Ten fun facts about Asia


Fact 1
Asia has the second largest nominal GDP of all continents, after Europe, but the largest when measured in PPP.

Fact 2
Asia has the most populous continent, with approximately 4 billion people (or 60% of the world’s current human population)

Fact 3
The largest economies in Asia are China, Japan, India, South Korea and Indonesia.


Fact 4
Most Asian countries have more than one language that is natively spoken.

Fact 5
It is the world’s largest continent and is traditionally defined as part of the landmass of Eurasia—with the western portion of Eurasia occupied by Europe. Asia occupies the eastern part of the Eurasian landmass and the adjacent islands, and is separated from Europe by the Ural Mountains.

Fact 6
Eastern philosophy and religion also play a major role in Asian culture, with Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam all represented.

Fact 7
Colonization in Asia traces its roots back to the late 15th century with a series of voyages that sought a sea passage to India in the hope of establishing direct trade between Europe and Asia in spices.

Fact 8
It covers 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area and comprises 30% of its land area.

Fact 9
Asia was originally a concept of Greek civilization.

Fact 10
Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, and became Asia's first Nobel laureate.


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is the world's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres.


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Population
4,298,723,000

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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