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Geography ranks right up there with science and math as one of the least favorite academic subjects. In fact, most surveys indicate that people from the United States are less informed about world geography than the citizens of most other western nations.
Most sources also agree that people who live in the United States travel far less than citizens of most other developed countries. Although some argue that this is because people in the United States have no interest in other countries, we choose to believe that it's because most other countries are... well... connected. People in Europe travel quite a bit because travel to and through Europe is relatively easy for Europeans. It's quite expensive and time-consuming for people who live in the U.S. to travel to Europe, much less Asia or other continents. We here in the U.S. have few inexpensive options to visit foreign countries, except for a driving trip to Canada or Mexico.
So, the reasons for the lack of travel aside, it is important for people in the United States to have at least a basic understanding of world geography. If you think you can navigate the geography of the world, take this quiz.
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There are 7 continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Antarctica. Some geographers combine Europe and Asia into one giant continent known as Eurasia.
Russia is the largest country in square kilometers, followed by Canada and the United States.
Vatican City is a country, but it is the smallest by far. Monaco and Nauru follow as the next smallest countries.
Brazil takes up around half the continent of South America, and its culture is felt throughout the region. From Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo, there is a lot to explore.
Mount Everest is considered the tallest mountain in the world at 29,029 feet, but scientists say that Mount Chimborazo is the tallest due to its distance from the Earth's center. However, climbing Everest is no easy feat!
Norway is often ranked at the top of the list of the best countries for moms to live in. With generous support and childcare benefits, the country outranks other well-known countries such as the United States.
China is the top exporter of goods, followed by the United States and Germany. China accounts for about 13.8 percent of the world's exported goods.
The world population as of 2017 is over 7 billion people and counting. Births outweigh deaths by over 60 million.
Qatar is often listed as having the best overall health with a high life expectancy and and a fairly low infant mortality rate. The future is bright for this country as health continues to improve.
The name New Holland was originally given to Australia in the 1600s. However, another explorer in the 1800s chose the name Australia and the name stuck.
There are 30 million people in the world who are enslaved in a variety of ways. The continent of Africa has the highest number of slaves, but slavery is actually found in more than 160 countries.
Peru actually has more pyramids than Egypt and is also home to part of the Amazon rainforest and the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Its official flag contains red and white with an emblem in the center.
Australia is home to the largest sheep population in the world. There are actually more sheep in Australia than people!
Canada has the most lakes of any country, which might explain the country's affinity for so many lake-oriented activities. Parts of Canada even border Michigan and the Great Lakes.
Finland is one of the safest countries in the world with the least organized crime and one of the best governing systems. With sound police and internal security, Finland is a country in which both residents and tourists alike can feel comfortable.
Belgium has a high number of registered voters and voter turnout. Sweden, South Korea, Denmark, and Australia also show high numbers.
The United States is the largest research and development performer, with China following in second place. Overall, global research and development is more highly concentrated in North America, Asia, and Europe.
France generally has the highest number of tourists visiting the country, followed by the United States and Spain. France's national landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower and beautiful cities like Paris and Strasbourg, make it a go-to for vacationers.
As of 2017, there are 196 countries in the world. However, some would say that number should be 195 as Taiwan is not considered a country by some nations.
Japan has one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world. Switzerland, Australia, and Spain are next on the list. Japan's average life expectancy is 84 years.
There are over 3 billion Internet users in the world as of 2017, and the number may only continue to grow as dependence on the Internet and access to it increases. From shopping to information gathering to connecting with friends, the Internet serves many purposes to many people.
There are technically 5 oceans in the world: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern or Antarctic. Some don't consider the last one to be an actual ocean, but most countries today do teach it as such.
There are about 38 different time zones in use in the world. They can vary anywhere from minutes to hours.
There are more than 7,000 languages spoken in the world, and they are constantly changing and adapting based on the community and surroundings. About 1/3 of these languages are on the verge of becoming extinct.
There are about 1,500 potentially active volcanoes worldwide, with many located along the Pacific Rim near Hawaii. Approximately 500 of these volcanoes have erupted throughout history.
There are 1 billion children worldwide living in poverty, with many of their families making less than $1.25 per day. Organizations like UNICEF try to help these children and families.
There are approximately 100 million homeless people worldwide, and 1.6 billion who lack sufficient housing, though they may not technically qualify as homeless. That number also doesn't include those who might be living with friends, squatting, or settling in places that aren't fit to be inhabited.
On average, the world's population is growing at an annual rate of 1.2 percent, which equals about 77 million people per year. Urbanization of this population has also increased as the years have gone by.
In 1950, New York City was the only city to have over 10 million residents. That list has now grown to over 20 cities.
Being overweight or suffering from obesity is one of the top leading risks for death around the world. Countries with less access to nutritional food or educational resources suffer more than others.
Europe and South America have the highest literacy rate among their populations, at 90-100 percent literacy. Africa is the lowest among children under 18.
The polar ice caps are the largest source of fresh water on Earth, followed by the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are most commonly associated with the state of Michigan in the United States in North America.
There are three main earthquake zones in the world: the circum-Pacific seismic belt, the Alpide, and the mid-Atlantic Ridge. While activity and shocks occur in other parts of the world, these areas experience the most activity.
Ninety percent of the world's population lives in the Northern Hemisphere. This is most likely due to temperatures and natural resources.
Australia is not in the list of the Top 10 fattest countries, which could be due to all the surfing and outdoor exercise that takes place there. Those Hemsworth brothers sure do look pretty good!