Geographical Dictation 2017. Results

On November 26, 2017, an annual education event, Geographical Dictation, took place in Russia and abroad. We’d like to share its results.

This annual education event of the Russian Geographical Society initiated by Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Society, President of Russia Vladimir Putin was held for the third time, but in 2017 in became international.  People from 25 countries in five parts of the world took part in it: in Australia, Asia, America, Europe, and Africa (where the event was held at the AKADEMIK FEDOROV vessel.

In 2017 the event was conducted at 2224 locations.

In Russia the largest number of locations for the event was in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). There the event was held at 277 locations. China with locations in 10 cities became the leader among foreign countries.

In 2017 the total number of participants reached 260,100 people compared to 187,000 in 2016. 147,000 participants wrote the Dictation in person In Russia and about 2,000 abroad. And 110,000 people checked their knowledge online at

The average score in Russia reached 43.9 from a maximum of 100. The list of leaders looks like: Kostroma region – 66.2, the Republic of Ingushetia - 63.2, Smolensk region - 62.9. 442 people from Russia got a maximum of 100: 78 people from St. Petersburg, 75 people from Moscow, and 37 from the Tver region. There were works with all wrong answers – 290 people received 0 points.

Abroad, the average score was 45.6 out of 100. The list of leaders looks like: Denmark - 79.4, Finland - 63.1, Belarus - 61.6. The maximum score received by participants from other countries was 97.