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Prime Meridian Countries

Name the countries whose territory lies closest to the Prime Meridian.
Closest by degrees of longitude, not absolute distance
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Distance
Country
Algeria
Burkina Faso
France
Ghana
Mali
Spain
Togo
Distance
Country
United Kingdom
0.12°
Niger
0.83°
Benin
1.17°
Morocco
1.40°
Andorra
2.58°
Belgium
2.58°
Ivory Coast
Distance
Country
2.75°
Nigeria
3.25°
Netherlands
4.50°
Norway
4.75°
Mauritania
5.62°
Equatorial Guinea
5.73°
Luxembourg
56 Comments
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Level 70
Oct 5, 2014
How is Equatorial Guinea closer than Sao Tome and Principe, Gabon or Cameroon?
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Level ∞
Oct 9, 2014
San Antonio de Palé
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Level 60
Jul 13, 2023
its islands
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Level 28
Oct 9, 2014
Norway"is missing! It would lie between Netherlands and Mauritania in the list, Check it out
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Level 65
Oct 9, 2014
You forgot Monaco. But good quizz
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Level 57
Jan 22, 2017
Moncao is too far from the meridien
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Level 79
Feb 28, 2020
Yes, but Monaco* and Meridian*
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Level 76
Oct 9, 2014
There are similar quizzes for 60 degrees east and

west, 120 degrees

east and

west and

180 degrees.

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Level 67
Oct 9, 2014
Ireland is at 5.25 west.
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Level 82
Oct 9, 2014
easy quiz but I was also a little surprised to not see Ireland.
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Level ∞
Oct 9, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_easternmost_point
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Level 43
Jul 25, 2016
Malheureusement, L'Irlande se trouve à 5.99 du méridien (non pas à 6.01 car c'est faux) Mais avec L'Irlande du Nord on peut être à 5.43...
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Level 77
Aug 6, 2017
Northern Ireland belongs to the UK.
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Level 56
Oct 9, 2014
According to my eyes and brain, the coordinates given in the quiz are right, I don't know why the others say they're not.
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Level 83
Oct 15, 2014
Equatorial Guinea? Is that the correct longitude?
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Level 58
Jul 9, 2015
You know, technically, Norway has claim to the portion of Antarctica the Prime Meridian passes through, which would make it have a longitude of 0 degrees. Or are we not including that?
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Level 39
Jan 25, 2016
that's just a claim, not a recognition.
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Level ∞
Jun 30, 2016
True. Norway claims the territory, but de-facto it is controlled by penguins.
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Level 75
Jan 16, 2017
I propose we recognize their independence and call the new country Penguinea. We can always use another guinea on the world map.
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Level 17
Nov 3, 2023
PERFECT
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Level 75
Jan 16, 2017
@ander217 brilliant! :)
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Level 71
Mar 27, 2017
@ander217 YES
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Level 69
Sep 23, 2019
Lmao quizmaster one of the best comments I've seen on this site. (Ander's is good too, less funny though, but more clever :) )
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Level 68
Apr 21, 2020
How about the other countries' claims of Antarctica? What are they going to be called?
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Level 75
Sep 23, 2019
As territories are not excluded, Bouvet Island, which is Norwegian (not just a claim) should be in at 3'22 E
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Level 76
Feb 28, 2020
But territories ARE excluded
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Level 52
Nov 3, 2023
It doesn't say they are.
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Level 78
Dec 30, 2023
"Name the countries whose territory lies closest to the Prime Meridian." Territories are territory, so specifically included.
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Level 42
Jun 10, 2016
How is Morocco not on here?
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Level 77
Jun 10, 2016
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=what+countries+lie+on+the+prime+meridian%3F
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Level 59
Dec 1, 2021
it is
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Level 70
Aug 9, 2016
Missed just Mauritania, though when Ireland didn't work I didn't think twice of it.
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Level 66
Nov 3, 2023
Big Robbster smashes it and gets full marks.
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Level 60
Oct 19, 2016
What about Monaco?
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Level 77
Oct 19, 2016
7.41 degrees to the westernmost point. Monaco is further east than you might realize.
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Level 70
Jan 16, 2017
I just can't see what part of Equatorial Guinea is at 5.62 degrees east........
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Level 54
Jan 16, 2017
San Antonio de Palé
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Level 83
Jan 19, 2017
There are places even further west on the Annobon island.
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Level 65
Jan 16, 2017
I started from the UK and headed south without even thinking about Norway, and that ended up being the only one I missed. Fun quiz.
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Level 33
Jan 17, 2017
look at a map bud
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Level 79
Oct 14, 2018
Very surprised that Denmark isn't on here because of the Faroes but oddly they're too far West. Would never have thought that.
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Level 52
Sep 24, 2019
Does the prime meridian wrap all the way around the globe like the equator, or just from the north to the south?
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Level 82
Feb 28, 2020
North pole to south pole. On the other side it's called the International Date Line.
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Level 72
Mar 6, 2023
Or anti-meridian, rather. The international date line changes based on timezones of its respective countries, the anti-meridian does not.
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Level 56
Aug 4, 2020
Amazed to see the meridian actually passes through Spain. In my tiny mind it goes down France somewhere not too far from Monaco...
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Level 59
Oct 29, 2020
Yeah, it cuts down around Normandy and Brittany, oddly enough
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Level 67
Dec 1, 2021
Germany's closest point is 5,52 degrees east of the meridian. So it would fit on this list.
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Level 78
Dec 1, 2021
It´s 5°52' (5 Degrees, 52 Arc minutes), which means 5,867° Degrees.
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Level 52
Dec 3, 2021
No denmark? Im sure the faroe islands would be close enough?
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Level 55
Nov 11, 2022
surprisingly to you and me they are 6-47 West
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Level 33
Jun 5, 2023
i got 100 percent with a minute to spare  
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Level 55
Jul 14, 2023
Why not Denmark? Aren't the Faroe Islands very close to the Faroe Islands?
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Level 72
Nov 3, 2023
The Faroe Islands are indeed quite close to the Faroe Islands.

Anyway, they're 6.27° away so not close enough to appear on the quiz.

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Level 66
Nov 4, 2023
Surely Ireland
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Level 67
Nov 6, 2023
Not quite. The degrees get smaller the further north you go. Ireland is well over 5 degrees from the prime meridian.
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Level 56
Nov 15, 2023
i had no idea mauritania was so close... it was the only one I missed..