172 Geography Trivia Questions To Test Your Knowledge
When it comes to quiz nights, you can guarantee there will be a few geography trivia questions thrown in. As National Geographic puts it, “Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.” Questions about geography can range from trivia about countries, cities, and continents to landscapes such as mountains, deserts, and even the ocean. They can cover many topics related to the earth and everything that makes up the planet.
If you have a quiz night coming up, a geography quiz at school, or just want to test your geography knowledge, there is no better time than now to brush up on your skills. While pouring over maps and looking up what the largest country or largest city in the world is might be helpful, we’ve made things even easier with this collection of fantastic geography questions.
Test your general knowledge with these questions about countries, oceans, cities, forests, UNESCO sites, and more. Some are easy while others will be slightly more tricky, but all will help you level up when it comes to your geography knowledge. Read on and see how many you can answer correctly.
1. What is the least populated U.S. state?
2. How many continents are there in the world?
3. What is the name of the tallest mountain in the world?
4. Where is the Bermuda Triangle?
The western region of the North Atlantic Ocean.
5. Although it is called the “Second City,” this city is the most populous in the United States.
6. What are the 3 major rivers in the Middle East?
The Nile, the Euphrates-Tigris, and the Jordan rivers.
7. Which state in the United States has the most volcanos?
8. What countries does the Red Sea flow through?
Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, Eritrea, Yemen, and Djibouti.
9. Which country has the longest coastline in the world?
10. Which country has the largest population in the world?
11. What is the smallest state in the United States?
12. 98% of the Earth’s population lives in which hemisphere?
The Northern Hemisphere.
13. What is the only country that borders the United Kingdom?
14. What is the name of the longest river in Africa?
The Nile River.
15. What is the biggest continent in the world?
16. What is the capital of Mexico?
17. What are the names of the five oceans of the world?
The Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and the Antarctic.
18. What is the largest country in South America?
19. What continent contains the most freshwater?
20. What are the names of South Africa’s three capital cities?
Cape Town, Pretoria, and Bloemfontein.
21. How many countries are there in Africa?
22. What is the largest country in the world?
23. What is the name of the largest ocean in the world?
The Pacific Ocean.
24. How many time zones does Australia have?
25. Which continent is in all four hemispheres?
26. Which desert covers most of Northern Africa?
The Sahara desert.
27. What present-day Italian city does Mt. Vesuvius overlook?
28. What is the official currency of India?
29. What is the Netherlands also called?
30. What is the name of the smallest country in the world?
The Vatican City.
31. What are the five Great Lakes?
Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario.
32. What is the capital of Thailand?
33. Can you name three U.S. states that have a coastline on the Gulf of Mexico?
Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
34. What is the world’s largest inland lake?
The Caspian Sea.
35. What is the capital of the American State of California?
36. What is the tallest mountain in the world?
37. In which U.S. state can the world’s tallest trees be found?
38. What American state is the Grand Canyon bigger than?
39. What two island nations exist within the Mediterranean Sea?
Cyprus and Malta.
40. In what country were bananas first grown?
41. Where does the sun rise and set only once a year?
The North Pole.
42. What body of water was used when water skiing was invented?
The Mississippi River.
43. What is the longest geographical name?
Bangkok. The full ceremonial name of Bangkok is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit
44. What country has the most natural lakes?
45. What was the original capital of the U.S.?
New York City.
46. Where is the Sun not visible for 186 days a year?
The North Pole.
47. How many States does the United States consist of?
48. What is the name of the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world?
49. How many states does the Mississippi River run through?
50. What planet is closest to Earth?
51. What was the first National Park in the United States?
Yellowstone (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho).
52. What is the smallest country in the world?
53. Where are the Spanish Steps located?
54. In which U.S. state is Niagara Falls located?
55. Where is the official home of Santa Claus?
Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland.
56. Which of the following seas has no coastline: the Red Sea, the Sargasso Sea, or the North Sea?
The Sargasso Sea.
57. How many countries make up the United Kingdom?
Four (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales).
58. Which lake has a famous mythical creature named after it?
59. Which country has the most pyramids in the world?
60. Which country has the largest desert?
61. What is the capital city of Australia?
62. What is the coldest sea on Earth?
The White Sea, in Russia.
63. Which transcontinental country (Europe and Asia) spans 11 time zones?
64. What is the oldest active volcano on Earth?
Mount Etna, Italy.
65. What is the capital city of the Bahamas?
66. What country does the Rhine River run through?
67. “The Eternal City” is a nickname given to what European capital?
68. What body of water separates Africa and Europe?
The Strait of Gibraltar.
69. What is the capital city of Uzbekistan?
70. The Alpine region of Europe includes Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, France, Germany, Monaco, Slovenia, and what neutral country?
71. What is the smallest African country?
72. What stately river runs through the Grand Canyon?
73. What is the capital city of New Zealand?
74. Where is the driest place on Earth?
The Atacama Desert in northern Chile.
75. Lake Como and Lake Garda are both located in which Southern European country?
76. What two countries border directly north of Hungary?
Slovakia and Ukraine.
77. What is the world’s largest island?
78. Which city is the world’s most densely populated?
79. What is the world’s shortest river?
80. What Australian city has the world’s largest natural harbor?
81. What is the name of the only tropical rainforest in the United States?
Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest.
82. What ocean borders the state of Florida?
83. The derisive acronym “PIIGS” refers to which of the following European countries and their economic statuses?
Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain.
84. What U.S. state is home to no documented poisonous snakes?
85. What is Europe named after?
A princess from Greek mythology.
86. What U.S. states share a border with Mexico?
California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
87. Which country has the most islands?
88. What is the only state in the United States that does not have a flag in a shape with four edges?
89. What country is made up of 6852 islands?
90. How long does it take water to complete a full circuit of Earth’s ocean?
1,000 years to complete this global circuit.
91. What is the highest point in the United States?
92. Which African country lists “Spanish” as an official language?
93. What is the lowest point of the U.S.?
94. Which country was not part of the Soviet Union?
95. What two states do not share a border with any other U.S. state?
Hawaii and Alaska.
96. What is the deepest known point in the ocean?
The Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.
97. What is the name of the flattest state in the U.S.?
98. What state is Mount Rushmore located in?
99. Which small country is located between the borders of France and Spain?
100. How many countries does the United States share a land border with?
Two. Canada and Mexico.
101. In what state would you find the North Mojave Desert?
102. What is the largest non-continental island in the world?
103. What African country has Portuguese as its official language?
104. Where is the world’s largest desert located?
105. Which city in Europe has more than one thousand two hundred bridges?
106. How many time zones are in the United States in 2021?
Four. Pacific Time, Mountain Time, Central Time, and Eastern Time.
107. How many total islands does Hawaii have?
108. What place is known as the largest microcontinent?
109. The historical city Timbuktu is located in which West African country?
110. What is the largest bay in the U.S.?
The Chesapeake Bay.
111. Which U.S. state is known as The Garden State?
112. What European country consists of a boot-shaped peninsula surrounded by four seas?
113. In which city, is the Big Nickel located in Canada?
114. Fucking is a village in which country?
115. Which state was purchased from Russia in 1867?
116. What is the name of the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States?
The Florida Reef.
117. Which city in Europe is famous for its casinos and is called the gambling capital of Europe?
118. What is the most populous Muslim-majority nation in 2010?
119. In which European city was the first organized marathon held?
120. Which ocean is the saltiest?
The Atlantic Ocean.
121. What is the Finnish word for “Finland?”
122. South Africa is the largest producer of what kind of nut?
The macadamia nut.
123. Which river runs through the city of Budapest?
The Danube River.
124. What state is known as The First State?
125. Which direction do latitude lines run on a globe?
Left to right.
126. What is the capital of Jamaica?
127. What is the name of the dangerous Pacific Ocean region, where there are many active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes?
The Ring of Fire.
128. Mt. Fuji is the highest point located in which Asian country?
129. What is the name of the third-longest river in the world?
130. What type of leaf is on the Canadian flag?
131. What country ends with the letter Q?
132. Which European country is famous for its fjords?
133. What is western Asia’s longest river?
134. What city is technically sinking every year?
135. What is Belgium’s nickname?
The Cockpit of Europe.
136. The Pacific Ocean covers what percentage of the Earth’s surface?
137. Which country shares borders with 14 countries but only has one-time zone?
138. What nickname does Laos have?
The Land of a Million Elephants.
139. Which Indian city is known as the Venice of the East?
140. Which English city has more miles of canals than Venice?
141. How many regions does North America have?
142. What Asian country has the most valuable currency?
143. Which ocean basin has the most coral reefs?
The Pacific Ocean.
144. What countries in Europe do not use the Euro as the currency?
Sweden, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, and the Czech Republic.
145. How many capital cities does Bolivia have?
Two. La Paz and Sucre.
146. How many stars are on the Australian flag?
147. Chile is home to the iconic giant stone statues called what?
148. Which was the last province to enter the confederation in Canada?
149. What does the “D.C.” stand for in Washington, D.C.?
District of Columbia.
150. What percentage of the Earth’s surface is covered by the ocean?
151. What is Canada’s largest island?
152. What Cape sits at the tip of Africa?
Cape of Good Hope.
153. What is the capital of Nova Scotia?
154. What percentage of Greenland is covered in ice?
155. What is the oldest pyramid in Egypt called?
The Step Pyramid.
156. What year is on the flag of the U.S. state of Wisconsin?
157. What is the name of the largest island in Africa?
158. What mountain ranges are located in France?
The Pyrenées and Alps.
159. What is the southernmost city in Africa?
160. How many federal states does Germany have?
161. What American city is the Golden Gate Bridge located in?
162. Which country in the European Union has the biggest population?
163. What is the Polish city known to Germans as Danzig?
164. Where is the tallest volcano in Central America located?
Volcán Tajumulco in Guatemala.
165. What is western Asia’s longest river called?
166. What season does Australia experience in December?
167. Which city is the world’s most densely populated?
168. What body of water separates Africa and Europe?
The Strait of Gibraltar.
169. What are the northern lights also known as?
170. The Andes Mountains act as a natural land border to which country?
171. Which river flows through Paris?
172. What is the most visited Pacific Island?
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