Can You Answer These Geography Questions that Everyone Gets Wrong?


By: Stella Alexander

6 Min Quiz

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Around the world in 80 days! Rather than 80 days, today we're traveling the world in 35 questions! The geography of the world is so vast, no wonder so many people can't pass this quiz! With all the geography questions that everyone gets wrong, can you get these right?

If you're gearing up to take this difficult geography quiz, you should probably know the easy facts. The world is made up of seven continents, six of which are permanently habitable. Between Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America, there are 195 countries, 200+ capital cities, five oceans, thousands of rivers, and more than 117 million lakes. Just how much do you know about the geography of the world?

While some geography facts are easy to remember, there's a long list of things that many people are always getting wrong! Knowing that the capital of France is Paris is a piece of cake compared to naming the capital of Turkey. When it comes to the longest river in the world, would you name the Mississippi or the Nile? Do you know on which continent you'd find the capital of Russia?

If you can answer these questions, you're well on your way to beating out everyone who gets these answers wrong! Think you can master this geography quiz? Let's find out!

Hop on board this quiz and let's fly around the world!

Which of these is not a sea located on the eastern border of Asia?

The eastern border of Asia is covered by many seas, including the Sea of Japan near Japan, the Yellow Sea traveling further down, and the East China Sea. The Red Sea is located between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.


Central America is part of which continent?

While the seven countries that make up Central America are often termed "Latin America" along with Mexico and South America, Central America is part of North America.


What is the official language of Suriname, a South American country?

Suriname is a small South American country that is found in the northwest region of the continent. It is the only country in South America whose official language is Dutch. Suriname's capital is Paramaribo and it has a population of more than 555,000.


Which continent is Iceland part of?

Iceland is an island country that can be found in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its capital is Reykjavik and the country has a population of less that 350,000.


What is the capital of Turkey?

When it comes to the capital of Turkey, many people believe it to be Istanbul, its largest and most-known city. They'd all be wrong because Turkey's capital is Ankara!


Which of these countries falls below the equator?

Australia is the only country on this list that falls below the equator. Along with most of the Oceanic countries, it is found in the southeastern hemisphere.


Which continent has the most countries?

Africa is the continent with the most countries. Its 54 countries include mainland Africa as well as a few bordering island countries.


How many countries make up the U.K.?

The U.K. is a sovereign country made up of four other independent countries. Its capital is London. The U.K. has a population of more than 65 million people.


Which of these is not an ocean?

While many people are only used to the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, and Indian Oceans, in the early 2000s, the Southern Ocean was official recognized.


What is the world's longest river?

While this is heavily disputed, many sources, including Guinness World Records, lists the Nile as the longest river at more than 4.200 miles long. Others might say that it is the Amazon River found in South America.


What is the world's tallest mountain?

Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. It stands at over 29,000 feet tall.


Which of these is a European country?

Liechtenstein might not be one of the more well-known European countries, but it's there! Found in central Europe, it borders Austria and Switzerland. Its capital is Vaduz and the official language is German.


What sea falls between Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Russia, and Azerbaijan?

ASP! The Caspian Sea can be found in western Asia. It is completely landlocked, meaning it doesn't have an outlet and is totally surrounded by land.


What is the world's driest hot desert?

While Antarctica is, in general, the world's largest desert, most people might believe the Sahara in Africa is the biggest hot desert. They'd be wrong! The Atacama Desert is the largest hot desert and it is found in South America.


Indonesia shares a border with which Oceanic country?

Indonesia and Papua New Guinea are two countries found in the southeastern hemisphere. Although they share a land border, Indonesia is part of Asia while Papua New Guinea is an Oceanic country.


How many states does Mexico have?

If you live in the United States, you might be blinded by your own 50 states and not even realize that Mexico has its own states, 31 to be exact. They include Jalisco, Yucatan, and Vera Cruz.


What is the tallest waterfall the world?

Angel Falls is the world's tallest waterfall. It is in the South American country of Venezuela and stands over 3,200 feet tall.


Which body of water doesn't border Africa?

Pacify! Africa is not bordered by the Pacific Ocean. The Mediterranean Sea lies to the North, the Atlantic Ocean lies to the west, and the Indian Ocean lies to the east.


What is the capital of Australia?

Many people might believe Australia's capital is Sydney, since it's the country's largest and most recognized city. They'd be wrong! Australia's capital is Canberra which is the country's eighth-largest city.


On which continent would you find the Andes Mountains?

The Andes Mountains are actually the longest mountain chain in the world. They are along the western border of South America.


Which of these is an Oceanic country?

Marshall Islands is a northern Oceanic country found in the Pacific Ocean. Its capital is Majuro and it has a small population of just over 50,000 residents.


Oceania doesn't border which ocean?

While it is often referred to as Australia, Oceania is the official name for the islands that make up the southeastern hemisphere. The countries fall between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and share no borders with the Atlantic Ocean.


What is the world's largest country?

Russia is the largest country in the world at more than 6.6 million square miles.


Where would you find the Himalayas?

The Himalayas are a mountain range you'd find in Asia, between China and India. This is the mountain range that contains Mount Everest.


Which U.S. state has the highest population?

While Alaska might be the largest state and New York has the largest city (NYC), California is the most populous state with more than 39 million people, which is higher than the entire population of Canada, the world's second-largest country.


What is the most-spoken language in South America?

While many might believe Spanish to be the most-spoken language in South America, they'd be wrong! Brazil is the most-populated country in South America with more than 207 million people. Since Portuguese is its official language, this makes Portuguese the most-spoken language on the South American continent.


What is the capital of Brazil?

Many people believe the capital of Brazil is Rio de Janeiro, its most popular city. They might even think it's Sao Paulo, Brazil's most populated city. But Brazil's capital is Brasilia.


What is the world's biggest ocean?

The Pacific is the largest ocean, spanning 62 million square miles. It is followed by the Atlantic, Indiana, Arctic, and Southern oceans.


Which of these is a U.K. country?

The U.K. is made up of four countries: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.


What is the largest continent?

While Africa might have the most countries, Asia is the largest continent, spanning more than 17 million square miles.


Which of these countries doesn't share the same name as its capital?

There are a few countries around the world that share their name with their capitals. Djibouti, San Marino, Morocco, Singapore, and Vatican City are some of them. Estonia's capital is Tallinn.


On which continent would you find the capital of Russia?

Russia is so large, that the European border lies within the country. Moscow, Russia's capital, is within Europe.


What is the capital of Canada?

When it comes to the capital of Canada, many believe it to be one of the larger cities, such as Toronto or Montreal. But Canada's capital is Ottawa and it is found in Ontario.


Which of these is not a capital of South Africa?

South Africa is the only country in the world that has three capitals: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial).


Which body of water connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean?

The Panama Canal is a man-made canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It is found in Panama, the North American country that shares a border with South American country, Colombia.


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