Can You Match the Country Flag to the Correct Continent?



By: J.P. Naomi

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Are you ready to take the ultimate geo-cultural quiz? We'll show you a flag, and you tell us the continent. Pack your bags and board the plane, it's time to see just how well you know the countries of our world. Will you skip to the front of the class or will it be back to geography school for you? It's time to find out!

Did you know that there are 195 countries recognized in the world today? But you only have seven continents to choose from, can't be too tough right? Well, it depends on who you ask! 

Sure there are the easy ones like the United States, China, and Australia, but you can bet your bottom dollar, we've included a few to make you think twice. Egypt, Armenia, Guatemala ... if you can picture them on a map, you know exactly what we're talking about! And just wait until you get to Greece—if the world considers them as the epicenter of three continents, which one will you choose? The time has come and we want to know ... are you up for this challenge? 

Get ready to cross the globe from east to west and north to south. The flags are flying high and we hope your quiz score will too. Good luck!

Known for its stars and stripes, on which continent can you find the United States?

Did you know that the original United States flag of 1777 had 13 stars? It wasn't until 1960 that the current 50-star version was officially adopted. The national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, refers to its flag.


Their tricolor flag of was adopted in 1794. On which continent is France located?

The flag of France was designed by Lafayette and Jacques-Louis David. It was one of the first countries to introduce the tricolor flag scheme. Blue and red are considered the traditional colors of Paris.


The world's most populous country, on which continent does China lie?

The big yellow star in the Chinese flag represents the Chinese Communist Party, but what about the other four stars, you ask? The four smaller stars represent the social classes of ancient China: the Shi, Nong, Gong and Shang - translated to the scholars, farmers, craftsmen, and merchants.


Officially known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, where can you find the United Kingdom?

Did you know that the national flag of the United Kingdom is called Union Jack? The design dates back to the union of Ireland and Great Britain in 1801. The country is situated just off the north-western coast of the European mainland.


Brazil is the largest country on which of these continents?

Brazil covers more than 8.5 million square kilometers of South America, making it the world's fifth-largest country by area. Its yellow and green flag contains its country motto: Ordem e Progresso, meaning Order and Progress.


With its motto "Faith, Unity, Discipline," on which continent is Pakistan located?

Pakistan is located along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in South Asia. Its Flag of the Crescent and Star was adopted on August 11, 1947, three days prior to Pakistan's official date of independence.


Bordering Niger, Chad and Benin, Nigeria is located in the mid-western section of which continent?

Nigeria's flag was first flown on the day they gained independence from the United Kingdom - October 1, 1960. Did you know, however, that Nigeria remains a member of the "Commonwealth of Nations?" Primarily a symbolic role, this means that Queen Elizabeth is still the head of state.


Bangladesh is the world's most densely-populated country and is located on which continent?

Today's flag of Bangladesh is the same as the flag used during the Bangladesh Liberation War, minus the yellow map of the country inside the red circle. In 1971, the Bengali people prevailed in their fight against Pakistani oppression and rule.


With its largest city Helsinki, where can you find Finland?

The Republic of Finland is located in Northern Europe between Norway and Russia. Adopted in 1918, its flag contains a blue Nordic cross, representing Christianity. Nearly 70% of the country is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.


Mexico may be comprised of 31 states, but on which continent is it located?

Bordered to the north by the United States, and Guatemala and Belize to the south, Mexico is located in the southern-most point of North America. Its flag represents the colors of the national army and contains the national coat of arms in the center.


An island in the Pacific Ocean, of which continent is Japan a member?

Japan's flag is called the Hinomaru which translates to "circle of the sun." Did you know that the Japanese people believe their ruler is a direct descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu? Emperor Monmu, ruler from 697 - 707, was the first to display the sun in the Empire's flag.


Ethiopia is located in the "horn" of which continent?

Did you know that the official language of Ethiopia is Amharic? There are eight other regional languages, as well as recognition of English, Italian and Arabic. The country's flag was designed by Abebe Alambo and was adopted in 1996.


"For God, People, Nature and County", where are the Philippines located?

Bordered by the South China Sea, the Philippine Sea, and the Celebes Sea, the Republic of the Philippines consists of 7,641 islands. Its flag contains three stars which represent the country's three groups of islands including Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.


Officially known as the Arab Republic of Egypt, where can you find Egypt?

Located predominantly in the northeast corner of Africa, Egypt technically extends into the southwest corner of Asia. The section of land that connects the two continents is known as the Sinai Peninsula.


With a coastline that is 2,140 miles long, Vietnam can be found on which continent?

The flag of Vietnam is called the "red flag with a gold star". It was designed by Nguyễn Hữu Tiến and adopted in 1945. The star represents the five classes of Vietnamese people including intellects, farmers, workers, business people and military.


One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, where should you go to visit Germany?

Today's German flag dates back to the Holy Roman Empire, however, there was one era of disruption. For 10 years of Hitler's rule between 1935 and 1945, the Nazi flag was the official state flag of Germany. When World War II ended, a law was enacted to remove and repeal all Nazi symbols and laws.


"From Sea to Sea" they sing "O Canada"...on which continent?

Canada is comprised of ten provinces and three territories extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It's flag was adopted in 1965 and contains an 11-pointed maple leaf in the center.


If Scotland shares a border with England and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, it must be located on which continent?

Did you know that Scotland was established in the 9th century? It became part of the United Kingdom in 1707. Its flag is known as St. Andrew's Cross and has been flying proudly since the 15th century.


With a population of 30 million, on which continent can you find Ghana?

Did you know that the word Ghana means "Warrior King" in the Soninke language? The flag of Ghana incorporates this theme as well. The red stripe and black star represent the bloodshed against, and ultimate emancipation from, Great Britain's rule.


Officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand, on which continent can you find this country?

King Rama VI was the King of Siam, better known today as the Kingdom of Thailand, from 1910 - 1925. During his reign, King Rama VI created this flag by focusing on three principles - Nation, Religion, and King - which are represented by the red, navy and white colors.


Comprised of more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia is a member of which continent?

Did you know that of the 17,508 islands, the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names have verified 16,056 of the island names? We wonder if the red and white striped flag flies on all of them!


The second-most populous country with 1.3 billion people, on which continent will you find India?

Did you know that the first Indian flag was a variation of the British flag? After all, India was under British rule up until 1947. Today's flag was inspired by Gandhi who wished for it to better represent the culture and religion of the Indian people.


Sharing borders with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, Italy is located on which continent?

Did you know that the Italian flag has its roots in Napoleon? When Napoleon marched his army into Milan in 1797, he formed the Cispadane Republic and flew the first variation of the Italian flag we see today.


Located on the shores of the Mediterranean and Red Seas, Israel is a member of which continent?

The State of Israel is located in Western Asia. It borders Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Its flag is called the Flag of Zion and displays a blue Star of David in its center. The flag was adopted in 1948.


South Africa is located at the southernmost tip of which continent?

Did you know that the flag of South Africa contains six different colors? Designed by Frederick Brownwell, the flag uses elements from prior South African flags - but it should be noted that the colors themselves are not symbolic.


Formerly known as Burma, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is located in the southeast section of which continent?

Myanmar covers more than 261,228 square miles of Southeast Asia. Its current flag was adopted in 2010 along with its new country name. The country used a completely different flag when it was known as the Union of Burma.


South Korea is situated along the southern part of the Korean Peninsula - just east of which continent's mainland?

The flag of South Korea is called "Taegukgi" meaning "supreme ultimate flag". Its mostly white color represents peace and purity, while the middle red and blue circle represent balance. The four sections of lines represent justice, fruition, wisdom and vitality.


Known as "Jamhuri ya Kenya" in Swahili, on which continent can you find the Republic of Kenya?

Did you know that the motto of Kenya is "Harambee" meaning "Let us all pull together" in Swahili? The white and black Maasai shield and two crossed spears in the center of the flag represent the defense of Kenya's independence, landscape and peace.


Colombia declared independence from Spain in 1810, but on which continent?

Colombia is located in the northwest corner of South America. Although its flag is tricolor, the yellow stripe takes up 50% of the flag, while red and blue equally share the bottom half. Yellow is said to represent the riches of the country as well as the sun.


Do you know where the Iberian Peninsula is located? It's where you'll find Spain!

Ever wonder what is on the Spanish flag? It's the coat of arms of Spain which pays tribute to the four medieval kingdoms responsible for establishing the Kingdom of Spain as we know it today.


Argentina comprises much of the southern portion of which continent?

Did you know that Argentina is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world? Its triband flag was designed by Manual Belgrano and adopted in 1816. The yellow Sun of May was added to the center in 1818.


Its capital and largest city is Kiev, on which continent can you find the Ukraine?

The flag of Ukraine contains two equally sized horizontal bands of blue and yellow. It was originally adopted in 1918, but was temporarily outlawed when Ukraine became part of the Soviet Union. It was restored on January 28, 1992.


The first state to adopt Christianity as a religion in 301, Armenia is located on which continent?

While Armenia is located in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia - the land that connects Europe to Asia, it is widely considered part of Western Asia. Its flag contains three equal bands of red, blue and orange - or as the Armenians say, the color of apricot.


Chile stretches 2,670 miles north to south of which continent?

Did you know that Chile, at its widest point, is only 217 miles east to west? Most of its landmass stretches north to south. The flag of Chile is known as "La Estrella Solitaria" in Spanish, or "The Lone Star" in English.


Bordered by the Baltic Sea to the north, on which continent is Poland located?

Elements of today's Polish flag may date back to the 10th century but it wasn't until the 1800s that red and white became the official national colors. The official flag represented hope and peace for the Polish who sought to fight off Russian control.


Greece is situated at the "crossroads" of three different continents, but to which does it belong?

Greece is considered to be at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. It has the longest coastline in the Mediterranean making it highly accessible. Its flag contains a white cross symbolizing the Eastern Orthodox Christianity of the Greek people.


With a population of 17 million, on which continent can you find Guatemala?

Guatemala sits at the southern-most tip of North America. The light blue stripes of the flag represent the country's location between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, while the white symbolizes peace and purity.


A Nordic island in the North Atlantic Ocean, to which continent does Iceland belong?

Did you know that Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe? Its flag was adopted on June 17, 1944, the same day it became a republic. Iceland law requires the flag to be flown on 12 specific days each year, including Good Friday and Christmas Day.


Mongolia is landlocked between China and Russia on which continent?

Do you know what the symbol on the Mongolian flag represents? It is the Soyombo symbol - a character in the Soyombo alphabet created by Zanabazar in 1686. It means "self-created," a pride sentiment of the Mongolian people.


The Kingdon of Belgium is bordered by the Netherlands, Germany, France and Luxembourg on which continent?

Did you know that the national flag of Belgium was adopted in 1831? Its colors, black, yellow and red, were taken from the coat of arms of Duchy of Brabant - a state of the Holy Roman Empire.


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