Last updated on July 26th, 2022 at 10:29 am
Comprising 48 sovereign countries and three other territories, Asia is not just only the largest continent, it is also the most populous continent with 4,707,138,536 people, according to the United Nationa estimates
There are debates over the number of countries that make up Asia. For instance, Russia is not classified as an Asian country by the United Nations official statistics at the time of publication.
The largest continent is located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres. It shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with Europe and the continental landmass of Afro-Eurasia with Africa and Europe.
No wonder some countries in the continent can neither be classified as Asian or European. Some of them include Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism among others.
Like the second largest continent (Africa), Asia also has diverse cultural groups and ethnic groups.
In the table below is the list of Asian countries and their currency symbols
|2||Bangladesh||Bangladeshi Taka||৳ or BDT|
|4||Bahrain||Bahraini Dinar||.د.ب, BD|
|10||East Timor||U.S. dollar||$|
|12||Georgia||Georgian lari||GEL, ლ|
|13||Maldives||Maldivian Rufiyaa||MRf, MVR, Rf|
|22||Laos||Lao kip||₭, ₭N|
|25||Mongolia||Mongolian Tögrög or Tugrik||₮|
|26||Nepal||Nepalese rupee||Re., Rs., रू|
|27||North Korea||North Korean won||₩|
|28||Kuwait||Kuwaiti dinar||KD, د.ك|
|31||State of Palestine||Israeli Shekel, Jordanian dinar, Egyptian pound, Palestine pound|
|34||Saudi Arabia||Saudi riyal||SR|
|35||Singapore||Singapore dollar||$, or S$|
|36||South Korea||South Korean won||₩|
|37||Sri Lanka||Sri Lankan Rupee||Rs|
|40||Syria||Syrian pound or Syrian lira||LS, £S|
|44||United Arab Emirates||United Arab Emirates dirham||AED|
|48||Israel||Israeli new shekel||₪|
Is Israel an Asian country?
Geographically, Israel belongs to the Asian continent, but it stands at the crossroads between Europe, Africa, and Asia.
As such, it is an Asian country according to the United Nations.
It is also part of the Middle East region. It is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the west; to the north, it’s bounded by Lebanon and Syria; to the East is Jordan while it shares a border with Egypt to the southwest and to the south is the Red Sea.
Is Russia in Asia or Europe?
Russia is not classified as an Asian country because it is a transcontinental country. It spans Eastern Europe and Northern Asia.
In terms of land area, it is the largest country in the world covering over 17,125,191 square kilometres.
As a transcontinental country, part of Russia’s landmass cut across Asia while most Russians live in the European part of the country.
Data available shows that about 77 per cent of Russian people live in the European territory, including its populous city of Moscow, the country’s capital
What’s the smallest country in Asia?
By land area and population, Maldives is the smallest country in Asia. It is also a tourist destination in Asia.
What’s the largest economy in Asia?
China is the largest economy in Asia with 14.72 trillion USD as of 2020 followed by Japan according to the World Bank data
What’s the most populous country in Asia?
China’s population is 1,439,323,776, representing 18.47 per cent of the world population and making it the most populous Asian country. It is also the most populous country in the World. It is followed by India with a population of 1,380,004,385
What’s the most traded currency in Asia?
The Japanese Yen (JPY) is the third most traded currency in terms of global exchange and foreign reserves held by some central banks of countries around the world.
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- Israel and the Region. “Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs”. Mfa.gov.il. Retrieved March 7, 2022