Indonesia is the hardest major country to place on a map, according to a study.
In a survey, participants from around the world were asked to pinpoint countries on an interactive map and a ranking of the top 20 countries people struggled to find was then drawn up.
Indonesia came top of the ranking with 83 per cent failing to find it and Vietnam came second, with 81 per cent unable to correctly point it out. Surprisingly over half couldn’t locate Canada, just under half couldn’t place Australia and a third found locating France a challenge too far.
A map showing the top 20 countries that people struggled the most to locate in a study
THE TOP 20 COUNTRIES PEOPLE STRUGGLE TO FIND ON A MAP
1. Indonesia – 83 per cent failed to place it
2. Vietnam – 81 per cent
3. Bangladesh – 78 per cent
4. Ukraine – 73 per cent
5. Peru – 69 per cent
6. Uzbekistan – 68 per cent
7. Japan – 62 per cent
8. Saudi Arabia – 61 per cent
9: Morocco – 57 per cent
10. Canada – 53 per cent
11. Angola – 52 per cent
12. Madagascar – 50 per cent
13. Myanmar – 49 per cent
14. Australia – 46 per cent
15. Poland – 43 per cent
16. Nepal – 42 per cent
17. Algeria – 37 per cent
18. France – 33 per cent
19. Ghana – 31 per cent
20. Germany – 29 per cent
The study was carried out in January this year by training course provider TheKnowledgeAcademy.com, which gathered a list of all of the countries with a population of more than 25million.
Each of the 6,550 participants in the research was then presented with a random selection of 20 of these countries and told to select their locations on the map.
The top 20 countries that people failed to identify were then ordered.
In third place was Bangladesh, known for its rivers and ruins, with 78 per cent unable to find it, while in fourth place was Ukraine, with 73 per cent failing to pick it out – despite it being the second-biggest country in Europe.
Peru, one of 12 countries in South America, came fifth as 69 per cent couldn’t locate it.
Also making the top 10 were Uzbekistan (sixth, 68 per cent couldn’t pinpoint it), Japan (seventh, 62 per cent), Saudi Arabia (eight, 61 per cent), Morocco (ninth, 57 per cent) and Canada (10th, 53 per cent).
Indonesia is the hardest major country to place on a map, according to a study, with 83 per cent unable to locate the country on a map. Pictured is the stunning Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple on the Indonesia island of Bali
The rest of the top 20 comprises Angola (11th, 52 per cent), Madagascar (12th, 50 per cent), Myanmar (13th, 49 per cent), Australia (14th, 46 per cent), Poland (15th, 43 per cent), Nepal (16th, 42 per cent), Algeria (17th, 37 per cent), France (18th, 33 per cent), Ghana (19th, 31 per cent) and Germany (20th, 29 per cent).
Regarding Indonesia taking the No1 spot, TheKnowledgeAcademy.com said: ‘Despite Bali, Jakarta and Lombok being among the most popular tourist attractions there, we found many only took good memories back with them.’
It added that the Vietnam War ‘may have been something many were taught in their history lessons but clearly not enough emphasis was put on where it was located’.
In addition, TheKnowledgeAcademy.com surveyed participants to find out whether they had been to any of the countries listed and 57 per cent said they had.
Participants were then asked whether they were taught about countries in school, to which 32 per cent replied yes, 16 per cent couldn’t recall and 52 per cent answered no.
Asked whether more could be done to cover this subject in schools, 76 per cent of those taking part agreed.
Were you surprised by the results of the survey?
Geography teachers probably weren’t, as geography illiteracy has been well-documented over the years.
In a 2002 National Geographic survey, 11 per cent of 18-to-24-year-old Americans couldn’t even locate their own country on a map, and 69 per cent couldn’t place the United Kingdom.