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Most Populated Countries Bordering the Pacific Ocean

Can you name the sixteen most populous countries that border the Pacific Ocean?
Population estimates: Worldometer, August 2022
Not including overseas territories or regions
Quiz by Gamer1162
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Last updated: August 14, 2022
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First submittedOctober 13, 2016
Times taken73,601
Average score93.8%
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Population
Country
1,459 m
China
335 m
United States
280 m
Indonesia
146 m
Russia
132 m
Mexico
126 m
Japan
113 m
Philippines
99.2
Vietnam
Population
Country
70.2
Thailand
52.0
Colombia
51.4
South Korea
38.4
Canada
33.9
Peru
33.2
Malaysia
26.1
Australia
26.0
North Korea
73 Comments
+12
Level 43
Mar 1, 2017
Easy Peasy
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Level 60
Aug 25, 2021
Peasy Easy
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Level 37
Feb 22, 2022
ysae ysaep
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Level 78
Aug 14, 2022
Easy Way Easy Pay
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Level 64
Oct 27, 2022
Barely an inconvenience
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Level 41
Dec 9, 2022
epaesaysy
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Level 36
May 19, 2023
ayseayeaye
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Level 66
Mar 1, 2017
Briefly forgot about the Americas side of the Pacific, and once AGAIN completely forgot the Philippines. I don't know why I never remember that place.
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Level 63
Mar 1, 2017
I got it this time, but usually I forget it exists too. And Turkey.
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Level 72
Apr 15, 2017
Those are my two worst nightmares
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Level 86
Mar 8, 2020
For me it is the Korea's. I have no clue why. I almost always miss them on the Empty Map quiz.

The only reason I got them now, was because I started thinking about what I always forget when I read this comment

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Level 90
May 13, 2020
I used to always have problems remembering the Philippines and Turkey. I think I've gotten better over time.
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Level 66
May 10, 2021
It is Malta and El Salvador for me.
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Level 67
Oct 26, 2022
Philippines, Taiwan and Cyprus are my main issues, but I often miss a dumb one or two. This time I almost missed Peru. I was following the Pacific coast down the Americas and for some reason my brain was like, "Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Chile"
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Level 59
Oct 26, 2022
I also often forget about Turkey. My neighbors are turkish and they are very nice people, why do I keep forgetting their former homeland?
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Level 70
Oct 26, 2022
I always forget because as I scan through the map in my head, I go through the middle east, eastern europe, russia, and the stan countries, and I don't really consider Turkey to be any of those, they are just right in the middle, so I always forget Turkey
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Level 43
Oct 30, 2022
Yeah. I always forget Madagascar and Malta
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Level 66
Jun 6, 2023
2 years later, I'm forgetting Taiwan and Samoa.
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Level 62
Apr 27, 2019
I also forget about the Philippines every damn time...

And Burkina Faso, but that has nothing to do with this quiz.

Good to know there are people with the same struggles

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Level 69
Mar 10, 2020
Forgot all about Canada, and I am Canadian.
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Level 70
Aug 19, 2022
That's why if you've got something to hide, hide it in plain sight.
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Level 61
May 13, 2020
me too, I forget the Philippines and Hungary
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Level 32
Aug 12, 2021
Same for me it’s phillipines,Taiwan,turkey and Vietnam but I’m glad people have similar struggles
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Level 71
Aug 19, 2022
Me too on Philippines. They always evade my brain's map. I think I don't categorize them with East Asia (china, Japan, Taiwan, Koreas), and not with the Indochina peninsula countries, and also not with the southern island countries, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore etc. I really should be grouping with Indonesia and friends.
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Level 60
Mar 1, 2017
Yes! 100%!
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Level 66
Mar 1, 2017
According to Wikipedia, North Korea has about 1,000,000 more people than Australia, which actually surprises me.
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Level 68
Mar 16, 2017
A while ago, according to Wikipedia, Mark Hamill was born on Tatooine.
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Level 51
Aug 7, 2017
According to Wikipedia a while ago, Kwame Watson-Siriboe was loaned to a grave.
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Level 52
Jun 9, 2021
but it was a while ago, and now its good
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Level 35
Mar 2, 2017
Dang one second left with australia guess i wasnt thinking about it
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Level 70
Aug 30, 2018
I TOTALLY FORGET United States. Oh no!
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Level 20
Jan 24, 2019
You Forget UK and France (they are in the pacific ocean too :3, territories counts)
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Level 66
Feb 3, 2019
...except when there's a caveat. All hail to the all powerful caveat!
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Level 47
Sep 1, 2019
I'm surprised Australia wasn't on this quiz
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Level 66
Sep 18, 2019
Yes, Australia should be there.
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Level 69
Sep 26, 2019
Yeah, we've got about as many as it says DPRK has.
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Level ∞
Mar 10, 2020
So we should ignore population estimates and go with "gut feel"?
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Level ∞
Mar 10, 2020
Australia is very close to passing North Korea however, and probably will in the next couple of years.
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Level ∞
Aug 14, 2022
And now it happened. Congrats to Australia!
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Level 78
Aug 14, 2022
Imagine how well they’d do on a quiz counting sheep bordering the Pacific Ocean.
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Level 59
Dec 24, 2022
I would make it but I would fall asleep if I did
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Level 65
Oct 25, 2019
What about Argentina? In some other quizzes it is considered to border the Pacific Ocean, see e.g. https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/30825/countries-bordering-two-or-more-oceans
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Level 75
Apr 29, 2020
Tricky decision... Check it on the map and make up your own mind...
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Level 31
Apr 29, 2020
Closest Misses:

Australia: 278,932 away, Taiwan: 1,962,041 away, Chile: 6,662,615 away, Guatemala: 7,863,248 away, Ecuador: 8,135,762 away

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Level 58
May 13, 2020
to all the experts who took the test with a map on the table
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Level 70
May 13, 2020
yes that makes a lot of sense...

To all of them what?

And if they needed a map they wouldnt be experts would they..

I have a feeling you didnt get a score you were happy with.

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Level 64
May 13, 2020
Cambodia: About 9,000,000 away.
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Level 68
May 13, 2020
Woah I zoned out and got Peru with 22 seconds remaining
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Level 43
May 13, 2020
I'm brazilian, I wrong Colombia and I write "North Corea", with C, and it's North Korea, with K! I think it's because in Brazil it's "Coreia do Norte". OMG!
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Level 43
May 13, 2020
And I write South Corea, with C, and is South Korea, with K! Afffff!
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Level 66
May 10, 2021
Oc, so are saying we should replace c with c to mace this better? That would sound cinda weird if you asc me.
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Level 52
Jun 9, 2021
i lice it
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Level 66
Jun 8, 2020
too easy. 1:23 remaining
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Level 65
Jan 29, 2021
I kinda didn't expect NK to be on there.
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Level 23
Jun 4, 2021
Hello how are u i am under the water plzz help me WUUUUU
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Level 47
Dec 1, 2021
Im a worse offender, Ive forgotten Italy on Countries of Italian Empire quizzes
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Level 49
Jan 19, 2022
almost forgot canada
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Level 36
Jan 27, 2022
Ah, Mexico, It got me
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Level 74
Aug 15, 2022
Got them so fast then say staring at the last one. I very almost missed Australia. PS Hi from Australia.
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Level 67
Sep 21, 2022
so.... guess who forgor russia....
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Level 11
Oct 26, 2022
France should be included in this
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Level 65
Nov 2, 2022
Neither Polynesia, New Caledonia nor Wallis & Futuna are integrated as overseas regions, and thus are only counted as territories by Jetpunk rules.
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Level 68
Oct 26, 2022
So 11% guessed South Korea but not North Korea?
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Level 65
Nov 2, 2022
Probably expected North Korea to be less populated
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Level 67
Oct 27, 2022
surprised that Taiwan isnt here
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Level 60
Oct 12, 2023
It falls about 2.5 million short.
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Level 20
Dec 8, 2022
forgot vietnam💀(Though Vietnam was in the Indian Ocean)
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Level 59
May 29, 2023
Can't Believe North Korea made the list, especially with countries like Taiwan, New Zealand, Chile, and Papua New Guinea.
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Level 37
Jun 3, 2023
Why isn't India on the list?
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Level 66
Jun 6, 2023
India borders the Indian ocean, specifically the Arabian, Laccadive, Andaman, and the Bay of Bengal, but not the Pacific. Indonesia shields the Pacific and in between Indonesian Islands, Cape York, and the Malacca Strait are the endpoints for the Pacific.
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Level 60
Oct 12, 2023
The right column is missing the millions unit.
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Level 89
Feb 21, 2024
I’ve always dreamed of sunbathing on a Thai beach in the, er, Pacific Ocean? Hang on a minute! I have made thirteen circumnavigations of the world, and the previous sentence is simply preposterous. Whatever logic you are using fails. As all seas in the world are physically connected to all other seas, ocean boundaries as such are a human creation. They are arbitrary, but work best when they accurately reflect the geographical reality. Saying Thailand borders the Pacific would be like saying Montenegro borders the Atlantic.

Thailand borders the Andaman Sea to the West, and the Gulf of Thailand to the South and East. The latter is considered a part of the South China Sea, which itself borders the Pacific Ocean.

What next? Ukraine having a coast on the Mediterranean? Russia on the North Sea?

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Level 71
Jul 12, 2024
I mean, I see your point, but geographers agree the South China Sea is part of the Pacific Ocean. The Gulf of Thailand is much better connected to the South China Sea than the Mediterranean is to the Atlantic or the Black is to the Mediterranean. And yes, you can consider the world's oceans one gigantic body of water, but there's a strong argument for where the Pacific ends based on the positions of Sumatra and Java and Australia. It's not perfect by any means, but by your logic, continents don't exist either. Continents and oceans are convenient ways for us to compartmentalize locations.