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Kids around the world

How much are kids around the world alike?

National Geographic for Kids set out to answer that question with a survey in its magazine last year. Thousands of kids in 10 countries — Croatia, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and the United States — filled out the questionnaire. The results are in the magazine's September issue. Here is some of what kids said.

What kind of pet do you have?

In the United States, dogs rule; 53 percent of kids in the survey have one.

Russia is the cat capital, with 49 percent of the kids having cats.

Only 35 percent of the kids in Serbia have a pet, the lowest percentage from any country.

What's your favorite thing to do for fun?

Spend time with friends: 49 percent of Croatians kids said this.

Playing video games: More Romanian kids picked this activity than any other, 23 percent.

Listen to music: A delight for Turkish kids; 23 percent chose this.

Spending time with family: Slovenian kids put this at the top of their list with 26 percent.

Playing sports or outdoor activities: Kids in Serbia (35 percent), the Netherlands (29 percent), the United States (23 percent) and Mexico (23 percent) listed this as their favorite thing to do.

Do you volunteer? (percentage of kids saying yes)

Turkey: 95 percent

Germany: 93 percent

Croatia: 91 percent

United States: 70 percent

Serbia: 66 percent

What are you most afraid of? (percentage of kids listing each as their main concern)

War/terrorism: 33 percent in Germany; 39 percent in Slovenia.

Natural disaster: 36 percent in Romania and Mexico; 34 percent in Turkey; 27 percent in the United States.

Death of a loved one: 26 percent in Serbia; 23 percent in Croatia.

Whom do you most admire?

Parent or guardian: Mexico, 59 percent; Slovenia, 57 percent; United States, 48 percent


Kids around the world