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Island countries are defined by countries that are primarily on islands regardles of continental definition. The island count included inhabited and uninhabited islands, cays, and atolls.
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Jan 1st, 2011 at 02:45 GMT
This can't be right, so could do with a source. Most sporclers could probably name at least 4 islands of France, Spain and Canada. Then there's loads of countries with stacks of islands - Russia, Thailand, Croatia, Chile. Shame, 'cause the idea is good.
Jan 1st, 2011 at 02:55 GMT
cheshire the setter did state Island Countries so France, Russia and Norway will not be included. However that should not excempt Cuba, Haiti, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, and Iceland. As they all have at least more islands than Comoros
Jan 1st, 2011 at 04:47 GMT
technically ireland, uk, papua new guinea and indonesia arent island nations since they share land borders with other countries.
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Jan 1st, 2011 at 06:23 GMT
the uk is not an island nation and it has over 3000 islands
Jan 1st, 2011 at 06:49 GMT
Australia is definitely not an island nation.
Jan 1st, 2011 at 10:13 GMT
Australia isn't an island.
Jan 1st, 2011 at 14:56 GMT
Taiwan has more than just the main island.
Jan 1st, 2011 at 16:20 GMT
It appears that you're going to have to precisely define what you mean by "island countries." I interpreted that phrase to mean countries that have all of their land on islands (as opposed to continental landmasses)—this definition would include countries like Indonesia and the United Kingdom but exclude Australia, because the main landmass of Australia is usually considered a continental landmass, not an island. On the other hand, some people here are apparently interpreting "island countries" to refer to any countries that have no land borders with other countries—this definition would include Australia but exclude Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and others. (To me it seems very odd to say that Indonesia is not an island country just because it shares some of its islands with other countries, but whatever.) Maybe you had a third definition of "island countries" in mind, I don't know. In any case, it would be helpful to explicitly nail down what you mean by that term.
Jan 1st, 2011 at 16:27 GMT
Also, if the lower cutoff for this quiz is 4 islands, I'm sure there are many countries you missed. In order for Madagascar to be included, for instance, it only has to have three small islands off the coast of the main island of Madagascar—surely it does. The same goes for countries with one large main island, such as Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Iceland, and Cyprus—by leaving them off this list you are implying that they don't even have three tiny islands other than the main island. Malta is another possibility; it has two main islands and another island of good size in between, and surely it has at least one more small island somewhere. It appears that even Singapore has at least five islands. As thecheshirecat noted above, you really should provide a source for this quiz.
Jan 1st, 2011 at 16:36 GMT
You might also have to define what you mean by "island." Does a tiny rock in the middle of the ocean count as an island? Are you counting uninhabited islands too?
Jan 1st, 2011 at 17:46 GMT
it's been said before but it should be reiterated, Australia is a continent, not an island, so even though it consists of many off shore islands, it should not be included on this quiz
Jan 1st, 2011 at 22:15 GMT
If Australia is considered an island, then it's back to 3rd grade geography class for the quiz maker. And wow, Cuba has less than 4 islands? I guess it's a dusty computer screen I have, all those spots dotting almost the entire perimeter of the main island are not really there? and only 29 islands in the Bahamas? What about those called Cays? (a Cay is an island) and like a bazillion islets (still an island)?
Jan 2nd, 2011 at 06:01 GMT
Putting criticism aside for a moment. People can get very ultra-critical here and I note this person has only JUST started offering quizes and I applaud his effort and do not want him to stop, such criticism can scare him off! I hope he takes from this an effort to get better sources and do more homework before releasing the quiz. For his second quiz, this has been played a good number of times, the interest is there. I hope to see more from this person (but do hope for some improvement)
Jan 2nd, 2011 at 14:04 GMT
Australia has often been referred to as an continent that is also a country. Oceania is usually the name of the continent that includes Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and all the Pacific island nations. Upon that rationale, Australia is also an island, because it is also a country.
Jan 2nd, 2011 at 15:13 GMT
Australia is a continent, it can't be an island and a continent both. The term Oceania is the term for the area that includes the pacific islands but is not a "Continent" as a continent itself does not contain far scattered islands, the islands can be considered part of that continents "domain" or geopolitical boundary but bottom line, it simply can not be both ...and "Oceania" is not a "Continent" rather an area that encompasses a continent and those far flung islands.
Jan 2nd, 2011 at 21:17 GMT
What is your source? How about Malaysia?
Jan 3rd, 2011 at 00:28 GMT
Iceland should defiantly be on this list regardless of what definition of an island nation your using. Iceland,Heimaey,Grímsey,Videy,Flatey are all inhabited islands of Iceland and if you count uninhabited islands as well Iceland would be much higher on the list. There are also plenty of islands in Iceland that are seasonally inhabited.
Jan 3rd, 2011 at 15:14 GMT
Nice idea for a quiz, but I agree with most of the above comments. Either make it comprehensive, put in a clearer definition that fits your answers, or change the title to "Island nations that came into my head".
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Jan 4th, 2011 at 01:58 GMT
So, continents can have capitals then? Canberra, is the capital of the CONTINENT of Australia. It's always been both, and will continue to be both a country & a capital. It just depends on what source is defining it. Semantics effs this particular situation up.
Jan 4th, 2011 at 10:38 GMT
This in an interesting idea for a quiz, but it contains a number of major flaws. There is no source. There are no guidance notes. It appears that countries where some of the territory is located on a continent are excluded, but this should therefore exclude Australia which has been included. Are countries located on islands shared with other nations to be included (UK, Ireland, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia etc)? Are the islands included all inhabited? What constitutes an island? Is it anything above high, mean or low tide level? The figures will vary enormously dependant on the criteria used. There are many omissions. I am fairly confident that nearly every “island nation” will have more than four inhabited or uninhabited islands. I am also certain than there are many nations that have four or more inhabited islands, but which have been omitted from the list. These definitely include: Bahrain; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Haiti; Mauritius; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Singapore; Sri Lanka and Taiwan. No doubt there are a number of others. Interestingly the total of 17,508 islands shown for Indonesia includes uninhabited islands. Only about 6,000 Indonesian islands are inhabited. On this basis, the quiz has omitted over half the answers! More research required.
Jan 4th, 2011 at 12:38 GMT
Regarding that post about Australia ..huh? Australia is a Continent, it is a country you got that correct and nobody but nobody disputes that, it is NOT an island and that is what this quiz is about. Zeppelinoid is correct and as he mentions, he left out a whole bunch of other great examples. I had mentioned Cuba, Cuba is chocked full of both inhabited and uninhabited islands, some tiny, some of decent size yet they are missing. Is it population of each island? Even then Cuba would certainly beat many already on the list.
Jan 4th, 2011 at 12:40 GMT
Lastly (I hope) the contributor of this quiz has not said one single thing. I had mentioned above that I had hoped this would not scare him off but his total silence shows that either we did scare him off or he simply doesn't care.
Jan 5th, 2011 at 19:36 GMT
I think the definition of island for this quiz is too vague. I'd like to see a quiz on the number of inhabited islands per (island) nation.
Jan 5th, 2011 at 20:28 GMT
yeah your gunna have to say whether it's only including inhabited islands, because the Bahamas has about 700 islands
Jan 5th, 2011 at 22:13 GMT
If you remove Australia I think it will be a very good quiz.
Jan 7th, 2011 at 01:56 GMT
St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis etc.. all missing, all island nations
Jan 7th, 2011 at 20:33 GMT
why Greece is not on the list? I know it has over 200 islands!! unless I don't see it on the list...anyone? anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Jan 13th, 2011 at 02:34 GMT
ok so ive made some changes. thanks for the advice. and some countries like st vincent and the grenadines or st lucia or the dominican republic do not have that many islands or are centered on simply one island. thank you and i think that my other quizes are better.
Feb 28th, 2011 at 22:13 GMT
Singapore is an island? I'll be darned, I never knew.
Jun 7th, 2011 at 16:07 GMT
The Grenadines of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are an island chain of at least 15 islands so it should count.
Nov 26th, 2011 at 15:46 GMT
surprised no St vincent, taiwan, madagascar, and sao tome i'm sure they have at least 5 islands
Jan 21st, 2013 at 17:11 GMT
How about Denmark? It is 'primarily on islands' if you count Greenland. Can you clarify what you mean by 'primarily on islands'? Is it in terms of land surface size or population?
Mar 25th, 2013 at 11:12 GMT
Australia is a continent.
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