Asian Countries and Regions

By | February 15, 2021

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. Since the 18th century, the border between Europe and Asia has generally been considered to run through the Ural Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian Sea, the Caucasus, the Black Sea, the Bosphorus, the Marmara Sea and the Dardanelles. The border between Asia and Africa is normally considered to be the Suez Peninsula and the Red Sea. About 60% of the world’s population lives in Asia, of which only about 2% live in the northern and inner parts, i.e. Siberia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Qinghai, western Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

Area: 43,810,582 kmĀ²
Population: 3,900,000,000
States: 46
Countries: 49

As continents are defined by human geography, i.e. how the country is interpreted by humans, and not by geology, it can be difficult to determine whether Asia is a continent of its own or not. The idea that the ancient world has three continents dates back to antiquity, and the name Asia is derived from the ancient civilizations of the Middle East.

Regions in Asia

The following subdivision of Asia into regions is used, for example, by the UN statistical agency UNSD:

In some publications, these limits are varied depending on the objective, subject, and background for which a split is used. Afghanistan was previously assigned to Central Asia, now to South Asia. There are also alternative or additional subdivisions or overlaps, for example for Northeast Asia.

Countries in Asia

Afghanistan South Asia
Armenia West Asia
Azerbaijan West Asia
Bahrain West Asia
Bangladesh South Asia
Bhutan South Asia
Brunei Southeast Asia
Cambodia Southeast Asia
China East Asia
Cyprus West Asia
East Timor Southeast Asia
Georgia West Asia
India South Asia
Indonesia Southeast Asia
Iran West Asia
Iraq West Asia
Israel West Asia
Japan East Asia
Jordan West Asia
Kazakhstan Central Asia
Kuwait West Asia
Kyrgyzstan Central Asia
Laos Southeast Asia
Lebanon West Asia
Malaysia Southeast Asia
Maldives South Asia
Mongolia East Asia
Myanmar Southeast Asia
Nepal South Asia
North Korea East Asia
Oman West Asia
Pakistan South Asia
Philippines Southeast Asia
Qatar West Asia
Saudi Arabia West Asia
Singapore Southeast Asia
South Korea East Asia
Sri Lanka South Asia
Syria West Asia
Tajikistan Central Asia
Thailand Southeast Asia
Turkey West Asia
Turkmenistan Central Asia
United Arab Emirates West Asia
Uzbekistan Central Asia
Vietnam Southeast Asia
Yemen West Asia

Where is Asia Located?

Asia Location