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Journey Across Continents: Geography Trivia Challenge for Families

Looking for an easy way to entertain the kids on a rainy afternoon or during a long car journey? A fun quiz could be the perfect solution. As well as being a great way to test your kids’ knowledge (and your own), quizzes are an effective means of helping children to learn. They may even be inspired to find out more about a certain country.

Try the geography quiz questions below, and see how many you and your kids can answer correctly!


Easy Geography Trivia Questions

Get started with these easy geography trivia questions—perfect for younger kids or as a warm-up for the next set of more challenging questions.

  1. What is the capital of the US? Washington DC.
  2. Which is the largest of the world’s oceans? The Pacific Ocean.
  3. How many continents are there? Seven.
  4. What is the longest river in the world? The Nile.
  5. What is the most northerly point on Earth? The North Pole.
  6. Which city is home to the Eiffel Tower? Paris, in France.
  7. Name the country’s flag with a red circle on a white background. Japan.
  8. What is the longest wall in the world? The Great Wall of China.
  9. What is the name of a mountain from the center of which lava erupts—if it’s not extinct? A volcano.
  10. In which continent is Italy? Europe.
  11. What is the largest natural rainforest in the world? The Amazon Rainforest.
  12. The Taj Mahal is found in which country? India.
  13. Which is the smallest continent? Australia.
  14. The imaginary line that runs around the widest part of the world is called what? The equator.
  15. What is the color that most frequently appears on the world’s flags? Red.
  16. What is the name of the famous park in New York City? Central Park.
  17. Which Italian city is famous for its canals? Venice.
  18. Which is colder, the North Pole or the South Pole? The South Pole.
  19. Which is the hottest continent on Earth? Africa.
  20. What is a chain of mountains called? A range.
  21. Which US state comes first alphabetically? Alabama.
  22. Olympus Mons is the largest volcano known to humans—do you know where it is? It’s on Mars!
  23. Name one of the three countries in the world that begin with the letter F. Finland, Fiji, or France.
  24. Name two capital cities that begin with the letter L. London (UK), Libreville (Gabon), Lilongwe (Malawi), Lima (Peru), Lisbon (Portugal), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Lomé (Togo), Luanda (Angola), Lusaka (Zambia), and Luxembourg (Luxembourg).
  25. What country do kangaroos come from? Australia.

Hard Questions

Ready for something a little more tricky? These geography questions will get kids’ brains working! And they may just learn a fascinating fact or two, in the process.

  1. What is the largest country, by area, in Asia? Russia.
  2. In which European country is paella a national dish? Spain.
  3. Which is the smallest state in the United States of America? Rhode Island.
  4. What type of reptile features on the flag of Mexico? A snake.
  5. What is the capital city of Wales? Cardiff.
  6. What country has the largest population in the world? China.
  7. What is the world’s largest non-continental island? Greenland.
  8. What is the tallest mountain in Canada? Mount Logan.
  9. What is the tallest natural waterfall in the world? Angel Falls, in Venezuela.
  10. What is Sirocco? A type of wind.
  11. Which country has the longest coastline in the world? Canada.
  12. Which country has the most castles in the world? Germany.
  13. In which US state would you find Fort Knox? Kentucky.
  14. How many large islands make up Hawaii? Eight.
  15. What animal appears on the flag of Sri Lanka? A lion.
  16. On a road map in the UK, what color are the motorways? Blue.
  17. What is the largest country in Scandinavia? Sweden.
  18. What do you call land that has water on three sides? A peninsula.
  19. What do you call smaller rivers that flow into another river? Tributaries.
  20. What is the smallest country in the world? Vatican City.
  21. In which country would you find Timbuktu? Mali.
  22. What are the names of the five independent countries that have only one syllable? France, Chad, Laos, Greece, and Spain.
  23. Which is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world still standing? The Great Pyramid of Giza.
  24. Which is the only country crossed by both the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator? Brazil.
  25. In which country can it be both 7 am and 6 pm? In Russia, due to its eleven time zones!

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US Geography Trivia Questions

Next on our geography trivia quiz is a set of questions all related to the US. Think you know your states? Let’s get started!

  1. How many states make up the US? There are fifty.
  2. In which American city is the Statue of Liberty? New York City.
  3. Which city in the US is known as the Windy City? Chicago.
  4. What is the largest lake in the US? Lake Superior.
  5. How many states in the US have a border with Mexico? Four.
  6. Which is the longest river in the US? The Missouri River.
  7. Which two states in the US don’t share a border with any other state? Hawaii and Alaska.
  8. What desert is Las Vegas located in? The Mojave Desert.
  9. Which is the least populated state in the US? Wyoming.
  10. What national park spreads across Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana? Yellowstone National Park.
  11. Which state is nicknamed the Land of 10,000 Lakes? Minnesota.
  12. What is the tallest mountain in the US? Mount McKinley.
  13. What is the flattest state in the US? Florida.
  14. The deepest canyon in the US is located in the state of Oregon. Can you name this canyon? Hells Canyon.
  15. What is the only US state to begin with the letter “P”? Pennsylvania.
  16. Which large river flows through London? The Thames.
  17. What is Europe’s largest port? The port of Rotterdam.
  18. What canyon does the Colorado River flow through? The Grand Canyon.
  19. Where is the world’s biggest railway station? New York City—Grand Central Terminal.
  20. Which state’s national beverage is orange juice? Florida.
  21. What city are you landing in if you fly into George Bush Intercontinental Airport? Houston.
  22. Which US state is the most southerly? Hawaii.
  23. What is the address of the White House? 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
  24. Which US state is named after a French king? Louisiana.
  25. Which four US states end with the letter O? Ohio, Idaho, Colorado, and New Mexico.

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World Geography Trivia Questions

The quiz questions about countries worldwide below are a great way to help kids expand their knowledge of global geography.


  1. How many countries make up the United Kingdom? Four: England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
  2. Which river flows through Paris? The Seine.
  3. Which three colors feature in the German flag? Black, red, and yellow.
  4. In which country would you find the Acropolis? Greece.
  5. Which European country is known as the home of the fjords and, in history, as being the home of the Vikings? Norway.
  6. In which country could you enjoy a dish of “escargots”? France—and “escargots” are snails!
  7. Which European country is associated with tulips? Holland (or the Netherlands).
  8. In which national park in the UK will you find Windermere, Coniston Water, and Ullswater? The Lake District.
  9. The Leaning Tower of Pisa can be found in which country? Italy.
  10. Which country shares the same peninsula as Portugal? Spain.
  11. The phenomenon “aurora borealis” is more commonly known as what? The Northern Lights.
  12. Which European country has the longest coastline? Norway.
  13. The Baltic States are made up of which three countries? Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
  14. What is “Finland” in Finnish? Suomi.


  1. What is the name of the highest mountain in Asia? Mount Everest.
  2. Which is the smallest country, by area, in Asia? The Maldives.
  3. Which building is not just the highest in Asia, but in the world? The Burj Khalifa, Dubai.
  4. Sushi is a dish that originated in which country? Japan.
  5. What three colors are the stripes on the flag of India? Orange, white, and green.
  6. How many different time zones are there in Russia? Eleven.
  7. Through which country does the Yellow River (also known as the Huang He) flow? China.
  8. In which city will you find the holy city of Mecca? Saudi Arabia.
  9. What is the name of the longest river in Asia? The River Yangtze.
  10. Which is the oldest city in the world? Damascus, Syria.
  11. What is Japanese for “Japan”? Nippon (or Hihon).
  12. The Petrona Tower is located in which Asian city? Kuala Lumpur.
  13. What is the only country in the world whose flag is not rectangular? Nepal.
  14. What was the capital of Japan, before Tokyo? Kyoto.


  1. In which African country will you find the Pyramids of Giza? Egypt.
  2. What is the smallest country, by area, in Africa? The Seychelles.
  3. Name Africa’s highest mountain. Mount Kilimanjaro.
  4. In which African country is the Serengeti National Park? Tanzania.
  5. What color is the star and crescent moon on the Algerian flag? Red.
  6. What is the Cape located at the tip of Africa called? The Cape of Good Hope.
  7. In which country will you find Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak? Morocco.
  8. Which African country was formerly known as Rhodesia? Zimbabwe.
  9. Which is the biggest country, by area, in the African continent? Algeria.
  10. What is the official currency of Zimbabwe? The US dollar.
  11. How many African countries end with the letters “bia”? Three—Gambia, Namibia, and Zambia.
  12. What can you find one million of at Lake Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley? Flamingoes.
  13. The word “Sahara” derives from the Arabic word that means what? Desert.
  14. Antananarivo is the capital city of which country? Madagascar.

South America

  1. Which language is most spoken in Brazil? Portuguese.
  2. The longest mountain range in the world is located in the South American continent—can you name it? The Andes.
  3. In which South American country is Chichén Itzá? Mexico.
  4. Which three colors feature on the flag of Colombia? Yellow, blue, and red.
  5. What is the official language of Chile? Spanish.
  6. Which currency is used in Argentina? Peso (Argentinian peso).
  7. How many countries make up the continent of South America? Twelve.
  8. Name the river that runs through the Brazilian rainforest. The Amazon.
  9. In which South American country will you find the Madidi National Park, one of the largest protected areas in the world? Bolivia.
  10. There are two landlocked countries in South America; can you name them? Paraguay and Bolivia.
  11. Which two South American countries do not border Brazil? Ecuador and Chile.
  12. The first two sites on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list are from what country? Ecuador, where you’ll find the Galapagos Islands and the city of Quito.
  13. Which South American country’s flag has a sun in the top left-hand corner? Uruguay.
  14. What is the smallest country in South America, by area? Suriname.

World Capitals Questions

And the best way to round off a geography quiz is with a set of questions about capital cities, of course! Put your geographic general knowledge to the test with this final quizzing challenge.

  1. What is the capital of Italy? Rome.
  2. Kabul is the capital of which country? Afghanistan.
  3. What is the capital of Portugal? Lisbon.
  4. What is the most populated capital city in the world? Beijing, China.
  5. Jakarta is the capital of which country? Indonesia.
  6. Which of the world’s capital cities is the home to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament? London.
  7. What is the capital of Japan? Tokyo.
  8. Addis Ababa is the capital of which African country? Ethiopia.
  9. Which green vegetable shares its name with a European capital city? Brussels.
  10. What is the capital city of Switzerland? Bern.
  11. Lima is the capital city of which country? Peru.
  12. What city is known as the “City of Love”? Paris.
  13. If you are visiting the Colosseum, which capital city are you in? Rome.
  14. What is the capital of Australia? Canberra.
  15. What is the largest capital city in the world? Tokyo.

Want more? Try our quiz How Well Do You Remember Basic Geography? Let’s Find Out!

Ready, Set…. Get Quizzing!

As well as being good for all-around entertainment, a geography quiz game is great for helping your child enhance their knowledge of the world around them, and could even inspire them to learn more about a particular country or region.

Play however works for you—ask the questions at random or work through them in order—the main thing is to have fun! If you know other parents who would appreciate a simple way of keeping their kids occupied during the holidays or a family trip, why not share this post, and pass on the quizzing love?

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