Hi everyone,

welcome to the May 2021 #fridaygeotrivia!

As is our tradition, on the final Friday of month on twitter under the hashtag #fridaygeotrivia we run a geotrivia contest. Afterwards we post the answers here on the blog. See past monthly geotrivia questions and answers.

The May 2021 geotrivia question:

“Name pairs of countries that share land borders interrupted by other countries.”

An example: Spain (ES) and France (FR) border each other, but that border is interrupted by Andorra (AD)

"#fridaygeotrivia - ES AND FR border interrupted by AD"

Map: © OpenStreetMap contributors. Tiles style by Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Please note we are NOT looking for countries with multiple land borders, but interrupted by water. For example the United States (US) and Canada (CA) have many non-contigious land borders, but those borders are interrupted by water NOT other countries.

How to play

Anyone can join in, you just need a twitter account. Just reply to the question thread on twitter using the hashtag #fridaygeotrivia in your answer.

Here’s the #fridaygeotrivia twitter thread, click through to see the discussion and who got credit for which answer.

It is good form not just to name the countries but to include the emoji flags.

Some people have complained the format is a bit chaotic and hard to follow. Yes, the mad chaos is part of the fun. Embrace it. The goal is just to have fun and learn.

Prizes

#fridaygeotrivia is a game with two prizes:

  1. the sheer joy of geographic knowledge and pedantry.

  2. the bragging rights of getting the answer first.

The geotrivia answer:

  • Spain (ES) and France (FR) have a border “interrupted” by Andorra (AD)
  • China (CN) and Russia (RU), interrupted by Mongolia (MN)
  • Austria (AT) and Switzerland (CH), interrupted by Liechtenstein (LI)
  • South Africa (ZA) and Mozambique (MZ), interrupted by Eswatini (SZ)
  • Ukraine (UA) and Romania (RO), interrupted by Moldova (MD)
  • Iran (IR) and Azerbaijan (AZ), interrupted by Armenia (AM)
  • China (CN) and India (IN), who share a border twice interrupted, once by Nepal (NP) and once by Bhutan (BT)

moving into the category of disputed territories and even disputed borders, a case can be made for:

  • Jordan (JO) and Israel (IL) interrupted by Palestine (PS)
  • Morocco (MA) and Western Sahara (EH) interrupted by Mauritania (MR)

See the full list of past monthly geotrivia questions and answers. All suggestions for good trivia questions gladly received!

Happy geocoding,

Ed