Continent With the Most Countries 2022

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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 2022

Country 2022 Population
Nigeria216,746,934
Ethiopia120,812,698
Egypt106,156,692
DR Congo95,240,792
Tanzania63,298,550
South Africa60,756,135
Kenya56,215,221
Uganda48,432,863
Sudan45,992,020
Algeria45,350,148
Morocco37,772,756
Angola35,027,343
Mozambique33,089,461
Ghana32,395,450
Madagascar29,178,077
Cameroon27,911,548
Ivory Coast27,742,298
Niger26,083,660
Burkina Faso22,102,838
Mali21,473,764
Malawi20,180,839
Zambia19,470,234
Senegal17,653,671
Chad17,413,580
Somalia16,841,795
Zimbabwe15,331,428
Guinea13,865,691
Rwanda13,600,464
Benin12,784,726
Burundi12,624,840
Tunisia12,046,656
South Sudan11,618,511
Togo8,680,837
Sierra Leone8,306,436
Libya7,040,745
Republic of the Congo5,797,805
Liberia5,305,117
Central African Republic5,016,678
Mauritania4,901,981
Eritrea3,662,244
Namibia2,633,874
Gambia2,558,482
Botswana2,441,162
Gabon2,331,533
Lesotho2,175,699
Guinea Bissau2,063,367
Equatorial Guinea1,496,662
Mauritius1,274,727
Eswatini1,184,817
Djibouti1,016,097
Comoros907,419
Cape Verde567,678
Sao Tome And Principe227,679
Seychelles99,426

Continent With the Most Countries 2022

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