Which countries have the most neighboring countries? At first you think quickly that the big countries are also the countries with the most neighbors. But nothing is less true. There are a number of large countries, such as America and Mexico, which because of their geographical location actually do not have so many neighboring countries. The size of a country does not automatically say anything about it.
Which 6 countries have the most neighboring countries?
1. China (14)
China is in first place with 14 neighboring countries! These are: Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Vietnam. With Mongolia, China shares a limit of 4,500 km. Nice to know is that in the southeast of China the sovereign state of Macau lies and that this border is only 340 meters.
China is a super large country in area (230 times the size of the Netherlands), but also in population. More than 1.4 billion people live in China and that is one fifth of the world’s population. Nearly 300 languages are spoken in China, most of which are dialects and are not mutually understood. The official and most spoken language in China is Standard Mandarin.
2. Russia (14)
The location of Russia ensures that this large country also has 14 neighboring countries. These are: Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Ukraine. Kazakhstan and Russia share a border of 6,846 km. The smallest border is between Russia and North Korea and this limit is only 19 kilometers.
What is special is that Russia is geographically partly in Europe and partly in Asia. Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of surface area (17,098,246 square kilometers). It is even almost twice as large as the subsequent country Canada. However, Russia is the ninth country in the world in terms of population.
3. Brazil (10)
Brazil has a total of 10 neighboring countries and these are France (French Guiana), Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay. It is striking that all these countries can get along pretty well and barely prevent wars in history.
It is remarkable that the big cities of Brazil are all on the coast and most of the borders are in the rainforest and in areas where few people live. With 8.5 million square kilometers Brazil is the largest country in South America and forms almost half of this continent. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world. In terms of population numbers Brazil is the sixth largest country with 208 million inhabitants.
4. Democratic Republic of Congo (9)
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest country on the African continent and has 9 neighboring countries. These are Congo-Brazzaville, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola. In the period 1971-1997 the country was called Zaïre and it is a former Belgian colony.
Congo means “hunter” in Kikongo and this is one of the original languages spoken in southwestern Congo. The country is intersected by the equator and part is north and part is south of the equator.
5. Germany (9)
Germany is the country in Europe with the most neighbors. The neighboring countries of Germany are Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. With 80,594,017 inhabitants, Germany has the largest number of inhabitants of all countries in the European Union. Of these, around 67 percent have a religion and 33 percent do not.
6. Tanzania (8)
Tanzania is not even a big country in Africa, but has 8 neighboring countries. The official name is United Republic of Tanzania. The country borders Congo-Kinshasa, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. Funny detail is that the border between Tanzania and Uganda lies in the middle of Lake Victoria. The capital is Dodoma, but the largest city is Dar es Salaam. Zanzibar has a semi-autonomous status within the republic. The name Tanzania comes from the two countries from which it originated: Tanganyika and Zanzibar.
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