Only 36 percent of Americans can find North Korea on a map

Posted May 19
Updated May 22

Here’s a little bit of unsettling news about America’s worldly awareness.

A recent survey of nearly 2,000 adult Americans found just 36 percent could accurately identify North Korea on a map. And interestingly, the survey also showed that a person’s ability to identify North Korea on a map is linked to their views on diplomacy.

North Korea is where?

The survey, conducted by The New York Times, asked 1,746 adults to point to North Korea on a map. Most people pointed to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan and other countries in Asia.

And according to the survey, participants who correctly identified North Korea on the map were more interested in engaging in diplomatic strategies rather than military ones.

This could be due to a few reasons. One might be that “geographic knowledge” can help a person better understand and synthesize global news. This theory is consistent with a similar experiment conducted about Ukraine in 2014.

In the 2014 study, researchers asked Americans to find Ukraine on a map. Then, they asked them whether or not they supported military intervention in the country. The farther a survey respondent’s guess was from locating the actual Ukraine, the more likely they were to favor military action.

Can you locate North Korea on the map below? A few of the countries’ names have been blurred out. Can you find the correct location of North Korea?

In case you’re not sure where to start, we’ve zoomed in on the map:

Still need a little help with the answer? Click to the next page.

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  • Marvin Sanderford May 22, 4:24 p.m.
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    Unfortunately I do not think it is the students not paying attention as opposed to what they are, or are not, being taught in school. Did you know they no longer teach cursive in school? I mean, what does that tell ya? :::SMH::: just sad really.

  • Henry Cooper May 22, 1:46 p.m.
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    Kinda pitiful but expected when articles published here just yesterday about making children smart make no mention of science, math, or history.

  • Thomas Moss May 22, 1:11 p.m.
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    This is where i state Americans are some of the dumbest in the world, how hard is reading a map like no joke! people need to pay more attention in school!

  • Marvin Sanderford May 22, 10:31 a.m.
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    here's a hint, it's the bottle-opener-looking country on China's eastern side, across the "pond" from Japan.