ONE in five British children cannot find the UK on a map of the world, research shows today.
The study also showed that one in 10 children could not name a single continent and more than 20,000 children in London did not know they lived in England's capital city.
National Geographic Kids magazine questioned more than 1,000 six to 14-year-olds to mark its UK launch, but highlighted worrying gaps in children's geographical knowledge.
It showed that boys have slightly better geographical skills than girls, with 65% being able to locate a number of countries around the world compared with 63% of girls.
Less than two-thirds of children (60%) were able to locate the UK's closest ally, the USA.
Also, despite Iraq dominating news headlines in recent years, 86% failed to identify it.