Travel alert! Do you know your World Geography? Quiz


By: J.P. Naomi

5 Min Quiz

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Could you get yourself around the world in 80 days? It's time to see how well you know your cities, capitals, countries and more with this ultimate world geography quiz!

Mount Everest, the tallest mountain above sea level, is located in which country?

Mount Everest stands at an altitude of 8,850 meters (29,035 feet), and is known as Sagarmāthā in Nepal and Chomolungma in Tibet.


How many continents exist on Earth?

Most lessons teach that there are seven continents - Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America, however, some scientists now consider Europe and Asia as one solid landmass, and therefore only count 6 continents!


Which U.S. territory in Micronesia is South of Japan and North of Australia?

Guam has a population of about 160,000 people.


What is the world's largest lake by surface area?

Instead of being entirely over the continental crust, defining a lake, the Caspian Sea actually contains an oceanic basin which is contiguous with the world ocean until 11 million years ago.


What is the highest peak in North America?

At 20,310 feet, Mount McKinley was names in 1896, but was always called Denali by the original inhabitants of the area. In 2015, the US government changed it officially to Denali.


Which continent has the most nations including island countries?

Although Africa has the highest number of countries (around 53), compared to Asia with 47, the population of Africa is almost 5 times less than the population of Asia!


What is the largest country in the world by surface area?

Russia is the world’s largest country by land mass, containing 6.6 million square miles of tundra, forest, and subtropical climates as it spans from the Pacific and Arctic ocean, and borders both European and Asian countries.


On which continent is the largest desert in the world?

Most people think of desert only as dry and sand, but the actual definition of a desert is a barren or desolate area with extreme temperatures. The Antarctica desert is 5.4 million square miles!


The famous archaeological city of Petra is located in which Middle Eastern country?

Famous for its rock-cut architecture and caves, it was also featured in the 1989 film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade".


In 1993, Slovakia and the Czech Republic converted to independent countries from this former Soviet nation:

Located in Central Europe, Czechoslovakia existed from 1918 until January 1, 1993.


Which West African country's capital is Accra?

Over 50% of the population of Accra is under 24 years old.


What is the smallest country in the world?

Smaller than Monaco (2 sq. km), the Vatican City is is the center of the Catholic Church and located within the Italian city of Rome.


The Faroe Islands, located about halfway between Norway and Iceland, are an autonomous country in the Kingdom of ___________.

The Faroe Islands are an archipelago between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.


Which island(s) in the Indian Ocean officially became a territory of Australia in 1955?

The name of the islands is said to originate to the abundant coconut trees (Cocos), and from William Keeling (Keeling) who is thought to have been the first to see the islands in the early 1600s.


Part of the Aral Sea is found in this country, whose capital is Tashkent:

Uzbekistan is in Central Asia, and is bordered by Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.


What is the highest peak in Africa?

At an elevation of 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest mountain in Africa.


The Sahara dessert is approximately the same size as which country?

At 3.5 million square miles, the Sahara dessert, covering much of Northern Africa, is approximately the same size as Brazil (3.2 million sq. mi) or the United States (3.8 million sq. mi.)


What is the name of the semi-active volcano on the Caribbean island of Martinique?

Mount Pelée, meaning "bald mountain", was responsible for the destruction of the port city of Saint-Pierre on May 8, 1902. It is currently a quiescent volcano.


The people of Finland refer to their country as _________ in their native language.

Finland borders Sweden and Russia, and the capital is Helsinki. In the Finnish language, Suomi means Finland.


In which country is Timbuktu?

Now an impoverished location, Timbuktu was once world center for Islamic education, and an important part of the trans-Saharan trade route. In 1988, it received UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.


Which U.S. territory is southwest of Hawaii, and northeast of New Zealand?

Samoa is a Polynesian culture, and traditional males have intricate and geometrical tattoos called the Pe'a that sometimes cover from the knees to the ribs.


What is the largest island in the world?

At nearly 840,000 square miles, Greenland is the world's largest island. (Australia is considered a continent, therefore it is not included in the category of islands)


The Ganges River flows through which two countries?

The Ganges flows through India and Bangladesh, and is the most sacred river to people of the Hindu religion.


Which country was the first to adopt Christianity as its official religion?

It is said that in 301 A.D., St. Gregory the Illuminator was made the first Catholicos, the head of the Armenian Church (equivalent to the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.


Which islands in the Bering Strait are separated by the international date line?

Often referred to as Big and Little Diomede, the former is a Russian island, and the latter is an American island. Because of their location across the international date line, Big Diomede is often called Tomorrow Island as it is about a day ahead of Little Diomede!


In the 1400s, Vlad Dracula, the inspiration for Count Dracula, was the ruler of Walachia - a historical region of which country?

Bran Castle keeps the legend of Dracula alive in Transylvania which is a region in central Romania.


Which of the following is NOT a province or territory of Canada?

Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Québec, Saskatchewan, Yukon.


What is the name of the archipelago in South America is sometimes referred to as the "end of the world"?

It is at the southernmost tip of South America across from the Strait of Magellan, and is shared by Chile and Argentina.


Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, touches Kenya, Tanzania, and ___________.

Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are all countries in the African Great Lakes region.


South Africa has three capital cities: Cape Town, Bloemfontein, and _____________.

The legislative capital is Cape Town, the judicial capital is Bloemfontein, and Pretoria is the administrative capital.


What independent country is located in the Pyrenees mountains between Spain and France?

Andorra is 181 square miles, and the official language is Catalan.


The current day city of Istanbul was previously known as:

Constantinople was the capital city of the Roman and Byzantine Empire.


What is the name of the Icelandic volcano that caused disruptions to air travel in 2010?

The explosive phase of Eyjafjallajökull's eruption directly under the jet stream caused a large plume of dust particles across the atmosphere which contributed to the havoc on flights to and from Europe.


Portions of how many countries are north of the Arctic Circle?

Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, and the United States (Alaska), all touch the Arctic Circle.


What is the capital of Mongolia?

Ulaanbaatar means "red hero" and is located in north central Mongolia in a valley on the Tuul River.


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