Talk:List of island countries

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"Notable region"[edit]

Just what is a "notable region". Any objective criteria? Or is it simply notable if a good few Westerners might expect to see it listed? How about we just apply objective criteria. 84.203.72.55 (talk) 21:42, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

Basically it lists dependencies and areas which have had international agreements on sovereignty (svalbard and Aland). Chipmunkdavis (talk) 00:56, 30 November 2011 (UTC)

United Kingdom and Ireland?[edit]

don't they share a border? I.e. Ireland and Northern Ireland — Preceding unsigned comment added by 209.117.47.251 (talk) 16:47, 26 August 2012 (UTC)

They do. The border is however, on an island. CMD (talk) 19:54, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

Hawaii, Réunion, Mayotte, Martinique, and Guadaloupe[edit]

I've added these to the "Dependencies and other notable regions" section. I'm not sure why they would be excluded. Hawaii is a state in the United States, and the other four are Departments of France, and as such are fully integrated parts of their countries; but, and this why I included them, are thousands of kilometers away from their homeland.

Islands that are very close to the parent colony, with no other special status, should not, I think, be included in the list. Nor would I include administrative divisions of Island Countries already listed. But if an island province (to use a generic term for a first level division of a country) is far enough away from the homeland, it seems to me it should be included.

I've also added a column for geographic location for both tables.

Listmeister (talk) 17:07, 22 January 2013 (UTC)

The title of the article is pretty clear, so it makes no sense to include subdivisions or dependencies. The only exception that might make sense is French Polynesia, which is an "overseas country" of France, the various Netherlands Antilles or Greenland. 212.113.145.253 (talk) 00:02, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
There's nothing but semantics that link French Polynesia and Aruba closer to each other than they are to many of the other entries on this list. Dependencies etc. are often listed in lists of countries. CMD (talk) 01:19, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Which guidelines does that come from? Or is it just an offhand observation? 212.113.145.253 (talk) 01:32, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
There is no guideline for countries, bar the general ones about following external sources. Dependencies are often included in lists of countries in external sources. Country is an inherently ambiguous word. CMD (talk) 01:56, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
True it's an ambiguous word but as far as I can see Wikipedia articles that include dependencies seem to have titles which reflect this such as List of sovereign states and dependent territories by population density, whereas List of sovereign states steers clear. 212.113.145.253 (talk) 03:55, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Those articles used to be called lists of countries. They were changed after many editors demanded the inclusion of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland into the lists. CMD (talk) 09:11, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

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The result of the move request was: not moved no support Tiggerjay (talk) 06:04, 23 April 2013 (UTC)


List of island countriesList of island countries and dependent territories – The list has a burgeoning subsection devoted to "Dependencies and other notable regions", so the article title should reflect this. Equally good would be "List of island sovereign states and dependent territories". 212.113.145.253 (talk) 23:26, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Survey[edit]

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  • Oppose. Not needed. Apteva (talk) 23:22, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose - there is indeed a significant section listing territories but rather than rename I think it should be hived off toform a new article, perhaps List of island dependencies. Green Giant (talk) 00:45, 15 April 2013 (UTC)
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The Status of Malaysia[edit]

Looking at the list and map of island nations, the absence of Malaysia puzzled me. The main page defines an island country as one whose primary territory consists of one or more islands or parts of islands, but what does that mean for Malaysia, which has considerable land both on mainland Asia and the island of Borneo? It seems that the rule that primary territory of a country is that which contains its capital city is in play, meaning that because Kuala Lumpur is not located on an island, Malaysia cannot be considered an island country. If this was the case, then, Equatorial city would have to also be considered an island country because Malabo is located on Bioko island, but it too does not appear on the map. In my opinion, the fact that the majority of the country is of an island and not peninsular is enough to deem Malaysia an island country. I also realize that population may also be a factor in determining the threshold, but if it is not, I believe that the status of Malaysia should be given further consideration. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mr M Mashup (talkcontribs) 03:50, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

Which of the current countries listed is not entirely on islands? CMD (talk) 15:30, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

NORTHERN CUPRUS?[edit]

Northern Cyprus is not neither an Island country nor a sovereign state therefore it should not be listed in this article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 91.184.200.26 (talk) 10:37, 16 January 2014 (UTC)