The world is big. Very big. It is full of different people, places, and things. All of these aspects differentiate us from one another, and, ultimately, give us our own identity. That’s why it’s important to not only acknowledge these differences, but celebrate the many cultures from around the world when given the opportunity. Just being around people from other cultures, at work or at school, gives us the opportunity to learn and explore new ideas and customs. And that opens up new ways of thinking. For this reason, and many others, it is so important for students to have a deeper global awareness and understanding of other cultures.

To celebrate culture and diversity near and far, both literally in distance and figuratively in our hearts, we want to test your knowledge with these ten fun culture questions. Do you have your own unique culture fun fact? Leave a comment telling us about it.

And this month, students can share how they celebrate their culture for the chance to win in K12’s 12th Annual Art Contest! Simply visit stories.k12.com to submit your artwork. Read the complete details and contest rules and enter today!

Culture and Diversity Quiz

Which CONTINENT is the most linguistically diverse in the world?

Answer
Africa! The continent is home to anywhere from 800 to 1,500 of the world’s languages.

What’s the most linguistically diverse COUNTRY in the world? (Hint: It’s actually not in Africa.)

Answer
More than 820 languages (or 12 percent of the world’s total) are spoken in Papua New Guinea giving it the title of most linguistically diverse country in the world. And, although English is its official language, only one to two percent of the population actually speak it.

What is the currency called in Spain?

Answer
The Euro! 

Which country is known as “the land of no rivers”?

Answer
Saudi Arabia. Most of their fresh water comes from desalinization plants or underground reservoirs.

Which country has been labeled the most diverse?

Answer
In almost every category—culturally, economically, climatically, racially, linguistically, ethnically, and religiously, India is either the most diverse country in the world or the runner-up.

Which country is the largest producer of oxygen.

Answer
Siberia is home to approximately 25 percent of the world’s forests that span an area larger than the continental U.S., making Russia the largest producer of most of the world’s oxygen.

Where was the world’s oldest fossil found?

Answer
3.4 billion-year-old fossil was found in Australia.

What is the most popular language in the world?

Answer
With almost 1.2 billion native speakers, the most popular language in the world is Chinese. In fact, one in six people in the world speak Chinese! 怎麼整潔 

How much pizza do Americans eat each day?

Answer
About 100 acres! That equals about 3 billion pizzas sold annually in the U.S.A. Buon Appetito! 

And, as much as we can celebrate our differences, we can also celebrate our commonality. We’re all born with 300 bones, but how many do we have as an adult?

Answer
206. Weird, huh?

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