How Well Do You Know the World's Islands?

By: Stella Alexander
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About This Quiz

"On an island in the sun. We'll be playing and having fun!" While we can't physically transport you to an island right now, we can bring you there virtually with this quiz! There are quite a few islands sitting around in our oceans. How well do you know the world's islands?

When we think about the geography of the world, we are first given the seven continents. While Antarctica is by definition an island, no one lives there permanently! This leaves us with the remaining six continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. These six continents are made up of 195 countries, 47 of which are island countries.

While these 47 nations account for almost 25 percent of the world's countries, there are more than 2,000 islands sitting in our oceans and seas. How well do you know them?

When most people think of islands, their minds immediately transport them to the Caribbean. They imagine themselves lying on a beach in Jamaica or the Bahamas. What many fail to realize is that there are islands all over the globe. Australia, one of the continents, is an island! The country of Italy in Europe has numerous islands. From the western hemisphere to the eastern hemisphere, how well do you know the world's islands?

Will your answers leave you sitting under a palm tree by the beach or will you be freezing in Antarctica?

Let's find out!

This Gaelic-speaking country lies in the Northern Atlantic Ocean off the shores of Europe.

Ireland is a European country found in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is the third-biggest European Island. It's capital and largest city is Dublin. While "Northern Ireland" falls on the same island, it is a part of the U.K.

Which of these countries is in the Caribbean Sea?

The Dominican Republic is a country in the Caribbean. Located on the island of Hispaniola, it shares a border with Haiti. Its capital is Santo Domingo and the country has a population of more than 10.8 million residents.

Wellington is the capital of this island nation.

New Zealand is an island nation in Oceania in the southern Pacific Ocean. It has a population of just over 4.8 million people. Its capital is Wellington and its largest city is Auckland.

You'd have to travel to which continent to find the island of Papua New Guinea?

Papua New Guinea is an island nation that is part of the Australia/Oceania continent. It has a population of 8 million and its capital is Port Moresby.

What is the capital of Indonesia?

Indonesia is a large island chain that's found in both Asia and Oceania. The country has a large population of more than 261 million and its capital is Jakarta.

Which of these island countries speaks Tagalog?

The Philippines is an island nation found in Southeast Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It has a population of more than 100 million and its capital is Manila. Tagalog is the Filipino language.

This eastern Caribbean country lies just off the shores of South America and shares a similar name with another island in the Caribbean.

Dominica is an island nation located in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. It has a small population of just over 73,000 and its capital is Roseau.

Which country lies between the Indian and Pacific Oceans?

Singapore is an island nation found in Southeast Asia. It lies between the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the Singapore Strait. It has a population of over 5.6 million natives and its capital is Singapore.

Havana is the capital of this island nation.

Cuba is an island nation in the Caribbean that lies just off the shores of Florida. Its capital and largest city is Havana. The country has a population of more than 11 million residents. It is also known for salsa and rumba, two popular styles of dancing.

On which continent would you find East Timor?

East Timor is an island nation in Asia that shares its border with Indonesia. The country has a population of 1.1 million people and its capital is Dili.

What is the capital of Haiti?

Haiti is a country in the Caribbean that can be found on the island of Hispaniola. It has a population of just under 9 million residents and its capital is Port-au-Prince.

Which island nation can be found off the southeast shores of China?

Taiwan is an island nation that is found in Asia just off the shores of China in the Pacific Ocean. The country has a population of just over 23 million natives. Its capital is Taipei and its official language is Chinese.

This popular Caribbean destination is where one would go to see Atlantis.

The Bahamas is a chain of islands found just off the shores of Florida. A popular tourist destination with a population of just over 391,000, its capital is Nassau.

Which of these countries can be found in Oceania?

Kiribati is a island nation in the Oceania region of the Pacific Ocean. It has a population of around 110,000 and its capital is Tarawa.

Antananarivo is the capital city of this island nation.

Madagascar is a relatively large island nation that lies just off the coast of southeastern Africa in the Indian Ocean. It has a population of over 24.8 million natives.

Iceland is part of which continent?

Iceland is an island nation that lies in the North Atlantic Ocean as part of Europe. The country has just under 350,000 people. Its capital is Reykjavik.

What is the capital of Mauritius?

Mauritius is an island nation that is part of Africa. Found in the Indian Ocean, it lies off of Africa's southeastern coast. Its capital is Port Louis and the country has a population of just over 1.2 million.

Which of these is not an Italian island?

Italy is a European country that has many islands, of which Sicily and Capri are its most visited. Although Malta is found near Italy's islands, it is its own country, with a population of more than 445,000. Its capital is Valletta.

Lying off the shores of West Africa, this country literally means "Green Cape."

Cape Verde is an island nation that is part of the African continent. Also called Cabo Verde, it has a population of more than half a million people and its capital is Praia. It is also one of the only African countries whose official language is Portuguese.

Which of these islands is found in the Pacific Ocean?

Japan is an island nation found off the coast of Asia in the Pacific Ocean. For its size, it has a large population -- more than 126 million residents. Its largest and capital city is Tokyo.

Malé is the capital of this island nation.

Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean that lies off the shores of Southern India. It has a population of just over 427,000.

A vacation to Antigua and Barbuda would put you on which continent?

Antigua and Barbuda is a two-island nation found in the Caribbean. Part of North America, it has just over 100,000 natives. Its capital is St. John's.

What is the capital of Jamaica?

Jamaica is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. Its capital is Kingston and it has a population of over 2.8 million natives. The country is known as the birthplace of reggae music.

Colloquially, the natives of this island are called Bajan.

Barbados is an island nation in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. It has a population of over 277,000 and its capital is Bridgetown. The natives of the country are referred to as either Barbadian or Bajan.

This small country lies off the southeast border of Africa between Mozambique and Madagascar.

Comoros is a small island nation that sits in the Indian ocean. The island has a population of just under 800,000. Its capital is Moroni, and the country has three official languages: Arabic, Comorian, and French.

Which of these islands is found in the Mediterranean Sea?

Cyprus is an island nation that can be found in Europe in the Mediterranean Sea. It has a population of 1.1 million people. Its capital is Nicosia and its official languages are Greek and Turkish.

Majuro is the capital of this island country.

The Marshall Islands are in Oceania. The country has a small population of just over 53,000 residents.

Which of these island nations would you find in the Indian Ocean off the shores of Africa?

Seychelles is an island nation off the coast of Africa. Found in the Indian Ocean, it has a population of less than 100,000. Its capital is Victoria.

What is the capital of Micronesia?

Micronesia is a small island nation in Oceania in the Pacific Ocean. Its capital is Palikir and its population is just over 100,000.

A vacation to Palau would put you on which continent?

Palau is an island nation that is part of Oceania. Although it has a small population of just over 20,000 natives, the country has many official languages which include English, Japanese, and Palauan. Its capital is Ngerulmud.

This island nation, found in the Caribbean just off the coast of South America, is credited with creating the limbo and calypso music.

Trinidad and Tobago is an island nation that is part of the Caribbean. Made up of two separate islands, the country has a population of over 1.3 million residents. Its capital is Port of Spain.

Which of these islands is found in the North Atlantic Ocean?

The United Kingdom is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is made up of multiple countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It has a population of more than 65 million residents and its capital is London.

Apia is the capital of this island nation.

Samoa is a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean. It is part of Oceania. The country has a population of just over 192,000.

Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte is the capital of this island nation.

Sri Lanka is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of southern India. It has a population of more than 21 million people. It has two capitals, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo.

What is the capital of Fiji?

Fiji is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. It is part of Oceania. The island has just under 900,000 residents and its capital is Suva.

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