Top Ten Common Geography Mistakes


The Top Ten

1 Africa is a country

My best friend's girlfriend always thinks this

Lol people can be idiots - bjinmaro64

People actually think this? TF

2 The Statue of Liberty is in New York

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

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

A lot of people don't know this

It's really in Jersey City, NJ.

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 Rangoon is the capital of Myanmar

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

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

6 Toronto is the capital of Canada

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

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

The capital is Ottawa

7 Moscow is in Asia

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

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 Greenland is as big as Africa

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

10 Deserts always have high temperatures

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

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11 Europe is a Country

Americans Tend to be like that sadly - Coolfox04

12 Maine is the easternmost state

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 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

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

16 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.

17 Sydney is the capital of Australia.

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

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

18 Quebec is a Country

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

Just wait - MrCoolC

19 Australia is an island

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

Australia is a continent, not an island

20 Myanmar is still called Burma

It changed its name years ago...

21 Holland and the Netherlands are the same thing
22 Quebec City is the biggest city in Quebec

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

23 Austria, Australia, same thing!
24 Rio de Janeiro is the Capital of Brazil

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

25 Jamaica is in Africa
26 Central American countries are in South America
27 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

28 England, Britain, and the UK are the same
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1. The Statue of Liberty is in New York
2. Toronto is the capital of Canada
3. Moscow is in Asia
1. Africa is a country
2. Rangoon is the capital of Myanmar
3. Charleston is the capital of South Carolina


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