Oct 20, 2019
solomon islands is EASY.
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Level 75
Nov 4, 2019
Not as easy as your m... no, wait, that one's too obvious.

But really, what do you mean they are easy?

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Level 72
Nov 4, 2019
If you took this quiz, you might be interested in "Five biggest islands by country" - https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/108464/five-biggest-islands-by-country
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Level 65
Nov 4, 2019
You should specify that territories are not included
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Level 43
Nov 25, 2021
I thought it's already quite clear on the instructions. "Countries".
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Level 52
Nov 4, 2019
Things that weird the heck out of me : Sri Lanka is an island county but borders India. I am confused lol.
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Level 70
Nov 5, 2019
Sri Lanka doesn't really border India. There was a land bridge that was destroyed by nature hundreds of years back, and today the "border" is always underwater. It's a really weird situation...
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Level 36
Nov 4, 2019
0:02 almost forgot sri lanka !
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Level 24
Nov 6, 2019
How Cyprus is smaller than Solomon Islands?
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Level 70
Nov 6, 2019
Cyprus is very small, only around 9000 kilometres squared.
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Level 50
Feb 8, 2020
Lol got UK and Ireland with 5 seconds, Sri Lanka with 11
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Level 73
Oct 4, 2020
100% 1:18 left... great quiz!!! really easy though
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Level 59
Nov 29, 2020
can someone please tell me how i missed haiti and dominican republic
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Level 61
Jan 13, 2021
*shrugs*

That's all you.

I don't know how you can forget something, you just forget it.

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Level 80
Sep 10, 2022
It seems quite likely that you didn’t type them.
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Level 45
Jan 22, 2021
i typed in solomon and not solomon island..
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Level 44
Jan 25, 2021
Denmark? Greenland?
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Level 70
Jan 25, 2021
Greenland is not a sovereign nation. Also, in order to be called an island country, all the territory must be insular, even if there is more population on the islands as per Denmark. Denmark is the only country to have this anomaly that I can think of.
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Level 46
Jan 29, 2021
How the heck did I miss Japan?!
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Level 28
Mar 13, 2021
Like always great quiz.
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Level 70
Mar 13, 2021
Thank you!
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Level 67
Nov 22, 2021
Just missed Solomon Islands
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Level 62
Nov 22, 2021
Got all except Taiwan... isn't it a province of China according to UN?
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Level 70
Nov 22, 2021
It is functionally a country in all forms except for recognition (thanks to the Mainland China's influence). On Jetpunk quizzes, though, it's fair game as a country (one of three non-UN nations which appears on Jetpunk, Vatican City and Kosovo are the other two).
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Level 73
Nov 22, 2021
Gibraltar isn't on an island, shouldn't that lead to the exclusion of the UK?
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Level 64
Nov 22, 2021
iSlAnD oF eUrAsIa
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Level 50
Nov 1, 2023
eUrAsIaFrIcA
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Level 70
Nov 22, 2021
Countries are from this list, I think the UK is pretty solidly in the "island country" camp.
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Level 58
Nov 22, 2021
Gibraltar isn't part of the UK; it's an overseas territory. The UK is made up of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
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Level 21
Nov 22, 2021
Finally Got a 15/15, Best Quiz Ever
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Level 70
Nov 25, 2021
Cheers, thanks for playing and well done!
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Level 39
Jan 1, 2022
-3,000,000,000 social credit points
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Level 61
Feb 26, 2022
Got PNG with 10 seconds left for a 100%. Took me a stupidly long amount of time to get Indonesia. Great quiz.
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Level 70
Feb 28, 2022
Thank you, and congrats!
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Level 66
Nov 10, 2022
Got Taiwan with 4 seconds to spare, sometimes forget it is just far enough away from the Philippines for me to forget it.
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Level 40
Feb 7, 2023
i thought of papua new guinea, but forgot that New Guinea is an island
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Level 29
May 1, 2023
CLEAR MAP 100 YAY
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Level 50
Nov 1, 2023
Got them all, however I got Solomon Islands last by Googling "28896 sq km country"
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Level 72
Nov 1, 2023
Why would you publicly announce that you were cheating?
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Level 50
Nov 6, 2023
Googling an answer on a JetPunk quiz has never really been considered "cheating". If I wanted, I could try everything I could, quit the quiz, see the last answer, and redo it for full points anyway. You're basically saying that redoing a quiz on JetPunk would be cheating? I think not.

Besides, why would anyone (other than you, apparently) care?

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Level 17
Nov 1, 2023
HOW DID I MISS THE PHILIPPINES-