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We answer your questions about… geography!


We've been getting so many great questions through the Question Machine! Phew! You're really interested in a lot of things. We thought we'd group some of the questions together and answer them in a big bunch. So here are your questions about... geography!

Question 1

Kaylee asks how old is Germany - it's over 1050 years old

Question 2

Nina asks how many countries there are in the world - the UN recognizes 195

So why only 195? Well, that depends on how you define the word "country." Political scientists call countries, or sovereign states, places that have their own border and a completely independent government — places like Canada. As of 2018, the United Nations recognizes 195 places that meet these requirements. 

Think you know your countries? Test yourself with our Can You Guess The Country From the Flag quiz!

Question 3

Gary asks what the tallest mountain in on earth - it is Mount Everest

Mount Everest is located in the Himalayas. The international border between China and Nepal runs right across its summit point! Every year, brave climbers try to make it up to the top of the mountain. 

Question 4

Gabriel asks how big Antarctica is - it is over 14 million square kilometres and mostly ice

About 98 per cent of Antarctica is covered by the Antarctic ice sheet, which is at least 1.6 kilometres thick and it makes up about 90 per cent of the world's ice! Even though it's covered in ice, Antarctica isn't flat. It's covered in mountains, lakes and even volcanos. Here's a fun fact: because so little moisture falls from the sky over Antarctica, it is considered a desert!

Question 5

Anna asks what the biggest country in the world is - it is Russia

According to World Atlas, as of the beginning of 2018, the top five countries by area were: 1) Russia at 17,098,242 square kilometres, 2) Canada at 9,984,670 square kilometres, 3) The United States at 9,826,675 square kilometres, 4) China at 9,596,960 square kilometres and 5) Brazil at 8,514,877 square kilometres.

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