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Smallest Countries with at Least One Border

Can you name the smallest countries by land area that border at least one other country?
Not counting Bahrain which borders Saudi Arabia on a small artificial island
Quiz by nichster
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Last updated: May 12, 2020
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sq km
borders
country
0.44
1
Vatican City
2.02
1
Monaco
61
1
San Marino
160
2
Liechtenstein
468
2
Andorra
2,586
3
Luxembourg
5,765
1
Brunei
10,452
2
Lebanon
10,887
4
Kosovo
11,295
1
Gambia
sq km
borders
country
11,586
1
Qatar
13,812
4
Montenegro
14,919
1
East Timor
17,364
2
Eswatini
17,818
2
Kuwait
20,273
4
Slovenia
20,770
4
Israel
21,041
2
El Salvador
22,966
2
Belize
23,200
3
Djibouti
70 Comments
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Level 55
May 13, 2020
Thank you for the nice comments. If you want some more interesting stats then here you go:

All of the top 6 are in Europe.

6 are in Asia

Just 3 are in Africa

8 actually have just one border.

6 countries have two borders.

2 are wholly enclaved.

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Level 95
May 12, 2020
Didn't realize Lesotho was larger than many of these! Great quiz
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Level 69
May 14, 2020
I tried it too and wasn't aware of the size of slovenia, though after running out of answers I knew for sure, that was my first estimated guess.

And somehow israel feels too big to be on here. I guess because it makes a lot of the lists european countries do, like higher education. Somehow it feels important so a bit bigger than it actually is.

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Level 25
Jul 1, 2020
I tried Lesotho and didn't think of Slovenia. I strongly suspect the distorted maps we're used to cause a bias, Slovenia looks bigger than it is because it's further away from the equator.
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Level 58
May 5, 2022
The Mercator Projection isn't used here, so no, Slovenia does not appear bigger.
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Level 64
Nov 4, 2022
Roger didn't say he thought the Mercator projection was used, he said that because most of us are used to the Mercator projection a lot of people incorrectly think Slovenia is bigger than it actually is.
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Level 72
May 12, 2020
Needs more time.
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Level 72
May 12, 2020
I would second that. In some ways it's good as it stops you just guessing half the world's countries, but most similar quizzes do have longer times (I think). Really good idea for a quiz though - I'd never appreciated how small Israel and Lebanon are.
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Level 68
May 12, 2020
Thirded
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Level 72
May 12, 2020
Fourthed. If not a full minute, at least another 30 seconds. (In 3 other quizzes I took today, I commented that I thought 30 seconds should be removed :) ).
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Level ∞
May 12, 2020
Adjusted the time. Thanks!
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Level 69
May 14, 2020
Ah allready adjusted, I wanted to comment it feels just right for me, but apparently before it was shorter. Only missed one and was going em that country next to israel, but time was up before I could type it.
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Level 76
May 12, 2020
I found out today that I can type "Djibouti" in about half a second.
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Level 86
May 13, 2020
The sign of a true Jetpunker.
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Level 55
May 13, 2020
How about Cyprus? It has borders with the British sovereign bases.
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Level 70
May 13, 2020
Indeed. And not mentioning that there is a real border to Northern Cyprus.
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Level 75
May 13, 2020
I still don't understand why the difference between the Vatican and Palestine, as both are UN observers. Guess I'll have to come to terms with the US based choices (even Taiwan gets recognized which neither the US, nor the UN do). In my world Taiwan, the Vatican, Kosovo and Palestine are all countries. :)
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Level 59
Jul 1, 2020
that "border" is not recognized which means it's not a border
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Level 61
Jan 17, 2021
Pjotr, it's probably because Palestine doesn't de facto rule their territory meanwhile Taiwan and Vatican have full sovereignty over their territory. You have to draw the line somewhere.
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Level 50
Nov 2, 2022
Hamas controls their chunk from what I understand.
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Level 77
May 13, 2020
Would have never guessed that Djibouti is larger than Belize or Slovenia. Stupid Mercator Projection . . .
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Level 68
Jul 2, 2020
I don't think mercator projection is causing much of a difference between Belize and Djibouti. They're only like 4° different.
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Level 74
May 14, 2020
I'm shocked that Slovenia and Israel are larger than Rwanda, Burundi, or Equatorial Guinea.
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Level 69
May 14, 2020
you mean smaller?
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Level 68
May 25, 2020
yes
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Level 60
Oct 18, 2021
I'm surprised about Israel and Djibouti.
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Level 70
May 14, 2020
I was surprised that Haiti has a greater area than some of these, on the map it looks so small.
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Level 41
Jun 9, 2020
Haiti? Singapore?
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2020
Singapore is an island
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Level 47
Jun 24, 2020
What about Singapore it is connected by bridges?
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Level 60
Jun 30, 2020
Bahrain is connected to Saudi Arabia by a bridge as well...
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Level 78
Jun 30, 2020
But not connected by a land mass.
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Level 58
May 5, 2022
Bridges are man made
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Level 1
Jun 30, 2020
Porque en la prueba de países pequeños me salían mal, países como líbano, mónaco, san marino, brunei y otros que al final salían, inclusive salió un país eswatini?
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Level 24
Jun 30, 2020
Kosovo is not country.
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Level 56
Jun 30, 2020
Yes.
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Level 58
May 5, 2022
More UN member states recognize Kosovo as an independent country than as a Serbian province.

Also Kosovo has full sovereignty over its borders.

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Level 35
Nov 2, 2022
L
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Level 56
Aug 5, 2023
And the Earth is flat.
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Level 78
Jun 30, 2020
Just forgot Montenegro!
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Level 48
Jun 30, 2020
A lot of people are commenting on Israel being so small! I agree that it somehow seems bigger, but it is interestingly smaller than Djibouti or Belize.
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Level 65
Jun 30, 2020
This quiz is great - really had me thinking hard, and I feel lucky to have got it with time to spare.
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Level 52
Jun 30, 2020
Nice quiz thanks. Missed Slovenia, I was thinking about it but didn't write. I was surprised not to see Haiti and Dominican republic on the list.
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Level 38
Jul 1, 2020
Haiti/Dominican Republic are clearly absent and a nice trivia
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Level 39
Jul 3, 2020
No, Haiti = 27,750 sq km; Dominican Republic = 48,442 sq km so neither makes this list.
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Level 58
May 5, 2022
"I feel like they should be here so add them."
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Level 39
Jul 3, 2020
I really enjoyed this one. It was only after doing this quiz that I realised Lesotho is bigger than I thought!

Managed to guess them all, though I was sitting with one missing for ages - The Gambia! Totally forgot about it for ages.

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Level 36
Jul 19, 2020
Kosovo is Serbia!

I don't understand this quiz!

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Level 63
May 12, 2021
Don't start this.
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Level 60
Oct 18, 2021
JetPunk policy. Not sure why you're arguing with this quiz about it.
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Level 58
May 5, 2022
I don't understand why so many people think they can't comment this garbage.

More UN members recognize Kosovo as an independent country than a province of Serbia. On top of this, Kosovo has full sovereignty over its borders.

You can't decide what Kosovo is because you feel like it. JetPunk leans toward de facto sovereignty over recognization, which is why Taiwan is a JetPunk country, but Palestine is not.

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Level 21
Aug 11, 2022
A lot of the world agrees that kosovo is a country.

Palistine is different.

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Level 59
Apr 13, 2021
I'm suprised that Rwanda and Burundi aren't here.
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Level 60
Oct 19, 2021
Mercator strikes again. :-D
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Level 58
May 5, 2022
No it does not. JetPunk doesn't use it.
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Level 78
Jun 13, 2022
Always assumed that Equatorial Guinea was some tiny country.
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Level 67
Jul 2, 2022
equatorial guinea is 17,430km squared. It should be here
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Level 75
Nov 2, 2022
28,050 km2
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Level 21
Aug 13, 2022
great quiz! i really love it!

Its a lot harder than it looks!

i got it with 2:05 left.

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Level 71
Nov 2, 2022
Eswatini is...... Eswatiny :)
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Level 40
Nov 3, 2022
What about Bahrain? Its only 760km2.
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Level 82
Nov 3, 2022
Generally not considered to have a land border with Saudi Arabia even though it sorta does.
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Level 31
Nov 13, 2022
The UK borders cyprus...
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Level 69
Nov 26, 2022
This makes no sense regarding Palestine, even without getting into politics. The figure for Israel excludes the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which combined would make it too big to qualify for the list. However, they don't seem to be counted as Palestinian either or it would make the list easily. Who else would count as owning that land?
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Level 72
Mar 30, 2023
Palestine doesn't exactly seem like a unified country. Palestine has two governments, one of which (Hamas) has been ruled as a terrorist organization. This is among various other problems plaguing a potential Palestinian state. I'd like to be able to recognize one, but there are just too many things that need to change before that can happen.
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Level 55
Jan 21, 2023
what about bahrain
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Level 36
Feb 6, 2023
what about singapore, or is this seen the same way as bahrain which is an island but simply very close
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Level 55
Feb 6, 2023
Island
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Level 61
Mar 29, 2023
19/20 didn't get Slovenia, even though I thought of it but dismissed it without typing.
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Level 56
Aug 5, 2023
East Timor is way smaller than I thought it was.