How to Memorise the Locations of Countries on a World Map

One Methods:Printable Practice Map

Have you ever wished you knew where all the countries you keep hearing about actually are? Impress your geography teacher by taking the time to find your way around the world map. This is an invaluable skill that will enrich your understanding of language, culture, geography and politics.

It is difficult to determine the exact number of countries and continents worldwide because there is dispute over what exactly constitutes a country or continent. Currently, there are approximately 195 countries spread over seven continents.


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    Memorise the continents. Find out what each one is called and where it is. For the purpose of this article, there are seven continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.
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    Memorise the countries. Print several blank world maps from the internet and label them yourself with the help of your world map or globe. Use colour and be creative. Then, repeat the exercise from memory.
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    Use memory devices. Write lists of countries by continent and use memory devices such as mnemonics, acronyms and peg words to help memorise them. This will also assist proper spelling.
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    Reinforce your knowledge. Use online resources to test and reinforce your knowledge such as the geography quizzes at websites offering such quizzes.
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    Familiarize yourself with current global events. Watch or listen to the news and read quality newspapers. If you are aware of what is happening in a country, you will find it easier to remember where the country is.
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    Practice! Practice makes perfect! So keep practising and learning from your mistakes.

Printable Practice Map

Printable World Map


  • Don't attempt to memorise the whole world in one go. Instead, break the world down into smaller chunks to work on, for example, South America, Europe, The Middle East.
  • Start with the area you know best by finding your own country and countries that border it. Then, expand outwards from there.
  • Learn to your strengths. Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic learners learn differently. Some people find large colourful wall maps useful. Some people find chanting the countries aloud useful. Be creative.
  • There are approximately 195 countries and seven continents. You only need to remember one new country a day and you will memorise the whole world map in less than a year!
  • Learn countries in pairs or threes, for example, Slovakia and Slovenia, Iraq and Iran, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
  • Look out for small countries called 'microstates.' These are the ones people will ask you about! The microstates in Europe are Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City.
  • There's something to be said of memorizing the location of one country- France is the best- and go on from there.
  • Follow your interests around the world to reinforce learning. For sport fans, learn about the local soccer teams in various countries. Literary buffs can remember countries based on famous authors who lived there.
  • Try breaking continents down into smaller parts, and studying those pieces.
  • Try to travel to as many countries as you can. If you have been to a country and experienced its language and culture, you are likely to remember where it is.


  • Maps quickly become outdated as countries fight over borders, declare independence or simply change their names. Make sure your map is up to date!
  • Maps often colour each country a different colour to make them easier to read. Beware that although colours can make countries easier to memorise, you may then struggle to find a country on a map that uses a different colour scheme!

Things You'll Need

  • A current political map or globe with the countries and continents labeled.

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Categories: Geography | Memorization Skills