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British kids get their maps in a muddle

British kids get their maps in a muddle
20 Nov 2013

Research has revealed that many kids in Britain could do with taking a closer look at a map of the world. 

A large percentage of the 1,000 children surveyed by 72Point got their rivers and oceans in a muddle, with 19% naming the Nile as one of the world's five oceans and 25% plumping for the English Channel. 

Confusingly, many mixed up countries and cities with US states, with 15% naming Brazil as one of the 50 states and 17% singling out Sydney. 

Less surprisingly, given the obsession with Harry Potter books in the UK and the development of Harry Potter theme attractions, 11% think Hogwarts is a real landmark.

'What initially started as a survey to find out how much children in the UK knew about the world … quickly turned into a wider project to help tomorrow's generation learn more about our planet,' commented Chris Loughlin, chief executive of Travelzoo, which commissioned the study. ADNFCR-408-ID-801662774-ADNFCR

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