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
40
answers
flagSouth Korea
6%
93%
0%
0%
30
flagJapan
12%
75%
6%
6%
16
flagAustralia
14%
70%
7%
7%
27
flagRussia
9%
64%
18%
4%
64
flagGermany
9%
60%
25%
3%
102
flagItaly
13%
60%
13%
13%
23
flagCanada
10%
60%
30%
0%
20
flagUkraine
18%
59%
5%
13%
37
flagthe United States
18%
57%
16%
7%
181
flagCzech Republic
14%
57%
28%
0%
14
flagNorway
18%
56%
18%
6%
32
flagPoland
21%
50%
22%
5%
10150
flagIndia
29%
48%
17%
4%
41
flagthe Netherlands
24%
44%
20%
10%
29
flagthe United Kingdom
24%
42%
26%
6%
202
flagSpain
8%
41%
33%
16%
12
flagUnknown
25%
40%
26%
7%
725
flagRepublic of Ireland
25%
37%
37%
0%
16
flagFrance
28%
28%
28%
14%
28
flagSweden
33%
16%
41%
8%
12

Gender

men40%
women47%
3
24%
24%
4
40%
47%
12
26%
22%
40
7%
5%

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