Can You Guess the Country When Given the Countries Bordering It?

By: J. Reinoehl

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One of the criticisms of Americans is that we know little about the world outside of our own borders. And, compared to the rest of the developed world, Americans do little travel outside of our own country. Although some may argue that this is because people who live in the US have little interest in the rest of the world, the fact is that travel outside of the US is quite expensive. For us, traveling from one state to the next is similar to Europeans traveling between countries. It's just cheaper to stay on our own continent.

But assuming that one day you would like to travel, it might be helpful to know a bit about where you're going. If you haven't been interested enough to learn about the world before now, this might be a good time to bone up on your world geography. So, if you know what countries border the US (we hope that's an easy one), what countries surround Bolivia, and what countries border Australia (huh, is that a trick question?), then this quiz is for you.

Can you ace this world geography quiz?

Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco Spain, and Andorra border which country?

“France has lost the battle, but she has not lost the war.”


Libya, Sudan, and Israel border which country?

The Third Intermediate Period ended around 712 B. C., marking the end of Egyptian pharaohs and the beginning of a series of conquests that continued until modern times. Assyrians and Persians were the first to topple the ancient country, followed by Alexander the Great, whose death allowed one of his generals to establish the Ptolemaic dynasty—a Greek line of pharaohs.


The United States borders which country?

"Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life and an affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter, we are alive." –Stephen Leacock, Canadian humorist


French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay border which country?

“Brazil eats, sleeps, and drinks football. It lives football.”


North Korea borders which country?

South Korea focused its economy on export strengths and specialized in electronics, telecommunications, automobiles, chemicals, shipbuilding, and steel. However, its economic structure makes it vulnerable to worldwide economic downturns.


Russia, China, and South Korea border which country?

Japan’s colonial rule over Korea ended when it surrendered in 1945 after World War II. As the Cold War began, Korea was divided between the Soviet-backed North and the South, which was backed by the United States.


Which lists all the countries that share a land border with Greece?

"In Greece, wise men speak, and fools decide." –George Santayana


Portugal, Andorra, and France border which country?

One of the most controversial sports in Spain is bullfighting. Almost 10 percent of the population attended a bullfight in 2015.


Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar border which country?

In 1961, 1,652 languages and distinct dialects were recorded in India. The six major languages of the country are Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, and Urdu, with at least 50 million Indians speaking each one.


China and Russia border which country?

“I am the punishment of God… If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.” –attributed to Ghengis Khan (c.1162-1227), founder of the Mongol Empire.


Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia border which country?

The Dutch were the first to consolidate the Indonesian islands into one when they created the Dutch East Indies from 1670 to 1900. The first elections for president as an independent nation were held in 2004.


Canada and Mexico border which country?

“Either America will destroy ignorance, or ignorance will destroy the United States.” –W. E. B. DuBois


Which lists all the countries that share a land border with Thailand?

Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country to have avoided colonial rule. Once a pure monarchy, the country is now considered a constitutional monarchy.


Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho border which country?

South Africa had a strict policy of apartheid until 1994. It took years of international isolation, mass demonstrations, and armed resistance to change this old system that required races to be separate.


Germany Czechia, Slovakia, Ukarian, Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia border which country?

"The soul of Poland is indestructible. She will rise again like a rock, which may for a spell be submerged by a tidal wave, but which remains a rock." –Sir Winston Churchill


Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, and Turkey border which country?

The Ottoman’s ruled Iraq 1534 to 1918 before the British took over and created the Iraqi nation. Since Iraq obtained independence in 1932, it has been the place of numerous coups and instability.


Which lists all the countries that share a land border with Hungary?

“It’s not enough to have talent. You also have to be Hungarian.” –Robert Capa


Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon border which country?

The British set up the state of Israel for Jewish people in 1922, but by 1947, increasing tensions between the Jewish and Muslim cultures made them wish to withdraw from the area of Israel. The U. N. created Resolution 181, which created an autonomous Jewish government and district, as well as an independent Palestinian government and district with a neutral government in charge of Jerusalem.


Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and Uruguay border which country?

"Almsgiving leaves a man just where he was before; aid restores him to society as an individual worthy of respect and not as a man with a grievance. Almsgiving is the generosity of the rich; social aid levels up social inequalities." –Eva Peron, First Lady of Argentina 1946 - 1952


Italy borders which country?

The world’s smallest, independent state, Vatican City exists inside the Italian capital city, Rome. Before the mid-19th century, the popes (and by extension, the Catholic Church) ruled the Papal States, which covered an extensive region across central Italy. After Italy conquered these, the popes refused to leave the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City and a treaty allowing them autonomy was signed in 1929.


China and India border which country?

The world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, is located on the border of Nepal. The locals call it Sagarmatha (meaning Forehead in the Sky), while Tibetans call it Chomolungma (Mother of the World).


Which lists all the countries that share a land border with China?

“When the Master governs, the people are hardly aware that he exists. Next best is a leader who is loved: next, one who is feared. The worst is one who is despised.” --Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching


Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, and Syria border which country?

When Sultan Mehmed II captured Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453, the Ottoman Empire made Turkey their central base. In 1908, the young Turk Revolution established a constitutional government that became secular in 1923.


Spain borders which country?

"I am not afraid of the darkness. Real death is preferable to a life without living." –Vasco da Gama, Portuguese explorer who first found a sea route from Portugal to India around the Cape of Good Hope.


Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Austria, Czechia, and Poland border which country?

Germany had three emperors in 1888. After surviving numerous assassination attempts, Wilhelm I died from a short illness March 9, 1888. His son, Frederick III died from larynx cancer after only 99 days of rule, placing Wilhelm II in power before the end of the year.


Which lists all the countries that share a land border with Switzerland?

Switzerland established neutrality in 1815 at the Congress of Vienna. A seven-member Federal Council rules it and all Council members share equal leadership status.


Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea border which country?

“It is my great desire to reform my subjects, and yet, I am ashamed to confess that I am unable to reform myself.” –Peter I, Russia


Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen border which country?

Saudi Arabia doesn’t have any rivers in it and is the largest country to be without them. The Arabic Peninsula is the world’s largest peninsula.


Poland, Belarus, Russia, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, and Slovakia border which country?

The Ukraine has seven World Heritage Sites: Saint-Sophia Cathedral (Kiev), the Struve Geodetic Arc, Wooden Tserkvas, the ancient beech forests of the Carpathians, L’viv—the ensemble of the historic center, the ancient city of Tauric Chersonese, and the residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian metropolitans. It also contains many Orthodox cathedrals.


Belize, Guatemala, and the United States border which country?

"In Mexico, an air conditioner is called a politician because it makes a lot of noise but doesn’t work very well.” –Len Deighton, author


Which lists all the countries that share a land border with Lebanon?

The Druze make up a significant minority in Lebanon (5.6 percent). Their religion combines Shia Islam with Gnosticism. Lebanon and Israel are the only two countries in the Middle East where Druze hold high political positions.


Germany borders which country?

"The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things." –Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author


China, Laos, and Cambodia border which country?

“I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.” –William Westmoreland, 4-star General


Peru, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil border which country?

Simon Bolivar (The Liberator), for whom the country of Bolivia was named, led a revolution in South America to free many of its countries from Spanish rule. At one time, he was president of not only Bolivia but also of what became Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. He initially envisioned an independently-ruled, confederated South American country similar to the United States.


Which lists the countries that all share a land border with Afghanistan?

The New Year is celebrated in Afghanistan on March 21, the first day of spring. The Afghans would like to see their national sport, goat-grabbing (buzkashi), elevated to Olympic status.


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