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
11%
88%
0%
0%
17
flagCzech Republic
0%
80%
20%
0%
10
flagAustralia
9%
76%
4%
9%
21
flagCanada
13%
73%
13%
0%
15
flagGermany
5%
64%
25%
4%
70
flagItaly
18%
62%
6%
12%
16
flagthe United States
17%
60%
15%
6%
130
flagNorway
21%
56%
17%
4%
23
flagUkraine
18%
56%
12%
12%
16
flagRussia
18%
54%
9%
9%
11
flagthe Philippines
10%
50%
40%
0%
10
flagDenmark
10%
50%
30%
0%
10
flagPoland
21%
49%
22%
5%
5717
flagthe United Kingdom
22%
48%
23%
5%
137
flagthe Netherlands
31%
42%
15%
10%
19
flagIndia
40%
37%
18%
3%
27
flagUU
38%
30%
7%
23%
13
flagFrance
31%
26%
31%
10%
19

Gender

men45%
women46%
3
22%
24%
4
45%
46%
12
25%
22%
40
6%
6%

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