What Are Some Facts About Asia?

asia Credit: ViewStock/View Stock/Getty Images

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.

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.