Fact 1: Asia covers a total land area of 44,579,000 square kilometers.
This makes it the largest continent in the world. In contrast, Africa, the second largest continent, covers a land area just two-thirds of Asia’s at 30,221,532 square kilometers.
Fact 2: More than 4.1 billion people live in Asia.
That’s nearly 60% of the world’s total. At 87 people per square kilometers, it also has the highest population density in the world (Europe comes in second at 72.5 people per square kilometer).
Fact 3: Asia has given birth to some of the oldest human civilizations.
From the 7,000 year old Sumer civilization in Mesopotamia to the 6,000 year old Indus Valley Civilization in India, ancient culture is rich in Asia. In fact, the region around the Tigris-Euphrates Rivers in Mesopotamia (covering modern-day Iraq, Kuwait, and parts of Syria and Iran) is often called the “cradle of civilization”.
Fact 4: Pop culture doesn’t do the people of Asia justice.
Pop culture tends to equate Asian with Japanese/Chinese/Korean people, but in reality, Asia is so vast that it covers everyone from Siberians in northern Russia and Arabs in Iraq to Indians in South-East Asia and New Guineans north of Australia. Which is to say, “Asia” covers pretty much the whole gamut of humankind!
Fact 5: Cities are densely populated in Asia.
Shanghai, Beijing, Istanbul, Karachi, Mumbai, Guangzhou and Delhi – 7 of the world’s 10 largest cities (by population) can be found in Asia.
Fact 6: Nine out of ten of the world’s tallest buildings are in Asia.
The tallest, of course, is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at a whopping 2,717 feet. The second tallest is the Shanghai Tower at 2,073 feet. The tallest building under construction – Kingdom Tower – is in Asia as well (Saudi Arabia). Once construction is complete in 2019, this building will stand 3,300 feet tall – a whole kilometer!