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Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset, Yangon, Myanmar.
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Some Facts about Asia

Asia is the largest continent in the world in both, area and population, the continent is situated almost entirely north of the equator except for some Southeast Asian islands. Asia is connected to Africa by the Isthmus of Suez and borders Europe (part of the same landmass) along the Ural Mountains and across the Caspian Sea.

Area: about 49.7 million km² (19,189,277 sq mi) it covers about 30 percent of Earth's total land area. The area is shared by 48 countries, by far the largest country by area is Russia with more than 17 million km², second is China with 9.6 million km², smallest independent state in Asia are the Maldives with 298 km².

Population: more than 4 billion human inhabitants (4.4 billion in 2016), about 60 percent of the world's population. 1,4 billion of those people live in China (in 2015). Seven out of ten of the most populated countries are in Asia.
(Source: UN 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects)

Highest Point: Sagarmatha (Chomolungma; known as Mount Everest) 8,848m (29,028 ft) Nepal.

Largest Lake: Caspian Sea (salt lake) 371,000 km² (143,250 sq mi),
Ozero Baykal, Lake Baikal 31,500 km² in Siberia is the world's largest freshwater lake by volume.

Longest River: Yangtze (Yángzî Jiang, or Chang Jiang (simplified Chinese: 长江) China, 6,380 km (3,964 mi).

 Languages of Asia: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Russian, Thai, Turkic, Vietnamese and other.

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Political Map of Asia.
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Political Map of Central Asia and the Caucasus region.
Map of South East Asia
Political Map of South East Asia.
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Map of Southwestern Asia and the Middle East region.

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Buddha at Dalat, Vietnam
Great Buddha Statue near the city of Dalat, central Vietnam.
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Countries and Areas of Asia


Eastern Asia

  Country Population Maps Capital City
China 1,367,820,000 Map of China Beijing
China, Hong Kong SAR 7,298,600   Hong Kong
China, Macao SAR 644.900   Macao City
China Tibet 3,002,000   Lhasa
Japan 126,920,000 Map of Japan Tokyo
Korea (North) 25,000,000 Map of North Korea Pyongyang
Korea (South) 50,800,000 Map of South Korea Seoul
Mongolia 3,061,000 Map of Mongolia Ulaanbaatar
Taiwan 23,526,000 Taiwan Map Taipei

Northern Asia

  Country Population Maps Capital City
Russian Federation 146,544,000 Map of Russia Moscow

South-Central Asia

  Country Population Maps Capital City
Afghanistan 26,556,000 Map of Afghanistan Kabul
Bangladesh 158,226,710 Map of Bangladesh Dhaka
Bhutan 760,000 Map of Bhutan Thimphu
India 1,326,000,000 Map of India New Delhi
Iran 78,226,000 Map of Iran Tehran
Kazakhstan 17,713,300 Map of Kazakhstan Astana
Kyrgyzstan 5,895,000 Map of Kyrgyzstan Bishkek
Maldives 341,000   Male
Nepal 31,000,000 Map of Nepal Kathmandu
Pakistan 188,144,000 Map of Pakistan Islamabad
Sri Lanka 21,203,000 Map of Sri Lanka Colombo
Tajikistan 8,352,000 Map of Tajikistan Dushanbe
Turkmenistan 5,400,000 Map of Turkmenistan Ashgabat
Uzbekistan 31,000,000 Map of Uzbekistan Tashkent

South-East Asia

  Country Population Maps Capital City
Brunei Darussalam * 417,200   Bandar Seri Begawan
Cambodia * 14,676,591 Map of Cambodia Phnom Penh
Indonesia * 258,705,000 Map of Indonesia Jakarta
Lao PDR * 7,000,000 Map of Laos Vientiane
Malaysia * 31,660,000 Map of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
Myanmar (Burma) * 51,419,000 Map of Myanmar Naypyidaw, Yangon
Philippines * 100,981,000 Map of Philippines Manila
Singapore * 5,535,000 Map of Singapore Singapore
Thailand * 67,959,000 Map of Thailand Bangkok
Timor-Leste (East Timor) 1,183,000   Dili
Vietnam * 90,730,000 Map of Vietnam Hanoi

Western Asia and Middle East

  Country Population Maps Capital City
Armenia 3,000,000 Map of Armenia Yerevan
Azerbaijan 9,705,600 Map of Azerbaijan Baku
Bahrain 1,234,000 Map of Bahrain Manama
Cyprus 848,300 Map of Cyprus Nicosia (Lefkosia)
Georgia 3,729,000 Map of Georgia T'bilisi
Iraq 36,000,000 Map of Iraq Baghdad
Israel 8,522,000 Map of Israel Jerusalem (claimed)
Jordan 6,297,000 Map of Jordan Amman
Kuwait 3,695,000   Kuwait (City)
Lebanon 4,460,000 Map of Lebanon Beirut
Oman 4,469,500 Map of Oman Muscat
Palestinian territories 4,293,000 see: Map of Israel Jerusalem (claimed)
Qatar 2,597,000 Map of Qatar Doha (Al-Dawhah)
Saudi Arabia 31,770,000 Map of Saudi Arabia Riyadh
Syria 24,044,000 Map of Syria Damascus
Turkey 78,741,000 Map of Turkey Ankara
United Arab Emirates 8,264,070 United Arab Emirates Map Abu Dhabi
Yemen 26,000,000 Map of Yemen Sanaa
Note: * ASEAN Member States
ASEAN is the acronym for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ASEAN, an international organization of South East Asian nations, founded on 8 August 1967.
The Secretariat of ASEAN is located in South Jakarta, Indonesia.

Population Sources see:  Population by Country
A List of up-to-date population figures from the most to the least populated countries in the world.

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