The ULTIMATE Geographical Border Test for World Leaders

By: Zoe Samuel
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The ULTIMATE Geographical Border Test for World Leaders
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About This Quiz

What is a border? Technically, it means an edge, but in geographical and geopolitical terms, it means the place that two nation states' territories meet. Sometimes borders follow a natural geographical boundary such as a river or a cliff, and many of them are found at a shoreline. Sometimes they follow a historic boundary between the estates of two long-deceased lords, or a place where two communities lived side-by-side. Some mark a departed boundary like a river that has since dried up or a wood that has been cut down. However, some are honestly pretty darn arbitrary!

Borders are an entirely human invention. If the country on either side of a border is at peace, you can usually walk that border without having any idea it's there. Other borders are marked by a little fence or perhaps just a line on the ground. Still other borders are mostly unfortified but have small checkpoints where roads or lanes cross from one nation to another. Within Europe, there are areas in which it is easy to go from country to country without knowing you did. Other borders bristle with weapons, hostility, and even no-man's zones full of landmines.

How well do you know borders? Let's find out!

Which is the longest unfortified border in the world?
Russia-China
US-Canada
The US-Canada border is over 2,000 miles and there's not a soldier in sight!
France-Germany
India_Bangladesh

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What is the most-fortified border in the world?
Russia-China
North-South Korea
The Korean border is sadly very fortified and full of landmines.
Congo-CAR
Sudan-South Sudan

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How many countries share a border with China?
10
14
China's very long border enjoys 14 neighbors.
20
2

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What country is the only one to share a land border with the United Kingdom?
France
Germany
Ireland
Ireland shares a border with Northern Ireland which is part of the UK.
Denmark

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What country shares its southern border with Panama?
Costa Rica
Costa Rica is just north of Panama and both are under the US security umbrella.
Belize
Honduras
Mexico

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Two men drew most of the borders of today's Middle East. One was Francoise-George Picot. Who was the other?
Winston Churchill
Mark Sykes
The British, French and Russian Empires carved up the area they intended to take after defeating its current colonist, the Ottoman Empire, in World War One. Sykes-Picot is still cited as one of the main sources of trouble in the region today.
Lawrence of Arabia
Noel Coward

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What type of building stands on the US-Canadian border such that you can enter through one country and walk through into the other?
Niagara Falls Hospital
Haskell Free Library and Opera House
This library has doors on both sides of the border, so remember what door you came in if you don't want to be arrested!
Buffalo YMCA
The Famous Border B&B

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Why did Voltaire like to live near borders?
To travel
To make a quick escape
Voltaire annoyed some of the wrong people with his speech so he had to be near a border.
He had family across the border.
He spoke three languages.

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What country used to have a border down its middle, that it got rid of in 1989?
Poland
Germany
Germany was divided by the Iron Curtain until 1989.
Russia
China

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If you leave Russia via its northern border and keep going in a straight line, what country do you reach first?
Iceland
Canada or the USA
The Arctic only has a few nations that border it.
Denmark
Sweden or Finland

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What country managed to change 100% of the nations on its borders without changing their location, all since 1989?
Ukraine
Armenia
Poland
All of Poland's neighbors collapsed in that time, but Poland didn't.
Andorra

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What name is given to the complicated situation at the Indian/Bangladesh border?
Hot mess
Third order enclave
There's a piece of India inside a piece of Bangladesh that is inside a piece of India... inside a piece of Bangladesh.
Woolly border
Bamboozled border

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What country shares a land border with East Timor?
Brunei
Indonesia
East Timor is one of the newest countries in the world.
Philippines
Malaysia

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What is the only country that borders Portugal?
Andorra
France
Germany
Spain
Portugal and Spain divide the Iberian Peninsula.

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What country has the longest land border?
Russia
China
China's land border is very wiggly, so it's the longest even though China is actually smaller than Russia.
India
Brazil

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What country has the second-longest land border?
Russia
It's Russia, of course, as it is the biggest nation.
Brazil
India
Congo

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What tradition started in the town of Naco after half of it ended up on each size of the US-Mexico border?
A tunnel underneath the fence
A volleyball game over the fence
The residents of Naco play volleyball over the fence.
A party where everyone climbs the fence
A barbecue

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Which is the only US state that is triply landlocked (that is, it touches no ocean, the states on its borders touch no ocean, and nor do the states around them)?
Idaho
Iowa
Nebraska
Nebraska is really in the middle of the middle of the middle!
Kansas

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Which land border requires the biggest time change when you cross it?
India-China
China-Afghanistan
China doesn't use conventional time zones so this border gets awfully confusing.
India-Bangladesh
China-Kazakhstan

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Why is Colorado not a perfect rectangle?
It wasn't meant to be.
The surveyors screwed up.
Surveyors made a mistake so the western border is not entirely vertical on the map.
There's a river there.
There's a mountain there.

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Two countries share a land border that is thousands of miles away from either nation. One is Holland. Which is the other?
Denmark
France
France and Holland share sovereignty of this little island.
Spain
Sweden

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The crossing of which border started World War Two?
Belgium
Czech Republic
Poland
Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland triggered World War Two.
Greece

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Which is the only border longer than Russia-China?
Russia-Kazakhstan
Brazil-Argentina
India-Bangladesh
India and Bangladesh have a singularly wiggly border that means it is incredibly long and complicated.
Nigeria-Mauritania

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What country borders Egypt to the south?
Niger
Sudan
Sudan is directly south of Egypt, sharing the benefit of the Nile.
Chad
Eritrea

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How many countries share a border with Lesotho?
1
Lesotho is in the middle of South Africa.
2
3
4

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Other than Finland, what country shares a border with Sweden??
Norway
Norway is one of the most northerly countries in Europe.
Russia
Denmark
Holland

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What country borders Gambia?
Sierra Leone
Togo
Burkina Faso
Senegal
Gambia is surrounded by Senegal on all sides except the sea.

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What country borders Ghana to the east?
Benin
Togo
Togo is between Ghana and Benin.
Niger
Mauritania

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What landlocked country borders Vietnam?
Cambodia
Laos
The capital of Laos is Vientiane. It's one of the poorest countries in southeast Asia.
Myanmar
China

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What country shares a land border with Brunei?
Palau
Indonesia
Brunei is on one of the larger islands that holds part ofIndonesia.
Fiji
Nauru

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What country borders Argentina to the west?
Chile
Chile and Argentina share one of the longest borders in South America.
Paraguay
Brazil
Easter Island

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What country shares a land border with Haiti?
Dominican Republic
The island of Hispaniola contains two sovereign nations.
Jamaica
Cuba
Bahamas

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What country borders Mexico to the south?
Honduras
Guatemala
Guatemala uses the US dollar and the local currency, the Quetzal.
Belize
Costa Rica

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Three countries' borders converge on Mount Roraima. Which is NOT one of them?
Guyana
Venezuela
Brazil
Paraguay
Paraguay is not one of the three nations who meet at this point. You can put three limbs in three countries!

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What country borders Uganda to the east?
Kenya
Kenya is to the east of Uganda, on the coast of the Indian Ocean.
Tanzania
Swaziland
South Africa

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