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Countries Closest to Cyprus

Which countries lie geographically closest to the island nation of Cyprus?
Overseas territories marked in red
For the purposes of this quiz, Cyprus and the unrecognized nation of Northern Cyprus are considered a single entity
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Last updated: August 23, 2023
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First submittedJanuary 19, 2016
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km
country
miles
0
United Kingdom
0
76
Turkey
47
103
Syria
64
170
Lebanon
105
228
Israel
142
264
Greece
164
288
Palestine
179
km
country
miles
291
Jordan
181
352
Egypt
219
463
Iraq
288
471
Saudi Arabia
293
756
Libya
470
846
Bulgaria
526
887
Georgia
551
km
country
miles
893
Iran
555
935
Armenia
581
970
Russia
603
999
Romania
621
1070
North Macedonia
665
1079
Azerbaijan
670
1158
Albania
720
+1
Level 75
Jan 19, 2016
Also try this version, which displays different data.
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Level 65
Aug 23, 2023
Can't wait for the 'Cyprus is in Europe' argument even though it doesn't have anything to do with this quiz.
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Level 77
Aug 23, 2023
This quiz clearly and definitively shows why Cyprus is in Asia!
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Level 78
Aug 23, 2023
Cyprus is in Europe because of the EU. Israel is in Europe because of the UEFA. Australia is in Europe because of the Eurovision. The Philippines are in Europe, because they are Roman Catholic. French Guyana is in Europe because it is part of France. Brazil is in Europe because it borders France. All countries are in Europe. And also Mars, because Olympus Mons is Greek, and Greece is in Europe.
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Level 71
Aug 23, 2023
Europe is Greek because it has a Greek name.
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Level 75
Aug 23, 2023
Since Brexit, the UK is actually the only place in the known universe to not be a part of Europe
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Level 33
Nov 15, 2023
The EU is not comparable to any of the other things you listed. I love a bunch of non-Cypriot people deciding where Cyprus is. I am Cypriot and literally every other Cypriot person I know considers Cyprus to be in Europe, but keep going off I guess
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Level 64
Aug 23, 2023
Cyprus is in Europe, but Europe is in Asia, because it shouldn't be considered its own continent
+11
Level 78
Aug 25, 2023
Even though the concept of continent was invented by Europeans who defined Europe as one of them?
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Level 75
Sep 10, 2023
There is enough cultural significance between Asia and Europe (for the most part) that they can be considered different continents. When they were defined the cultural significance was even larger as the Ottoman empire hadn't expanded to bridge the gap somewhat.
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Level 72
Sep 24, 2023
...and therefore since Africa is in Asia because Europe is and African is a European word then...Cyprus is is in Africa, no I mean Asia.
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Level 71
Aug 23, 2023
This quiz is pretty much proof that Cyprus is in Europe. Cyprus borders the UK, the UK is in Europe, therefore Cyprus is in Europe! I'll take my "Geographer of the Year" Award now please.
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Level 88
Aug 25, 2023
The 1980s bands Europe and Asia should have a peace and understanding concert in Cyprus.
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Level 56
Sep 18, 2023
eurasia literally has zero geographical divides, especially the way that modern nations came to be, so we can only split them culturally and historically and, in that way, cyprus literally can only be part of europe. it has nothing to do with asia
+3
Level 50
Oct 11, 2023
The Ural Mountains

The Caucasus Mountains

The Caspian Sea

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Level 60
Oct 11, 2023
Bosporus
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Level 67
Aug 23, 2023
1:01 used
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Level 58
Aug 23, 2023
Then why is Cyprus not on the cotw by borders?
+6
Level 54
Aug 23, 2023
Because the sovereign base areas do not form a part of the United Kingdom.
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Level 75
Aug 24, 2023
Interestingly the borders between Cyprus and the Sovereign Base areas are completely unmarked and unpatrolled. You would never know when you cross over if you didn't have a map with you to tell you.
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Level 58
Aug 23, 2023
May I make a Spanish translation?
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Level 75
Aug 24, 2023
Sure
+3
Level 71
Aug 23, 2023
"For the purposes of this quiz, Cyprus and the unrecognized nation of Northern Cyprus are considered a single entity"

It really is a single entity regardless of anything.

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Level 75
Aug 24, 2023
I've been to both the (southern, Greek-aligned) Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, on the same trip, as do many tourists. Crossing back and forth is easy and informal. Curiously the two crossings in downtown Nicosia are both pedestrian-only, and you have to head 5km west into the suburbs to drive across. The North and South operate as fully functioning separate countries, and it has always puzzled me why no countries (apart from Turkey of course) recognise the northern half as such. The south is very Greek, and the north is very Turkish, so maybe Europe meets Asia in the middle of this delightful island.
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Level 70
Sep 1, 2023
Has a lot to do with ethnic cleansing / refugees.
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Level 75
Oct 11, 2023
If it puzzles you why no country recognizes the northern part, it means you have zero knowledge of the history of the place and how the northern part came to be "separate".

Sweet quiz though!

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Level 68
Oct 11, 2023
I mean, it's cool that you have enjoyed your stay there, and strolling across the border. So have I when I visited. However, I also made the effort to read up a little about the History of the place. And I talked to some of the people. Both of these make it absolutely obvious why noone does - and noone should - recognise the illegal occupation of northern Cyprus by Turkey.
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Level 75
Oct 15, 2023
I've read up extensively as well.
+7
Level 78
Aug 24, 2023
Has anyone else noticed that Cyprus stands for Can You Please Resist Uneducated Statements?
+5
Level 59
Aug 24, 2023
Can You Provide Reliable, Unbiased Sources (that cyprus is in europe)?
+2
Level 63
Sep 11, 2023
Common sense is a good source
+1
Level 48
Feb 9, 2024
more like uncommon sense...
+1
Level 82
Aug 25, 2023
Calendar Years Pass Right Under Sovereigns
+6
Level 80
Aug 27, 2023
Too Asia-centric.
+1
Level 40
Oct 11, 2023
Not UK
+2
Level 23
Oct 11, 2023
My opinion is that Cyprus is clearly in Asia. I don't care that it's in eurovision or euro cups. Cyprus is in asia
+2
Level 68
Oct 11, 2023
Well, if it's your opinion, then it must be true. Thanks for settling that debate.
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Level 50
Oct 18, 2023
This quiz is just striking the match right next to the end of the fuse...