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Country nearest neighbour connect

Move around the world by naming every country's nearest neighbour (as measured from geographical centre to geographical centre) that hasn't already been named. Start with the country that is the most distant from any other country. If you think it sounds too easy with a map to help, you can do it without.
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The geographical centres of Pacific nations are not necessarily at all close to the centre of their shaded region!
Quiz by rwwt
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Last updated: August 19, 2021
First submittedAugust 12, 2021
Times taken1,226
Average score66.3%
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New Zealand
Tonga
Samoa
Kiribati
Tuvalu
Nauru
Marshall Islands
Solomon Islands
Fiji
Vanuatu
Papua New Guinea
Federated States of Micronesia
Palau
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India
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Gabon
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Cameroon
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Ghana
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Ivory Coast
Liberia
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Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Gambia
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Mauritania
Mali
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Niger
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Kenya
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Seychelles
Comoros
Madagascar
Mauritius
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Lesotho
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Egypt
Israel
Jordan
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Cyprus
Turkey
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
Croatia
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Austria
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Finland
Sweden
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Denmark
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Germany
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Monaco
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Italy
Vatican City
San Marino
Andorra
France
Spain
Portugal
Morocco
Algeria
Tunisia
Malta
Libya
Bulgaria
Poland
United Kingdom
Ireland
Iceland
Canada
United States
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Belize
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El Salvador
Nicaragua
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Panama
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Ecuador
Peru
Bolivia
Paraguay
Uruguay
Argentina
Chile
Brazil
Suriname
Guyana
Trinidad and Tobago
Grenada
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Lucia
Dominica
Antigua and Barbuda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Barbados
Venezuela
Dominican Republic
Haiti
Jamaica
Cuba
Bahamas
Cape Verde
Russia
Mongolia
China
North Korea
South Korea
Japan
Taiwan
Indonesia
East Timor
Australia
Sri Lanka
Maldives
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Level 57
Aug 19, 2021
If you had asked me beforehand where this journey will end, I would never have guessed the Maldives.
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Level 74
Aug 19, 2021
No, me neither!
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Level 52
Nov 21, 2021
Maldives is very close to being after South Africa by my rough calculations.
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Level 62
Sep 17, 2022
Nor that Australia would have been 194th given that you start in New Zealand
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Level 74
Sep 18, 2022
Nope, I definitely would not have expected that either!
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Level 61
Aug 19, 2021
This was one crazy ride
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Level 45
Aug 19, 2021
And so did everything end on the maldives, on a white beach, in the sun and with a cocktail in your hands
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Level 45
Aug 19, 2021
And so did everything end on the maldives: on a white beach, in the sun and with a drink in your hand
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Level 67
Aug 19, 2021
Apparently the geographical center doesn't have anything to to with the middle of the country. There's no way the g.c. of any country close to the USA are a couple hundred miles apart.. The center of the USA is hundreds of miles from the nearest border.
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Level 74
Aug 19, 2021
The geographical centre of the US is actually not that far south of the Canadian border, because Alaska is huge and way off to the north.
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Level 82
Sep 17, 2022
Is French Guiana taken into account for France's location in the same way? I was expecting France to be a tricky answer in a strange place but it didn't seem to be.
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Level 74
Sep 18, 2022
It is, but French Guiana is quite small so the centroid is only displaced a fairly small amount. It actually lies about 125km south-east of Madrid.
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Level 65
Aug 24, 2021
Nauru after Tuvalu? Does the geo centre take into account Niulakita island of Tuvalu?
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Level 74
Aug 24, 2021
I mostly got the centroids of countries using Geopandas but very small countries don't show up in its lowres world coordinates dataset. Tuvalu is one of them. I got the coordinates of the missing nations from https://developers.google.com/public-data/docs/canonical/countries_csv, which places Tuvalu at 177.6E, 7.1S. There's no information on how those points were calculated but it seems reasonable given the locations of the extreme points of the country.
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Level 37
Sep 8, 2021
Great quiz! I could imagine it would have taken forever to complete.
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2022
Great quiz, and a challenge to do. Maybe would help to have the option to have missing countries highlighted? If you've moved to a less obvious neighbour then its easy to forget the small countries you left behind. And fun to see just how apart New Zealand and Australia really are : )
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Level 69
Sep 20, 2022
This swas so much fun.. Managed to get them all with just 10 seconds to spare. Nominated!