Countries With No Land Borders

Which countries have no land border? Don't forget countries from the Countries 197 to 204 quiz!
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Last updated: August 27, 2015
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Country
Japan 126.87 mil
Philippines 101.96 mil
Australia 23.88 mil
Taiwan 23.46 mil
Madagascar 22.43 mil
Sri Lanka 20.6 mil
Cuba 11.2 mil
Singapore 5.47 mil
New Zealand 4.61 mil
Jamaica 2.72 mil
Bahrain 1.36 mil
Trinidad and Tobago 1.34 mil
Mauritius 1.26 mil
Fiji 859,000
Cyprus 858,000
Comoros 785,000
Country
Solomon Islands 581,000
Cabo Verde 524,000
Malta 445,000
Bahamas 368,000
Maldives 341,000
Iceland 331,000
Barbados 285,000
Vanuatu 265,000
Samoa 188,000
São Tomé and Príncipe 187,000
St Lucia 185,000
Curaçao 155,000
St Vincent and the
Grenadines
110,000
Aruba 107,000
Kiribati 106,000
Country
Grenada 103,000
Tonga 103,000
Fed St of Micronesia 101,000
Seychelles 90,000
Antigua and Barbuda 86,000
Dominica 71,000
Marshall Islands 56,000
St Kitts and Nevis 56,000
Greenland 56,000
Faroe Islands 49,000
Palau 21,000
Cook Islands 15,000
Tuvalu 11,000
Nauru 10,000
Niue 2,000
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Level 75
Aug 27, 2015
I can not believe what I missed. Nice one :)
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Level 75
Aug 27, 2015
Seriously - six of your answer 'countries' and not countries: Niue, Cook Islands, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Aruba and Curacao.

On a separate note: I wonder if Guantanamo on a technicality should knock Cuba off this list...

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Level 75
Aug 27, 2015
Seriously, they all are! Yep, every one of them - try a bit of googling :) Guantánamo Bay is Cuban territory, leased by the United States, though the Cubans refuse to bank the yearly $4085 rent cheque!
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Level 76
Aug 27, 2015
There is always an argument as to what is a country and what isn't - England, for example, - and it always depends on the point of view and whether you are talking about sovereign countries or dependencies or countries in association with others or countries which are recognized by some, but not all, UN members. My question is how you decided which ones to include? Some of the ones you mentioned have limited membership on some UN committees, but are not considered full members. If the UN members can't agree on what is required to be a country, we probably won't on Jetpunk, either.
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Level 75
Aug 27, 2015
That would mean a large post! In brief, I look for a national identity, declared borders, at least some degree of international recognition, and operation as a country independent of the influence of other countries. It's still not black-and-white, though - for example, New Zealand is responsible for the defense of both Samoa and Cook Islands under differing arrangements; Kosovo and Palestine are recognised by 108 and 135 countries respectively; Vatican City is not a full member of the UN; Cyprus and Georgia don't control their own borders due to self-declared and border-maintained republics within them, while Palestine is occupied over most of the West Bank although the occupier has not declared a nation there. So, out of that lot, which would you count as a country and which not? In the end, it's a judgement call, and I'm happy with the 1-204 list of countries that looks to me like they all have a sufficient assertion of nationhood to be called "countries".
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Level 75
Aug 27, 2015
To wrap, I could talk more about the likes of Curaçao (interestingly it has more people than 13 countries that appear in the Countries of the World quiz) and Greenland, but I'm trying to keep this brief. The main thing is that I'd hope that people really research these places for themselves, and come to their own conclusions, rather than just saying that X is a country and Y is not, just because other people say so. I also would expect others to respect the conclusions I've come to, because whether you agree with the list or not, there is at least an arguable case for the inclusion of every answer.
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Level 28
Mar 20, 2020
The problem is the your criteria seems completely arbitrary (e.g. why isn't Tokelau a "country" if Niue is? And why nor Isle of Man or Jersey and Guernsey if you include Greenland and the Faroe Islands, the British crown dependencies are more sovereign than GL and FO which are autonomous parts of a unitary state) and that you don't specify your criteria. As a minimum you should state that you aren't using sovereign states as your criteria.
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Level 75
Mar 21, 2020
If you do some more research you'll answer your own question.
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Level 83
Aug 27, 2015
I move that Countries 197 to 204 be voted off the island. Is there a second?
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Level 64
Aug 27, 2015
Well, no, 'cause then this wouldn't be original!