Bee participants, hopefuls, and anyone else interested in geography will find a wealth of essential facts about each of the world's 192 independent countries. Each features a National Geographic–prepared country map listing major cities, rivers, mountains, and other features, as well as the names of bordering countries.
Facts about each country are listed including: continent, area, population, population density, capital city, key physical facts such as highest and lowest points, major mountain ranges and rivers, key regions, lakes, environmental hazards, climate, and more. Political information including date of independence, languages, currency, major exports, current leader, major cities, and natural resources is also given. Written by Andrew Wojtanik, champion of the 2004 National Geographic Bee.
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.
Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.