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All 7 Continents

All 7 Continents List – Key Facts About Continents

FAQs About All 7 Continents & Interactive Map

Frequently Asked Questions about Continents:

  • What is a continent?
    There’s actually no definitive answer! One popular definition “A continent is a large land mass separated by oceans” doesn’t help much when trying to figure out where Europe ends and Asia begins. Another common rationale is that a continent is larger than an island and usually made up of multiple countries.
  • How many continents are there?
    Discussion has been raging for decades. There isn’t a globally accepted definition of a continent so the number of continents in the world varies. ADDucation’s list of continents has arbitrarily settled on the classic seven for our all 7 continents comparison table.
  • Which continent lies in all four hemispheres?
    Africa is the only continent which lies in the northern, southern, eastern and western hemispheres.
  • Is Australia a continent, a country or both?
    Australia is a country, one of fourteen countries which make up the continent of Oceania.
  • What is Australasia?
    Australasia is one of four regions of Oceania, along with Micronesia, Polynesia and Melanesia.
    • Australia considers Australasia to include Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and the neighboring islands of the Pacific.
    • New Zealand considers Australasia to include Australia, New Zealand and former New Zealand dependencies.
  • Which continent has the most countries?
    Africa, with 54 states (plus Somaliland, an unrecognized state)  is the continent with the most countries, ahead of Asia with 48 and Europe with 44.

Interactive Map of All Seven Continents

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ADDucation Tips: Click column headings with arrows to sort all 7 continents. Click the + icon to show any hidden columns. Set your browser to full screen to show as many columns as possible. Start typing in the Filter table box to find anything inside the table of all 7 continents of the world.

All 7 ContinentsAfricaAsiaEuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaOceaniaAntarctic
Etymology of nameRomans used land of the Afri for the area around Tunisia. Europeans later extended it to rest of continentFrom Greek Ἀσία originally referring to east Aegean & Anatolia. Later stretched eastwards.In Greek mythology, Europa fell in love with Zeus and had three sons with him.Named after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.See North America.Part of Oceania with Pacific islands (over 7.500 islands). From Latin terra australis incognita for “unknown southern land”.From Greek antarktikos meaning “opposite the Arctic” (meaning bear).
Size in square miles11.7 million.17.1 million.4.1 million.9.6 million.6.9 million.3 million.5.4 million.
Size in square kilometres30.3 million.44.4 million.10.5 million.24.9 million.17.8 million.7.7 million.14 million.
Ranking by size2163475
% of Earth’s surface5.9%8.7%2.1%4.9%3.5%1.7%2.6%
Population944 million.4010 million.733 million.523 million.381 million.34 million.0 inhabitants, ca. 4000 researchers.
% of World’s Population
14.2%60.5%11.1%7.9%5.8%0.5%0%
Number of States/Countries54 (+1 unrecognized state).484423 (including the Caribbean and Central America).12140 (2 regions; east and west).
Largest StateAlgeria (2.38 million km2).Russia (13.1 million km2, Asia).Russia (3.9 million km2, EUR).Canada (9.98 million km2).Brazil (8.54 million km2).Australia (7.69 million km2).Eastern Region (8 million km2).
State with Most ResidentsNigeria (132 million).China (1322 million).Russia (104.4 million EUR).USA (313.8 million).Brazil (188.1 million).Australia (20.1 million).
Largest CitiesCairo, EG (15.7 million).Tokyo, JPN, (36.8 million).Moscow, RUS, (14.5 million).New York City, USA (22.5 million).Sao Paulo, BRA (19.4 million).Sydney, AUS (4.44 million).
Highest MountainsKilimanjaro (Kibo), 5895 m.Mount Everest, NEP, 8848 m.Mont Blanc, F, 4.810 m.Mount McKinley, USA, 6168 m.Aconcagua, ARG, 6,962 mCarstensz Pyramid, 4,884 m.Mount Vinson 4,892 m.
Deepest PlaceLake Assal, Djibouti  -153 m.Dead Sea, -423 m.Coast of the Caspian Sea, -28 m.Badwater Basin, -85.5 m.Bentley dig -2496 m.
Longest RiversNile, 6671 km.The Yangtze River, 6380 km.Volga, 3534 km.Missouri Mississippi, 6051 km.Amazonas 6387 km.Murray-Darling, 3376 km.Onyx River, 30 km.
Largest LakeLake Victoria TAN (68,870 km2).Caspian Sea (394,000 km2).Lake Ladoga, RUS (17,703 km2).Upper Lake, CAN (82,414 km2).Lake Titicaca PER/BOL (8,288 km2).Lake Eyre, AUS (9,500 km2).Lake Vostok (15,690 km2).
Deepest LakeLake Tanganyika, 1,470 m.Lake Baikal RUS, 1,642 m.Hornindals-Vatnet NOR, 514 m.Great Slave Lake CAN, 614 m.Lago General Carrera CL, 836 m.Lake Hauroko, NZ, 463 m.Lake Vostok, 1,000 m.

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3 responses to “All 7 Continents”

  1. Avatar Delores Alexander says:

    love this info

  2. Avatar JC says:

    Thanks Gareth, we’ve updated the list.

  3. Avatar gareth bevan says:

    Lake Baikal is the deepest lake at 1,642 m 1,187m below sea level.

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