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Countries with the Most People Bordering Them

Name the countries that have the greatest combined population in the countries that border them.
Land borders only. Sea borders excluded.
Population as of 18 June 2023. More info here.
Quiz by joez
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Last updated: June 18, 2023
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First submittedNovember 27, 2017
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Population
# Borders
Country
3.11 bil
5
Myanmar
2.99 bil
4
Pakistan
2.86 bil
2
Bhutan
2.86 bil
2
Nepal
2.11 bil
14
China
1.93 bil
6
India
1.82 bil
6
Afghanistan
1.68 bil
5
Laos
1.63 bil
3
North Korea
1.63 bil
5
Kazakhstan
Population
# Borders
Country
1.60 bil
14
Russia
1.58 bil
2
Mongolia
1.52 bil
4
Tajikistan
1.50 bil
4
Kyrgyzstan
1.48 bil
3
Vietnam
1.46 bil
2
Bangladesh
433 mil
7
Iran
428 mil
10
France
386 mil
6
South Sudan
362 mil
3
Mexico
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Level 59
Nov 27, 2017
Great quiz!
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Level 72
Nov 28, 2017
Thanks.
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2019
Yea very interesting and original!
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Level 66
Nov 28, 2017
Nice! Maybe this could be extended by having it for each continent...
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Level 72
Nov 28, 2017
Thanks. I'm working on it.
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Level 82
Nov 28, 2017
Nice idea :)
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Level 70
Nov 28, 2017
Aka countries which border China, India or USA + 2 wild cards. :-D
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Level 72
Nov 29, 2017
Countries that border China or India. No need for America, only one answer borders it.
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2019
Basicly yes, Actually you could leave India out aswell, it only gives Bangladesh. So countries bordering China + Bangladesh, Mexico, France and Malaysia.
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2019
Ow, and iran. Funnily, the extra ones where indeed the toughest ones, for me atleast. Missed 3 of those, got everything else.
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Level 27
Jan 26, 2024
The country in Africa?
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Level 68
Aug 3, 2022
*or identify as France
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Level 68
Nov 28, 2017
Counting the border with Brazil, France has about 418 million.
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Level 60
Nov 28, 2017
France surely should be on here, with its border with Germany, Italy, Spain and Brazil it should be here with 395 million (without the other the populations of the other bordering countries
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Level ∞
Nov 28, 2017
My mistake. Those borders were missing from my database!
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Level 89
Apr 20, 2019
Once again, France cheats with Guiana.
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Level 46
Dec 13, 2019
I keep forgeting that border with brazil...
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Level 71
Aug 1, 2023
also borders the Netherlands
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Level 76
Nov 28, 2017
Nice idea, but it ends up just being countries that border India/China. It would work a lot better if the number of answers was expanded to 30/40 or so, I think.
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Level 79
Nov 29, 2017
Or just make 'Countries with the most people bordering them with exceptions'.
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Level 75
Apr 4, 2018
Sure, but it's kind of fun having a highest-population quiz in which Bhutan is third.
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Level 47
Mar 14, 2018
Somehow I almost forgot Burma/Myanmar
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Level 62
May 18, 2020
@tschalla i second that
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Level 72
Jul 7, 2020
Well, the photograph of Pagan at the top of the quiz did provide a clue. :)
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Level 43
Mar 22, 2018
Thought Niger would make it but it's apparently a bit short
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Level 76
Apr 4, 2018
If Mexico is in this quiz, why isn't Canada? Both border the USA
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Level 66
Apr 4, 2018
because Mexico borders other countries too, namely Belize and Guatemala. Canada borders only USA
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Level 77
Apr 4, 2018
Mexico also has borders with Guatemala and Belize, which gives it about another 17 million. Looks like just enough to bump it onto the quiz.
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Level 32
Apr 4, 2018
If this quiz was a little further, Canada would be on here.
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Level 59
Apr 4, 2018
South Sudan has to be a close miss!

Will be on here in a few years for sure..

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Level 55
Apr 4, 2018
Very close! 320.2 million people!
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Level 76
Aug 31, 2020
Bolivia is also quite close at around 310 million, but I doubt it will make the list any time soon
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Level 72
Aug 9, 2021
It's on now. And it's going up fast.
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Level 43
Apr 4, 2018
Surprised myself by getting all these.. interesting quiz though!
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Level 39
Apr 4, 2018
I think I did not understand the quiz. i just got 4.
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Level 70
Apr 4, 2018
Great idea! This kinda devolved, though, into a quiz called "What borders India and China?" All the same, it's really interesting to think about some of these lesser known nations with such hordes of people living just across their borders. An upheaval on one location could quickly turn into a real humanitarian crisis for a neighbor.
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Level 65
Apr 4, 2018
Fun! A quiz "countries with the *least* people bordering them" might be an interesting more difficult version!
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Level 51
Apr 4, 2018
that wouldn't work because it will just be islands. If you dont include islands that might be good though
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2019
errr islands dont border ANY countries, so they wouldnt be on it by default.
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Level 32
Apr 4, 2018
Yeah, that would be a good idea.
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Level 51
Apr 4, 2018
can you guys check out my account and maybe try my quizzes!
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Level 63
Apr 4, 2018
Damn French Guiana gets me every time! :-P
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Level 64
Apr 4, 2018
100%!
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Level 86
Apr 5, 2018
I thought Bolivia would make it, but I seems to be just over 300 million.
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Level 26
Apr 6, 2018
When you run out of countries bordering india and/or china.
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Level 55
Apr 6, 2018
Why is there such a lack of African countries? As well, what are the nearest misses?
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Level 72
Jul 7, 2020
Because Africa is cut up into 54 countries, and the population of the whole continent is somewhat less than EITHER China or India.
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Level 55
Apr 7, 2018
It seems that the aforementioned South Sudan will be on this quiz in the very near future. As well, it seems that Niger will also be making the quiz soon; my rough calculations show Niger at around 300 million.

If Sudan did not split, it would definitely make the quiz.

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Level 63
Apr 12, 2019
Quite interesting.
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Level 77
May 26, 2020
I was so busy remembering all the countries that border China and India that I guessed all but two - you guessed it: China and India! What a donkey!
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Level 82
Jul 26, 2021
Just saw your comment. Basically said the same thing below.
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Level 31
May 27, 2021
Heyy Can I translate this quiz in french ?
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Level 71
Jul 24, 2021
Nice Quiz!
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Level 64
Jul 25, 2021
Liked the idea very much!

Stupidly neglected to answer Iran -_-'

Thanks!

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Level 82
Jul 26, 2021
Concentrated on getting the harder ones - the sub-1 billion ones - first and then just listed all countries that border China and India. Was stuck with two remaining, until, with little time to go, I realised I hadn't done China and India themselves.
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Level 60
Aug 6, 2021
Would be a nice to have the same quiz, but excluding countries bordering India and China, that would be interesting :v)
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Level 67
Aug 6, 2021
Just missed South Sudan, I guessed several African countries including Sudan but didn't really think of it
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Level 50
Apr 2, 2022
i can't believe i forgot china and india...
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Level 56
Apr 29, 2022
So close to getting South Sudan, I tried a few Sub-Saharan countries but gave up at Uganda...
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Level 29
May 9, 2022
I got South Sudan but not Tajikistan or Kyrgyzstan lol
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2022
I was tricked by the franco-brazilian border and I'm always remember them in other quizzes and I'm a braziian myself.
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Level 67
Oct 17, 2022
This time I remembered France-Brazil border.
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Level 59
Jan 18, 2023
Super lame to include France.
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Level 60
May 18, 2023
I agree it's only on there because of exclaves
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Level 68
Jul 31, 2023
lmao whats Alaska then
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Level 49
Apr 22, 2023
would have never guessed south sudan
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Level 60
May 18, 2023
If you think about it, borders Sudan, Ethiopia, etc, lots of high population countries.
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Level 65
May 29, 2023
France get a massive score thanks to its border with Monaco
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Level 64
Jun 6, 2023
Most of these are countries that border India or China, or both :P
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Level 75
Jul 31, 2023
Only having one in Africa surprised me - I bet that's gonna change soon.
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Level 76
Jul 31, 2023
My dyslexic brain thought the quiz name was “Countries with the most Boring people” I was kind of bummed when I reread it lol
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Level 33
Jul 31, 2023
how does mexico only border 300 mil
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Level 34
Aug 1, 2023
Just name the countries that border China lmao
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Level 47
Aug 10, 2023
So basically Countries bordering China and India