17 Blank Maps of the United States and Other Countries

17 Blank Maps of the United States and Other Countries

Learning geography is important in a global community. It is not reserved for schoolchildren alone but can be useful in our everyday lives as well, in careers, social life, and online communications.

Whether you are watching the world events unfold in the news and want to know where a country is located or you want to keep your brain sharp by learning something new, geography is a useful subject to study.

When you are able to recognize countries or place them in the larger world, you are able to better communicate with other people. You can help your children and sharpen your own skills by taking a quick look at blank maps. Maps without names can also be useful in business presentations.

How to Use and Print These Blank Maps

The maps here do not cover every geographic location in the world in great detail, but they are a good place to begin your self-guided geography quiz. Review them on your computer, or print the maps out to see if you can name all of the countries, states, and territories on the maps.

Can you place mountain ranges and major rivers? Can you identify lakes, seas, and oceans?

Each of the inhabited continents is included, as are many of the major countries of the world. Many of those countries include boundaries for their states, provinces, or territories as well so you can dive deeper into your location-based trivia.

Each high-resolution drawing can be viewed or can be downloaded if you like.

Map of the United States of America

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The United States of America is one of the most influential countries in the world. The official government was founded in 1776. As only the Native Americans are indigenous to the United States, it is a country of immigrants, leading to a very diverse population.

  • Border countries: Canada to the north, Mexico to the south
  • Continent: North America
  • Primary language: English
  • Oceans: Pacific Ocean to the west, Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Gulf of Mexico to the south
  • Capital: Washington, D.C.
  • States: 50 states, also the District of Columbia and 14 territories
  • Major geographical features: Great Lakes, Appalachian Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Mississippi River, Great Plains, Great Basin
  • Highest point: Denali (also called Mount McKinley) at 20,335 feet (6,198 m)
  • Lowest point: Death Valley at -282 feet (-86 m)

Map of Canada

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Like the United States, Canada was originally settled as a colony by both the French and British governments. It became an official country in 1867 and is the second largest country in the world in terms of land (Russia is first).

  • Border countries: United States to the south
  • Countries nearby: Russia to the west, Greenland to the east
  • Continent: North America
  • Primary language: Officially bilingual though most of the population speaks English. French is spoken in some areas, primarily in the east.
  • Oceans: Pacific Ocean to the west, Atlantic Ocean to the east, Arctic Ocean to the north
  • Capital: Ottawa
  • Provinces: 10 provinces and three territories
  • Major geographical features: Rocky Mountains, Laurentian Mountains, Canadian Shield, Arctic, St. Lawrence River, Mackenzie River, Hudson Bay, Great Lakes
  • Highest point: Mount Logan at 19,545 feet (5957 m)
  • Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 feet (0 m)

Map of Mexico

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Mexico is the southernmost of the three large countries in North America, and it is the largest country in Latin America. Its official name is Estados Unidos Mexicanos, and it declared its independence from Spain in 1810.

  • Border countries: United States to the north, Guatemala and Belize to the south
  • Continent: North America
  • Primary language: Spanish
  • Oceans: Pacific Ocean to the west, Gulf of Mexico to the east
  • Capital: Mexico City
  • States: 31 states and Mexico City (federal district)
  • Major geographical features: Sierra Madre, Central Plateau, Baja Peninsula, Yucatan Peninsula, Gulf of California, Rio Grande, Lake Chapala, Lake Cuitzeo
  • Highest point: Volcan Pico de Orizaba at 18,700 feet (5,700 m)
  • Lowest point: Laguna Salada at 32 feet (10 m)

Map of Central America and the Caribbean

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Central America is an isthmus that bridges North and South America, though it is technically part of North America. It includes seven countries and is only 30 miles from ocean to ocean at its narrowest point in Darién, Panama.

Central American Countries and Capitals

Here are the countries and their capitals, listed from north to south:

  • Belize: Belmopan
  • Guatemala: Guatemala
  • Honduras: Tegucigalpa
  • El Salvador: San Salvador
  • Nicaragua: Managua
  • Costa Rica: San Jose
  • Panama: Panama City

The Caribbean Sea

Many islands are scattered throughout the Caribbean. The largest is Cuba, followed by Hispaniola, which is home to the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. This region also includes popular tourist destinations such as the Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The islands are divided into two different sets of groups:

  • The Bahamas and the Greater and Lesser Antilles
  • Within the Lesser Antilles are the Windward Islands.

Map Courtesy of The University of Alabama

Map of South America

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South America is the fourth largest continent in the world and is home to the majority of Latin American countries. It is where you will find the Amazon River and rainforest as well as the Andes Mountains.

It is a diverse landscape, from high mountains to the driest deserts and the lushest forests. La Paz in Bolivia is the highest capital city in the world.

  • Oceans: Pacific Ocean to the west, Atlantic Ocean to the east
  • Major geographical features: Andes Mountains, Angel Falls (Venezuela), Amazon River, Amazon Rainforest, Atacama Desert, Lake Titicaca (Peru and Bolivia)
  • Highest point: Volcan Pico de Orizaba at 18,700 feet (5,700 m)
  • Lowest point: Laguna Salada 32 feet (10 m)

South American Countries and Capitals

  • Argentina: Buenos Aires
  • Bolivia: La Paz
  • Brazil: Brasilia
  • Chile: Santiago
  • Colombia: Bogotá
  • Ecuador: Quito
  • Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas): Stanley
  • French Guiana: Cayenne
  • Guyana: Georgetown
  • Paraguay: Asunción
  • Peru: Lima
  • Suriname: Paramaribo
  • Uruguay: Montevideo
  • Venezuela: Caracas

Map of Europe

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Second only to Australia, Europe is one of the smallest continents in the world. It can be divided into four regions: eastern, western, northern, and southern.

There are more than 40 countries in Europe. Because there is no separation between Europe and Asia, a few countries belong to both continents. These are called transcontinental countries and include Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey.

  • Oceans: Atlantic Ocean to the west, Arctic Ocean to the north
  • Seas: Norweigan Sea, North Sea, Celtic Sea, Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, Aegean Sea, Tyrrhenian Sea, Balearic Sea
  • Major geographical features: English Channel, Alps, Ural Mountains, Danube River
  • Highest point: Mount Elbrus (Russia); excluding Russia, it is Mount Blanc in France and Italy.
  • Lowest point: Caspian Sea (Russia); excluding Russia, it is Lemmefjord in Denmark.

Map of the United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom includes Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Great Britain includes England, Scotland, and Wales. The United Kingdom is an island nation in the far western part of Europe and has long been a dominant country in world affairs.

Prior to the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty, Ireland (shaded in gray on the map) was also part of Great Britain. Today, the island of Ireland is divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, with the latter part of the United Kingdom.

  • Official name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Countries nearby: Ireland, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands
  • Continent: Europe
  • Primary language: English
  • Oceans: Atlantic Ocean to the west, North Sea to the east, English Channel and Celtic Sea to the south
  • Capital: London
  • Major geographical features: Thames River, Servern River, Tyne River, Loch Ness
  • Highest point: Ben Nevis in Scotland at 4,406 feet (1,343 m)
  • Lowest point: The Fens at -13 feet (-4 m)

Map of France

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France, in Western Europe, features many famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, and has long been considered a cultural center of the world.

  • Bordering countries: Spain and Andorra to the south; Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany to the northeast; Switzerland and Italy to the east
  • Continent: Europe
  • Primary Language: French
  • Bodies of Water: Bay of Biscay and English Channel to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the south
  • Capital: Paris
  • Regions: 13 regions (reduced from 22 in 2015), four overseas regions
  • Major geographical features: Rhine River, Pyrenees Mountains
  • Highest point: Mont Blanc 15,771 feet (4807 m)
  • Lowest point: Rhone River Delta at -6.5 feet (-2 m)

Map of Italy

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Another cultural hub of the world, Italy was famous before it was Italy. It began as the Roman Republic in 510 BCE and finally unified as the Italian nation in 1815.

  • Bordering countries: France to the west, Switzerland and Austria to the north, and Slovenia to the east
  • Continent: Europe
  • Primary language: Italian
  • Bodies of water: Tyrrhenian Sea to the west, Adriatic Sea to the west, and Ionian and Mediterranean Seas to the south
  • Capital: Rome
  • Provinces: 20 regions containing 110 provinces
  • Major geographical features: Po Valley, Dolomite Mountains, Sardinia, shaped like a boot kicking the island of Sicily
  • Highest point: Mont Blanc 15,771 feet (4807 m)
  • Lowest point: Mediterranean Sea at 0 feet (0 m)

Map of Africa

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The second largest continent, Africa is a diverse land with everything from the world's harshest deserts to lush tropical jungles and the great savanna. It is home to more 50 countries.

Egypt is a transcontinental country, with a portion of its land lying in both Africa and Asia.

  • Oceans: Atlantic Ocean to the west, Indian Ocean to the east
  • Seas: Mediterranean Sea, Gulf of Guinea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden
  • Major geographical features: Nile River, African Savanna, Mount Kilimanjaro, Sahara Desert
  • Highest point: Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at 19,341 feet (5,895 m)
  • Lowest point: Lake Assal in Djibouti at -512 feet (-156 m)

Map of the Middle East

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Unlike well-defined continents and countries, the Middle East is a region that is difficult to define. It is located where Asia, Africa, and Europe meet and includes many of the Arabic countries of the world.

In general, the term "Middle East" is a cultural and political term that often includes the countries of:

  • Egypt
  • Palestine
  • Lebanon
  • Syria
  • Jordan
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Afghanistan
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Yemen
  • Israel
  • Oman
  • Kuwait
  • Qatar
  • Turkey
  • Libya
  • Bahrain
  • United Arab Emirates

Map of Asia

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Asia is the largest continent in the world, both in population and land mass. It includes large countries like China and Russia as well as India, Japan, all of Southeast Asia, and much of the Middle East, along with the islands of Indonesia and the Philippines.

  • Oceans: Pacific Ocean to the east, Indian Ocean to the south, Arctic Ocean to the North
  • Seas: Barents Sea, Kara Sea, Caspian Sea, Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, South China Sea, East China Sea, Sea of Japan, Sea of Okhotsk, East Siberian Sea, Bering Sea
  • Major geographical features: Caucasus Mountains, Indian Subcontinent, Himalaya Mountains, Tien Shan Mountains, Ural Mountains, Deccan Plateau, Tibetan Plateau, West Siberian Plain, Rub' al Khali Desert, Lake Baikal, Yangtze River, Tigris River, Euphrates River
  • Highest point: Mount Everest in Tibet (China) at 29,029 feet (8,848 m), also the tallest point in the world
  • Lowest point: Dead Sea at 1,369 feet (417.5 m)

Map of China

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China has long been a world cultural leader, and its history goes back more than 5,000 years. It is the third largest country in the world in terms of land and has the highest population.

  • Bordering countries: 14 countries in total
  • Continent: Asia
  • Primary language: Chinese
  • Bodies of water: Tyrrhenian Sea to the west, Adriatic Sea to the west, Ionian and Mediterranean Seas to the south
  • Capital: Beijing
  • Provinces: 23 provinces, five autonomous regions and four municipalities
  • Major geographical features: Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Mount Everest, Yangtze River, Li River, Qinghai Lake, Yellow River, Mount Taishan, Mount Huashan
  • Highest Point: Mount Everest at 29,035 feet (8,850 m)
    Lowest Point: Turpan Pendi at -505 feet (-154 m)

Map of India

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Officially called the Republic of India, this country lies on the Indian Subcontinent and is just behind China as the most populous nation in the world.

  • Bordering countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Burma to the east; China and Nepal to the north; Pakistan to the west
  • Countries nearby: Sri Lanka
  • Continent: Asia
  • Primary language: Hindi, English
  • Bodies of water: Arabian Sea, Laccadive Sea, Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean
  • Capital: New Delhi
  • States: 28 states and seven union territories
  • Major geographical features: Himalayan Mountains, Indus River, Ganges River, Brahmaputra RIver, Indo-Gangetic Plain
  • Highest point: Kanchenjunga at 28,208 feet (8,598 m)
  • Lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 feet (0 m)

Map of The Phillippines

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An island nation in the western part of the Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is composed of 7,107 islands. In 1946 the country became fully independent and is officially known as the Republic of the Philippines.

  • Countries nearby: Taiwan and China to the north, Vietnam to the west, Indonesia to the south
  • Continent: Asia
  • Primary language: Filipino, English
  • Bodies of water: Pacific Ocean, South China Sea, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea
  • Capital: Manila
  • Provinces: 80 provinces
  • Major geographical features: Luzon Strait, three geographic regions (Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao)
  • Highest point: Mount Apo at 9,691 feet (2,954 m)

Map of Australia

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Australia is nicknamed "The Land Down Under" and is the smallest continent and largest island. Settled by the English, Australia began to claim its independence in 1942, and The Australia Act of 1986 concreted the deal.

  • Countries nearby: Indonesia and Papua New Guinea to the north, New Zealand to the east
  • Continent: Australia
  • Primary language: English
  • Bodies of water: Indian Ocean, Timor Sea, Coral Sea, Tasman Sea, Great Australian Bight, Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean
  • Capital: Canberra
  • States: six states and two territories
  • Major geographical features: Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Snowy Mountains, Mount McClintock, Mount Menzies, Mount Koscuiszko, River Murray, Darling River, Great Victoria Desert, Great Sandy Desert
  • Highest point: Mount McClintock at 11,450 feet (3,490 m)
  • Lowest point: Lake Eyre at -49 feet (-15 m)

Map of New Zealand

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Just 600 miles off the Australian coast, New Zealand is one of the largest island nations in the South Pacific Ocean. It is made up of two islands, the North Island and South Island, and each is distinct from the other.

  • Countries nearby: Australia to the west
  • Continent: Australia
  • Primary language: English, Maori
  • Bodies of water: Tasman Sea, Pacific Ocean
  • Capital: Wellington
  • Regions: 16 regions
  • Major geographical features: Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngaurahoe, White Island, Tongariro National Park, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Canterbury Plains, Marlborough Sounds,
  • Highest point: Aoraki/Mount Cook at 12,316 feet (3,754 m)
  • Lowest point: Pacific Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)