Closest Non-Bordering Countries

Name the 10 pairs of countries that are closest together but do not border!
A big thanks to Jerry928 for working out the data!!!
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Last updated: April 19, 2016
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Miles
Countries
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0.2
Namibia
Zimbabwe
Across land
0.5
0.3
Malaysia
Singapore
Across water
1
1
India
Sri Lanka
Across water; borders on land according to Wikipedia
1.1
0.7
Bahrain
Qatar
Across water
4
2
Russia
USA
Across water
4
2
Denmark
Sweden
Across water
4
3
China
Taiwan
Across water
6
4
Australia
Papua New Guinea
Across water
6
4
Grenada
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Across water
6
4
Indonesia
Singapore
Across water
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Level 85
Sep 8, 2014
What about between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia (looks to be about 5 miles) and Bahrain and Qatar (looks like less than 2 miles from one of Bahrain's islands to Qatar).
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Level 75
Sep 9, 2014
I've added Bahrain-Qatar, thanks to spotting that.

Bahrain-Saudi Arabia is currently under investigation (a chat with a Bahrain government official!)

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Level 75
Apr 19, 2016
Here is Middle Island which has Saudi customs on one side and Bahraini customs on the other - but try as I might, I just cannot find whether either country owns it, or if the border runs down its middle! Does anyone out there know?
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Level 44
Jun 22, 2020
According to this, the border runs down the middle of that island: https://web.archive.org/web/20091022192557/http://www.kfca.com.sa/cause_border.htm
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Level 63
Sep 9, 2014
Could North and South Korea technically not border because of the DMZ? Its a question not a statement
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Level 75
Sep 9, 2014
I guess not... I guess you can assume that all land belongs to some country (maybe excluding Antarctica)
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Level 59
Sep 15, 2014
How about United States & United Kingdom via their respective Virgin Islands?
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Level 75
Apr 19, 2016
UK territories do not form a part of the UK, even though they are under its jurisdiction (which is why Anguilla - Sint Maarten above has also been omitted).
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Level 62
Mar 4, 2015
What about Egypt to Saudi Arabia?
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Level 53
Jan 19, 2017
Just a bit too far—about 7 km. Same goes for Egypt and Jordan.
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Level 65
May 25, 2015
What about Panama and Colombia?
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Level 31
Jun 16, 2015
They do border each other, it's weird that they separate continents I know, but they have a land border.
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Level 70
Dec 12, 2015
What about Oman and Iran?
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Level 53
Jan 19, 2017
That's 50 km
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Level 75
Apr 19, 2016
And here is the closest non-bordering country pair in the world! The leaf-shaped island in the middle distance is Namibia, all of the green river-bank in the foreground is Zimbabwe, and between them, the strip of dry land with a road running across it, is Botswana (just) keeping them apart.
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Level 72
Jul 31, 2017
I'm going to be extra nit-picky here though: this should really still be classified as a "water border." Namibia owns no territory on the south side of the Chobe River, thus you must cross water in order to get from Namibia to Zimbabwe at this shortest distance.

Plus if you look at the way the borders are drawn on Google Maps (admittedly not perfect), the narrowest they ever are is over water. I know that's not your criteria, but just added reference.

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Level 72
Jul 31, 2017
I would venture that the closest non-bordering countries that are joined only by land borders would probably be Monaco and Italy at just over 8km
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Level 46
Dec 19, 2017
The only reason I got that was because I was on google earth and I saw Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia and I wanted to see if they made a four corners.
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Level 63
May 31, 2016
Canada and Denmark (Greenland)?
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Level 53
Jan 19, 2017
Overseas territories don't count
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Level 46
Dec 19, 2017
also that is 14 miles
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Level 53
Jan 19, 2017
Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands are about 3.7 km apart (Aiaisina Island and Kukuvulu Island)
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Level 70
Jun 5, 2021
Yes, that's a pair that I tried repeatedly, because Bougainville (PNG for now) and the Solomons are in the same archipelago, and just as close as PNG and Australia (which are also less than 4km apart at Saibai Island, not 6km)
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Level 44
Jun 22, 2020
Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines are actually only 750m apart (between Petite Martinique and Petit Saint Vincent)
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Level 70
Jun 5, 2021
Saudi Arabia and Egypt are only 5km apart across the Straits of Tiran at Sharm El-Sheikh, and Egypt is also only 7km from Jordan at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba (at Taba/Eilat/Aqaba)
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Level 29
Aug 24, 2021
If you dont know, type China
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Level 45
Feb 24, 2022
Wouldn't Russia and Japan be a valid answer? I'm fairly sure the Habomai Islands are closer than 6km to Japan
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Level 15
Mar 11, 2022
Japan and Russia both claim the Habomai Islands, which are part of the broader Kuril Islands dispute. The Habomais are uninhabited, with one tiny island about 50 metres across, called Rifovy (Рифовый) by the Russians, is 5 km / 3 miles from Cape Nosappu on Hokkaido. The nearest inhabited disputed island is Kunashir/Kunashiri, 15 km / 10 miles away.
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Level 26
Mar 9, 2022
Egypt-Saudi Arabia

Mongolia-Kazakhstan

Nepal-Bhutan

Pakistan-Tajikistan