Published On: November 5th, 2023Categories: MSN

Are Americans Terrible at Geography? Name These Countries

Are Americans Terrible at Geography? Name These Countries

It’s been a running joke for decades that Americans are bad at geography. Anyone who’s seen people try to name a country on Jimmy Kimmel Live! knows how few average people can identify countries on a map, but we’re not much better at naming states, either.

We’ll make it easier here and ask you to name the country by a famous landmark. Give yourself one point for each country you can name. At the end, we’ll tell you if you’re a geography whiz or… an average American.

Eiffel Tower

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We’ll go easy on you here with this famous monument from an 1889 exhibition fair.

Paris, France

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You knew this one. It’s the tallest structure in the City of Lights.

Leaning Tower of ____

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We can’t give it away, but where can you photograph yourself holding up this building?

Pisa, Italy

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The tower is in northwest Italy and has been leaning for 840 years! Hurry to get your photo—it could topple any day.

Colosseum

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Don’t go etching your name in this landmark unless you want to join other tourists in prison.

Rome, Italy

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Built in 80 AD, the Colosseum is the largest ancient amphitheater ever built. Most men probably think about it several times a day.

Great Wall of _____

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Here’s a clue: despite the rumors, it’s not actually visible from space.

China

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The Great Wall of China spans more than 13,000 miles!

Taj Mahal

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Where can you find this opulent tribute to love?

Agra, India

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The Taj Mahal was built as a tribute to Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife, Arjumand Banu Begum.

Grand Palace

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This palace is the official residence for the kings of what country?

Bangkok, Thailand

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Since Thailand was known as Siam, the Grand Palace has been the home of kings.

Stonehenge

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This rocking landmark may have had a role in burial rituals.

England / United Kingdom

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Stonehenge is a prehistoric site with mysterious origins.

______ Opera House

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Designed by a Dane and opened by a British queen, this performing arts center isn’t in Denmark or the UK.

Sydney, Australia

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The modern expressionist building opened in 1973.

Big Ben

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Tick tock, I bet you know where to find this tower and clock!

London, England

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Of course! Big Ben tells time in London, where it overlooks Buckingham Palace.

The Great Pyramid of ____

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There are a whopping 118 pyramids in this country, but this one’s the star.

Giza, Egypt

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The Great Pyramid is the last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.

Christ the Redeemer

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This 98-foot statue has overlooked its home city since 1931.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Enjoy exceptional views when you visit this monument on Mount Corcovado.

Acropolis of ______

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In the local language, it means “the highest point of the city.”

Athens, Greece

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Home to the Parthenon, the Acropolis of Greece was built in the 5th century BC.

Ha Long Bay

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The name, which means descending dragon, refers to a legend about a family of dragons that protected local residents.

Ha Long, Vietnam

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The bay is filled with 1,600 limestone islands.

Petra

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The “Rose City” is one of the Seven Wonders of the world.

Jordan

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The historic city cut out of stone is in Jordan.

La Sagrada Familia

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However you feel about this massive temple, don’t call it gaudy!

Barcelona, Spain

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The Gaudi-designed cathedral is the largest unfinished Catholic church in the world. Under construction since 1882, the church was set to be completed in 2026, but the pandemic created delays.

Angkor Wat

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This lush complex is the largest religious structure on Earth.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

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The Hindu temple was built in the 12th century and soon converted to a Buddhist temple.

Brandenburg Gate

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This neoclassical monument marks the last remaining named gate in this country’s capital.

Berlin, Germany

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The gate has played numerous political roles since it opened in 1791.

Machu Picchu

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This citadel’s name is usually interpreted to mean “old mountain.”

Peru

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More than a million people visit the Incan city each year.

Burj Khalifa

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Where can you visit the tallest building in the world?

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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You can travel up 160 stories to the observation deck to see Dubai and the Persian Gulf below.

Rapa Nui Moai

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There are 1,000 moai statues here created by early Polynesian inhabitants.

Easter Island, Chile

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Easter Island is a Chilean territory 2,200 miles off the country’s coast.

Victoria Falls

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The largest waterfall in the world spans two countries.

Zimbabwe & Zambia

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Give yourself an extra point if you knew them both!

Blue Mosque

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It’s across the street from another stunning mosque. Who built these, Starbucks?

Istanbul, Turkey

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The Sultan Ahmed Mosque opened in 1617 and is called the Blue Mosque because of its interior tiles.

Wailing Wall

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It’s also called the Western Wall or Buraq Wall.

Jerusalem, Israel

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The limestone wall is an important Jewish relic outside the Temple Mount.

Mount Fuji

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Although it’s an active volcano, it hasn’t erupted since 1707. In that case, I’m active too.

Honshu, Japan

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It’s the tallest mountain in Japan, located about 60 miles from Tokyo.

CN Tower

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You won’t get mixed signals from this communications tower that enjoyed a stint as the world’s tallest free-standing structure.

Toronto, Canada

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It’s fallen to the 10th-tallest, but may always be tops in Canada.

Chichen Itza

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The indigenous culture that build this pyramid may have had a population of 10 million people at its peak.

Mexico

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The Mayans built cities across what is now Mexico, many concentrated on the Yucatan Peninsula.

St. Basil’s Cathedral

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This is its common name, but it has several others.

Moscow, Russia

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Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, also known as Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat, or Pokrovsky Cathedral, is now a museum.

Petronas Towers

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These are the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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They’re designed to evoke designs from Islamic art.

Mount Kilimanjaro

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This is the tallest mountain on its continent.

Tanzania

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Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano with three distinct volcanic cones.

What’s Your Score?

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Give yourself a point for each country you got correct.

23 or more: Are you even American?

16-22: American exceptionalism

9-15: Average American

8 or less: ‘Murica!

The Most Dangerous Cities on Earth (7 are in the United States)

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The following cities had the highest homicide rates in 2022, not including cities at war.

It also only includes cities with populations over 300,000. Otherwise, our home city of Birmingham, Alabama would make the list at number eight with 77.7 homicides per 100,000 people.

The city we’re moving to in Mexico (Mérida) has 2.6% as many murders as where we live in the U.S, with an annual murder rate of 2 per 100,000 people.

The Most Dangerous Cities on Earth

The 20 Best Countries for Americans To Move To, Based on Data

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The Expatsi Test is an assessment tool for Americans who want to leave the United States. It asks the regions they’d like to move to, their budget, the kind of visa they might apply for (like retirement, digital nomad, or skilled worker) and their preferences for things like safety, healthcare, infrastructure, weather, geographical features, and personal freedoms, and reveals the top 10 countries that best meet their needs.

Based on 37,546 respondents in 2023, here are the top 20 countries for American emigrants.

The 20 Best Countries for Americans To Move To, Based on Data

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Jen is the co-founder of Expatsi, a company that helps Americans move abroad. She created the Expatsi Test, an assessment that recommends countries for aspiring emigrants based on lifestyle data. Jen has an MBA from Emory University with concentrations in marketing and innovation. She's written for BusinessWeek, Health, Cooking Light, and Southern Living. Prior to Expatsi, she created Freshfully and Bottle & Bone—two businesses in the local food space—and spoke at TEDx on being brave. She's moving to Mexico in 2024, along with her husband and co-founder Brett, pitbull mix Squiggy, and three rotten cats. How can she help you move abroad?

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Jen Barnett Expatsi
Co-founder at Expatsi | Website | + posts

Jen is the co-founder of Expatsi, a company that helps Americans move abroad. She created the Expatsi Test, an assessment that recommends countries for aspiring emigrants based on lifestyle data. Jen has an MBA from Emory University with concentrations in marketing and innovation. She's written for BusinessWeek, Health, Cooking Light, and Southern Living. Prior to Expatsi, she created Freshfully and Bottle & Bone—two businesses in the local food space—and spoke at TEDx on being brave. She's moving to Mexico in 2024, along with her husband and co-founder Brett, pitbull mix Squiggy, and three rotten cats. How can she help you move abroad?