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All 7 Continents

All 7 Continents List – Key Facts About Continents

FAQs and Trivia About All 7 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.
  • 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.

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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 eastwardsIn Greek mythology, Europa fell in love with Zeus and had three sons with himNamed after Italian explorer Amerigo VespucciSee North AmericaPart 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 Sq miles11.7 million17.1 million4.1 million9.6 million6.9 million3 million5.4 million
Size in Sq km30.3 million44.4 million10.5 million24.9 million17.8 million7.7 million14 million
Ranking by size2163475
% of Earth’s surface5.9%8.7%2.1%4.9%3.5%1.7%2.6%
Population944 million4010 million733 million523 million381 million34 million0 inhabitants, ca. 4000 researchers
% of World Pop.
14.2%60.5%11.1%7.9%5.8%0.5%0%
Number of States / Countries54 (+1 unrecognized state)484423 (including Caribbean and Central America)12140 (2 regions; east and west)
Largest StateAlgeria (2.38 million sq km)Russia (13.1 million sq km, Asia)Russia (3.9 million sq km, EUR)Canada (9.98 million sq km)Brazil (8.54 million sq km)Australia (7.69 million sq km)Eastern Region (8 million sq km)
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 mMount Everest, NEP, 8848 mMont Blanc, F, 4.810 mMount McKinley, USA, 6168 mAconcagua, ARG, 6,962 mCarstensz Pyramid, 4,884 mMount Vinson 4,892 m
Deepest PlaceLake Assal, Djibouti  -153 mDead Sea, -423 mCoast of the Caspian Sea, -28 mBadwater Basin, -85.5 mBentley dig -2496 m
Longest RiversNile, 6671 kmThe Yangtze River, 6380 kmVolga, 3534 kmMissouri Mississippi, 6051 kmAmazonas 6387 kmMurray-Darling, 3376 kmOnyx River, 30 km
Largest LakeLake Victoria TAN (68,870 sq km)Caspian Sea (394,000 sq km)Lake Ladoga, RUS (17,703 sq km)Upper Lake, CAN (82,414 sq km)Lake Titicaca PER/BOL (8,288 sq km)Lake Eyre, AUS (9,500 sq km)Lake Vostok (15,690 sq km)
Deepest LakeLake Tanganyika, 1,470 mLake Baikal RUS, 1,642 mHornindals-Vatnet NOR, 514 mGreat Slave Lake CAN, 614 mLago General Carrera CL, 836 mLake Hauroko, NZ, 463 mLake Vostok, 1,000 m

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3 responses to “All 7 Continents”

  1. Delores Alexander says:

    love this info

  2. JC says:

    Thanks Gareth, we’ve updated the list.

  3. gareth bevan says:

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

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