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The Global Knowledge Test

Here’s a quick test of your global business and geo-political knowledge. Answers appear at the end of the test.

  1. What is the capital of Ecuador?
  2. What does IMF stand for?
  3. Where is the World Court located?
  4. What is the monetary unit of Thailand?
  5. What countries once comprised the United Arab Republic?
  6. What is the major warming current in the Atlantic Ocean?
  7. In what country was modern group insurance invented?
  8. What is the form of government in India?
  9. What business constitutes the predominant portion of Nigeria’s economy?
  10. What industry once made Manaus in Brazil a cultural and business leader?
  11. What nascent industry did Sir Walter Raleigh stumble upon in the New World and take back to Europe?
  12. What countries occupy the Iberian Peninsula?
  13. El Al is the airline of what country?
  14. Who is the head of state in Great Britain?
  15. The Maoris are the aboriginal people of what country?
  16. What country provides the defense for the island nation of Palau?
  17. Flemish and Walloon minorities constitute the predominant population of what country?
  18. The telecommunications giant Nokia is based in what country?
  19. Is the United States a member of the EEC?
  20. What is the traditional toast-the equivalent of “cheers” or “santé”-made when drinking with a colleague in Japan?
  21. Approximately how old is the oldest known man-made structure?
  22. What does GMT stand for?
  23. What is the largest film producer in Japan?
  24. What do GNP and GDP mean?
  25. In what country is the Great Divide?


  • Quito.
  • International Monetary Fund.
  • The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • The baht.
  • Egypt and Syria.
  • The Gulf Stream.
  • China, to protect ships from pirates and weather by pooling the risk.
  • Democracy, the world’s largest by population.
  • Petroleum.
  • Rubber.
  • Tobacco.
  • Spain and Portugal. (Andorra sits on the border between Spain and France, and is usually not included.)
  • Israel.
  • Queen Elizabeth.
  • New Zealand.
  • The United States, as it does for The Marshall Islands, The Marianas, etc.
  • Belgium.
  • Finland.
  • No, the EEC is the European Economic Community, or Common Market.
  • Kompai!
  • The Step Pyramid in Egypt is believed to be about 4,000 years old.
  • Greenwich Mean Time.
  • Fuji.
  • Gross National Product and Gross Domestic Product.
  • The United States.