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NATO Neighbors

Name the countries which are not in the NATO but which share a land border with one of its members.
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Countries
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Countries
Bosnia and
Herzegovina
Brazil
Georgia
Iran
Iraq
Countries
Ireland
Kosovo
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
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Morocco
Russia
San Marino
Serbia
Suriname
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Switzerland
Syria
Ukraine
Vatican City
104 Recent Comments
+36
Level 65
Jan 12, 2023
Cool quiz, France tripped me up for the millionth time
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Level 87
Jan 13, 2023
Well, Suriname better not invade French Guiana, or else the Albanian infantry will arrive!
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Level 62
Jan 24, 2023
Ha ha yeah, that's quite a thought.
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Level 46
Jan 27, 2023
French Guyana isn't under NATO protection, simillarly to Falklands
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Level 69
Jan 28, 2023
French Guiana is an integral part of France and thus would be under nato protection, alongside Martinique, Guadeloupe, reunion, and mayotte. However places like New Caledonia or French polynesia wouldn’t.
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Level 68
Mar 9, 2024
Actually, NATO Article 6 specifically states that territories outside of Europe and North America are not under NATO protection, with the Asian territories of Turkey tacked on in an amendment once Turkey joined. It also exempts from protection any territory in the tropics or further south. This was to avoid having NATO get dragged into post-colonial wars of NATO members trying to hold on to their colonies. The amount of integration a region of a country has doesn't have much to do with it, those areas are explicitly not covered even if they are integral to a country.

An attack on French Guiana would not trigger NATO to defend it, nor would attacks on any other french overseas territories except St Pierre and Miquelon off the coast of Canada. That also applies to other countries overseas territories, The Falklands War did not trigger a NATO response. Theoretically an attack on Hawaii would not trigger one either, assuming no mainland territories were attacked at the same time.

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Level 73
Feb 15, 2023
It does'nt seem so simple.

Check here these parliamentary works about the venue of austrian forces (not member of nato) in French Guyana :-D https://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/14/dossiers/accord_autriche_personnels_armee_guyane.asp

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Level 71
Mar 8, 2024
Yes, an agreement between the Government of France and of Austria, not some independent Guyanese authority. What do you think this points out about French Guiana? I'm afraid my French doesn't stretch so far.

You're right. It's never "so simple" applying rules to every country, and edge cases can break down, but there is a roughly (roughly!) consistent distinction between things which are part of a country and things which are controlled by a country, which we'll often call territories.

Every country is slightly different, so New Caledonia's "exceptional status" is not exactly equivalent to a "crown dependency" of the UK or a "U.S. territory" or Niue's "free association". But it's convenient to make broad buckets to categorize thing and these are the buckets usually used on Jetpunk. We have to accept that no taxonomy will fit every piece of land perfectly and unambiguously and deal with it with common sense.

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Level 70
Jan 12, 2023
Cyprus is missing. Borders UK and de-facto Turkey
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Level 39
Jan 12, 2023
wait how
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Level 83
Jan 12, 2023
The UK has bases in Akrotiri and Dhekelia, and Northern Cyprus has been occupied by Turkey (although it claims to be independent) since the invasion in 1974. Neither territory is considered by its parent country to be an integral part of the country, though, so they shouldn't count for this quiz. French Guiana is considered an overseas department--not a territory--of France, so it is just as "French", legally speaking, as Brittany.
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Level 87
Jan 12, 2023
Why should overseas territories count for France and Spain but not the UK? It's not leased from Cyprus, it's British land.
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Level ∞
Jan 12, 2023
Because French Guiana is not an overseas territory it is an overseas region, with full integration into the French state.

Confused? It's similar to the difference between Puerto Rico (a territory) and Hawaii (a state).

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Level 73
Mar 24, 2024
Can we get a caveat to this effect? It seems reasonable not to count Cyprus, but "share a land border" does not say anything about Overseas Territories vs integrated overseas regions.
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Level 90
Jan 13, 2023
As everyone knows, Cyprus is part of the British Isles.
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Level 26
Jan 24, 2023
no it is not, is is independent.
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Level 33
Jan 24, 2023
its a joke lmao
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Level 74
Jan 27, 2023
Which for most quizzes makes perfect sense so I understand why it's extended to this quiz. But in the particular case of a quiz about a military alliance, it's odd to include French Guyana which isn't protected by NATO, but ignore British holdings in Cyprus which almost certainly are.
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Level 82
Mar 8, 2024
Interesting point. Is it true that French Guiana isn't protected by NATO though? Is it specifically excluded?
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Level 40
Jan 24, 2023
Yeah I tried Cyprus as well (2 british military bases on the island)
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Level 82
Mar 8, 2024
Which aren't part of the UK.
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Level 39
Jan 12, 2023
Brazil, Morocco, and Suriname: Wait how do i border nato

French Guiana, Ceuta, and Melilla: we can explain

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Level 77
Jan 12, 2023
Hope never to be a member :)
+7
Level 82
Jan 24, 2023
as do we
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Level 71
Jan 24, 2023
For real.
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Level 56
Jan 24, 2023
You... You live in Texas?
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Level 66
Mar 8, 2024
I think Kal doesn't want Serbia to join NATO too, agreeing with KoljiVriVoda
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Level 26
Jan 26, 2023
ohio sounds nice
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Level 76
Jan 24, 2023
Sa Srbima ne smije inat da se tera

Izgubićeš jato crnih bombardera

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Level 55
Jan 26, 2023
Bosnian - detected:

"With the Serbs, spite must not be forced.

You will lose a flock of black bombers"

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Level 48
Jan 24, 2023
Well. If you think about it, Russia would've never attacked Ukraine if Ukraine was part of NATO.
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Level 81
Jan 24, 2023
However, part of Putin’s reasoning for invading was because of Ukraine’s intention to join NATO.
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Level 68
Mar 9, 2024
Ukraine would never be able to join NATO so long as it has active conflict within its borders. All that Putin would have needed to do to stop Ukraine from joining was to keep the War in the Donbass going indefinitely, and Ukraine would never be able to join.
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Level 70
Jan 24, 2023
He's a liar and a manipulator. He'd come up with a different lie to invade Ukraine if NATO didn't exist.
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Level 81
Jan 24, 2023
I certainly won’t deny that. I have no love for that man and absolutely stand with the Ukrainian people. I just try my best to look at things from multiple perspectives in most cases too. NATO certainly is not a perfect solution either.
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Level 69
Dec 29, 2023
We couldn't care less about whether you're in or not :)
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Level 85
Jan 13, 2023
Good quiz! Though may have to swap out a couple of countries soon.
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Level 34
Jan 13, 2023
Forgot French Guiana
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Level 78
Jan 24, 2023
What about Cuba (for Guantanamo)?
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Level 53
Jan 24, 2023
Military bases do not count (to all people above, that is why Akrotiri and Dhekelia do not count).
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Level 66
Dec 6, 2023
No, Akrotiri and Dhekelia are full-on territories, which is also why they don't count.
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Level 85
Apr 5, 2023
The Guantanamo base isn't US territory, it's leased land. (The lease dates to before the revolution and the Castro government, and had no official end date.) The US sends a rent check every year; the Cubans never deposit it (except once, by accident).
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Level 52
Jan 24, 2023
Omg I forgot the United States was in NATO...
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Level 55
Jan 26, 2023
Some say it is the richest third world country.
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Level 53
Jan 24, 2023
It took me ages to remember the microstates, but I got Brazil, Suriname and Morocco soon!
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Level 30
Jan 24, 2023
Sweden and Finland are in NATO now
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Level 66
Jan 24, 2023
No, they are not at the moment of writing.
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Level 74
Jan 24, 2023
Not yet. They might be pretty soon.
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Level 78
Jan 24, 2023
Not yet. And being Finnish myself, I hate the idea that my country is apparently soon joining.
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Level 49
Jan 24, 2023
It is never an unanimous decision, but the majority of people in Finland is backing it up.
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Level 55
Jan 24, 2023
Better than risking being attacked by imperialist Putin. Who knows what else he's going to do.
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Level 56
Jan 24, 2023
Welp, better than bein Russian. Though, the war in Ukraine has proven the Russians quite incompetent.
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Level 47
Apr 22, 2023
why
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Level 65
Jan 24, 2023
The moment that you are so focused on Europe and get all answers correctly (even Brazil and Suriname) but forget Mexico...
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Level 55
Jan 24, 2023
Alright, I missed Ireland but I love how I missed Suriname, Brazil, and Morocco. Especially Morocco. It's so funny how French Guiana is an actual department instead of an overseas territory so you end up forgetting about it on so many quizzes. I thought Mexico was the only country in America that bordered a NATO country. Fun quiz.
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Level 81
Jan 24, 2023
I will always forget Moldova
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Level 61
Jan 24, 2023
I skipped georgia because I thought it was in NATO wow
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Level 41
Jan 26, 2023
They very much want too
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Level 50
Jan 24, 2023
Austria to my knowledge has 6 neighboring NATO member states not 7.
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Level 55
Jan 26, 2023
Yes, I think so, too. In the solution, it says Germany, Italy, +5 when it should be +4. Or am I missing something?
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Level 59
Jan 24, 2023
No Mexico despite it bordering the US lol?
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Level 72
Apr 13, 2023
Mexico is here.
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Level 66
Jan 24, 2023
Shouldn't Cyprus be here?
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Level 67
Jan 24, 2023
No^
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Level 72
Apr 13, 2023
Despite the TRNC being a Turkish puppet state, it is not Turkish territory. As for Akrotiri and Dhekelia, territories don't form part of the UK.
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Level 69
Jan 24, 2023
Dammit, France!
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Level 58
Jan 24, 2023
I thought Sweden and Finland were in NATO now?
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Level 49
Jan 24, 2023
28/30 countries have ratified it, but not Hungary and Turkey.
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Level 72
Apr 13, 2023
Finland is here now as of 13 April 2023. Sweden is still undergoing negotiations.
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Level 68
Jan 25, 2023
Got the 3 lowest guessed ones but missed some easy ones
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Level 21
Jan 25, 2023
Got brazil morocco and suriname but forgot kosovo
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Level 65
Jan 26, 2023
isnt russia also included i mean it borders norway, the baltics and poland, also cyprus technically is also bordering uk
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Level 60
Jan 26, 2023
Russia is here-
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Level 62
Jan 29, 2023
I got Suriname and Brazil, thought about Cyprus... and didn't think of Ukraine. :|
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Level 73
Feb 15, 2023
Is French Guiana protected by NATO forces ?

It doesn't seem so simple. Check here these parliamentary workings about the venue of Austrian forces (not NATO member) in French Guiana. :-D

https://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/14/dossiers/accord_autriche_personnels_armee_guyane.asp

(anyway, the quizz goes over landborders of countries, not about protection)

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Level 52
Mar 14, 2023
bruh south america got me lmao, great quiz!
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Level 66
Apr 4, 2023
You need to remove Finland now.
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Level 61
Apr 4, 2023
yeah, it's now officially a NATO member
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Level 65
Apr 4, 2023
France enjoying a bottle of wine while trolling nearly half of the players with French Guyana
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Level 83
Apr 4, 2023
Is UK still a part of NATO? What about Brexit?
+6
Level 90
Apr 5, 2023
Exit from EU, not NATO.
+4
Level 82
Mar 8, 2024
How are you level 83 but don't know the difference between the EU and NATO?
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Level 65
Apr 5, 2023
I always forget the French territory in South America!!!
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Level 78
Apr 5, 2023
Tricky Tricky with those last two.
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Level 93
May 16, 2023
Man I was so pleased with myself for remembering all the ones in Asia and all the South America ones and I totally spaced Morocco...
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Level 68
Dec 14, 2023
Samoa
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Level 56
Dec 29, 2023
What do you mean by Samoa exactly?
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Level 58
Dec 31, 2023
Samoa
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Level 75
Dec 29, 2023
On the main page the description uses "the NATO" - please, there is no definite article there! Ever!

Correct version:

"Name the countries which are not in NATO but which share a land border with one of its members."

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Level 75
Mar 8, 2024
"the NATO alliance" would be an acceptable alternative, but still seeing just "the NATO" in the description is making my eyes hurt!
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Level 51
Dec 29, 2023
I should've got Brazil and Suriname, I thought Ireland were in it but I knew it was an I so probably should've guessed them. I'd have never got Morocco, I know Spain does have exclaves in Africa but they don't just spring to mind without being reminded.
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Level 43
Feb 25, 2024
What about Cyprus? It borders the UK because of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.
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Level 82
Mar 8, 2024
They are not part of the UK.
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Level 66
Mar 8, 2024
I agree that Cyprus should be here, but they won't add it.
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Level 75
Mar 9, 2024
No they probably won't because, as @kitsims says, Akrotiri and Dhekelia are not part of the UK. They're UK dependencies, more specifically overseas territories, but not part of the UK of GB and NI.

It's actually not 100% clear whether overseas territories of NATO members are considered part of NATO territory. Akrotiri and Dhekelia definitely aren't part of e.g. the Commonwealth or EU, but NATO is a bit more blurry.

If, say, Syria went rogue and attacked *only* Akrotiri and Dhekelia, it would be the UK that defended them (like the Falklands War - no NATO involvement), although it's not inconceivable that a NATO force would provide support *if* the UK requested it.

Whether all that means Cyprus should be on the list or not, I don't know...

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Level 29
Mar 23, 2024
That becomes even more complicated if you think of Turkey's role in NATO and on Cyprus...
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Level 85
Feb 26, 2024
I'm glad that Sweden is finally coming off of this list.
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Level 71
Feb 28, 2024
Not yet…
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Level 85
Mar 7, 2024
Yet.
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Level 62
Mar 8, 2024
Goodbye Sweden
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Level 81
Mar 8, 2024
Liechtenstein is the only doubly landlocked NATO neighbour, being a neighbour of two NATO neighbours...
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Level 81
Mar 9, 2024
I was confused about that as well.
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Level 89
Mar 9, 2024
Ugh...I missed the two in South America. Rookie mistake...
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Level 73
Jul 15, 2024
I forgot Russia, why?!