According to the British “Daily Mail” reported on March 12, according to a recent poll, the British people’s geography knowledge has been scarce to an alarming extent. One in five British adults do not know the components of their home country, and nearly half believe that Mount Everest is the highest peak in the UK.
A British travel agency named Journeys of Distinction surveyed 2,000 Britons, showing that 20.6% of respondents were unable to speak the UK’s four components of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. One-third believe that counties around London include Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow. 58.6% of respondents believe that Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest peak, and Snowdon, Wales, are located in England. Nearly half of the respondents thought that Mount Everest, the highest peak in the Himalayas, is the highest mountain in the UK.
10% of respondents don’t know the landmark building “The Angel of the North” in the UK, let alone know that it is located in the northeast of England. A quarter of Britons think Ayers Rock (in central Australia) is in the UK, and 5% of people don’t know that prehistoric megalithic columns are British ancient buildings. One-fifth of the British admitted that they didn’t know where Blackpool was, and 53% didn’t know the royal summer resort of Balmoral Castle.
Many experts believe that advances in technology and the convenience of web search engines can find answers to any question at any time, and people no longer need to master geography as before.