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What country outside North America is closest to the United States?

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What country outside North America is closest to the United States?

a) Iceland
b) French Polynesia
c) Columbia
d) Russia
e) Greenland

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What country outside North America is closest to the United States?




















I asked my dad (Trivial Pursuit king) for help to come up with this week's Travel Trivia question and he asked me. “What country outside North America is closest to the United States?” I got it right, thanks to Sarah Palin's claim you can see Russia from land in Alaska. The answer is d) Russia, which is about 58 miles away from the U.S. That's just too dang far away to see with the naked eye, Sarah! There is, however, a tiny Alaskan island in the Bering Strait called Little Diomede, whose 150 residents or so can see the Russian island of Big Diomede two miles away.

So, did we fool you? Which country did you think was closest? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. I was totally wrong. I had really thought that Cuba was the correct answer. I have been to Key West Florida and remember seeing the 90 miles to Cuba sign. I had no idea that Russia was even closer at 58 miles. That does sound strange when you say it out loud. Thanks for the brain teaser. Looking forward to more.

  2. Technically Guantamo on Cuba is US soil so basically I would say Cuba also although Russia is most correct. Did you know that you can travel from North Korea to Finland and only cross two countries. Russia and China.

    • You don’t need to cross TWO countries in order to travel from North Korea to Finland.
      Just one 🙂

      Same works for Norway, btw.

  3. Well this is pretty easy considering the question says “outside North America” and only one of the countries is outside North America

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