What Is the Second Largest Continent in the World?


At 11,677,239 square miles, the second largest continent in the world is Africa. Africa is also the second largest continent in terms of population, as over one billion people, or 14 percent of the world's population, call Africa home.

Africa covers 20 percent of the Earth's total land area. The continent is made up of 55 unique countries including Kenya, Egypt, South Africa and Nigeria. At 19,340 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro's Uhuru Peak in Tanzania is the highest point in Africa. The Nile is the longest river in Africa;it is 6,695 kilometres in length. Nearly 1,000 different languages are spoken in Africa.