Asia

Map of the Continents of the World, Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America

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 Asianislands. 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.

Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset, Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset, Yangon, Myanmar.

Eastern Asia
Country/currency Capital City/places we go
China

  • Yuan Renminbi CNY
Beijing

China, Hong Kong SAR

  • Dollar HKD
Hong Kong

China, Macao SAR Macao City
China Tibet Lhasa
Japan

  • Yen JPY
Tokyo

Korea (North) Pyongyang
Korea (South) Seoul
   
Mongolia

  • Tukhrig MNT
Ulaanbaatar

Taiwan Taipei
Northern Asia
Country/currency Capital City/places we go
Russian Federation Moscow
South – Central Asia
Country/currency Capital City/places we go
Afghanistan Kabul
Bangladesh Dhaka
Bhutan Thimphu
India New Delhi
Iran Tehran
Kazakhstan Astana
Kyrgyzstan Bishkek
Maldives Male
Nepal Kathmandu
Pakistan Islamabad
Sri Lanka Colombo
Tajikistan Dushanbe
Turkmenistan Ashgabat
Uzbekistan Tashkent
South – East Asia
Country/currency Capital City/places we go
Brunei Darussalam Bandar Seri Begawan
Cambodia Phnom Penh
Indonesia Jakarta
Lao PDR Vientiane
Malaysia

  • Ringgit MYR
Kuala Lumpur

Myanmar (Burma)

  • Kyat MMK
Naypyidaw, Yangon

Philippines Manila
Singapore

  • Dollar SGD
Singapore

Thailand

  • Baht THB
Bangkok

Timor-Leste (East Timor) Dili
Vietnam

  • Dong VND
Hanoi

Western Asia and Middle East
Country/currency Capital City/places we go
Armenia Yerevan
Azerbaijan Baku
Bahrain Manama
Cyprus Nicosia (Lefkosia)
Georgia T’bilisi
Iraq Baghdad
Israel Jerusalem
Jordan Amman
Kuwait Kuwait (City)
Lebanon Beirut
Oman Muscat
Palestinian territories Jerusalem (claimed)
Qatar Doha (Al-Dawhah)
Saudi Arabia Riyadh
Syria Damascus
Turkey

  • Lira TRY 
Ankara

   
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi
Yemen Sanaa
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