Which number is considered unlucky in East Asia?

3
4
12
40
Words "four" and "Death" have very similar pro­nun­ci­a­tion in Chinese, Viet­name­se, Korean and Ja­pa­nese. In East Asia many build­ings do not have a 4th floor. Some high­-rise res­i­den­tial build­ings omit all floor numbers with "4", e.g., 4, 14, 24, 34 and all 40–49 floors.

Answers distribution

3
4
12
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answers
flagSouth Korea
7%
92%
0%
0%
28
flagJapan
6%
80%
6%
6%
15
flagAustralia
12%
70%
8%
8%
24
flagRussia
11%
63%
15%
4%
44
flagItaly
13%
63%
9%
13%
22
flagCanada
10%
63%
26%
0%
19
flagUkraine
19%
61%
6%
12%
31
flagGermany
9%
60%
25%
3%
102
flagthe United States
18%
59%
14%
7%
174
flagCzech Republic
14%
57%
28%
0%
14
flagNorway
18%
56%
18%
6%
32
flagPoland
21%
50%
22%
5%
9705
flagIndia
29%
48%
17%
4%
41
flagthe United Kingdom
24%
43%
24%
6%
197
flagthe Netherlands
25%
42%
21%
10%
28
flagSpain
8%
41%
33%
16%
12
flagRepublic of Ireland
26%
40%
33%
0%
15
flagUnknown
25%
39%
26%
8%
698
flagFrance
25%
29%
29%
14%
27
flagSweden
33%
16%
41%
8%
12

Gender

men41%
women47%
3
24%
24%
4
41%
47%
12
26%
22%
40
7%
5%

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