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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
Times taken46,780
Average score75.0%
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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
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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 75
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 87
Oct 21, 2018
I just came here to say how interesting the changes would be for the 48.
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Level 74
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 74
Aug 24, 2018
Shouldn't Tanzania be on here somewhere...?
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Level 75
Aug 24, 2018
While I was updating the quiz to include Tanzania, your message popped up! An excellent coincidence...
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Level 76
Aug 25, 2018
A certain continent certainly came through for this quiz!
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Level 78
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 75
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 58
Aug 25, 2018
But territories of the US are excluded.
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Level 64
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 75
Aug 26, 2018
9780 km / 6077 miles.
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Level 58
Aug 25, 2018
How about Bhutan, Nepal, Oman, Sri Lanka, India, Oman & Pakistan?
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Level 75
Aug 25, 2018
See our answer to Underneath, above.
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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 57
Aug 16, 2020
Yes @Stewart XD
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Level 67
Apr 13, 2020
You said Oman twice.
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Level 72
Nov 21, 2020
Oh, man...
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Level 57
Jul 28, 2022
Fun fact: Oman should be pronounced to rhyme with man, not O-mahn
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Level 84
Aug 27, 2018
Just get one and the rest kinda fill themselves in, don't they?
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Level 82
Oct 21, 2018
Yep. About fifteen guesses to finally get my first one. After that, cake.
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Level 59
Aug 29, 2018
More of these, please!
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Level 36
Oct 31, 2018
somalia is 10522 km from alaska
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Level 60
Nov 12, 2018
Could you add "the" to the title to make it grammatically correct?
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Level 75
Nov 12, 2018
Where? There's already one the in the title, are we missing another?
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Level 73
Dec 10, 2019
The Countries the Furthest the from the United the States the.
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Level 67
Apr 13, 2020
Write that again, except with a "the" between every letter. Then it would be grammatically correct.
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Level 72
Dec 31, 2018
The quiz should be titled: Name as many Sub-Saharan African Countries as you can!
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Level 77
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 63
Aug 29, 2019
What about East Germany?
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Level 55
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 88
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 37
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 53
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 75
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 73
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 62
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 72
Apr 14, 2022
My initial guess was Madagascar...then it was a mass transit through Africa.
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Level 62
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 66
May 14, 2022
Got everything except Eswatini and Lesotho 🤦🏻‍♀️ Such a dumb mistake.
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Level 44
May 15, 2022
Good quiz! Would like to see a "countries furthest from..." series
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Level 31
May 16, 2022
I can't see how Djibouti makes the list if Ethiopia doesn't
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Level 71
May 16, 2022
Ethiopia extends beyond Djibouti.
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Level 71
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 35
Oct 28, 2022
NOOOOOOOOOOOO

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