Countryaah, Asia the largest continent and the most
populous with over 4.16 billion in. (2011). Asia is the
continent of contrasts; nature, population and business
conditions show great variation. In Asia, almost all
cultural forms are found from collectors and lower hunters
to the most modern industrial culture. Also, societies'
historically rooted organizational forms and strategies for
development are different.
Asia is conventionally separated from Europe by the Ural
and Caucasus mountain ranges and from Africa by the lowland
in which the Suez Canal is located.
Large parts of Asia are far from the sea, and the
continent is characterized by mainland climates with very
large differences between summer and winter.
Asia is both the largest and youngest of Earth's
continents. Most of the Asian continent is part of the
Eurasian Plate together with Europe, other parts belong to
Asia accounts for one third of Earth's land area, but is
inhabited by approx. 60% of the population. Compared to
other continents, there are several different race types and
In Asia, three languages are found, which are also
spoken in other parts of the Euro-Afro-Asian major
continent: Indo-European, Semitic and Oral languages.
Asia is home to all forms of religion. The major
religions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zarathustraism,
Hinduism, Buddhism, Kongfuzianism, Daoism and Shintoism
The large differences between the disease patterns in
Asia's individual countries reflect the very large
differences between the countries' economic development and
While in Africa one can follow the very first traces of
man, it is in Asia that one finds the earliest highly
developed societies. From this we know the first testimonies
of farming and cattle breeding in the world, the first use
of metal and the oldest writing.
Asia was considered in Greece from about 500 BC. as one
of the three continents. The borders of Europe and Africa
were usually drawn by the river Don and by Suez.