Jump to the closest country- JetPunk style

Start at the south pole, then jump to the closest country starting with J, then from there to the closest country starting with E, etc. Repeat for the equator and north pole.
Distances are between capitals.
Hint: only one country is here twice
Quiz by Eutychus
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Last updated: November 29, 2014
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Starting at the South Pole
Starting Letter
Distance
Answer
J
11992
Jamaica
E
1410
El Salvador
T
3028
Trinidad and Tobago
P
1983
Panama
U
3322
United States
N
3102
Nicaragua
K
10484
Kosovo
Starting at the Equator
Starting Letter
Distance
Answer
J
3537
Jordan
E
495
Egypt
T
1103
Turkey
P
1642
Poland
U
691
Ukraine
N
1631
Norway
K
2045
Kosovo
Starting at the North Pole
Starting Letter
Distance
Answer
J
6051
Japan
E
5117
East Timor
T
3710
Thailand
P
2212
Philippines
U
5779
Uzbekistan
N
2103
Nepal
K
1942
Kyrgyzstan
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Level 76
Nov 30, 2014
Jamaica is closer than Jordan to the Equator

Fun quiz!

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Level 77
Apr 26, 2018
I agree. I couldn't understand how, if Jamaica is closest to the South Pole, it isn't also closest to the Equator. I know that will spoil the quiz, though!
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Level 89
Oct 22, 2023
Exactly. Thes second set of answers should be the same as the first.
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Level 72
Oct 22, 2023
Or just change it to "starting at 30 degrees North"
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Level 68
May 4, 2015
It was so much fun!
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Level 51
Jun 3, 2015
Awesome quiz!
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Level 71
Jun 26, 2016
Way too much time! Otherwise, good quiz.
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Level 49
Nov 7, 2020
you didnt use the standart type in for kyrgyzstan
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Level 91
Oct 22, 2023
Isn’t North Macedonia closer to Ukraine than Norway? Not to mention Netherlands?
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Level 90
Oct 22, 2023
This quiz predates North Macedonia. I don't have the data to update it.
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Level 72
Oct 22, 2023
That is.... really easy to get, but okay. Kyiv to Skopje is 1173 km, Skopje to Pristina is 78 km.
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Level 73
Oct 22, 2023
Great quiz, should shave 5 minutes off though
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Level 72
Oct 22, 2023
If the distances are between capitals.. are those the distances being used to determine which country is closest to the next country? If not, you should really specify that you're apparently not considering overseas territories, and regardless you should really specify that the distances are in km.
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Level 60
Oct 23, 2023
Please use the "Auto" type-ins (for United States, for example). The J for Equator category is still incorrect, it might work to replace it with the Prime Meridian. North Macedonia should also be on here.