Continent With The Most Countries 2021

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There are a total of 195 countries around the world and dozens of dependent territories. Continents vary significantly in size and number of countries.

Africa

About 27% of the world's countries are located on just one continent: Africa. As of November 2020, Africa has 54 countries on its 30.3 million km² (11.7 million mi²). The countries of Africa are:

The largest countries in Africa by area are Algeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sudan. Algeria is also the tenth-largest globally. The wealthiest of these countries are Nigeria, South Africa, and Egypt.

Europe

The next continent with the most countries is Europe. Europe has 51 countries in its 10,186,000 km² (9,932,836 mi²). Five of these countries are transcontinental, located in both Europe and Asia: Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey. Europe's 51 countries are:

Russia is the largest country in the world, spanning over 6.599 million mi². The richest European countries are Germany, the United Kingdom, and France. Additionally, five European countries have the highest GDP per capitas: Luxembourg, Norway, Switzerland, Ireland, and Iceland.

Asia

Asia has the second-highest number of countries, which is also the most populous continent in the world. Asia has 50 countries, spanning over its 44.5 million km² (17.2 million mi²). Five of these countries are transcontinental, located in both Europe and Asia: Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey. Asia is home to over 4.46 billion people, making it the most populous continent. Asian countries include:

The largest countries in Asia are China, India, and Kazakhstan. All three countries are also among the ten largest countries in the world.

North America

Next on the list is North America, which has a total of 23 countries. North America spans over 24,709,000 km² (9,540,000 mi²). North America is home to about 580 million people. The North American countries are:

The largest countries in North America are Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Canada is also the second-largest country globally, and the U.S. is the third-most populous country.

Oceania

Oceania spans over 8,525,989 km² (3,291,902 mi²) and is home to about 42.9 million people. There are a total of 14 countries in Oceania/Australia. Those countries are:

Oceania's largest countries are Australia, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand.

South America

Finally, the continent with the fewest countries is South America, which has just 12 within its 17,840,000 km² (6,890,000 mi²). The nations on that continent are:

The largest countries in South America are Brazil, Argentina, and Peru.

Continent With The Most Countries 2021

Rank Country 2021 Population
1Nigeria211,400,708
2Ethiopia117,876,227
3Egypt104,258,327
4Dr Congo92,377,993
5Tanzania61,498,437
6South Africa60,041,994
7Kenya54,985,698
8Uganda47,123,531
9Sudan44,909,353
10Algeria44,616,624
11Morocco37,344,795
12Angola33,933,610
13Mozambique32,163,047
14Ghana31,732,129
15Madagascar28,427,328
16Cameroon27,224,265
17Ivory Coast27,053,629
18Niger25,130,817
19Burkina Faso21,497,096
20Mali20,855,735
21Malawi19,647,684
22Zambia18,920,651
23Senegal17,196,301
24Chad16,914,985
25Somalia16,359,504
26Zimbabwe15,092,171
27Guinea13,497,244
28Rwanda13,276,513
29Benin12,451,040
30Burundi12,255,433
31Tunisia11,935,766
32South Sudan11,381,378
33Togo8,478,250
34Sierra Leone8,141,343
35Libya6,958,532
36Republic Of The Congo5,657,013
37Liberia5,180,203
38Central African Republic4,919,981
39Mauritania4,775,119
40Eritrea3,601,467
41Namibia2,587,344
42Gambia2,486,945
43Botswana2,397,241
44Gabon2,278,825
45Lesotho2,159,079
46Guinea Bissau2,015,494
47Equatorial Guinea1,449,896
48Mauritius1,273,433
49Eswatini1,172,362
50Djibouti1,002,187
51Comoros888,451
52Cape Verde561,898
53Sao Tome And Principe223,368
54Seychelles98,908

Continent With The Most Countries 2021