Even scientists and highly educated people scored badly on this quiz!

When we think about the world, we think about wars, violence, natural and man-made disasters, corruption. Things are bad and it feels like they are getting worse. The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer; and the number of poor just keeps increasing and we will soon run out of resources, unless we do something drastic. At least that’s the picture that most people see in the media and carry in their heads. It is called the overdramatic worldview. It’s stressful and misleading.


We would like you to test your knowledge about the world. Here are 13 fact questions about the world from the book “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling. Find a piece of paper and a pen and answer them, you will see the correct answers at the end of the test.

1. In all low-income countries across the world today, how many girls finish primary school?

A. 20 percent
B. 40 percent
C. 60 percent

2 . Where does the majority of the world population live?

A. Low-income countries
B. Middle- income countries
C. High-income countries

3. In the last 20 years, the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty has . . .

A. Almost doubled
B. Remained more or less the same
C. Almost halved

4. What is the life expectancy of the world today?

A. 50 years
B. 60 years
C. 70 years

5. There are 2 billion children in the world today, aged 0 to 15 years old. How many children will there be in the year 2100, according to the United Nations

A. 4 billion
B. 3 billion
C. 2 billion

6. The UN predicts that by 2100 the world population will have increased by another 4 billion people. What is the main reason?

A. There will be more children (age below 15)
B. There will be more adults (age 15 to 74)
C. There will be more very old people (age 75 and older)

7. How did the number of deaths per year from natural disasters change over the last hundred years?

A. More than doubled
B. Remained about the same
C. Decreased to less than half

8. There are roughly 7 billion people in the world today. Which map shows best where they live? (Each figure represents 1 billion people.)
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