Make me Portuguese, and I live next door.
Make me Spanish, and I live in the same building.
Make me British, and I live far away.
Make me Dutch, and I live next door from there.
Make me French, and I'm back where I started.

Who am I?

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Are you

Guinea?

Make me Portuguese, and I live next door.

Portuguese Guinea was right next door to Guinea.

Make me Spanish, and I live in the same building.

The Spanish owned what is now called Equatorial Guinea (same building/continent).

Make me British, and I live far away.

British Guinea is Papua New Guinea, in the Pacific Ocean, far away from Africa.

Make me Dutch, and I live next door from there.

Dutch Guinea is another territory in the Pacific Ocean, the Papua region of Indonesia. This is next door to British Guinea.

Make me French, and I'm back where I started.

French Guinea is now the country of Guinea.

  • This is very close. – jafe Aug 21 at 15:16
  • @jafe I think this might be more correct...now that my answer is a little more specific. – El-Guest Aug 21 at 15:22
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    This is it :) Although the French one is not G-B but just G, right? – jafe Aug 21 at 17:52
  • That is correct! Fixed now. Thanks @jafe!! – El-Guest Aug 21 at 17:54

French Guiana

Make me Portuguese, and I live next door.

Next to Brazil, ex-Portuguese colony

Make me Spanish, and I live in the same building.

A lot of ex-Spanish colonies in South America

Make me British, and I live far away.

Apart from a few Carribean islands, Great Britain is quite far

Make me Dutch, and I live next door from there.

Suriname is in the place of the former Dutch colony, Surinam

Make me French, and I'm back where I started.

And back to French Guiana

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    I like the answer of r13(gur Thvnanf) although the Spanish one is on the opposite side from the Portuguese and French ones, and is actually farther away than the British one; see map here. – El-Guest Aug 21 at 13:24
  • You have the right idea, but this is not the intended answer. – jafe Aug 21 at 15:17

Are you

a Frenchman?

Because

Make me French, and I'm back where I started. - before you were made Portugese in the riddle, you were French.
I am aware that my solution does not match the other parts but based on your last line you had to be a frenchman.

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