St. Pierre and Miquelon is a territorial collectivity of France only 16 miles from Canada where the locals speak French, use the Euro and have French citizenship.
The Carribean nation of St. Lucia is the only country to be named after a woman. It was named after St. Lucy of Syracuse when French sailors landed on the island on St. Lucy’s day in 1502.
There’s two islands (Big Diomede & Little Diomede) in the Bering Strait which are only 2.4 mi (3.8 km) apart but separated by the International Date Line, causing a 21 hour time difference. They were nicknamed Tomorrow Island and Yesterday Island. The big island is Russian and the little island is American.
New Zealand is not part of of any of the world’s seven recognized continents, and is in fact situated upon the submerged continent of Zealandia.
In 1921 a Danish geologist discovered a tiny island on the northern coast of Greenland and named it “Kaffeklubben Island” after an informal academic club held at the Copenhagen Mineralogical Museum. He didn’t know that he had just named the northernmost point of land on Earth after a coffee club.
There is a fictional island in the South Atlantic, off the west coast of Africa called ‘Null Island’. Although it doesn’t exist in reality, it serves as an error trap for map systems. Map enthusiasts have given the island its own history, geography and even flag.
In 2013, a Polish captain ran his cargo ship aground as he tried to sail from Scotland to Belgium. He plotted a straight line from Scotland to Belgium, forgetting that England was in the way. He had been using an unapproved GPS device to navigate, and the lookout was asleep when the ship crashed.
Lesotho, officially known as the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a landlocked country completely surrounded by South Africa. It is one of only three independent states completely surrounded by another country.
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The first attempt to make an accurate world map was by an astrologer (Claudius Ptolemy, second century CE) so that he could chart the relationship between the person’s birthplace and the heavenly bodies. While doing so, he coined the term “geography”.
The USA and Russia have islands that are just 2.5 miles apart, and the water between them freezes over in the winter. So technically you can walk from the USA to Russia.