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Asian Island Nations

Name the countries completely located on islands and that are considered to be part of Asia.
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Last updated: January 24, 2017
First submittedJanuary 24, 2017
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Bahrain
Brunei
Cyprus
East Timor
Country
Indonesia
Japan
Maldives
Philippines
Country
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
+119
Level 71
Jan 24, 2017
cue Cyprus debate....
+69
Level 82
Jan 24, 2017
Grab your popcorn bags my friends:

Winter The Cyprus debate is coming....

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Level 53
Apr 30, 2020
why don't we settle this argument by turning cyprus into a continent? :)
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Level 72
Apr 30, 2020
I think the real underlying debate is whether we should let go of the ancient arbitrary distinction between 'Europe' and 'Asia' and call the whole thing 'Eurasia', as it should rightly be... but that's a story for another time :3
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Level 53
Nov 10, 2020
Cyprus is clearly part of Africa.
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Level 40
Feb 28, 2021
wait what i thought it was literally the continent africa???
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Level 50
Jun 10, 2022
Cyprus is clearly part of Asia, the continent their closest to is Asia, still don’t get it why people still debate on this, and somehow their in the EU when literally their in Asia
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Level 71
Sep 15, 2022
Makes sense. We should just really have them leave the EU to squash this debate. We'll call it Cyprexit.
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Level 43
Mar 12, 2019
Bahrain and Singapore are the tricky ones because there connected by brigdes
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Level 59
Apr 30, 2020
As far as I'm aware, bridges aren't natural features (unless they're land bridges).
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Level 39
Apr 30, 2020
I didn't know singapore was an island but put it in anyway
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Level 75
Aug 21, 2020
Singapore isn't an island.
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Level 52
Oct 20, 2020
Except it is. Singapore is simultaneously a city, country and island.
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Level 58
Dec 23, 2020
I guess he means that Singapore the country is not one single island but several islands.And was not talking about Singapore island itself (Mainland Singapore)
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Level 75
Sep 6, 2022
I did mean it is not AN island but several islands, although mainland Singapore is known as Singapore so I stand corrected.

It wasn't a typo.

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Level 72
Oct 19, 2022
Bahrain and Singapore are connected by bridges?! I never knew that! I wonder what the budget was for those bridges, considering they must be at least 6000km long?
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Level 67
Oct 19, 2022
I mean, yeah, in the sense that bridges allow you to drive to Bahrain from Singapore:

Singapore to Amritsar

Lahore to Bahrain

Google maps won't generate driving directions from India to Pakistan, but you can pretty clearly see that (border security notwithstanding) there's a land route/road connection between Amritsar and Lahore.

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Level 76
May 31, 2019
Cypress not in ASian. ;)
+24
Level 67
Apr 30, 2020
I heard it was on a hill somewhere
+13
Level 70
Apr 30, 2020
No. No, it's not. It's a tree.
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Level 36
Feb 3, 2021
no its on mars
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Level 50
Jun 10, 2022
no it is on a black hole
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Level 74
Feb 24, 2020
Cyprus is closer to Africa than Europe, yet nobody claims it's African
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Level 31
Apr 30, 2020
Well no it’s closer to europe if you define turkey as Europe which I do
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Level 64
Apr 30, 2020
Turkey is'nt Europe but Cyprus is.
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Level 53
Nov 10, 2020
Errm excuse ME I do.

For the purposes of this argument only, you understand

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Level 55
May 13, 2021
Cyprus is actually closer to Greece than any part of Africa. Greece has a small island named Kastellorizo which is 280 km away from Cyprus's nearest point. On the other hand, Egypt's closest point is only 380 km away. See Wikipedia: Cyprus.
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Level 50
Jun 12, 2021
@Regtheledge1000 That's like saying that Brazil is in Africa. It's not.
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Level 76
Oct 3, 2021
Brazil is borders Africa though, if you define Bolivia as Africa which I do
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Level 65
Dec 7, 2021
@MindWax lol
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Level 32
Apr 30, 2020
can we just make cyprus it's own continent at this point
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Level 43
Sep 25, 2020
Just give Cyprus to Turkey or Egypt or something
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Level 71
Dec 26, 2020
Umm, no
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Level 58
Feb 9, 2021
Yeah, there's kinda a fight going on about that....

Search Northern Cyprus

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Level 50
Jun 10, 2022
Now I’m supporting Turkey on northern Cyprus because of this whole debate thing, Cyprus should just be forgotten in the dust
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Level 55
May 13, 2021
I am about to end this whole argument. The UN states Cyprus is in Western Asia. Cyprus declares It's classified as a European Country. And the CIA World Factbook says It's in both continents. However it becomes complicated when you introduce demographics, cultural and country history, political history, and foreign relations. Cyprus is also a member of the Council of Europe, the EU, and other European-only organizations. Main arguments for geographical continental placement becomes arbitrary when countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, Iceland, and Palau are closer in proximity to different continents then the one they are "classified". So it seems everyone is right! Too late to change Jetpunk's official categorization though.
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Level 53
Apr 26, 2022
I am about to start this whole argument again. The EU is totally not an exclusively European organisation. They let in Malta, for goodness' sake! And Malta has been part of Antarctica since three minutes ago when I changed Wikipedia. Quick, go and see how right I am before someone changes it back.
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Level 70
Jan 24, 2017
Lol, what Cyprus debate!? Someone please tell me ALL about it, it's so interesting and novel! Lol
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Level 75
Jan 24, 2017
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Level 83
Jan 25, 2017
104,000 Google hits for "Cyprus is part of Europe" and 51,200 hits for "Cyprus is part of Asia". I rest my case. ;-)
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Level 64
Mar 6, 2017
If Google says so it has to be the truth. All facts aside. Did Voldemort steal your Shampoo too?
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Level 61
May 30, 2017
The Quizmaster says Cyprus is in Asia, then Cyprus is in Asia.
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Level 61
May 30, 2017
Also, why should we believe Google if they're not going to pay their tax?
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Level 71
Jan 5, 2018
CPGATBYU .... I Know your name is an acronym for:- Cyprus Planted Google Answers To Bewilder Your Understanding.
+7
Level 57
Feb 28, 2020
Cyprus is much closer to Asia mainland (Syria/Lebanon). If you want to judge taking Bosphorus strait as reference, then also it falls “well east”.

However, culturally the country is more “Eurocentric”. Moreover in 2004, the country became full time member of European Union suggesting it to be part of Europe.

But since your question is from geographical point of view, the easy answer would be: Cyprus is clearly part of Asia !!!

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Level 57
Feb 28, 2020
It's slightly complicated. Tectonically, Europe and Asia are basically one continent and the geographical boundaries we've drawn are pretty arbitrary.

Most of Turkey is within Asia, though a small fraction of Turkish territory is on the European side of the Hellespont channel. The present capital of Turkey, Ankara, is well within Asia and the country is generally considered geographically 'Asian'.

Cyprus has always been considered 'European', but geographically it's much closer to the Asian mainland than the European (in fact I'm pretty sure it's closer to Africa than to Europe). I would personally put it geographically in Asia, due to proximity, but historically it's pretty much always been part of Europe.

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Level 38
Oct 10, 2021
bruh, cyprus only became "european" like 50 years ago, before that it was exclusively middle eastern, the people did not identify with europe at all
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Level 53
Apr 30, 2020
There is a debate here where people fight whether Cyprus is part of Asia or Europe.
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Level 63
Jan 27, 2017
Quizmaster you accidentally included Cyprus on this quiz. It belongs in the "Islands of Europe" quiz.
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Level 61
May 30, 2017
Dispite Cyprus having many ties with Europe it is almost geographically entirely in Asia.
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Level 46
Dec 21, 2017
depends on whether you think turkey is in Europe or asia.
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Level 41
Apr 30, 2020
and here it is
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Level 69
Mar 17, 2017
Feel like such an idiot, focused on the smaller ones and missed Japan
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Level 87
May 30, 2017
Usually I miss the Philippines. Not this time though.
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Level 87
Apr 30, 2020
I remembered them all this time!
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Level 53
Apr 26, 2022
Excuse me can we keep on-topic please. I believe all comments on this quiz are required to mention Cyprus
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Level 44
May 27, 2017
Of all countries to miss, it's Singapore... :/
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Level 18
May 27, 2017
Is Northern Cyprus part of Cyprus?
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Level 84
May 27, 2017
Only recognized by Turkey
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Level 65
May 27, 2017
you should check then wich countries recognyze taiwan...
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Level 84
May 31, 2019
Mostly small countries that don't do significant business with the People's Republic of China officially recognize Taiwan, but it's still a much longer list than just Turkey.
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Level 61
Mar 25, 2020
I'm pretty sure 19 UN Members plus Vatican City disregard the People's Republic of China and recognize Taiwan. These are mostly Central American Countries, Pacific Island Countries and European Micronations. Still, 20>1.
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Level 26
Oct 19, 2022
Yes. The only country that recognises ‘Northern Cyprus’ is Turkey.
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Level 40
May 27, 2017
Putting Cyprus on the quiz...edgy decision to make. I'm pretty sure it's generally considered to be part of Europe.
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Level 84
May 27, 2017
I think that's the one thing that makes this quiz harder than the version that include *all* island nations in the world.
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Level 66
May 29, 2017
No it's not. The general divide between Asia and Europe goes between Turkey and Greece. Cyprus is geographically part of Asia. Politicaly and culturewise it's part of Europe, without doubt.
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Level 84
May 31, 2019
it's an island in the Mediterranean. It's not geographically part of any continent.
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Level 84
Oct 19, 2022
Israelis, Mongolians, and the Timorese all love Twinkies, thus they are culturally similar.
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Level 26
Oct 19, 2022
Cyprus is considered transcontinental, so it kind of makes sense if they put Cyprus in both Europe and Asia quizzed.
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Level 67
May 27, 2017
I did get Cyprus (regardless of the debate, if you know it's debated then it's worth trying on any quiz where it MIGHT fit)... and then I forgot Taiwan and Sri Lanka. Doh!
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Level 62
May 27, 2017
I am from Cyprus .Cyprus is considered an EU country geographically as well as politically as is a part of the European Union
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Level 66
May 29, 2017
nonsence. Politicaly yes, geographically it's Asia. But the people of Cyprus would of course prefer to be part of Europe also geographically, but they ARE NOT.
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Level 37
May 30, 2017
Regarding the argument about where Cyprus is located and whether or not it is part of Europe because of its membership

in the European Union. Personally, I believe that if Malta is in Europe then so is Cyprus. However, that it is in the European

Union is not a valid argument. The countries of Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten, because of their being members of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, are all part of the European Union, but they are PHYSICALLY located in the Caribbean!

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Level 67
Apr 30, 2020
You are totally wrong there, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten are actually NOT in the EU. (Curious how incorrect information manages to get 5 upvotes)
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Level 50
May 1, 2020
A better example, though, would be French Guiana, which is in the EU, but physically in South America.
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Level 66
Jun 14, 2017
SInce when was Cyprus not in Europe? This is all recent stuff and I have seen it only here. Everyone else says it is in Europe. The dividing line is Istanbul, and the Ural mountains and river - period. Hate these dumb academic exercises. I have been there, they are Europeans.
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Level 61
Apr 30, 2020
But Cyprus is east of Istanbul....
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Level 55
Oct 19, 2022
You just self destructed
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Level 65
Nov 23, 2017
Let's just solve the Cyprus issue by saying it is in both continents at the same time (even though it is European)
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Level 74
Nov 3, 2019
Listen, Boney, we know that if you'd had it your way it would have been part of France. But you lost at Waterloo, so it remains Asian.
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Level 38
May 1, 2020
The EU is not an authority on geographical boundaries of continents.
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Level 27
May 27, 2017
missed bahrain

its attached to saudi arabia!

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Level 32
May 28, 2017
Qatar is, Bahrain isn't
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Level 80
May 29, 2017
not naturally at least
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Level 61
May 30, 2017
It might be actually. Kalbahamut knows.
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Level 72
Aug 20, 2017
Just like Singapore is attached to Malaysia. Doesn't make it less of an island; Although the border island for the bridge/road between Bahrain and Saudiarabia can be argued about :)
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Level 72
Feb 21, 2020
It's still an island nonetheless. Nobody said island countries can't border other countries
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Level 43
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 53
Nov 13, 2017
Ugh, I thought that too... :(
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Level 80
Nov 23, 2017
Russia isn't, but Slovenia is, maybe even in Asia.
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Level 71
May 28, 2017
I think Cyprus is a part of Africa.
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Level 59
May 30, 2017
I thought it was a continent in its own right! :-)
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Level 71
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 67
Apr 30, 2020
@fifteach. I think that is the best solution to settle these arguments once and for all)
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Level 56
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 71
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 43
Oct 19, 2022
By that logic, India isn't part of asia either as it's got its own plate.
+1
Level 71
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 35
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 80
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 68
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 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 64
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 74
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 59
May 30, 2017
That moment when you forget Japan...
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Level 50
Jun 20, 2017
I don't like popcorn. Sorry, can't debate this.
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Level 37
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 80
Nov 23, 2017
Cyprus is an EU member!
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Level 55
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 59
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 83
Mar 13, 2018
I could have sworn Uzbekistan was an island...
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Level 48
May 1, 2020
Lol Uzbekistan, the only double landlocked country..
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Level 50
May 1, 2020
Not the only one. Liechtenstein is too.
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Level 66
Oct 19, 2022
"Whooosh"
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Level 69
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 61
May 30, 2018
And yet it sits on the Asian continent. So it goes.
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Level 87
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 67
Apr 30, 2020
This is indeed not an ethnicity or culture quiz
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Level 60
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 72
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 47
May 31, 2019
Cyprus?!
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Level 68
Apr 30, 2020
Here we go again...
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Level 56
Mar 8, 2020
Taiwan isn't even a country
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Level 56
Mar 23, 2020
Jetpunk recognizes Taiwan and Kosovo as countries.
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Level 86
Apr 30, 2020
Xi Jinping? Is that you? ;)
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Level 68
Apr 30, 2020
It is here
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Level 45
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 86
Oct 19, 2022
Chiang Kai-Shek, is that you? ;)
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Level 53
Apr 30, 2020
How can Indonesia and East Timor be in Asia, but Papua New Guinea is not?
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Level 66
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 68
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 38
May 1, 2020
Indonesia is not part of Asia? You might as well say Australia is Asian?
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Level 60
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 55
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 49
Oct 19, 2022
Australia is in Eurovision, so shouldn't it be in Europe? /s
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Level 43
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 44
Jun 14, 2021
Let Cyprus be a part of Oceania. It will end all arguments.
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Level 30
Aug 2, 2021
Cyprus is to Asia as to what New Zealand is...
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Level 28
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 30
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 54
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 75
Sep 6, 2022
OK. Just us.
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Level 50
Jun 10, 2022
Literally every comment on this quiz is about Cyprus…
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Level 42
Jun 13, 2022
why is malaysia not in this
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Level 43
Oct 19, 2022
Malaysia has land on the Asian continent
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Level 64
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 49
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 27
Oct 19, 2022
Nearly missed Timor-Leste
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Level 45
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 66
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 66
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 50
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 52
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