What's missing?

Russia, ___, Egypt, Kazakhstan, USA, Azerbaijan, Georgia. (In order of most commonly seen when looking this up)


Some might debate it. Maybe some other countries like Iceland are part of the list


Hint 1 is referring to tectonic plates (kinda)

Hint 3:

It's about continents...

Hint 4

There are 7 countries in this list that are the most commonly given when you search for this. Here are 6.

Hint 5

There are probably around 3-10 Wikipedia articles about this

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    $\begingroup$ Finland, Belarus, Ukraine..? is it? your question is broad $\endgroup$
    – newzad
    Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 20:08
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    $\begingroup$ I DV because I don't think it is a good puzzle. It is a quiz question at best unless there is something very clever about it which would reveal itself after the answer. But the current question does not indicate that in the slightest. Don't take this personal. Voting (up AND down) is a community tool of sorting content and not a social media type friendly pad on the shoulder. $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 6:07
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    $\begingroup$ I VTC for the reason given: the puzzle is too broad. Without the 2nd hint too many answers are possible (counting letters, finding obscure country details, doing crazy cipher maths, thinking of these countries famous artists/scientists/... Etc.) The fact is worse because the list contains only 5 entries, making it even easier to invent some connection. As a result, the puzzle becomes a mere guessing-game which is generally unwanted contend on this site (but yes, you find many such example posts on site. That does not make them any better, though) $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 6:13
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    $\begingroup$ Finally, I do not 'pick' on you. I DV and VTC other puzzles I deem as such, too. However, I don't monitor and moderate all content here on site, so I m sure there are plenty of other posts equally deserving my DV and VTC. This is not an argument to spare this one from voting, though. Votes are a community thing. It's the combined, overall vote of all that counts, not the individual opinion. That's why voting is important. UV and DV alike! $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 6:19
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    $\begingroup$ I think to make it a "good" puzzle (and not a trivia-quiz question), there needs to be anything 'fun' , 'deductive', 'interesting', 'engaging', etc. about it. Otherwise, I would lift my VTC but not the DV. As for "broadness": A good puzzle is not-too-broad without hints, i.e. the main puzzle should be stated such that "VTC too broad" does not seem appropriate. Later hints can sometimes fix-up mistakes or oversights, but generally, rather edit the whole question to better format. Hints - be definition - shoud not be needed. $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 11:42

1 Answer 1


The missing country is


The connection between these countries (vis-a-vis the hints) is

transcontinental countries, i.e. countries that exist on two continents. See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_transcontinental_countries

The USA's inclusion is due to

Hawaii being considered part of Oceania.

  • $\begingroup$ Correct. Here are some reasons for hints: 1,2 Iceland is on two tectonic plates, it can be argued that it is transcontinental. 3/4: obvious, I guess 5. It's maybe true. I think theres one on former ones, etc $\endgroup$
    – user17008
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 23:00

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