Closest country acrostics- S countries part 4

Name the closest country (based on distance between capitals) starting with the letters of the country's name. If a letter appears a second time, name the second closet country. If a letter appears a third time, name the third closest country, etc.
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Solomon Islands
S
Samoa
O
Oman
L
Laos
O
None
M
Marshall Islands
O
None
N
Nauru
I
Indonesia
S
South Korea
L
Lesotho
A
Australia
N
New Zealand
D
Djibouti
S
Singapore
 
 
Somalia
S
Seychelles
O
Oman
M
Malawi
A
Angola
L
Lebanon
I
Israel
A
Armenia
 
 
Spain
S
Switzerland
P
Portugal
A
Andorra
I
Italy
N
Netherlands
Sri Lanka
S
Singapore
R
Rwanda
I
India
L
Laos
A
Afghanistan
N
Nepal
K
Kyrgyzstan
A
Azerbaijan
 
 
Sudan
S
South Sudan
U
Uganda
D
Djibouti
A
Armenia
N
Nigeria
 
 
Suriname
S
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
U
United States
R
Republic of the Congo
I
Ireland
N
Nicaragua
A
Antigua and Barbuda
M
Mauritania
E
Ecuador
 
 
Swaziland
S
South Africa
W
None
A
Angola
Z
Zimbabwe
I
Israel
L
Lesotho
A
Armenia
N
Namibia
D
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sweden
S
Slovakia
W
None
E
Estonia
D
Denmark
E
Egypt
N
Norway
 
 
Switzerland
S
San Marino
W
None
I
Italy
T
Tunisia
Z
Zambia
E
Estonia
R
Romania
L
Liechtenstein
A
Andorra
N
Netherlands
D
Denmark
 
 
Syria
S
Saudi Arabia
Y
Yemen
R
Romania
I
Israel
A
Armenia
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Level 74
Dec 2, 2014
Zyrgyzstan? That's a new one, especially as it's supposed to begin with "K". Also, how can Andorra be closer to Switzerland than Austria when the latter two border one another.
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Level 75
Dec 2, 2014
It's because you look at the distance between capital cities (as it says in the notes).

Argh, after reading about Zyrgyzstan I assumed there was another typo as Mexico wasn't working for Suriname but I was wrong!

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Level 87
Dec 2, 2014
Typo is fixed. It's amazing that I check these more than once and still have typos make it through.

And I was surprised by Suriname as well, but I double-checked: it's not even really close. 4465 vs. 4988.

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Level 75
Dec 2, 2014
if you have a full list of countries in Excel you can just import the answers in Excel and, with a simple formula, you can make sure all answers are in the list
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Level 80
Aug 11, 2016
Mauritania is closer than Mexico???!
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Level 87
Aug 15, 2016
Yes. Keep in mind I used distance between capitals.