7 Continents of The World

There are seven continents of the world, convering 1/3rd area of the planet. Rest of the 2/3rd part of the globe is occupied by water. In the table to the right, these large pieces of landmass are arranged according to their area in kilometers. Also the population, Asia and Australia are the largest and smallest continents, respectively.

Sr.No Continents Area Population Countries
1. Asia 44,579,000 sq. kms 3,879,000,333 47
2. Africa 30,065,000 sq. kms 1,032,600,256 57
3. North America 24,256,000 sq. kms 528,720,588 23
4. South America 17,819,000 sq. kms 387,489,196 12
5. Antarctica 14,000,000 sq. kms 0 0
6. Europe 9,938,000 sq. kms 739,165,030 50
7. Australia 7,687,000 sq. kms 31,260,000 3

Asia is the world's largest continent with respect to both population and area. Almost 1/3rd of the world population lives in Asia. It is also house to 10 highest peaks in the world among which Mount Everest is the highest. The culture of this part of the earth is very diverse.


Africa is the second largest continent of the planet Earth. Covering almost 22% of the world area, it is also home to World's largest desert as well as the largest river. Known as the black continent, Africa accommodates 53 countries which are rich in natural resources and wildlife.

North America

North America is the third largest continent in the world after Asia and Africa. In Mexico, there are world's largest petroleum and natural gas deposits. Geographic calculations show that North America is two times larger than Europe. United States and Canada are the two gigantic and rich countries which are covering a large area.

South America

South America is the fourth largest continent of the world. About 12 percent of the world population is present here. The world's second largest mountain range, the Andes, is also located in this region. Among the 12 countries of S. America, Brazil is the largest while Surinam is the smallest one.

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Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest continent of the world. It is believed that human life does not exist here because of the harsh weather conditions. The World's lowest temperature of -81 oC was recorded in Antarctica in 1983. Only a few humans reside for research purposes.


Also known as Europa, Europe is the sixth largest continent that is famous for having a long diversified history, rich traditions, historical languages and ancient civilizations. There are fifty nation states, and European Union is the largest organization of this continent.


Australia is the smallest continent of the world. According to some geographers, being surrounded by water, it is an island. But you will find it large enough to be considered as a separate continent. Also known as "Oceania", Australia is sometimes considered as a part of Asia. That's why sometimes the continent is given the name of "Autralasia".