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Westernmost Point by Country 2024

Grade schools in the US teach students the directions of a map compass with a simple memory trick. You put your finger on the top point and move clockwise saying the phrase, "Never eat soggy waffles." This is supposed to help young people remember the order of North, East, South, and West as they read maps. On the compass, west is on the left. But the world isn't flat, and so west is a relative term. For the purposes of exploring the westernmost points of countries around the world, we will use the official divider: the Prime Meridian.

For some countries, it's easy to determine the westernmost point. You simply look at a map. Some examples of countries in this category are Canada, Lebanon, Germany, and Vatican City. For Canada, this point is the border between Yukon and the US state of Alaska. The point furthest west in Lebanon is in the Tyre District along the Mediterranean coast, and Isenburch, North Rhine-Westphalia is the westernmost point in Germany. For the smallest country in the world, Vatican City, the point is even more specific than a border, town, or city. We know the very intersection that is furthest west in Vatican City: the intersection of Viale Vaticano and Via Aurelia.

More interesting, however, is that some countries have more than one westernmost point. For example, in Portugal the westernmost point is Monchique Islet, but if you only consider the mainland, then the westernmost point is Cabo da Roca. It is similar for Australia, where the westernmost point is McDonald Islands, but Steep Point if you only limit consideration to the mainland.

France, like the United Kingdom and United States, has three westernmost points: La Pointe-Noire, Guadeloupe, in their whole territory, the Isle of Ushant in metropolitan France, and Pointe de Corsen on the mainland. In the UK, Oeno Island in the Pitcairn Islands is the westernmost point, but Manger townland is the westernmost point in Nothern Ireland and Vetersay is the westernmost point in Scotland. In the US, Peaked Island in Alaska is the westernmost point, but that is only considering the 50 states. Orote Point, Guam is the most western point in all of the US territory and Cape Alava, Washington is the most western point in the contiguous US.

  • Countries often have multiple westernmost points. The United States, for instance, has three westernmost points: One for the 48 contiguous states, one for all 50 states, and a third for when all US territories are included. In these cases, additional westernmost points are listed in a separate column.
  • The term "western" can be a matter of some debate thanks to the Earth's sphere-like shape. For instance, the "westernmost" territory of the United States is Guam, which is so far west of the US that it is located in the Eastern Hemisphere.
  • The dividing line between east and west is a vertical ring around the Earth made up of the Prime Meridian, which runs through Europe and Africa at 0� longitude, and the 180th meridian, also known as the anti-meridian, which runs through the Pacific Ocean at 180� longitude. Longitudes in the hemisphere west of the Prime Meridian have the suffix W and those in the Eastern hemisphere have the suffix E.
  • Longitudes are written similarly to the hours/minutes/seconds system used by time, with the largest unit of measure listed first, followed by smaller gradations.
  • The main unit of measure in longitude is the degree (�). Starting at the Prime Meridian (0�) and moving westward, the degrees count up from 1� W to 179� W, reach 180� at the anti-meridian, then begin counting down from 179� E to 1� E (east) before arriving back at the Prime Meridian (0�).
  • The International Date Line largely follows the anti-meridian but swerves to avoid cutting through the territories of Russia, the United States, Kiribati, Fiji, and New Zealand. If it did cut through a country, different parts of that country would have different dates.

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Westernmost Point
Additional Westernmost Markers
CanadaYukon–Alaska border141°00′W
Trinidad and TobagoWesternmost cape of Trinidad, near Fullaron61°56′W
SingaporeWestern tip of Singapore island, West Region, Tuas103°36′E
Hong KongWestern tip of Fan Lau Island, Lantau Island113°51′E
TaiwanWestern tip of Dadan Island, Kinmen Island118°14′E
Saint LuciaWestern coast, Soufrière, Saint Lucia61°04′W
MalaysiaWestern coast of Langkawi island, Kedah state99°37′E
Saint Kitts and NevisWestern cape of Saint Kitts, Saint Anne Sandy Point Parish62°51′W
ColombiaWest of San Andrés islandOn mainland: Nariño Department - 79°00′W81°44′W
NauruWest coast of Nauru island166°53′E
FijiViwa Island176°53′E
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesUnion Island, Grenadines Parish61°26′W
BahrainUmm an Nasan island50°23′E
Marshall IslandsUjelang Atoll160°54′E
Solomon IslandsTreasury Islands, Western Province155°33′30″E
PalauTobi Island131°07′26″E
Saudi ArabiaTiran Island, Tabuk Province (Disputed territory with Egypt)On mainland: Ras al Alsheikh - 34°50′E34°33′E
IrelandTearaght Island, County KerryOn mainland: Dunmore Head - 10°28′W10°40′W
IranSufi Ali, West Azerbaijan Province44°02′50″E
SwedenStora Drammen, Stromstad, Västra Götaland County (in the province of Bohuslän)10°57′27″E
CameroonSouthwest Region, border with Nigeria8°45′E
JamaicaSouth Negril Point, Westmoreland Parish78°22′W
United Arab EmiratesSmall island to the northwest of the border with Saudi Arabia at the Persian Gulf coast, Abu Dhabi emirate51°33′E
IndiaSir Creek, Gujarat68°03′E
BrazilSerra do Divisor, Acre73°59′04″W
AlbaniaSazan Island, Vlorë19°16′32″E
MaltaSan Dimitri Point, Gozo14°12′E
AzerbaijanSadarak, Nakhchivan44°46′E
Faroe IslandsRock to the west of Mykines7°47′W
ItalyRocca Bernauda, Piedmont6°37′E
MexicoRoca Elefante at Guadalupe Island, in the Pacific OceanOn mainland: Near Tijuana - 117°02′W118°22′00″W
AustriaRiver Rhine near Bangs, Vorarlberg9°31′51″E
LiechtensteinRiver Rhine9°28′18″E
MauritaniaRas Nouadhibou peninsula, Dakhlet Nouadhibou Region17°03′W
MyanmarRakhine State, border with Bangladesh92°15′E
BangladeshRajshahi Division, border with India88°03′E
South SudanRadom National Park23°23′E
SpainPunta de la Orchilla, El Hierro, Canary IslandsOn mainland: Cape Touriñán - 9°18′W18°09′W
MontenegroPrijevor, Herceg Novi municipality18°26′E
GrenadaPoint Salines, Saint George Parish, Grenada island61°48′W
North KoreaPidansom124°10′E
United StatesPeaked Island Alaska (westernmost point in the 50 states)In US territory: Orote Point, Guam - 144°37′5.5″E, In contiguous US: Cape Alava, Washington - 124°43′W172°26′E
NicaraguaPacific coast at Gulf of Fonseca, Chinandega Department87°40′W
GreeceOthonas, off CorfuOn mainland: Sagiada - 19°59′E19°23′E
United KingdomOeno Island, Pitcairn IslandsIn Northern Ireland: Manger townland, near Belleek, County Fermanagh (westernmost settlement) - 08°10′W, In Scotland: Vatersay (westernmost settlement) - 07°34′W130°44′W
PolandOder river, near Osinów Dolny, West Pomeranian Voivodeship14°07′E
ChinaNot to a hundred km[clarification needed] in the South-west of Wuqia, Xinjiang73°33′29″E
MauritiusNorth Island of Agaléga Islands56°35′E
EstoniaNootamaa island, Atla village, Lääne-Saare Parish, Saare CountyOn mainland: Cape Ramsi, Einbi/Enby village, Noarootsi Parish, Lääne County - 23°24′15″E21°45′51″E
TongaNiuafo'ou, Tongatapu administrative area175°38′W
MicronesiaNgulu Atoll, Yap state137°30′E
Sao Tome and PrincipeNeves, São Tomé Island6°33′E
MonacoNear the southern end of the Boulevard du Jardin Exotique07°24′33″E
LuxembourgNear Surré5°44′E
RussiaNarmeln, Vistula Spit, Kaliningrad Oblast19°38′E
Central African RepublicNana-Mambéré, border with Cameroon14°20′E
FinlandMärket, Hammarland, ÅlandOn mainland: Kolttapahta - 20°32′E19°13′11″E
SloveniaMunicipality of Kobarid - Breginj13°23′E
BulgariaMount Vrashka Chuka near Kireevo, Vidin Province22°21′E
GuyanaMount Venamo, border with Venezuela, Cuyuni-Mazaruni61°25′W
ChileMotu Nui, off Easter IslandOn mainland: Taitao Peninsula - 75°38′W109°27′10″W
ComorosMoroni, Grande Comore island43°12′E
PortugalMonchique Islet, freguesia of Fajã Grande, municipality of Lajes das Flores (Azores)On mainland: Cabo da Roca - 9°50′W31°16′8″W
LebanonMediterranean coast near border with Israel, Tyre District35°06′E
AustraliaMcDonald Islands, Heard Island and McDonald IslandsOn mainland: Steep Point - 113°09′E72°35′E
MaldivesMakunudhoo (Haa Dhaalu Atoll)72°42′E
Dominican RepublicLas Lajas, border with Haiti, Independencia Province72°00′W
FranceLa Pointe-Noire, Guadeloupe (territory)In metropolitan France: Isle of Ushant - 5°08′W On mainland: Pointe de Corsen - 4°47′W61°48′W
Western SaharaLa Güera17°03′W
Czech RepublicKrásná (Cheb District) near Aš, Karlovy Vary Region12°05′29″E
PhilippinesKalayaan, Palawan114°17′E
Sri LankaKachchatheevu, Northern Province79°31′E
YemenJabal al-Tair Island41°49′E
PeruIslets east of Punta Balcones in the La Brea District, Talara Province, Piura Region81°19′45″W
GermanyIsenbruch, near Millen, North Rhine-Westphalia5°53′E
Vatican CityIntersection of Viale Vaticano and Via Aurelia12°26′44.62″E
NorwayHoybergodden, Jan MayenOn mainland: Vardetangen - 4°56′E9°04′39″W
VanuatuHiw Island166°33′E
BarbadosHarrison's Point, Saint Lucy59°40′W
EcuadorGalápagos Islands, Fernandina IslandOn mainland: Cabo Pasado - 80°05′W92°01′W
BelgiumDe Panne, West Flanders2°35′E
SenegalDakar city, Dakar Region17°27′W
MoldovaCriva, Briceni26°40′E
AndorraColl de l'Aquell, Sant Julià de Lòria1°24′32″E
Costa RicaCocos IslandOn mainland: Santa Elena Peninsula - 85°50′W87°05′W
QatarCoast west of Dukhan, Al-Jamiliyah municipality50°45′E
BurundiCibitoke Province, border with Democratic Republic of the Congo28°59′E
SwitzerlandChancy, Geneva5°57′22.69″E
ArgentinaCerro Agasiz, Santa Cruz Province73°30′00″W
Burkina FasoCascades Region, border with Mali and Côte d'Ivoire5°30′W
DenmarkCarey Islands, Greenland (territory)On mainland: Blåvandshuk (Ribe County) - 8°05′E73°14′W
GreenlandCarey Islands73°14′W
SamoaCape to the southwest of Falealupo, Gaga'ifomauga district172°48′W
CubaCape San Antonio on Guanahacabibes Peninsula, Pinar del Río Province84°58′W
Guinea BissauCape Roxo, border with Senegal on Atlantic coast, Cacheu Region16°42′W
Cape VerdeCape near Tarrafal do Monte Trigo, Santo Antão Island25°25′W
HaitiCape near Anse-d'Hainault, Grand'Anse74°28′W
New ZealandCape Lovitt, Auckland IslandsOn South Island: West Cape - 165°50′E166°42′E
GabonCape Lopez, Ogooué-Maritime Province8°42′E
CroatiaCape Lako (rt Lako), Basanija (administratively part of the city of Umag, Istria County)13°30′E
JapanCape Irizaki, Yonaguni IslandOn four main islands: Kōzakihana - 129°43′E122°56′01″E
DominicaCape in the southwest of Saint John Parish61°30′W
TurkeyCape Avlaka, Gokceada (Imbros Island), ÇanakkaleOn mainland: Cape Baba - 26°03′E25°39′56″E
CyprusCape Arnauti32°16′E
MadagascarCape Ankaboa on Mozambique Channel coast, Toliara Province43°30′E
BelarusBrest oblast23°10′E
MozambiqueBorder with Zambia, Tete Province30°15′E
ZimbabweBorder with Zambia and Botswana, Matabeleland North Province25°20′E
MoroccoBorder with Western Sahara on Atlantic coast, Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira region13°15′W
TajikistanBorder with Uzbekistan, Sughd Province67°25′E
KenyaBorder with Uganda at Lake Victoria, Western Province35°00′E
BeninBorder with Togo0°50′E
KyrgyzstanBorder with Tajikistan, Batken Province69°20′E
EritreaBorder with Sudan, west of Teseney, Gash-Barka Region36°50′E
EthiopiaBorder with Sudan, Gambela Region33°00′E
EswatiniBorder with South Africa, Manzini District30°48′E
LesothoBorder with South Africa west of Mabotse, Mafeteng District27°00′E
UkraineBorder with Slovakia near Uzhhorod, Zakarpattia Oblast22°15′E
LiberiaBorder with Sierra Leone on Atlantic coast, Grand Cape Mount County11°30′W
MaliBorder with Senegal and Mauritania, Kayes Region12°00′W
OmanBorder with Saudi Arabia, Dhofar Governorate52°00′E
JordanBorder with Saudi Arabia at the Gulf of Aqaba, Aqaba Governorate34°55′E
KazakhstanBorder with Russia, West Kazakhstan Province50°00′E
LithuaniaBorder with Russia on Curonian Spit, Neringa municipality20°58′E
MongoliaBorder with Russia and China, Bayan-Ölgii Province88°00′E
BoliviaBorder with Peru69°40′W
ChadBorder with Niger13°40′E
BotswanaBorder with Namibia20°00′E
ThailandBorder with Myanmar, Mae Hong Son Province97°20′E
LaosBorder with Myanmar and Thailand, Bokeo Province100°08′E
MalawiBorder with Mozambique, Mchinji District32°40′E
AlgeriaBorder with Morocco and Western Sahara8°40′W
GuatemalaBorder with Mexico on Pacific coast, San Marcos Department92°15′W
NigerBorder with Mali and Burkina Faso, Tillabéri Region0°07′E
BruneiBorder with Malaysia near Kuala Belait114°05′E
EgyptBorder with Libya, Matrouh Governorate24°40′E
Ivory CoastBorder with Liberia8°35′W
VietnamBorder with Laos and China, Điện Biên Province102°08′E
SomaliaBorder with Kenya41°00′E
UzbekistanBorder with Kazakhstan, Karakalpakstan autonomous republic56°00′E
TurkmenistanBorder with Kazakhstan at Caspian Sea shore, Balkan Province52°25′E
SyriaBorder with Israel in Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Quneitra Governorate35°30′E
KuwaitBorder with Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Al Jahra Governorate46°34′E
AfghanistanBorder with Iran, Herat60°30′E
PakistanBorder with Iran and Afghanistan, Balochistan61°00′E
Papua New GuineaBorder with Indonesia, Western Province140°55′E
Timor LesteBorder with Indonesia west of Citrana, Oecusse District124°00′E
NepalBorder with India near Mahakali, Sudurpashchim Province80°03′E
BhutanBorder with India88°45′E
SurinameBorder with Guyana, Sipaliwini District58°05′W
GuineaBorder with Guinea-Bissau on Atlantic coast, Boké Region15°03′W
Sierra LeoneBorder with Guinea at Atlantic coast, Northern Province13°18′W
BelizeBorder with Guatemala, at Sarstoon River89°12′W
El SalvadorBorder with Guatemala, Ahuachapán Department90°15′W
TogoBorder with Ghana and Burkina Faso, Savanes Region0°09′W
Republic of the CongoBorder with Gabon at Atlantic coast11°10′E
DjiboutiBorder with Ethiopia, Dikhil Region41°46′E
HondurasBorder with El Salvador and Guatemala, Ocotepeque Department88°43′W
IsraelBorder with Egypt and Gaza Strip34°15′E
RwandaBorder with Democratic Republic of the Congo, Western Province28°52′E
UgandaBorder with Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kisoro District29°34′E
TanzaniaBorder with Democratic Republic of the Congo amid Lake Tanganyika, Kigoma Region29°10′E
GhanaBorder with Côte d'Ivoire, Western Region3°15′W
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBorder with Croatia near Bihać15°50′E
PanamaBorder with Costa Rica, Chiriquí Province83°04′W
VenezuelaBorder with Colombia, Zulia State73°20′W
SudanBorder with Chad, West Darfur21°50′E
ParaguayBorder with Bolivia and Argentina, Boquerón department62°35′W
NigeriaBorder with Benin, Ogun State2°45′E
SlovakiaBorder with Austria, Bratislava Region16°50′E
HungaryBorder with Austria and Slovenia, Vas County16°8′E
UruguayBorder with Argentina on Uruguay River, Soriano Department58°25′W
DR CongoBorder with Angola at Atlantic coast12°20′E
ZambiaBorder with Angola22°00′E
TunisiaBorder with Algeria, Tozeur Governorate7°35′E
LibyaBorder with Algeria, Ghat District9°20′E
North MacedoniaBorder with Albania, Southwestern Statistical Region20°30′E
IcelandBjargtangar, Vestur-Barðastrandarsýsla24°32′W
RomaniaBeba Veche, a village in Timiș County, on the border with Hungary and Serbia20°19′E
CambodiaBattambang Province, border with Thailand102°25′E
KiribatiBanaba Island169°32′13″E
LatviaBaltic Sea coast, Liepāja District21°00′E
AngolaBaia dos Tigres island, Namibe Province11°40′E
South KoreaBaengnyeongdo Island, Incheon124°39′E
GambiaAtlantic coast, West Coast Division16°45′W
NamibiaAtlantic coast, Kunene Region11°45′E
SeychellesAssumption Island46°29′E
NetherlandsAruba Netherlands (Europe): Sint Anna ter Muiden70°01′W 3°21′E
Antigua and BarbudaAntigua61°55′W
Equatorial GuineaAnnobón island5°37′E
BahamasAlice Town, Bimini79°15′W
South AfricaAlexander Bay, border with Namibia at Atlantic coast, Northern Cape province16°30′E
IraqAl Anbar Governorate38°50′E
San MarinoAcquaviva12°24′30″E
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Which country has the westernmost point?

Since the earth is a sphere, there is no westernmost point. Canada’s Yukon-Alaska border is the closest to the 180th meridian, the dividing line between the eastern and western hemispheres.

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