How Well Do You Know the World's Countries?

By: Bambi Turner

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 is the largest country in the world in terms of land area?
United States
China
Russia
At 6.6 million square miles and straddling 9 time zones, Russia is the world's largest country.
Canada

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In what country can you visit Machu Picchu?
Peru
Built in the 15th century, the magnificent Machu Picchu sits high in the Andes Mountains in Peru.
Brazil
Chile
Ecuador

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What European country is home to Transylvania?
Poland
Bulgaria
Romania
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.
Slovakia

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What body of water separates Africa and Europe?
Strait of Gibraltar
The Strait of Gibraltar sits between Spain and Morocco, separating Africa from Europe.
African Sea
Strait of Good Hope
The Nile

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What Asian country has Kuala Lumpur as its capital?
Thailand
Cambodia
Malaysia
Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur is home to the Petronas Towers, once recognized as the tallest buildings in the world.
Indonesia

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What Asian nation has the second highest population of any country in the world?
Japan
India
With 1.31 billion people, India is the second most-populated country in the world. It is expected to overtake China around 2022.
Pakistan
China

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What country is not part of the Scandinavian Peninsula?
Denmark
Norway and Sweden — and sometimes Finland — are included in the Scandinavian Peninsula. Denmark is part of mainland Europe.
Norway
Sweden

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Other than Liberia, which African nation was not a product of colonialism?
South Africa
Zimbabwe
Egypt
Egypt and Liberia are the only African nations which were not created out of colonialism.
Namibia

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Where is Pyeongchang, the selected host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, located?
China
South Korea
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.
North Korea
Japan

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What country has the capital city of Islamabad?
Afghanistan
Kazakhstan
Pakistan
Islamabad sits in the northwest corner of Pakistan, and has served as the nation's capital since the 1960s.
Iran

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If you exclude Russia, what nation has Europe's largest population?
Belgium
Germany
With 80 million people, Germany makes up 15.9 percent of Europe's population.
France
Italy

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What country is not part of the United Kingdom?
Northern Ireland
Ireland
The UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland itself is not part of the UK.
Wales
Scotland

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What two nations are the only landlocked countries in South America?
Brazil and Peru
Venezuela and Suriname
Paraguay and Bolivia
Paraguay and Bolivia are the only landlocked countries on the continent, putting them at an economic disadvantage to their neighbors.
Columbia and Ecuador

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What nation regulates climbing on Mt. Everest?
Nepal
Nepal, which sits between China and India, regulates much of the climbing on Everest.
Japan
Pakistan
China

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Timbuktu is in Asia.
TRUE
FALSE
Timbuktu is a city in Mali, Africa, and is home to one of the world's oldest universities.

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What country borders Monaco?
Italy
Spain
France
Monaco, which is bordered by France and the Mediterranean Sea, is the second smallest nation on Earth.
Switzerland

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Andorra is located between these two European nations:
Spain and France
Ruled jointly by France and Spain from 1278 to 1993, the tiny nation of Andorra is now considered an independent state.
Italy and Switzerland
France and Switzerland
Germany and Poland

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What is the capital of Turkey?
Ankara
Ankara serves as the capital city of Turkey, a nation that straddles the dividing line between Europe and Asia.
Bodrum
Istanbul
Izmir

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What African country served as a setting for Tatooine in "Star Wars?"
Tunisia
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.
Mali
South Africa
Ethiopia

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What is the smallest nation in South America by population?
Uruguay
Suriname
With more than 500,000, the nation of Suriname is the smallest country in South America.
Ecuador
Guyana

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Which Asian country sports a red flag with a golden star at the center?
China
Malaysia
Vietnam
The Vietnamese flag, with its gold star on a red background, has flown over the unified country since 1976.
Japan

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Lake Titicaca sits on the border between these two nations.
Paraguay and Bolivia
Brazil and Chile
Bolivia and Peru
The world's highest lake, Lake Titicaca —which sits 12,500 feet above sea level — straddles the border of Bolivia and Peru.
Chile and Uruguay

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What country is home to the world's highest waterfall?
Paraguay
Venezuela
At 3,212 feet, Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world's tallest waterfall.
Bolivia
Brazil

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What is the most populated country in Africa?
Nigeria
With 167 million people, Nigeria is Africa's most populated country.
South Africa
Egypt
Morocco

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What country is the most densely populated on Earth?
Monaco
At 0.76 square miles and home to 36,000 people, Monaco is the world's most densely populated country.
France
India
Venezia

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The U.S. recognizes Taiwan as an independent nation.
TRUE
FALSE
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.

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Which of the following African nations is not intersected by the Equator?
Gabon
Kenya
Chad
The Equator passes through Congo, Gabon, Uganda, Kenya and Somalia. Chad sits a bit further north.
Uganda

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How many countries are in Africa?
14
34
54
Fifty-four countries make up Africa. In total, the continent is home to around a billion people.
23

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Which African nation has the most pyramids?
Egypt
Chad
Sudan
Sudan is home to more than 200 pyramids, more than twice that of Egypt.
Nigeria

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What is the most populated nation in South America?
Peru
Chile
Brazil
With 206 million people, Brazil is South America's most populated country, and the 6th most populated nation on Earth.
Argentina

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