Top Ten Common Geography Mistakes


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1 Africa is a country

Really? 50 countries is one "country"? - darthvadern

How do you think this? - Randomator

My best friend's girlfriend always thinks this

People actually think this? TF

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2 The Statue of Liberty is in New York

I did not know this one

It's really in Jersey City, NJ.

This is one I didn't know, wow. - GhostBird

Geographically, the Statue of Liberty falls under New Jersey's borders. - ethanmeinster

3 Holland is a country

Many Americans refer to the Netherlands as Holland, but really, Holland is just a large area of the Netherlands. Important cities are in Holland, including Amsterdam and The Hague. - ethanmeinster

This arises because north and south holland are the most populated - Gud_Spud

4 Charleston is the capital of South Carolina

Charleston is a major city in South Carolina, but the capital is Columbia. West Virginia's capital is Charleston, so basically, two cities have the same name. - ethanmeinster

I commonly make this mistake. I'm into birds and a lot of bird history took place in Charleston, so often this is the only SC city I can remember. - GhostBird

5 Toronto is the capital of Canada

Everyone in my geography class said that on a pop quiz - LootLlama

Toronto is the biggest Canadian city but the capital is Ottawa. - Metal_Treasure

The capital is Ottawa

That's Ottowa - darthvadern

6 Rangoon is the capital of Myanmar

Naypyidaw is the capital, Rangoon is just the biggest city, and while it used to be a capital it isn't anymore since 2006 - darthvadern

Rangoon isn't the capital of Myanmar ( I think it's a major city).
The capital is Naypiydaw.

In 2006, it was changed to Nay Pyi Daw. - ethanmeinster

7 Moscow is in Asia

It's actually located in the European part of Russia, so technically it's in Europe - darthvadern

Moscow, the capital of Russia, is in Europe. You need to know that Russia lies on 2 continents, Asia & Europe.

8 The Philippines is part of Oceania/Australia

It's an archipelago in south east Asia - darthvadern

The Philippines is officially part of Southeast Asia, and is about 500 miles off the coast of China. Indonesia, however, is partially in Oceania/Australia because it takes up half of New Guinea. - ethanmeinster

9 Deserts always have high temperatures

Dry is the correct word - darthvadern

The definition of a desert is not "a place with lots of sand and very high temperatures", it's "an area with rainfall less than 10 inches per year". So Antartica, technically, is a desert. - DontMakeARookieMistake

While many deserts around 30 degrees latitude can reach significantly high temperatures (Sahara, Mojave, etc. ), there can be some cold deserts, A desert refers to any area with less than 10 inches of rain a year. This includes Antarctica and the Gobi Desert - ethanmeinster

10 Europe is a Country

Really? UK, France, Sweden, Western Russia, Lithuania and many more are one united country? - darthvadern

Americans Tend to be like that sadly - Coolfox04

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11 Greenland is as big as Africa

Really not, however seeing as it's part of Denmark, that makes Denmark the biggest country in the nordic - darthvadern

No. Africa is 14 times as large as Greenland, not 14 times later than Greenland.

I mean larger, not later.

An effect of the Mercator projection, this is by no means accurate. Africa is really 14 times larger than Greenland. - ethanmeinster

12 Maine is the easternmost state

What ethanthemeister said - darthvadern

While yes, Maine is the Easternmost of the lower 48, it isn't the Easternmost of the whole US. Alaska leans so far west actually passes the prime meridian and is partly in the Eastern Hemisphere. - ethanmeinster

It depends on how you interpret the International Date Line.

13 America is a country

It consists of a lot of countries including the US states - darthvadern

It is the United States of America, America is a large geographical region.

YES! - Gud_Spud

14 England and the United Kingdom are the same thing

England is the biggest part of the United Kingdom, other countries in there are Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - darthvadern

The UK - Nothern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England
Great Britain - Scotland, Wales, England
England - The constituent country with the largest population out of the 4 nations.


15 Antarctica is a country

It's an island, and what Cyri said, occupied by seven countries - darthvadern

It's a continent with several regions occupied by seven countries. - Cyri

16 Australia is an island

Technically it consists of a few islands, so that technically makes it an archipelago. The continent it's located in is Oceania - darthvadern

Everybody saying Australia is a continent is wrong it’s Australasia

Australia cants be a country and a continent, that's just stupid

Australia is a continent, not an island

17 Japan is the Capital of China

I know this sounds stupid, but I actually knew someone who legitimately thought this.
It was in Year 8.
And she would have been 12 or 13. - Rocko

^That's Bejing, Japan is another country - darthvadern

18 Indonesia is a little archipelago country in Oceania

- Indonesia is the largest archipelago country in the world (more than 17,500 islands)
- It is in Southeast Asia
- 3 Islands in Indonesia is part of Top 10 biggest island in the world
- Area of Indonesia is the largest no.15 in the world

It is not in Oceania only. it is also in Asia.

19 Sydney is the capital of Australia.

It's the biggest, but Canberra is the capital - darthvadern

It's actually pretty annoying when someone says this... - Rocko

Sydney is the largest city of Australia, but Canberra is the capital city of Australia.

20 Quebec is a Country

It's a province in Canada - darthvadern

Just wait - MrCoolC

It's a province in Canada, the second most important Canadian province in terms of everything

21 Rio de Janeiro is the Capital of Brazil

That's Brazilia - darthvadern

It was the old capital of Brazil, the new one is Brasilia.

22 Myanmar is still called Burma

It changed its name years ago...

23 Holland and the Netherlands are the same thing
24 Quebec City is the biggest city in Quebec

In reality, Montreal is the biggest, Quebec City is the capital

25 Austria, Australia, same thing!

Austria is located in Europe, whereas Australia is located in Oceania - darthvadern

I bet Australia just copied and pasted Austria’s name but added a few letters so nobody would know - Randomator

26 Jamaica is in Africa

Jamaica is an island in the caribbean - darthvadern

27 Central American countries are in South America

Those are two different continents, although you could argue that the whole of America could count as one continent, eh anyway you get my point - darthvadern

28 England, Britain, and the UK are the same

Definitely not. The UK is a united kingdom between countries like Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland AND England. Britian is just the island that consists of Scotland, Wales and England - darthvadern

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