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Asian Island Nations

Try to name the countries that are part of Asia and completely located on islands.
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Last updated: January 24, 2017
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First submittedJanuary 24, 2017
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Bahrain
Brunei
Cyprus
East Timor
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Indonesia
Japan
Maldives
Philippines
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Singapore
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
100 Recent Comments
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Level 41
May 27, 2017
Missed the Phillippines :(
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Level 84
May 28, 2017
Could've sworn Russia was an island.
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Level 47
Nov 13, 2017
Ugh, I thought that too... :(
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Level 83
Nov 23, 2017
Russia isn't, but Slovenia is, maybe even in Asia.
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Level 70
May 28, 2017
I think Cyprus is a part of Africa.
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Level 58
May 30, 2017
I thought it was a continent in its own right! :-)
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Level 70
Jun 12, 2017
That's true, like Australia
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Level 46
Dec 21, 2017
Y'all are dumb, It's in the continent of Mars.
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Level 70
Apr 30, 2020
@fifteach. I think that is the best solution to settle these arguments once and for all)
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Level 59
May 28, 2017
Hmm... If you look up "Cyprus is in which continent," it says Europe. Honestly though, I don't really care. I just enter it in any quiz that it could be an answer, Europe or Asia
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Level 70
May 29, 2017
The whole Cyprus issue wouldn't be a problem if people would just realize that Europe and Asia are the same continent.
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Level 65
Nov 23, 2017
They aren't really
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Level 58
Oct 19, 2022
By that logic, India isn't part of asia either as it's got its own plate.
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Level 70
Jan 5, 2018
Like Africa and Asia
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Level 37
Nov 2, 2018
^ CartoJuggernaut: Hallelujah! Finally someone who makes sense out of this nonsense too. Europe and Asia are one continent geographically, regardless of political and cultural/ ethnic affiliations, so the argument should be moot.
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Level 33
May 29, 2017
Isn't Singapore linked to Indonesia. If so, it should not be co sidered an island for thr very definition of island is "a portion of land surrounded by sea in all directions".
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Level 83
May 29, 2017
It's linked to Malaysia, but only by bridges. This is easy to check on map, so not sure why you have to wonder about it.
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Level 74
Apr 30, 2020
Dude then Sri Lanka wouldn't be here either as there are bridges between that and India
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Level 61
Jun 3, 2024
There are no bridges that directly link Sri Lanka and India. At one point it looks like there may have been, but currently there's no way to drive between the two countries on roads. However, your point remains: bridges don't change the status of an island to a peninsula. If it was a peninsula, you wouldn't need a bridge to get there in the first place.
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Level 74
May 29, 2017
Well, I agree with CartoJuggernaut, silly Europe thinking it's a separate continent.

I'm interested to know whether you all think Rhodes is a part of Europe or Asia? It's in Greece (at the moment) but clearly closer to the Asian mainland...

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Level 63
Aug 28, 2017
I've been to Rhodes but I wouldn't say I've been to Asia. Rhodes is definitely part of Greece. You may be able to see the Turkish coastline from Rhodes City on a clear day but that's it. I mean you can see Asia from the European side of Istanbul, too. I'm not sure where exactly the border of Europe/Asia lies on the water but probably somewhere around the edge of the Agean Sea and the Levantine Sea which places Rhodes in Europe and Cyprus in Asia GEOGRAPHICALLY.
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Level 78
Nov 3, 2019
Rhodes is clearly geographically in Asia too, along with many other Greek islands. Just as Lampedusa (Italian island) is in Africa along with Madeira (Portuguese) and the Canary Islands (Spanish).
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Level 43
May 29, 2017
Im so done with Singapore. It was the only country I forgot on the world map quiz
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Level 60
May 30, 2017
That moment when you forget Japan...
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Level 53
Jun 20, 2017
I don't like popcorn. Sorry, can't debate this.
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Level 35
Jul 1, 2017
guys...Cyprus isn't included in the EU. Cyprus is also closer to Asian Turkey, Lebanon, Israel and Syria than it is to Greece...

to be brief on the Cyprus debate...

(in my opinion, Cyprus is European as Cypriots are ethically from Greece or UK, its for debate though...)

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Level 83
Nov 23, 2017
Cyprus is an EU member!
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Level 59
Oct 19, 2022
Also half of Cypriots are Turkish
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Level 37
Nov 23, 2017
The entire debate about Cyprus being i Europe or Asia could be easily resolved if the geographical boundaries of the world were respected. Geographically Europe and Asia are ONE Continent, separated because of political and ethnic prejudices. .
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Level 61
Jun 3, 2024
Its origins are older than whatever you're insecure about. Greeks made the distinction between the two 2500 years ago.
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Level 56
Nov 23, 2017
Cyprus is part of Antarctica.
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Level 45
Dec 31, 2017
IS this for real? Politically and Culturally, Cyprus identifies more with Europe, in terms of geography and its location, it is in Asia. There shouldn't be a big argument. As for northern cyprus, Only Turkey recognizes it and it doesn't receive any international support.

But anyways, Cyprus is in Asia in terms for location, even though in EU, and if it wasn't for greece cyprus wouldn't be in EU

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Level 82
Mar 13, 2018
I could have sworn Uzbekistan was an island...
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Level 50
May 1, 2020
Lol Uzbekistan, the only double landlocked country..
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Level 49
May 1, 2020
Not the only one. Liechtenstein is too.
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Level 68
Oct 19, 2022
"Whooosh"
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Level 71
Mar 26, 2018
As a Cypriot, I object to the inclusion of Cyprus in this quiz. Cyprus is culturally European, and is European enough to be in the EU
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Level 60
May 30, 2018
And yet it sits on the Asian continent. So it goes.
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Level 90
May 31, 2019
Bad argument. You can say the same about USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc. Cultural, ethnic, racial and political affinities must be separated from geographic realities.
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Level 70
Apr 30, 2020
This is indeed not an ethnicity or culture quiz
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Level 61
Jan 21, 2020
Of course! Asia is not prestigious as Europe and besides your a member of EU too!

Unfortunately though, we are talking about geography. Unless, EU can pull you out a little closer to Greece.

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Level 33
Feb 2, 2019
My opinion: Turkey and Cyprus are transcontinental countries
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Level 43
Jul 11, 2019
Yeah I think we should have this class of countries for Turkey, Cyprus,Georgia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Egypt maybe or even Indonesia or Papua New Guinea, some countries need not to be considered at one continent but transcontinent
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Level 76
Feb 21, 2020
Yes, United States, Chile, France, Egypt, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Indonesia, and Japan are all transcontinental countries and I believe they should be included on the quizzes of every continent they are located on. Panama could also be considered a transcontinental country based on where you draw the border between the Americas.
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Level 45
May 31, 2019
Cyprus?!
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Level 74
Apr 30, 2020
Here we go again...
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Level 60
Mar 8, 2020
Taiwan isn't even a country
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Level 55
Mar 23, 2020
Jetpunk recognizes Taiwan and Kosovo as countries.
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Level 89
Apr 30, 2020
Xi Jinping? Is that you? ;)
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Level 74
Apr 30, 2020
It is here
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Level 49
Oct 19, 2022
It is a country. The only issue here is that Taiwan is not only an island, as there is also Taiwan Mainland (currently under occupation of enemy forces).
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Level 89
Oct 19, 2022
Chiang Kai-Shek, is that you? ;)
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Level 55
Apr 30, 2020
How can Indonesia and East Timor be in Asia, but Papua New Guinea is not?
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Level 68
Apr 30, 2020
Because that's just how borders work, Papua is split down the middle, Indo-PNG border - Asia/ Oceania border. There has to be a change somewhere, and PNG are mainly associated and associate themselves as an Oceanian nation.
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Level 74
Apr 30, 2020
Then couldn't we say that Colombia is Part of North America or that Panama is part of South America? There is a clear language and cultural barrier established in New Guinea.
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Level 37
May 1, 2020
Indonesia is not part of Asia? You might as well say Australia is Asian?
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Level 62
Apr 30, 2020
"Cyprus is in the EU, so it's in Europe."

By that logic, Switzerland, Macedonia, Serbia etc. are not in Europe.

Culturally European? Yeah, well, Canada and the USA are culturally European, yet nobody says they're European nations.

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Level 53
May 13, 2021
Exclusion from the EU does not mean the country is not European. Classification for countries usually derive from demographics as well as cultural, historic, and political history. Not so much geographically however (see Trinidad and Tobago, Iceland, and Palau closest continents). However the EU is not the only European-only organization that Cyprus is included. Like the Council of Europe or the European Court of Human Rights for examples. But Cyprus can go either way.
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Level 65
Oct 19, 2022
Australia is in Eurovision, so shouldn't it be in Europe? /s
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Level 40
May 21, 2020
haha glad to know I'm not alone in missing Cyprus and Singapore.
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Level 32
Nov 30, 2020
I said, "No, Brunei can't be one, it's right next to Indonesia. That was the only one I didn't get 🤦🏻‍♀️
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Level 43
Jun 14, 2021
Let Cyprus be a part of Oceania. It will end all arguments.
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Level 31
Aug 2, 2021
Cyprus is to Asia as to what New Zealand is...
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Level 58
Jun 11, 2023
Africa
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Level 24
Aug 8, 2021
only miss was japan..pretty whacked especially since i was watching the olympics while taking this quiz
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Level 36
Aug 14, 2021
Everybody discussing Cyprus, but what about Papua New Guinea? If Indonesian part of New Guinea is a part of Asia, than the Papuan should be as well
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Level 52
Oct 29, 2021
I am from Cyprus and the only country i didn't write was Cyprus. I laughed a bit , but this stays between us.
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Level 80
Sep 6, 2022
OK. Just us.
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Level 49
Jun 10, 2022
Literally every comment on this quiz is about Cyprus…
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Level 44
Jun 13, 2022
why is malaysia not in this
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Level 51
Oct 19, 2022
Malaysia has land on the Asian continent
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Level 67
Jun 29, 2022
East Timor lies closer to Australia then the Asian continent but is not included into the Australian continent because of 'cultural reasons.' But when people want to include Cyprus into Europe people start to say "But Cyprus lies closer to the Asian continent even if it is cultural closer to Europe it should be counted as Asian." This is kind of ridiculous and Cyprus should be include into Europe on this site. It is include into Europe by most if not every international organization.
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Level 65
Oct 19, 2022
We're not getting into this argument

All I think is that if Turkey is in Asia, it would be strange to put Cyprus in Europe, as Turkey is rather influential on Cyprus

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Level 35
Oct 19, 2022
Nearly missed Timor-Leste
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Level 54
Oct 19, 2022
Is no one talking about how malaysia isn't on the list although brunei, indonesia and east timor are
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Level 68
Oct 19, 2022
Malaysia shares a land border with mainland Asia via Thailand.
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Level 30
Oct 19, 2022
Yea, I swear Brunei is pretty much landlocked except from one side, so I do not understand how it is considered an island.
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Level 68
Oct 20, 2022
It's not an Island itself, but it's on an Island. Saw the argument on the 'Island Nations of the World' quiz that those countries can't be entirely on islands as they border Malaysia which isn't an answer. But it's a different part of Malaysia which borders mainland Asia. Borneo is an island which contains Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.
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Level 60
Oct 19, 2022
Cyprus always gets me cus Sporcle classifies it in Europe but JetPunk has it in Asia, gets very confusing when swapping between sites lol
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Level 43
Oct 19, 2022
My take on the Cyprus topic, which I haven't seen anyone mention and it's a bit disappointing. Cyprus is a country of hellenic background, which is the culture that is literally the cradle of western civilisation and what shaped Europe, and it's always been considered Europe by Europeans, now a bunch of Americans have recently discovered the island on a map and have decided that it belongs to Asia? Whatever, I got all 10 answers.
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Level 54
Oct 22, 2022
nearly didn't get all these then I remembered the weird classification of Cyprus as Asian. Turkey is arguable (it's clearly in both Asia and Europe as is Russia). Culturally European and an EU member but some people in North America have decided it must be in Asia. Bizarre
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Level 43
Apr 18, 2023
Cyprus is part of Europe not Asia I know about eight people are going to instantly respond and call me wrong. LOL
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Level 41
Jan 30, 2024
I forgot that Papua New Guinea is in Oceania
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Level 47
Jun 3, 2024
Excellent. It took me a while to scroll down all the stuff on Cyprus, but now I understand why my PNG answer wasn't accepted. Thank you.
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Level 68
Mar 13, 2024
This time I didnt forget the Euro-African territory of Cyprus
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Level 66
Apr 9, 2024
cyprus sneak!
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Level 56
Jun 3, 2024
I could be mistaken, but I feel like Jetpunk has to make up its mind as to whether Cyprus is an Asian country or a European one. Is there no official stance?
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Level 51
Jun 3, 2024
Yes, the official stance is that it's in Asia.
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Level 32
Jun 3, 2024
Finally someone that has got it correct
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Level 49
Jun 3, 2024
I'm pretty sure every featured quiz counts Cyprus as Asian
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Level 49
Jun 3, 2024
Malaysia?
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Level 87
Jun 3, 2024
There is a large portion of Malaysia that is located on the Asian mainland.
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Level 33
Jun 3, 2024
If people can accept that the eastern part of Turkey is asia, Why should it be so difficult to accept Cyprus as asian too??? see the map!
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Level 49
Jun 3, 2024
Missed the easiest one probably, idk why i thought Indonesia was not an island nation
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Level 55
Jun 4, 2024
Since when was Cyprus in Asia?
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Level 32
Jun 4, 2024
Wtf since when Brunei is an island tf
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Level 66
Jun 4, 2024
Brunei itself isn't an island, but it is entirely located on an island.
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Level 46
Jun 5, 2024
Umm... Malaysia?
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Level 34
Jun 6, 2024
Where's Maldives?
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Level 33
Jul 10, 2024
I might be late on the Cyprus conversation but if Palau is in Oceania, Cyprus might as well be European.