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Countries Bordering Two Or More Oceans 2024

There are twenty-two countries worldwide that share borders with two or more oceans, highlighting the diverse geographical landscapes these nations encompass.

Of these countries, three have coastlines along the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans. Russia, with its vast expanse, connects to the Atlantic Ocean through the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. Its Pacific coastline is direct and extensive, while its Arctic boundary is formed by several seas in the north, including the White, Barents, Kara, Laptev, and East-Siberian Seas.

In North America, the Arctic Ocean lies to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Canada boasts a remarkable Pacific coastline stretching over 151,000 miles to the west, alongside connections to the Arctic Ocean in the north and the Atlantic Ocean in the east. The United States presents a similar picture, with 48 states and Alaska bordering the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Hawaii, an island state, solely borders the Pacific Ocean, while Alaska is uniquely positioned touching both the Pacific and Arctic Oceans.

Australia, an island continent, is encircled by the Indian, Pacific, and Southern Oceans. The country's coastline is a significant aspect of its identity, with nearly 85% of its population residing within 50 kilometers of the shore.

South Africa is another nation surrounded by multiple oceans – the Southern, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans. Its coastline stretches from the Atlantic to the subtropical regions of the Indian Ocean.

Chile, Mexico, and Guatemala are the three countries that bridge the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. In Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe are bordered by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Asia, the largest continent, connects with the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Indian Ocean to the south, showcasing its vast and diverse geographical spread. Lastly, Indonesia, an island nation in Southeast Asia, is bordered by the Indian Ocean to the south and west, and the Pacific Ocean to the west, further emphasizing the intricate oceanic connections of countries across the globe.

  • The Southern/Antarctic Ocean is the newest 'named' ocean, having been defined by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) in 2000. This definition has yet to be officially adopted however, as disputes exist regarding the exact placement of the Southern Ocean's borders.

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Country
# of Bordering Oceans
Ocean Names
Russia3Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific
South Africa3Atlantic, Indian, Southern
Argentina3Atlantic, Pacific, Southern
Canada3Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific
Australia3Indian, Pacific, Southern
Chile3Atlantic, Pacific, Southern
Indonesia2Indian, Pacific
Mexico2Atlantic, Pacific
Egypt2Atlantic, Indian
Thailand2Indian, Pacific
Colombia2Atlantic, Pacific
Malaysia2Indian, Pacific
Guatemala2Atlantic, Pacific
Honduras2Atlantic, Pacific
Israel2Atlantic, Indian
Nicaragua2Atlantic, Pacific
Norway2Arctic, Atlantic
Costa Rica2Atlantic, Pacific
Panama2Atlantic, Pacific
Iceland2Arctic, Atlantic

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