The continent of Asia is defined by subtracting Europe and Africa from the great land mass of Africa-Eurasia. The boundaries are vague, especially between Asia and Europe: Asia and Africa meet somewhere near the Suez Canal. The boundary between Asia and Europe runs via the Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, the Black Sea, the ridges of the Caucasus (according to others, through the Kuma-Manych Depression), the Caspian Sea, the Ural River (according to others, the Emba River) and the Ural Mountains to Novaya Zemlya. About 60% of the world'Eurasia" title ="Eurasia">Eurasia.
Asia itself is often divided in the following subregions:
This term is rarely used by geographers, but usually it refers to the Asian part of Russia, also known as Siberia. Sometimes the northern parts of other Asian nations like Kazakhstan are also included in Northern Asia.
There is no absolute consensus in the usage of this term. Usually, Central Asia includes:
- the Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan.
- Afghanistan, Mongolia, and the western regions of China are also sometimes included.
This term includes:
- The Pacific islands of Taiwan and Japan.
- North and South Korea on the Korean Peninsula.
- China, but sometimes only the eastern regions
Sometimes the nation of Mongolia is also included with East Asia.
- In Maritime Southeast Asia, the countries of Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and East Timor.
South Asia is also referred to as the Indian Subcontinent. It includes:
- the Himalayan States of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh
- the Indian Ocean nations of Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
- Anatolia, which comprises part of the nation of Turkey
- The island nation of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea.
- The Levant or Near East, which includes Syria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.
- The Arabian peninsula, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Yemen and occasionally Kuwait.
- The Caucasus region, including the nations of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
- The Iranian Plateau, containing Iran and parts of other nations.
Also see Gulf States, for a different grouping involving several of the above countries.
This is a list of countries/dependencies by population density in inhabitants/km2.
Unlike the figures in the country articles, the figures in this table are based on areas including inland water bodies (lakes, reservoirs, rivers) and may therefore be lower here.
The whole of Russia, Egypt, and Turkey are referred to in the table, although they are only partly in Asia. Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been included, although they can also be considered part of Europe.
West Bank and Gaza Strip are not listed separately, but combined as Palestinian territories.
|Hong Kong (PRC)||6,688||1,092||7,303,334|
|Republic of China (Taiwan, Quemoy, Matsu)||627||35,980||22,548,009|
|People's Republic of China (Mainland)||134||9,596,960||1,284,303,705|
|United Arab Emirates||30||82,880||2,445,989|
Main article: Economy of Asia
|Continents of the World|
|Asia | Africa | North America | South America | Antarctica | Europe | Australia|
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