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
15%
84%
0%
0%
13
flagCzech Republic
0%
80%
20%
0%
10
flagAustralia
9%
76%
4%
9%
21
flagCanada
13%
73%
13%
0%
15
flagGermany
4%
64%
27%
3%
62
flagItaly
18%
62%
6%
12%
16
flagthe United States
17%
60%
15%
6%
115
flagRussia
20%
60%
0%
10%
10
flagNorway
18%
59%
18%
4%
22
flagUkraine
20%
53%
13%
13%
15
flagDenmark
10%
50%
30%
0%
10
flagPoland
21%
49%
22%
5%
5370
flagthe United Kingdom
23%
47%
24%
4%
123
flagthe Netherlands
29%
41%
17%
11%
17
flagIndia
36%
40%
20%
4%
25
flagFrance
28%
28%
28%
14%
14

Gender

men45%
women46%
3
22%
24%
4
45%
47%
12
25%
22%
40
6%
5%

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