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Countries Closest to United States A-Z

For each letter of the alphabet, which countries lie closest to the United States?
Using country names from the Countries of the World quiz
Excludes overseas territories
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: April 4, 2021
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First submittedApril 17, 2015
Times taken87,853
Average score70.8%
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Letter
Country
A
Antigua and Barbuda
B
Bahamas
C
Canada
D
Dominican Republic
E
El Salvador
F
Finland
G
Guatemala
H
Haiti
Letter
Country
I
Iceland
J
Jamaica
K
Kiribati
L
Luxembourg
M
Mexico
N
Nicaragua
O
Oman
P
Panama
Letter
Country
Q
Qatar
R
Russia
S
St. Kitts and Nevis
T
Trinidad and Tobago
U
United Kingdom
V
Venezuela
Y
Yemen
Z
Zambia
103 Recent Comments
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Level 61
Sep 15, 2015
If Micronesia is counted as Federated Staes of Micronesia then Mexico should be United Mexican States.
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Level 76
Sep 15, 2015
Federated States of only appears in front of Micronesia to distinguish the country from the broader region of Oceania which has the same name. Maybe Federated States will evolve into the default name over time rather like United States has managed to do. Overall we use the common names of countries, otherwise there would be a heap of mismatches: not only would, as you point out, Mexico start with U, but North Korea, Venezuela and China would start with D, B and P respectively!
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Level 70
May 24, 2018
If you Google Micronesia right now, your first result will be the region but the sidebar and second result will be the country. The US State Department and the United Nations both list Micronesia alphabetically under the letter M with "Federated States" parenthetically following. As you point out, maybe Federated States will evolve over time into the default name, but the fact is, at present, it hasn't.
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Level 76
May 25, 2018
Agreed, see our comment just below qcumber's above.
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Level 68
Sep 16, 2015
And I was wondering why Cuba wasn't on the list...
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Level 37
Oct 30, 2015
I type in Chile first then Canada then Cuba haha
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Level 86
May 25, 2018
You typed in Cuba after you had already gotten the correct answer for C?
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Level 37
Oct 6, 2016
Because the "C" was taken by Canada
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Level 56
Jun 18, 2022
thanks michael owen
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Level 65
Sep 16, 2015
There is nowhere near enough time
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Level 65
Sep 16, 2015
Because Oman, Qatar, Yemen, and Zambia are near the United States....
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Level 60
Sep 18, 2015
When there are only 1 or 2 countries in the world that start with a given letter, they're going to be the closest country to the US no matter where they're geographically located...
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Level 65
Nov 11, 2015
Thanks!
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Level 52
Dec 23, 2021
Hey, should've done Antarctica! It would be more fun ;')
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Level 65
Dec 1, 2015
Federal States of Micronesia? Are you kidding me? All other quizzes is used micronesia
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Level 76
May 25, 2018
Are you kidding me? I cannot find any Federal States answers here.
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Level 48
Oct 6, 2022
No they don't. Honestly, all the people complaining about the "Federated States of Micronesia" should start with an M are the same type of people saying the "United States of America" starts with an A
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Level 70
Jan 3, 2016
bad score... great quiz!
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Level 49
Feb 10, 2016
How did I miss ______?????
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Level 76
Feb 10, 2016
Probably the same forgetfulness with which you forgot to include it in your comment...
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Level 75
Feb 17, 2016
I wish 'Dominican' would work for 'Dominican Republic'...
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Level 79
Apr 6, 2021
dr works
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Level 52
Mar 11, 2016
Nice quiz. You would be much more loved if you would not use FSO Micronesia.
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Level 76
May 25, 2018
You can love me now then - see the comment just after qcumber's above.
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Level 70
May 19, 2016
I would have thought that France was nearer to USA than FSO Micronesia is to Hawaii....... don't like the use of FSOM as it's always called Micronesia in the World Quiz which is quoted as derivation.
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Level 76
May 25, 2018
It's called Federated States of Micronesia in the World quiz, but now we accept the nearest F country apart from FSM, as a type-in.
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Level 70
May 23, 2016
These quizzes need to get together on certain topics. Yes, the official name is Federated States of Micronesia but on other countries quizzes, they use Micronesia, just like Ivory Coast instead of Cote de Ivoire.
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Level 70
Jan 28, 2017
Silly to have Micronesia accepted for F and sillier still to expect people (other than dedicated nitpickers) to enter Federated States of Micronesia for F.......... so why not I = Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, R = Republic of Albania, T = Territory of American Samoa, P= Principality of Andorra, C = Commonwealth of Australia, K = Kingdom of Bahrain ..... All of these just as valid as Micronesia's silly F initial. (Many other examples if needed)
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Level 82
May 24, 2018
You really should change F. On literally every other quiz it is "Micronesia", and it is also the common short name for the country. I've seen your attempted defense, and it is very weak. Just change it to France and drop Micronesia from the quiz.
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Level 76
May 25, 2018
It was an outstanding and brilliantly argued argument actually, but we have changed our tune and are closer to your line of thinking now. Both answers work now.
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Level 86
May 25, 2018
Out of curiosity, how far off is Liberia from the actual L answer? Would like to know just how bad my global distance intuition is.
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Level 76
May 25, 2018
Liberia 6763 km / 4203 miles; the actual L answer 5293 km / 3289 miles. With Liberia, check out where the nearest point on the US is on a globe - you'll be surprised.
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Level 49
Nov 25, 2023
The fact that there are not any L countries closer to those two really surprises me! I did not find the answer for that letter indeed.
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Level 67
Nov 2, 2018
If you type 'France' you get Micronesia smh
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Level 79
Mar 5, 2019
Yeah
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Level 79
Mar 5, 2019
Why does 'Federated States of Micronesia' appear when we type 'France'?
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Level 76
Mar 8, 2019
This point is covered in several places in the comments - please check those.
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Level 79
Apr 3, 2021
Oh.
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Level 43
Nov 17, 2018
why guatamela doesn't work
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Level 43
Nov 17, 2018
sad
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Level 33
Jul 9, 2019
I also got frustrated that Cuba wasn't on the list and even went to Google Maps just to say; "SEE?". Then I saw Canada. Time for bed...
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Level 66
Sep 24, 2019
I'd never thought of Micronesia :/
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Level 22
Dec 12, 2019
I typed 'France' and it checked in 'Federated States

of Micronesia'...well thanks I guess

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Level 81
Jan 22, 2020
I typed "France" and "Federated States of Micronesia" appeared. I then typed "France" again and was told "You've already answered that (Federated States of Micronesia)."
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Level ∞
Jan 22, 2020
Arguably France is closer if you count overseas territories such as Saint Pierre and Miquelon. That's why we accept it.
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Level 58
Jan 26, 2020
Isn't Samoa closer than Saint Kitts?
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Level 76
Jan 26, 2020
Yes, but please note the instructions.
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Level 61
Feb 17, 2020
i thought i had found a loophole when it asked for u and i typed usa. lol
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Level 50
Apr 8, 2020
Why do you accept France for F. S. Micronesia?
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Level 76
Apr 8, 2020
We've responded several times about this already, but we'll go over it one more time. For people who consider the country Micronesia (full name Federated States of Micronesia) starts with an F, then the correct answer is Micronesia. But if you consider Micronesia starts with an M, then France becomes is the right answer. We allow both answers to cover both possible approaches by quizzers.
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Level 74
Jun 24, 2020
Got them all... except for Mexico.
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Level 65
Apr 3, 2021
Same here! I only missed Mexico and Luxembourg. I really don't know how I was able to forget Mexico.
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Level 49
Apr 3, 2021
I thought I was the only stupid one around here :D
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Level 54
Jul 2, 2020
I typed "France" and "Micronesia" appeared. Strange.
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Level 41
Apr 3, 2021
Same here, not sure what’s going on
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Level 85
Apr 3, 2021
It's explained by Jerry928 a few comments above.
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Level 57
Mar 9, 2021
100% with 0:01 left, almost forgot Luxembourg. whew!
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Level 65
Apr 3, 2021
I type in France and it fills in F. S. Micronesia
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Level 53
Apr 4, 2021
me: france

quiz: F.S. Micronesia

me: yea that

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Level 43
Apr 4, 2021
Maybe it's because I'm from Canada but, my first attempt at F was Finland. When that didn't work I tried France and it auto-filled with FSM. I found that confusing. When I read through the comments, I found the answer but, I still didn't feel right. Since there are only four countries that start with F I didn't think it would be too much effort to Google it. Here's what I found:

from Point Barrow, Alaska to Nuorgam, Finland - 2658 mi.

from Ni'ihau, Hawaii to Kosrae, FSM - 2714 mi.

from Sail Rock, Maine to Pointe de Corsen, France - 2877 mi.

from Kalae, Hawaii to Volivoli beach, Fiji - 3067 mi.

Actually, I thought of this because a couple of months ago I remember reading an interesting fact that Canada was closer to Norway than Ireland. I hadn't really thought too much about it before but, when I looked into it, it made sense. After all we live on a sphere, not a mercator projection. Ever since, whenever I think about distances between countries I consider the polar routes.

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Level 76
Apr 4, 2021
Thanks for your interesting research, and as regards Finland and FS Micronesia, you are absolutely right! Finland is closer than FSM as you say, so we'll get the quiz updated. France is 2163 km / 1344 miles away from Florida, as Guadeloupe is a part of France proper, but since quizzes like these often work off the distance from Metropolitan France (ie the part of France in Europe), we do accept France as a type-in.
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Level 43
Apr 5, 2021
Thanks for the explanation. There's that island I didn't know about. I always thought Guadeloupe was a territory.

I love this site. I'm always learning something new.

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Level 43
Apr 4, 2021
I thought that interesting comment was from Jetpunk but, I can't seem to find it now.

I'm sort of new to this so, if I missed something (like an island that belongs to Hawaii or FSM) that I don't know about, I apologize for wasting your time but, I still think it's worth mentioning.

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Level 76
Apr 4, 2021
43,382 quiz takers, plus us as quiz-setters, didn't spot this until you did - thanks!
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Level 43
Apr 5, 2021
Wow! I never would have guessed there were so many quiz takers.

Keep up the good work. It looks like your bringing enjoyment to lots of people.

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Level 53
Apr 4, 2021
Who else tried Hawaii?
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Level 81
Aug 26, 2022
I hope nobody.
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Level 48
Apr 5, 2021
just put in france and it was correct but then said finland. ????? im so confused hahahaha
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Level 67
Dec 24, 2023
sammeeee
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Level 65
Apr 5, 2021
France fills in Finland.
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Level 78
Apr 6, 2021
It's amazing that the whole Micronesia debate was rendered moot in this quiz. Pretty funny.
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Level 34
May 6, 2021
Hey, I think I found a glitch in the system. When you try writing France, it writes Finland, but I'm pretty sure that this is just from the close words thing.
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Level 34
May 6, 2021
And I also missed the other people that said that too
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Level 65
Jun 4, 2021
Huge Bug!

I type-in France,then I got Finland?!

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Level 76
Jun 4, 2021
Did you check the comments, and the responses, before you posted this?
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Level 47
Oct 30, 2021
Wow I forgot Mexico
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Level 46
Dec 21, 2021
I tried Costa Rica and then said "Huh? There's nothing any closer" then proceeded to try China
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Level 68
May 9, 2022
Logic
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Level 60
Feb 24, 2022
got it with 1 second left
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Level 53
Mar 2, 2022
Props to the 17% who thought of Luxembourg
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Level 68
May 9, 2022
Facts
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Level 68
May 9, 2022
I like how France is accepted for Finland, I'm assuming the distances are quite close
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Level 65
Feb 8, 2023
Finally, someone who isn't asking the same answered question lmao
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Level 24
Jun 23, 2022
I got all but Antigua and Barbuda...

Also why is France a type-in for Finland?

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Level 72
Oct 17, 2022
I noticed that type-in, too. I put in France and Finland popped up!
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Level 53
Oct 23, 2022
I typed france and finland showed up?
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Level 65
Dec 31, 2022
I typed France and I got Finland.

You should update the quiz.

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Level 64
Apr 3, 2023
I'd say it's for St Pierre and Miquelon, but thats an overseas territory, Idk why they wouldnt count French Guiana tho.
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Level 59
Jan 11, 2023
Same here. This surprised me, which wasted about 5 seconds of my time.
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Level 61
Feb 28, 2023
24/24 with 1 second remaining.
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Level 20
Jul 21, 2023
france is FINLAND???
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Level 61
Sep 5, 2023
?

Typed in france and it accepted it as finland

Is finland really closer than france though? Somethings definitely wrong

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Level 45
Nov 2, 2023
So I'm seeing a lot of discourse regarding using F for Micronesia but for F I typed in France and the box filled in Finland?
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Level 41
Jan 21, 2024
Why does it accept Finland when you type in France?
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Level 76
Jan 21, 2024
If you include French overseas departments, then France is closest (at its Caribbean territories), but if you work with metropolitan France (ie the main part of France, in Europe), then Finland is closest. We accept both, which covers both approaches.
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Level 71
Feb 12, 2024
It is hard to tell how Finland is closer to the US than metropolitan France ... is it taking the distance to Alaska over the north pole?
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Level 76
Feb 12, 2024
Exactly - northeast Alaska to northwest Finland is actually closer than Maine to Bretagne.
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Level 50
Feb 10, 2024
For "F" I typed in France, or so I thought, as the answer that came up was Finland.

I have been drinking when I took this, but I am fairly certain I entered France, thinking of St Pierre and Miquelon; however, the answer came up as Finland. Would it be possible to check this on your own?

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Level 76
Feb 11, 2024
Please see our answer to Lpro above.
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Level 65
Apr 30, 2024
I typed France and it gave me Finland,

you might want to fix this.

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Level 76
Apr 30, 2024
Please see our answer to Lpro above
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Level 37
Jun 25, 2024
me too