Quiz: How good are your geography skills?

Millions of Brits struggle with basic geography knowledge – with more than one in five unaware Europe is a continent, a study has found.

Researchers found two thirds have no idea the world is made up of seven land masses, with one in four wrongly believing there are only five.

And three per cent – or the equivalent of 1.5m people – even think Great Britain is its own continent. Another one in four don’t know Antarctica is home to the south pole.

The poll was commissioned by British Airways Holidays as A level and GCSE students receive their results.

Despite 63 per cent of adults describing themselves as ‘well-travelled’, visiting an average of nine countries each, just one third reckon they would pass GCSE geography if they were to take the exam now.

The study also found 54 per cent of Brits admit their knowledge of world locations, capital cities or landmarks is ‘ok’ or ‘poor’.

Claire Bentley, Managing Director of British Airways Holidays, said: “We all know most love to travel and our holidays are often one of the highlights of the year.

“But it’s unsurprising that Brits scored highly when asked to pick out capital cities.

“With the number of city break destinations growing and packages starting from £99, weekend breaks are hugely accessible.

“New destinations are opening up all the time, the web has made the world more accessible, and with our extensive route network there’s always more to explore and more ways to broaden your geography knowledge.”

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3 Responses

  1. Jeanneke Hodges

    yes, I was also taught it was Australasia, as Australia is one country of that continent, as are NewZealand, PNG, etc

  2. janet

    The country Colombia is spelt incorrectly in one section of the quiz. In the quiz title it is spelt Columbia, which is a place in the U.S.A not the country in South America.

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