Eye-opening Facts About Asia

Asia, the lands to the east of the world, are often considered exotic by the west. With such different cultural cues, visuals and food, it’s understandable why they would think that. But there’s more to the Asian continent than paper lanterns and kimonos. Let’s look into some fun facts about Asia.
  1. Asia is the world’s largest and most diverse continent. It occupies the eastern four-fifths of the giant Eurasian landmass.
  2. The word “Asia" is designated as a femenine name meaning “sunrise”. Fitting after all, as the sun rises in the east. In Greek mythology, Asia was the mother of Atlas, the Greek titan credited with holding up the sky.
  3. Asia is the most populous continent on earth; an estimated 4.46 billion people (2016 data) live on the continent. Roughly 60 percent of the earth’s population lives in Asia.
  4. Back in 2016, an estimated 4.46 billion people were recorded to be living on the continent.
  5. Known collectively as the Eight-Thousanders, The 14 tallest mountains on earth are all located in Asia. Each one is over 8,000 meters (26,246 feet) tall.
  6. Asia is well-known for its impressive amount of usage and services for smartphones.
  7. Funnily enough, it also has the country which has the second lowest mobile phone density in the world. North Korea has the lowest level of cellphone usage besides Cuba.
  8. A lot of countries in Asia seem to have a longer average life expectancy compared to the West. Japan has been noted to have some of the longest life expectancy among Asia.