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Countries Furthest from the United States

Which countries are geographically furthest from any part of the United States?
Excludes territories of the U.S.
The number given is the closest distance between that country and the U.S.
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: February 17, 2019
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First submittedAugust 24, 2018
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km
country
miles
13,018
Mauritius
8089
13,007
Madagascar
8082
12,629
Eswatini
7848
12,590
Lesotho
7823
12,497
Comoros
7765
12,164
Seychelles
7558
11,948
South Africa
7424
11,861
Mozambique
7367
11,574
Zimbabwe
7192
11,536
Malawi
7168
km
country
miles
11,286
Botswana
7013
10,953
Zambia
6806
10,698
Burundi
6648
10,687
Tanzania
6641
10,658
Somalia
6623
10,636
Rwanda
6609
10,546
Kenya
6553
10,513
Djibouti
6532
10,507
Namibia
6529
10,353
Uganda
6433
60 Comments
+41
Level ∞
Aug 24, 2018
I would have thought that Sri Lanka would be up there, but Attu Island makes it slightly closer than these other countries.
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Level 76
Aug 25, 2018
Here's this same quiz if you exclude Alaska and Hawaii and just measure from the 48 contiguous US states.
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Level 89
Oct 21, 2018
I just came here to say how interesting the changes would be for the 48.
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Level 75
May 14, 2022
And then there are some of us who didn't even think of Alaska and Hawaii while doing this (and couldn't understand the results).
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Level 71
Nov 21, 2020
What about the Maldives? I'm guessing it would be similar to Sri Lanka, but I'm just curious how far away it was from not making this quiz.
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Level 75
Aug 24, 2018
Shouldn't Tanzania be on here somewhere...?
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Level 76
Aug 24, 2018
While I was updating the quiz to include Tanzania, your message popped up! An excellent coincidence...
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Level 77
Aug 25, 2018
A certain continent certainly came through for this quiz!
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Level 80
Aug 25, 2018
It was at the final moments that I kept rushing to fill all those Sub-Saharan African countries!
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Level 21
Aug 25, 2018
I think Bhutan should be on here. When I checked, the distance between Bhutan and Hawaii is 6541 so I think it might scrape in. I'm not 100% sure though.
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Level 76
Aug 25, 2018
True, but you'll find the nearest point in the US to Bhutan is much closer than Hawaii - it's the Aleutian Islands.
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Level 59
Aug 25, 2018
But territories of the US are excluded.
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Level 66
Aug 25, 2018
The Aleutian Islands are part of Alaska, so not a territory
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Level 21
Aug 26, 2018
Eritrea?
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Level 76
Aug 26, 2018
9780 km / 6077 miles.
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Level 59
Aug 25, 2018
How about Bhutan, Nepal, Oman, Sri Lanka, India, Oman & Pakistan?
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Level 76
Aug 25, 2018
See our answer to Underneath, above.
+38
Level 68
Aug 27, 2018
That's certainly an oxymoron of a name in this situation!
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Level 59
Oct 21, 2018
Indeed! I was quite confused by this comment on first read ;)
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Level 56
Aug 16, 2020
Yes @Stewart XD
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Level 68
Apr 13, 2020
You said Oman twice.
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Level 72
Nov 21, 2020
Oh, man...
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Level 56
Jul 28, 2022
Fun fact: Oman should be pronounced to rhyme with man, not O-mahn
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Level 86
Aug 27, 2018
Just get one and the rest kinda fill themselves in, don't they?
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Level 84
Oct 21, 2018
Yep. About fifteen guesses to finally get my first one. After that, cake.
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Level 58
Aug 29, 2018
More of these, please!
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Level 38
Oct 31, 2018
somalia is 10522 km from alaska
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Level 59
Nov 12, 2018
Could you add "the" to the title to make it grammatically correct?
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Level 76
Nov 12, 2018
Where? There's already one the in the title, are we missing another?
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Level 76
Dec 10, 2019
The Countries the Furthest the from the United the States the.
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Level 68
Apr 13, 2020
Write that again, except with a "the" between every letter. Then it would be grammatically correct.
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Level 73
Dec 31, 2018
The quiz should be titled: Name as many Sub-Saharan African Countries as you can!
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Level 78
Jul 16, 2019
Damn, great quiz, one second longer and i would’ve got 100%. Got to Mala and then the time ran out
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Level 62
Aug 29, 2019
What about East Germany?
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Level 60
Aug 13, 2021
What about it? It's not a country anymore, but it wouldn't make the quiz anyhow.
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Level 89
Nov 21, 2020
Yeah this quiz becomes so much easier once you realize all the answers are on one continent.
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Level 66
Nov 22, 2020
I spelt "Mauritius" wrong, never went back to it and drove myself bonkers trying to figure out what obscure Central African country may have popped into existence. Thankfully solved the mystery with about 5 seconds remaining.
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Level 35
Nov 23, 2020
Finished the quiz with 30 seconds left. Djibouti got me, I'd done Ethiopia and Somalia but Djibouti didn't pop into my head until later on.
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Level 29
Nov 23, 2020
Wow... didn't realize literally all the countries on here would be in south or east Africa.
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Level 54
Feb 11, 2021
It's bothering me that "furthest" does not pertain to physical distance. Title should be "Countries FARthest from the US"!!! Thanks 9th grade English for that pet peeve
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Level 76
Feb 11, 2021
Cambridge Dictionary says that furthest is simply the superlative of far. Dictionary.com says that furthest and farthest are synonyms.
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Level 77
May 15, 2022
If we are getting pedantic, farther has traditionally meant in as far as possible in terms of physical distance. Further has traditionally meant as far as possible in terms of degree. My claim that my drive was farthest from the tee was the furthest thing from the truth. There’s a reason “farthest from the truth” sounds wrong. But I think this is one of those English things that is slowly disappearing.
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Level 64
Feb 25, 2021
Do you remember what source you used for this? I’m trying to make a quiz and can’t find any reliable values
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Level ∞
Apr 7, 2022
If I remember correctly, it was compiled manually by @Jerry298 then I ran it through a script that I developed to double-check the answers.
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Level 77
Apr 14, 2022
My initial guess was Madagascar...then it was a mass transit through Africa.
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Level 65
May 14, 2022
Having watched the Madagascar Journals on Youtube gave me the starting point, and from then on things got easier!
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Level 68
May 14, 2022
Got everything except Eswatini and Lesotho 🤦🏻‍♀️ Such a dumb mistake.
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Level 46
May 15, 2022
Good quiz! Would like to see a "countries furthest from..." series
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Level 30
May 16, 2022
I can't see how Djibouti makes the list if Ethiopia doesn't
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Level 78
May 16, 2022
Ethiopia extends beyond Djibouti.
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Level 75
Feb 16, 2024
Closest point is the other direction.
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Level 78
May 16, 2022
Expected this to be very difficult but starting with Zimbabwe happened to be a good choice
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Level 55
May 16, 2022
Alternate title: Name 20 African Countries
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Level 32
May 20, 2022
Ciężko
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Level 44
Oct 28, 2022
NOOOOOOOOOOOO

i got them all but namibia, i misspelled it so i thought it was wrong

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Level 72
Feb 15, 2024
I visited one of those during the peak of Summer season and I still came across a few Americans.
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Level 56
Feb 15, 2024
Too Americacentric!
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Level 76
Feb 15, 2024
How come? The one answer that's guaranteed to not come up is United States :)
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Level 34
Feb 16, 2024
Nice quiz! I kind of tested random islands and countries around the Indian Ocean until I came up with Madagascar, and the entered all the countries directly around it. Countries of the World Quiz definitely came in handy for this.
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Level 37
Feb 16, 2024
I was expecting continents like Europe and Asia to be in here.