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Many Britons think Mt. Everest is in England

LONDON: A study in Britain has found that a lot of people here are completely ignorant about some of the basic facts related to their country such as the highest mountain or even the names of nations comprising their country!

The study found that more than one in five adult Britons lacked awareness about the nations comprising their country. Nearly six in 10 thought England’s highest peak is Ben Nevis, Snowdon or even Mount Everest, the Sun reported.

Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak (8,848 metres above sea level), is in Nepal while Britain’s highest summit is Scafell Pike (978 metres above sea level).

The survey revealed that over 20 per cent people did not know England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland comprise their country.

One in 20 had no idea that Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument, was in Britain and almost a quarter named Australia’s famed Ayers Rock as a British landmark.

The poll of 2,000 was carried out by tour firm Journeys of Distinction whose Managing Director Karen Gee said: “We were astounded.”

The firm said the internet may be partly to blame, with instant answers so readily available that people feel no need to ‘store’ any knowledge in their brains.

Published Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 | 07:07 AM

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