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
Nigeria211,400,708
Ethiopia117,876,227
Egypt104,258,327
Dr Congo92,377,993
Tanzania61,498,437
South Africa60,041,994
Kenya54,985,698
Uganda47,123,531
Sudan44,909,353
Algeria44,616,624
Morocco37,344,795
Angola33,933,610
Mozambique32,163,047
Ghana31,732,129
Madagascar28,427,328
Cameroon27,224,265
Ivory Coast27,053,629
Niger25,130,817
Burkina Faso21,497,096
Mali20,855,735
Malawi19,647,684
Zambia18,920,651
Senegal17,196,301
Chad16,914,985
Somalia16,359,504
Zimbabwe15,092,171
Guinea13,497,244
Rwanda13,276,513
Benin12,451,040
Burundi12,255,433
Tunisia11,935,766
South Sudan11,381,378
Togo8,478,250
Sierra Leone8,141,343
Libya6,958,532
Republic Of The Congo5,657,013
Liberia5,180,203
Central African Republic4,919,981
Mauritania4,775,119
Eritrea3,601,467
Namibia2,587,344
Gambia2,486,945
Botswana2,397,241
Gabon2,278,825
Lesotho2,159,079
Guinea Bissau2,015,494
Equatorial Guinea1,449,896
Mauritius1,273,433
Eswatini1,172,362
Djibouti1,002,187
Comoros888,451
Cape Verde561,898
Sao Tome And Principe223,368
Seychelles98,908

Continent With The Most Countries 2021