Geography flashcard deck for Anki featuring:
The deck is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Norwegian Bokmål, Czech, Russian, Dutch and Swedish.
The standard version of the deck comes with four note templates: Country - Capital, Capital - Country, Flag - Country, and Map - Country. An extended version is also available, with two additional note templates: Country - Flag and Country - Map.
|Flag - Country|
|Map - Country|
|Country - Capital|
|Capital - Country|
To help with memorisation and provide context while learning, most notes include extra information:
Anki's search feature, coupled with the deck's comprehensive tag structure, allows for the creation of filtered decks covering a wide range of learning goals and abilities. Here are some search queries you can use:
card:"Flag - Country"to learn flags and nothing else;
tag:UG::Sovereign_Stateto focus on sovereign states and exclude dependent territories, water bodies and continents;
-" in front of the filter) to learn everything except oceans, seas and other water bodies;
card:"Map - Country" tag:UG::Sovereign_State tag:UG::Europeto learn the location of Europe's sovereign states;
(card:"Country - Capital" or card:"Capital - Country") tag:UG::Sovereign_Stateto learn the capitals of the world's sovereign states;
tag:UG::North_America -tag:UG::Caribbeanto focus on the countries in North America, but not in the Caribbean (i.e. those in Northern and Central America).
First-time here? Welcome! 👋
In order to install and later upgrade Ultimate Geography you'll need to first install an Anki add-on called CrowdAnki:
You're now ready to install Ultimate Geography:
mediafolder -- e.g.
Ultimate Geography [DE].
👉 To stay informed of new releases, make sure to watch this repository's releases.
The upgrade process is typically the same as the installation process explained in the previous section. However, some situations require extra care. As a general rule, always read the release notes carefully; they will likely tell you what to do or point you to a page that does.
You may have initially installed Ultimate Geography by importing an APKG file. You may have downloaded such a file from this repository or from the deck's page on AnkiWeb, as this used to be the recommended installation process.
If you're in this situation and wish to upgrade, proceed as follows:
If you've made, or are thinking of making, any changes to your Ultimate Geography deck, check the Customising the deck section below to see what will happen to them the next time you upgrade, and whether you need to take any steps to preserve them.
Importing an extended deck on top of a standard deck is tricky and needs care. You may instead consider learning the extended deck from scratch. To do so, either:
If you'd rather keep your progress, proceed as follows:
Major versions (e.g.
v3.0) typically indicate that upgrading may lead to a significant loss of progress, or to the loss of some of the customisations you may have made to the deck that would normally be preserved. This can occur, for instance, when significant changes are made to the structure of the deck.
Read the release notes carefully to know if the loss of progress/customisation actually concerns you. If it does, the release notes will tell you how best to upgrade and may even offer you ways to preserve or mitigate your losses. Worst-case scenario, you may have no other choice but to accept the losses and perform a "clean import" as follows:
Ultimate Geographynote type.
The notes are based on a note type called Ultimate Geography, which defines eight fields: Country, Country info, Capital, Capital info, Capital hint, Flag, Flag similarity and Map.
The cards are generated by Anki on import based on four templates: Country - Capital, Capital - Country, Flag - Country and Map - Country. The extended version of the deck includes two additional templates: Country - Flag and Country - Map.
The appearance of the cards is controlled solely with CSS; the content of the notes is free from HTML markup.
Interested in making changes to the deck in Anki? Here's what you need to know.
Adding your own cards and media files
Go wild. 🌊 Upgrading will not affect any new cards you create, or any new media files you add to the newly added cards.
If a duplicated deck is created on import, your own cards will stay in their original deck.
Moving cards into another deck
Some people prefer to combine multiple decks into one to review them together.
By default, CrowdAnki will move all the cards back into the Ultimate Geography deck on import. To prevent this behaviour and update the existing cards in place, make sure to tick the Do Not Move Existing Cards checkbox in the CrowdAnki Import Settings dialog box, when following the steps in the Getting started section.
Note that if you had previously deleted the Ultimate Geography deck, it will be recreated and may contain new cards.
Changing the deck's options
Deck options are, for instance, the number of new cards per day, the maximum number of reviews per day, etc.
When importing the deck for the first time, CrowdAnki creates a new "option group" called Ultimate Geography (unless it already exists). If you've made any changes to this group's options, they will be reverted on import.
To avoid losing your options, create your own option group and give it a distinctive name. After you upgrade, you'll just have to switch the deck back to this option group.
Customising the templates and styles
Any edits you make to the built-in templates of the Ultimate Geography note type will be reverted on upgrade. Same goes with the CSS styles that are shared by all the templates.
One way to workaround this and preserve your changes is to first clone the note type and switch all the cards to the new note type in the Anki browser. You can then make your template and style changes in the cloned note type without affecting the original note type. The next time you upgrade, all the cards will switch back to the original note type, but you can easily switch them back to your customised note type in the Anki browser.
Note that you may have to update your custom templates and styles afterwards to stay in line with the built-in templates.
A word of caution ⚠️: the above workaround is not guaranteed to work, so you may want to back up your local deck before upgrading by first exporting it with CrowdAnki.
The changes listed below will be lost the next time you upgrade and there's no other solution than to make the changes again manually after the upgrade.
Renaming the deck or changing its description
Upgrading always restores the deck's default name and description.
Editing the content of a note
If you correct a typo or a mistake, don't forget to open an issue or a Pull Request so you don't lose your correction the next time you upgrade. 😉
Deleting a card
Upgrading will bring the card back. If you don't want to learn a card at all or if you want to delay learning it, consider:
Adding or removing a template
If you add your own template to the Ultimate Geography note type, you will lose it and all the cards created from it when you upgrade. During the upgrade, you will see a dialog box asking you to match your current templates to the deck's built-in templates. (This same dialog box appears when importing the extended deck on top of the standard deck.) Unfortunately, you will have not choice but to map your extra template to "Nothing". You can re-add it again after the upgrade, to recreate the cards, but your progress on those cards will be lost.
If you remove a template, you will see the same dialog box when you upgrade. The template and its associated cards will then be recreated. You can easily remove the template again after the upgrade, if you so wish.
Adding a new field (population, currency, etc.)
Adding a new field to the Ultimate Geography note type will prevent you from upgrading the deck entirely. When you'll try to import it again, Anki will likely error and you'll risk losing your entire progress. Hopefully Anki, CrowdAnki, Brain Brew, and UG will one day find a way to make this possible.
Note that the technique of cloning the note type explained under Customising the templates and styles will not work here. If you've added a new field and are wanting to upgrade, you have no choice but to first remove the field from the note type.
If you really know what you're doing, you could try exporting your deck with CrowdAnki, carefully merging the JSON file of the new version of the deck into your exported deck's JSON file, and then importing your deck back into Anki ... but if you're capable of this, your skills would be put to much better use contributing to CrowdAnki and Brain Brew! 😁