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Countries Closest to the U. S.

Name the countries which are geographically closest to the United States.
As the crow flies - distances estimated
Counts overseas regions (marked in blue), but not overseas territories
For example, Hawaii counts but Guam does not
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Last updated: July 30, 2019
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First submittedSeptember 12, 2012
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Distance
Country
0 mi
Canada
0 mi
Mexico
2 mi
Russia
53 mi
Bahamas
93 mi
Cuba
471 mi
Jamaica
578 mi
Belize
579 mi
Haiti
608 mi
Honduras
653 mi
Guatemala
665 mi
Dominican Republic
671 mi
Nicaragua
Distance
Country
844 mi
El Salvador
953 mi
Costa Rica
1035 mi
Kiribati
1044 mi
Panama
1053 mi
Colombia
1121 mi
Venezuela
1248 mi
St. Kitts and Nevis
1311 mi
Antigua and Barbuda
1342 mi
France (Guadeloupe)
1366 mi
Japan
 
 
* Guadeloupe is an overseas region not a territory
101 Recent Comments
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Level 57
Jun 6, 2017
Kiribati was hard to know or quess.
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Level 51
Aug 31, 2018
With your spelling it must be hard to get any answer...
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Level 39
Jul 2, 2017
Forgot Alaska is just opposite Russia
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Level 71
Jul 6, 2017
What about Bermuda? Isn't that a territory of the UK?
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Level 32
Aug 30, 2017
Yes, it's a TERRITORY.
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Level 47
Jul 7, 2017
Goodness gracious people! Guadeloupe is not a territory. It is an overseas region. Legally it is as much France as anywhere else in France. Just like Hawaii to the USA.
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Level 63
Jul 10, 2017
i typed "honduras" but it wasn't accepted. must it be capitalized? please fix.
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Level 37
Jul 21, 2017
These disagreement could go on ad infinitum. To those who got the relationships of Guadeloupe and the Caribbean Netherlands correct.

Bask in the knowledge that we are correct and the others are incorrect. That's about as much satisfaction as we're going to get

and I, for one, am tired of the arguments.

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Level 44
Jul 26, 2017
*Jamaica*
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Level 50
Oct 23, 2017
doesnt the us border cuba in guantanamo bay
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Level 70
Apr 12, 2018
Only as much as it borders every country it has an embassy in.
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Level 69
Oct 25, 2017
I just want to take a moment to compliment relessness (and Quizmaster for that matter) for their BOUNDLESS patience. <3
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Level 35
Jun 26, 2019
Agreed Samiamco ... why don't people read before posting?
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Level 56
Oct 25, 2017
Can't you just cut the quiz off at 20 answers to avoid the rage about Guadeloupe? Also, in the explanation below the quiz, Guadeloupe is misspelled Guadelope.
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Level 64
Oct 25, 2017
This comment section is priceless... lol
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Level 73
Oct 25, 2017
Didn't know about the France thing. Everyday's a school day!
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Level 48
Oct 25, 2017
Guadeloupe is a "région française d'outre-mer", literally an overseas region of France: it should not be included in the list.
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Level 37
Nov 23, 2017
Why shouldn't it? - A Region of a country is part of that country in question, whether it is contiguous or not. Maybe the problem here

is that we don't consult our thesaurus enough! A "region francaise

d'outre mer" is the same as the non-contiguous states of the USA:

Alaska and Hawaii. By the way, similarly, the Caribish Nederland islands of St. Eustatius, Saba and Bonaire are the same to the Netherlands as Utrecht, Amsterdam or Den Haag. They are all intrinsically part of the Netherlands, unlike St.Maarten, Curacao

nd Aruba who have country status within the Kingdom. (COUNTRY,

not Sovereign Nation status). If this is all utterly confusing, blame

the politicians!

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Level 68
Oct 15, 2023
Also, if you want to get technical about it, Guadeloupe is a "Département et Région d'outre-mer", a "DROM", which is just a slightly longer way of saying that it's not a territory.
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Level 52
Oct 25, 2017
Grenada, Barbados, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago?
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Level 75
Oct 25, 2017
If Guadeloupe counts as an intrinsic region of France - and it should - then Saba/Sint Eustatius/Bonaire should bring the Netherlands into play as they are special municipalities of the Netherlands proper, ie an integral part of the home country itself. Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten are, like Greenland, separate constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (and the Kingdom of Denmark).
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Level 77
Oct 25, 2017
I don't think Guadaloupe should count (partly because its the only one I didn't get!) but mostly coz its an overseas territory of France which you specifically rule out in the brief.....

Thanks

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Level 37
Nov 23, 2017
Read the instructions, read the comments or go back to sleep!
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Level 62
Oct 25, 2017
I don't understand why nobody reads the numerous comments and responses regarding Guadalupe before posting their own on this thread. How many times does the same question need to be answered?
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Level 45
Dec 5, 2017
I said Guadeloupe it didn't work
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Level 56
Jan 14, 2018
There are a lot of politically illiterate people in this audience. How can you understand that Hawaii and Alaska are non-contiguous parts of the US without being territories, yet you can't understand how the same applies to Guadeloupe?
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Level 37
Aug 15, 2018
^ Amen; Amen; AMEN!
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Level 70
Jan 14, 2018
All too easy :)
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Level 36
Jan 20, 2018
19 seconds left
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Level 20
Mar 22, 2018
wow, totally forgot about hawaii and alaska. the whole time i was trying to think of countries below the US
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Level 43
Mar 22, 2018
You lied to me
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Level 89
Jun 17, 2018
Sarah Palin's revenge.
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Level 66
Jun 22, 2018
If your referring to the quote that she can see Russia from her house, Tina Fey said that on SNL, it wasn't Palin.
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Level 82
Jun 22, 2018
That's right. Palin asserted (twice, in separate interviews) that Alaska's proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy experience.
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Level 66
Jun 22, 2018
Got El Salvador with 1 second left.
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Level 27
Jul 6, 2018
you said this doesn't include overseas territories, so how is france an answer?
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Level 51
Aug 31, 2018
Recycled this from above: "There are a lot of politically illiterate people in this audience. How can you understand that Hawaii and Alaska are non-contiguous parts of the US without being territories, yet you can't understand how the same applies to Guadeloupe?"
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Level 24
Sep 19, 2018
I tried to type "Guadeloupe" but it didn't work, so I didn't try France because I thought overseas territories don't count...
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Level 76
Dec 1, 2018
Colombia is 772 miles away, at Providencia Island (population 5000).
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Level 38
Feb 24, 2019
Wow, I got Kiribati with 0:58 left, didn't think that would've worked
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Level 90
Aug 28, 2019
So many comments complaining about Guadeloupe. If there's anything I've learned from JetPunk, it's that people clearly don't like looking things up.
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Level 74
Aug 28, 2019
What about Denmark? Greenland...
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Level 68
Apr 11, 2020
Is a constituency in the Kingdom of Denmark and therefore recieves a lot of autonomy and therefore isn't considered a country or a region of Denmark, just a dependancy.
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Level 55
Aug 28, 2019
This quiz is WAY too America-centrist!
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Level 78
Aug 28, 2019
Guadeloupe is spelt wrong once. Please correct it
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Level 38
Sep 6, 2019
Got Antigua and Barbuda in last 3 seconds
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Level 56
Dec 1, 2019
Bro, if you consider France (Guadeloupe), you should consider UK (Bermudas).It is closer than Venezuela, for example
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Level 76
Jan 7, 2020
Netherlands is 1215 miles away, at Saba. Saba is a part of the country of the Netherlands as well as being a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, so whichever way you define "Netherlands", that country qualifies to be an answer here.
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Level 71
Feb 17, 2020
divantilya ^ has been banging on about this, correctly, for years. All six of the relevant Caribbean islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten) qualify as part of the "Kingdom of the Netherlands", three as constituent countries of the Kingdom and three as being part of the Netherlands, which is also a constituent country of the Kingdom. Jetpunk generally uses the term Netherlands as shorthand for the Kingdom, as does the UN. So I would expect any of these six islands to qualify as part of the Netherlands in a Jetpunk quiz. Therefore in this particular quiz Netherlands should be one of the answers, either because of Saba or because of St. Maarten, whichever is closer.
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Level 31
Feb 19, 2020
Shouldn't St. Pierre and Miquelon be included as part of France? They're closer to U.S. territory than Guadeloupe.
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Level 64
Jul 2, 2020
It is an overseas collective so not the same status.
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Level 45
Mar 15, 2020
Antigua&Barbuda and France were the only ones I missed. Great quiz!
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Level 68
May 29, 2020
Be normal. Use the Metric System.
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Level 21
May 29, 2020
I only missed Antigua and Barbuda, Kiribati and honduras
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Level 64
Jul 2, 2020
The Netherlands is missing. The three regions in the Caribbean are classed as constituent countries and not overseas territories.
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Level 43
Aug 12, 2020
Missed Jamaica, El Slavador (ES), and France. - Where's Greenland?
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Level 68
Oct 15, 2023
In the Atlantic Ocean, somewhere up North.
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Level 59
Aug 12, 2020
I agree with the other commentators that you've missed several Caribbean microstates, including St Vincent and the Grenadines St Lucia, Grenada, El Salvador. You can't include St Kitts and Nevis and not the others. It's a clear oversight.
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Level 35
Aug 30, 2020
i missed france and st kitts 👁💧👄💧👁
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Level 68
Sep 10, 2020
Denmark (Greenland), and Iceland?
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Level 65
Oct 14, 2020
me and the boys about to argue about the department status of guadeloupe for the 80th time
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Level 68
Nov 5, 2020
Wow, these comments are a mess!
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Level 58
Feb 1, 2021
I only missed france :(
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Level 58
Feb 26, 2021
United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Haiti, Jamaica... But no Peru.
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Level 34
Mar 17, 2021
our earth is a sphere ,if from Russia to the east it would be very close to the United States
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Level 59
Jun 4, 2021
Yep. that's why it's listed two miles away
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Level 56
May 13, 2021
i had no idea that kiribati was as close to hawaii as it is. learn something new every day.
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Level 67
Aug 6, 2021
Yeah you sometimes see it all the way to the west on a map but it's easy to forget
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Level 21
Jul 4, 2021
Uk too can be added
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Level 21
Jul 4, 2021
Where is Brazil?It can be on the list
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Level 65
Dec 22, 2021
There are other South American and North American countries that are closer but don't make the list.
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Level 67
Aug 6, 2021
Missed Kiribati
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Level 35
Aug 21, 2021
How is Venezuela on here but not Trinidad and Tobago?
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Level 30
Sep 14, 2021
and how is Guyana not on here?
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Level 39
May 17, 2022
Venezuela extends much further west than Trinidad and Tobago, and it's Venezuela's north-western point which is closest to the USA
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Level 95
Sep 27, 2021
Guadeloupe is misspelled in the caveat at the end of the quiz
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Level 55
Dec 22, 2021
Small correction: Columbia is closer to the US than Costa Rica and Panama for sure (not sure about Kribati, but by extension since it lands between the two, that also). That is because of San Andreas and Providencia islands off the coast of Nicaragua that are part of Columbia.

Magnificent place to vacation, by the way...

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Level 59
Dec 22, 2021
if you're gonna try and make a correction, at least spell Colombia right
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Level 68
Oct 15, 2023
Columbia is so close to the US that in fact, it's right on the Upper West Side of Manhattan!!
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Level 24
Dec 22, 2021
Missed Guadeloupe and Japan.
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Level 57
Dec 22, 2021
I got Kiribati, but not Jamaica. I overthink things way to easily😂
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Level 32
Dec 22, 2021
same but with nicaragua
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Level 65
Dec 22, 2021
Nice quiz.

If you will include Guadeloupe (France) however I think you should also include Sint Eustatius and Saba both as the Netherlands. Both of these are overseas municipalities of the Netherlands and are closer to the US.

I understand that this does not apply to Saint Martin as they are not a municipality of the Netherlands but an overseas country that is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Level 47
Dec 23, 2021
Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Anguilla and British Virgin Islands don't count as they are not Crown Dependencies but instead British Overseas Territories.
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Level 62
Apr 22, 2022
UK Bermuda?
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Level 39
May 17, 2022
Doesn't count as Bermuda as an overseas territory of the UK, not part of the UK itself. Unlike, say, Guadeloupe, which is actually part of France (despite being a long way from the French mainland)
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Level 16
Jul 28, 2022
I had EPIC FAIL, only 13/22 :(
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Level 75
Aug 11, 2022
Guadeloupe is misspelled as "Guadelope" in the note
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Level 41
Jan 9, 2023
if france gets a over seas territory, then denmark should get greenland
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Level 35
Oct 15, 2023
It's absolutely not the same status, Greenland is autonomous, Guadeloupe is not
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Level 26
Apr 25, 2023
i said saint kitts and nevis but it never accepted it as an answer ;(
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Level 34
Apr 27, 2023
I liked the quiz but got kinda confused when Venezuela is ther but not aruba or curacao when they are closer.
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Level 61
Oct 16, 2023
Territories
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Level 49
Aug 14, 2023
I missed Guatemala because I thought I typed it :(
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Level 27
Aug 30, 2023
Cool!
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Level 73
Oct 15, 2023
Colombia is definitely closer than Panama.
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Level 68
Oct 15, 2023
I'd like to think that at least some of the people in these comments are trolling, but there have got to be a few who thought they'd just made a groundbreaking observation on a 8-year-old quiz and didn't bother checking a single comment to see if anyone else had had the same idea. How narcissistic do you have to be?
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Level 73
Oct 15, 2023
I mean, I got France just because the header reference to overseas something something means that probably one of the countries with overseas something something is going to be on there, and there's only like 5 of those that apply
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Level 21
Oct 15, 2023
I did not expect japan or france (guadelope) to be in the list, did Ecuador barely fit in the list?
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Level 54
Mar 16, 2024
My first guess was U.S.A. 💀💀💀💀💀💀
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Level 36
May 8, 2024
Missed Venezuela and France