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How Well Do You Know the World's Countries?
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The average person's geography skills are notoriously poor, especially when looking beyond one's own region. Test your knowledge of countries on four major continents with our quiz!
What European country is home to Transylvania?
Transylvania sits in Romania's Carpathian Mountains. While Dracula is just a myth, he may have been inspired by Vlad the Impaler, an ancient warrior who lived in the area.
What country is not part of the United Kingdom?
The UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland itself is not part of the UK.
In what country can you visit Machu Picchu?
Built in the 15th century, the magnificent Machu Picchu sits high in the Andes Mountains in Peru.
What body of water separates Africa and Europe?
The Strait of Gibraltar sits between Spain and Morocco, separating Africa from Europe.
What Asian country has Kuala Lumpur as its capital?
Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur is home to the Petronas Towers, once recognized as the tallest buildings in the world.
What country borders Monaco?
Monaco, which is bordered by France and the Mediterranean Sea, is the second smallest nation on Earth.
If you exclude Russia, what nation has Europe's largest population?
With 80 million people, Germany makes up 15.9 percent of Europe's population.
What is the most populated nation in South America?
With 206 million people, Brazil is South America's most populated country, and the 6th most populated nation on Earth.
What country is not part of the Scandinavian Peninsula?
Norway and Sweden — and sometimes Finland — are included in the Scandinavian Peninsula. Denmark is part of mainland Europe.
What is the largest country in the world in terms of land area?
At 6.6 million square miles and straddling 9 time zones, Russia is the world's largest country.
Where is Pyeongchang, the selected host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, located?
Pyeongchang, South Korea will play host to the 2018 Olympics. The country is also home to one of history's greatest figure skaters, Olympian Yuna Kim.
What is the capital of Turkey?
Ankara serves as the capital city of Turkey, a nation that straddles the dividing line between Europe and Asia.
Timbuktu is in Asia.
Timbuktu is a city in Mali, Africa, and is home to one of the world's oldest universities.
What two nations are the only landlocked countries in South America?
Paraguay and Bolivia are the only landlocked countries on the continent, putting them at an economic disadvantage to their neighbors.
Other than Liberia, which African nation was not a product of colonialism?
Egypt and Liberia are the only African nations which were not created out of colonialism.
What is the most populated country in Africa?
With 167 million people, Nigeria is Africa's most populated country.
What is the smallest nation in South America by population?
With more than 500,000, the nation of Suriname is the smallest country in South America.
What country is home to the world's highest waterfall?
At 3,212 feet, Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world's tallest waterfall.
What African country served as a setting for Tatooine in "Star Wars?"
You can actually visit the area that served as the setting for Tatooine during a trip to the Tunisia, which is located in northern Africa.
Andorra is located between these two European nations:
Ruled jointly by France and Spain from 1278 to 1993, the tiny nation of Andorra is now considered an independent state.
What country has the capital city of Islamabad?
Islamabad sits in the northwest corner of Pakistan, and has served as the nation's capital since the 1960s.
What Asian nation has the second highest population of any country in the world?
With 1.31 billion people, India is the second most-populated country in the world. It is expected to overtake China around 2022.
Lake Titicaca sits on the border between these two nations.
The world's highest lake, Lake Titicaca —which sits 12,500 feet above sea level — straddles the border of Bolivia and Peru.
The U.S. recognizes Taiwan as an independent nation.
The U.S. Department of State does not recognize Taiwan as an independent nation, nor does it support Taiwan's efforts towards independence from China.
Which Asian country sports a red flag with a golden star at the center?
The Vietnamese flag, with its gold star on a red background, has flown over the unified country since 1976.
Which of the following African nations is not intersected by the Equator?
The Equator passes through Congo, Gabon, Uganda, Kenya and Somalia. Chad sits a bit further north.
What country is the most densely populated on Earth?
At 0.76 square miles and home to 36,000 people, Monaco is the world's most densely populated country.
How many countries are in Africa?
Fifty-four countries make up Africa. In total, the continent is home to around a billion people.
Which African nation has the most pyramids?
Sudan is home to more than 200 pyramids, more than twice that of Egypt.
What nation regulates climbing on Mt. Everest?
Nepal, which sits between China and India, regulates much of the climbing on Everest.
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