Know the difference between Austria and Australia? Consider yourself a connoisseur of obscure geography facts? Regardless of your expertise, we’ve put together a great list of 100 geography pub quiz questions, fit to challenge even the most worldly know-it-all.
Perfect to use for a real-life pub quiz or your virtual quiz night on Zoom, Skype or your video platform of choice, let’s see how your contestants do in this epic rundown of geography questions and answers. And, if they’re struggling a little, feel free to throw in a few visuals in a Picture Round.
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Fun Geography Pub Quiz Questions
Kick off your quiz night with a few easy pearlers, with a mix of humour thrown in for good measure. We’ve put together a round of 10 brilliant fun geography pub quiz questions and answers for your opening gambit:
1. What shifts (or moves) at the same rate as human fingernails grow?
2. Which city has been described as “one big museum, with only one entrance and no cars”?
3. What is the largest circulated English-language daily newspaper in the world, across all formats (Broadsheet, Compact, Berliner and Online)?
4. Olympus Mons is the largest volcano known to humans. Where is it located?
5. In which country would you find Timbuktu?
6. From which country is Jacob’s Creek wine?
7. When on the Olympic podium, why don’t Spaniards sing along with their national anthem?
8. What is the most frequently found colour found on world flags?
9. In which country can it be both 7am and 6pm?
10. Near what imaginary marcation would you find island nicknamed ‘Yesterday Island’ and ‘Tomorrow Island’?
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Fun Geography Pub Quiz Answers
- The Times of India
- As it doesn’t have any words
- In Russia, which covers eleven time zones!
- The International Date Line. Established in 1884, it passes through the mid-Pacific Ocean and roughly follows a 180 degrees longitude north-south line on the Earth. It is located halfway round the world from the prime meridian.
Did you know? Situated between Russia and the USA are the Diomede Islands. Bio Diomede, located in Russia, and Little Diomede, which is American, are 2.4 miles apart and yet there is a twenty-hour time difference between them. Hence, Bio Diomede being nicknamed ‘Tomorrow Island’, and Little Diomede called ‘Yesterday Island’
British Cities Quiz Questions
Whether you hail from Her Majesty’s kingdom, or hope you’ve brushed up on your British pub trivia, let’s test your players knowledge of the UK, with these ten cracking geography questions about British cities:
1. Arguably the world’s first industrial city, and declared by Disraeli as ‘as great a human exploit as Athens’, which place could once have been be described as ‘cottonopolis’?
2. Which city was Jeremy Clarkson describing when he said “Oh! If Einstein had been from XXXXX, no-one would’ve taken the ‘theorai of relativitai’ seriously.”?
3. Which city did Washington Irvine describe as such? “It seemed as if the rock and castle assumed a new aspect every time I looked at them.”?
4. 19th-century poet Matthew Arnold described which city, also home to Bannister’s Ifley Road run, as “And that sweet city with her dreaming spires… she needs not June for beauty’s heightening”?
5. Which city was described by Alan Bennett as having people who have picked up a cockiness that comes from being told that they are special?
6. According to Great Britain’s first modern Census, in 1801, which city had the largest population after London, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham?
7. Which cathedral city has a name a bit like a sausage?
8. Bill Bryson wrote the following of which city? ‘If you have never been to XXXXX before, go there at once. Take my car, it’s wonderful.’
9. Which English Football League club’s ground is farthest away from any other?
10. According to legend, through which city did Lady Godiva ride naked on a horse, with just her long hair covering her modesty?
British Cities Quiz Answers
- Birmingham. He also said “I don’t wish to be rude to the people of Birmingham, but I’m sorry, it makes you sound thick.”
- Edinburgh. Oscar Wilde said the following of the city: “It is quite lovely – bits of it.”
- Coventry. She had been pleading to her husband to lower the oppressive taxation he had imposed on the people of the city. Tired of her appeals, he said he would grant her request if she rode naked on a horse through its streets. She issued a proclamation that all persons should stay indoors and shut their windows as she did this.
Interesting Fact: The term “Peeping Tom” for a voyeur originates from later versions of this legend, in which a man named Thomas watched her ride and was struck blind or dead.
Name the Countries… Geography Questions and Answers
Okay, we’ll admit – this is one of the more difficult geography rounds we’ve put together. In this round we want to see how many countries your quizzers can list, with a few ‘medium’ level quiz questions related to the nations of the world:
1. Name as many as you can of the eight independent countries whose name ends in a Y. (For all these questions we are referring to UN member states and are using the normal English names.)
2. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, which were the six most expensive cities in which to live?
3. Five EU Member States (as of 2020) have a flag with three vertical stripes of different colours. Name them.
4. Name as many as you can of the ten capitals (of independent countries) whose name starts with an L?
5. Name as many as you can of the twelve independent countries name contains a double letter (in the same word, rather than straddling two words).
6. Name the five EU countries whose name and the name of their capital (in the normal English spelling), both end in the letter A.
7. Name as many as you can of the eleven capitals (of independent countries) whose name starts with a K?
8. The names of which five independent countries have only one syllable?
9. Name as many as you can of the eleven independent countries whose name ends in an O.
10. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, in 2019, which were the countries most visited by tourists?
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Name the Countries… Answers
- Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Paraguay, Turkey, Uruguay, Vatican City
- 1st equal Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, 4th. Zurich, 5th equal Geneva, Osaka
- Italy, France, Belgium, Ireland, Romania
- Libreville (Gabon), Lilongwe (Malawi), Lima (Peru), Lisbon (Portugal), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Lomé (Togo), London (UK), Luanda (Angola), Lusaka (Zambia), Luxembourg (Luxembourg) [N.B. La Paz is the seat of government rather than the capital of Bolivia)
- Andorra, Cameroon, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Holland (grudgingly accepted), Marshall Islands, Morocco, Philippines, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone (N.B. Greenland is not a country)
- Austria & Vienna, Bulgaria & Sofia, Latvia & Riga, Malta & Valetta, Slovenia & Ljubljana
- Kabul (Afghanistan), Kampala (Uganda), Kathmandu (Nepal), Khartoum (Sudan), Kiev (Ukraine), Kigali (Rwanda), Kingston (Jamaica), Kingstown (St Vincent and the Grenadines), Kinshasa (DR Congo), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Kuwait City (Kuwait).
- Chad, France, Greece, Laos, Spain
- Burkina Faso, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, San Marino, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago.
- 1) France, 2) Spain, 3) USA, 4) China, 5) Italy
Interesting stats: So, who made up the top 10 most visited countries (by tourists) in 2019? 1. France with 89.4 million visitors, 2. Spain 82.7 million visitors, 3. US who had 79.6 million, 4. China who welcomed 62.9 million, 5. Italy with 62.1 million, and then 6. Turkey, 7. Mexico, 8. Germany, 9. Thailand and 10. UK!
US Geography Pub Quiz Questions
From the Kingdom to the States, challenge your competitors with a whole host of great pub quiz questions all dedicated to the good ‘ol US of A! From the location of the country’s most famous ‘house’, to a sprinkling of questions for the alphabetically blessed, here are ten US geography pub quiz questions and answers:
1. Which US state comes first alphabetically?
2. If you fly into George Bush Intercontinental Airport, in what city are you landing?
3. Which US state is named after a French king?
4. Which are the four states that end with the letter O?
5. What is the address of the White House?
6. Which US state has only one syllable?
7. Which is the only vowel that is not the first letter of a US state?
8. Which US state is the most southerly?
9. Alaska has more coastline than all the other US states put together. Which state has the second longest coastline?
10. How many states start with the letter A?
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US Geography Pub Quiz Answers
- Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Ohio
- 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
- Four – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas
European Countries Quiz Questions and Answers
From France to Finland, it’s time to travel to another ‘Union’, this time looking at some of the interesting facts about the European continent. Be warned though – these are not your ‘garden variety’ quiz questions, so could have them scratching their heads in dismay!
1. Which European country is the world’s least populated?
2. How are the “aurora borealis” more commonly known?
3. The Baltic States refer to which three countries?
4. Which European country has the longest coastline?
5. What is Finnish for Finland? (Teenagers with early Nokia phones may remember from ‘language settings’)
6. Venice’s main airport is named after which explorer?
7. What is the largest country (by area) that is wholly in Europe?
8. Christantia is the former name of which capital city?
9. Name as many as you can of the fourteen countries that border Russia.
10. Which country, also a major producer, drinks more beer per capita than any other in the continent?
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European Countries Quiz Answers
- Vatican City. It is also the smallest country in the world, at just 0.2 square miles.
- The Northern Lights
- Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia
- Marco Polo
- Russia (including the region of Kaliningrad) borders Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, North Korea, Norway, Poland and the Ukraine.
- The Czech Republic
Did you know? The word “aurora” is derived from the name of the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, who travelled from east to west heralding the coming of the sun.
Geography Quiz Asia Questions and Answers
With some of the globe’s most prominent landmarks, and some of the most incredible places to travel, no geography quiz would be complete without a round dedicated to awesome Asia. Here rae ten of the best geography quiz questions and answers with an Asian twist:
1. Gangkhar Puensum, which is the 40th tallest mountain in the world and has never been climbed, lies on the border of China and which country?
2. What was the capital city of Japan before Tokyo?
3. True or False. The peak of Mount Everest is the closest point on earth to the moon.
4. In which city would you find the Petronas Towers?
5. Name as many as you can of the fourteen countries that border China.
6. What is the only country in the world whose flag is not rectangular?
7. What is Japanese for ‘Japan’?
8. Which three countries make up Borneo, the largest island in Asia?
9. What is the only country in Southeast Asia not to have some point be colonised by Europeans?
10. Which capital is officially called Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit?
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Geography Quiz Asia Answers
- Bhutan. Various attempts have been made to reach the summit, but since mountaineering has now been banned in the country it seems the peak will remain unclimbed.
- False – it is Ecuador’s Mt. Chimborazo. Though just 20,564 feet high, its equator location and the fact that the earth is oval shaped, means it is closer to space than Everest (at 29,035 feet).
- Kuala Lumpur
- China borders Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal. North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Vietnam.
- Nippon (or Hihon)
- Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei
Interesting fact: It roughly translates to: The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarma.
UK Geography Pub Quiz Questions
Yes, perhaps we’re biased – the quizmasters hail from that small island off the coast of Europe. Well, since we’re in charge, we make the rules! So, for your trouble, here’s another round of British trivia, this time more broadly about famous counties and cities in the United Kingdom.
1. Positioned on Hampshire’s coast, what is Britain’s only island city?
2. What is Scotland’s longest river?
3. Where would you be most likely to see the word Cymru?
4. Which is the only London Underground line to connect with every other line?
5. What island, accessible by road only at low tide, is also known as Holy Island?
6. Which English county has the most northly point in the country?
7. What are the four English counties to end with the letter T?
8. Which city in England comes last in alphabetical order?
9. Seven London Boroughs begin with H. Name five of them.
10. Which stretch of water divides the Isle of Wight from the rest of England?
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UK Geography Pub Quiz Answers
- The Tay
- Wales (It means ‘Wales’, in Welsh)
- The Jubilee
- Dorset, Isle of Wight, Kent, Somerset
- Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Haringey, Hackney, Hillingdon, Harrow, Havering
- The Solent
African Geography Pub Quiz Questions
From the Pyramids near Cairo to Cape Town’s world-renowned Table Mountain, the African continent boasts some of the most beautiful landmarks, but is definitely not as well-known when it comes to obscure geography facts. Let’s try to solve that, with these ten baffling questions about Africa:
1. Where is the Uhuru Peak?
2. True or False. It snows in the Sahara Desert.
3. Which country is entirely surrounded by South Africa?
4. At 3.6 million square miles, the Sahara Desert is as big as China. The word ‘Sahara’ derives from the Arabic word meaning what?
5. Which African country has the largest population?
6. How many African countries end with the letters ‘bia’?
7. While we are at it, name the three countries outside of Africa to end with the letters ‘bia’.
8. Antananarivo is the excellent sounding capital city of which country?
9. Ouagadougou is maybe even more satisfying to say. Of what county is it the capital?
10. At Lake Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley, you can find one million what?
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African Geography Pub Quiz Answers
- At 5,895m, it is the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
- True. Though not a huge amount. It snowed in 2016 and 2018 but before that hadn’t since 1979.
- Desert (so Sahara Desert actually means Desert Desert)
- Three – Namibia, Gambia, Zambia
- Serbia, Columbia, Saudi Arabia
- Burkina Faso
South & Central American Countries Quiz Questions
Boasting picturesque places like Patagonia, or the highest waterfall in the world in Venezuela, South (and Central) America has earned its place on any geography quiz worth it’s salt. So, for this penultimate round of travel and geography quiz questions, let’s give South and Central America it’s due!
1. What is the highest mountain in the Americas?
2. What is the name of the most Southerly Point on the Americas?
3. Which country is known as the “Banana Republic” for its status in exporting bananas worldwide?
4. Which two countries in South America are landlocked?
5. What particularly small breed of dog shares its name with largest state in Mexico’s largest state?
6. In Paraguay, from a public health perspective, pistol duelling is allowed so long as both parties are registered…. what?
7. Which two South American countries do not border Brazil?
8. What is the name of the world’s tallest waterfall?
9. Three quarters of the world’s population of which animal can be found in Peru?
10. The first two places on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list are from what country?
South & Central American Countries Quiz Answers
- Cape Horn
- Bolivia and Paraguay
- Blood donors
- Ecuador and Chile
- Angel Falls in Venezuela
- Ecuador – the Galapagos Islands and the city of Quito.
More World Geography Pub Trivia Questions and Answers
Hopefully it’s been a fun night of geography quizzing, but you ain’t done yet! Close the night with a final round in the ‘ring’, more broadly looking at ten more geography pub quiz questions about this magnificent planet of ours:
1. Which three countries are completely landlocked?
2. Which country has the second longest coastline?
3. 20% of the world’s oxygen is created where?
4. Name the top 5 most populous cities in Australia.
5. Which is the only of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is still standing?
6. Which is the only country crossed by both the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn?
7. What are the three countries which begin with the letter F?
8. Which capital city is the most northerly?
9. What is the largest landlocked country in the world?
10. Which capital city is the most southerly?
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More World Geography Pub Trivia Answers
- San Marino, Vatican City and Lesotho
- Indonesia with 54,716km. Canada by far the most with 202,080km.
- The Amazon rainforest
- Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide
- The Great Pyramid of Giza
- France, Fiji, Finland
So, how did your quizzers do? Puzzled at the perplexing African pub questions? Or top of the scoreboard when it comes to South American trivia. Regardless of their results, we’re hoping everyone enjoyed these tricky geography quiz questions, and at least posted a win or two.
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