Asia is the largest and most populous continent, and facts about it are innumerable. The continent makes up 8.7 percent of the world's surface area and 29.5 percent of its total land area.Know More
Asia borders Europe along the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River and the Black and Caspian Seas, while the Suez Canal in Egypt marks the border between Asia and Africa. While Bering Strait separates Asia from North America in the west, the border between Asia and Oceania, which is Australia and various Pacific islands, is disputed.
Asia is home to 49 sovereign states: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, East Timor, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen. Of these nations, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia all contain territory that is considered to be part of Europe. East Timor is commonly thought of as part of Oceania, despite being a part of Asia. The Sinai Peninsula in Egypt is technically part of Asia, but it is not usually considered an Asian nation.Learn more about Asia
The smallest country in Asia is the Republic of Maldives, a country which lies in the Indian ocean region made up of over 1,192 coral islands spread over 90,000 square kilometers. The Maldives total land area is 298 square kilometers and is populated by 324,000 people as of 2012.Full Answer >
As of August 2014, there are 51 countries in Asia. Of these, Egypt has regions located in both Asia and Africa, while regions of Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are also located in Europe. Asia is the largest continent in the world.Full Answer >
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is located in Asia in the region known as the Middle East. It is the largest country in that region.Full Answer >
The largest desert in Asia is the Gobi Desert. The Gobi Desert spreads more than 800,000 square miles through Northern China and into Mongolia.Full Answer >