Land Area of Asia: 17,210,000 (mi²) / 44,029,797 (km²)

Population of Asia: 4,361,416,312 (2015)

Largest City in Asia: Tokyo, Japan (37,126,000 (2012))

Asia covers nearly 9 percent of the earth’s surface making it the largest of the continents. It is also the home to the most people with an estimated population of 4.3 billion as of 2015 which represents nearly 60% of the world’s population. With this many people, Asia is attributed with being a vital part of the world’s economy. Asia covers nearly 10% of the planet’s surface area and is loosely defined as the eastern portion of the Eurasia continent with the border following a line north from the Aegean Sea to the Black Sea to the NW corner of the Caspian Sea to the Ural River into the Arctic Ocean. The continent is primarily positioned within the northern hemisphere along the eastern portion. On the eastern border, you will find the Pacific Ocean, along the southern border you will find the Indian Ocean, and you can find the Arctic Ocean along the northernmost border.

Asia contains some of the oldest civilizations among the 7 continents including the countries of China and Japan. Asia includes the Saudi Arabia peninsula with the oil- rich countries including the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. The continent also includes the manufacturing centre of India and Japan and Hong Kong, which is a leading banking and corporate centre.


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