So, without even reading about it, can you tell me if Madrid is close to Barcelona? what about Valencia? or can you tell me if Stuttgart is close to Frankfurt? how about Frankfurt from Berlin? and Munich? And between Rome and Venice? or Paris to Florence? Insbruck to Zurich? See what I mean? cities within countries are different from thinking 2 countries are 1.
For that, first you would have to define "close"....
What is considered "close" here in the US, where the distances are far bigger than in Europe, might be considered "far" in Europe.
For example, frankfurt-stuttgart is approx 130 miles, not a whole lot by US standards, but in Germany, with gas prices at approx. $7/gal, you make sure to have a good reason to make that drive..
Barcelona - Madrid, 345 miles, would be considered 'far" in europe.
And yes, I agree, people should a t least know in which continent countries are... transplanting spain to central america, or africa, is unacceptable.