60+ Amusing Facts About Asia

  1. Asia contains around 60% of the world’s total human population and 30% of the earth’s land area.
  2. Many famous ancient civilizations (Mesopotamia, ancient China, Indus Valley civilization, etc.) originated from Asia.
  3. Asia is the birthplace of several major religions like Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, etc.
  4. People in Asian countries have the highest IQ level in the world. Singaporeans have the best IQ level, while the top 6 countries with the highest IQ level are in Asia. (Source)
  5. The world’s three largest metropolitan areas (Tokyo, Delhi, and Shanghai) are present in Asia. (Source)
  6. Four of the five most populous countries are Asian (China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh). (Source)
  7. The Maldives is the smallest country in Asia by area (29 km2) and population (over 400,000). It is also one of the most dispersed countries in the world, as more than 1,192 coral islands of Maldives spread over an area of 90,000 km2. 
    Islands of Maldives
    Maldives is the smallest and most dispersed country in Asia

  8. The Maldives in Asia has the highest divorce rate in the world. It is 10.97 per 1,000 inhabitants. This divorce rate is far above any other country in the world. (Source)
  9. The lowest temperature ever recorded in any inhabited area of the world is in Asia. (-71 Celsius in Siberia, Russia) (Source)
  10. The top two coldest capital cities in the world are present in Asia. Ulaan-Baatar (Mongolia) and Astana (Kazakhstan) have average annual temperatures of -1.3 Celsius and 3.5 Celsius, respectively. (Source)
  11. Hong Kong (China) is the most visited city by tourists. In the list of 100 most visited cities in the world, 41 are in Asia. (Source)
  12. There are only two double landlocked countries in the world. One of these two is the Central Asian country Uzbekistan (and the other is the European country Liechtenstein). Compared to the two surrounding countries of Liechtenstein, this Asian country is surrounded by five other landlocked countries. These include Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. Uzbekistan is also the larger and more populous of the two double-landlocked countries. (Source)
  13. Asian countries have the highest percentage of motorbike usage in the world. More than 80% of households in Thailand (87%), Vietnam (86%), Indonesia (85%), and Malaysia (83%) own motorbikes. The top 7 countries in this list are present in Asia. (Source)
  14. The largest sandy desert (Rub al Khali in Arabian Peninsula) is present in Asia.
  15. Baku (Azerbaijan) is the lowest-lying capital city in the world. This city in Asia is 28 m (92 ft) below sea level.
  16. Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan are transcontinental countries. Most of their land areas are located in Asia, while some part is present in Europe.
  17. The highest point on earth (Mount Everest) and the lowest point on earth (the Dead Sea) are in Asia.
  18. There are more than 150 mountains in the world higher than 7000 m. All these mountains are present in Asia (particularly in China, Pakistan, Nepal, and India). 
  19. Tigers, pandas (red and giant), and Komodo Dragons are native to Asia.
  20. Countries in Asia are the worst in the world for pollution index. 99 Asian cities (50 in India and 22 in China) are on the list of the 100 most polluted cities in the world. Apart from that, the nine most polluted countries in the world are also present in Asia. (Source)
  21. Out of the total 1,000 mud volcanoes in the world, around 400 are present in Azerbaijan. (Source)
    A mud volcano
    Azerbaijan has the highest number of mud volcanoes

  22. Neft Deslari in Azerbaijan is a city built on oil platforms. It is also the world’s first oil platform. (Source)
  23. The world’s top 2 tallest towers are in Asian countries, Japan and China. Eight of the ten tallest towers in the world are also in Asia. (Source)
  24. The largest natural walnut forest is present in the Chatkal mountain range in Kyrgyzstan, a country in Central Asia.
  25. Indonesia, in Asia, is made up of around 17,000 islands. (Source)
  26. Indonesia (742 languages) and India (427 languages) are 2nd and 4th on the list of countries with the most languages spoken.
  27. Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. There are 8 Asian countries, including China at the 1st spot, among the top 10 tea producers. (Source)
  28. Asia has the highest number of billionaires (719) and the second highest number of millionaires (3.68 million) after North America (3.73 million) in the world.
  29. Asia houses the world’s busiest container port (Port of Shangai, China), the world’s busiest port by cargo tonnage (Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, China), and the world’s busiest transshipment port (Port of Singapore, Singapore).
  30. The three most powerful passports in the world belong to Asian countries. These include Japan, Singapore, and South Korea. Apart from that, Asian countries also have the world’s three least powerful passports (Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria). (Source)
  31. 5 Asian countries (Qatar, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, and Jordan) are facing the worst water crisis in the world. A total of 17 countries are facing extremely high baseline water stress. 13 of these countries are in Asia. (Source)
  32. Five of the seven longest glaciers outside Polar Regions are in Asia. It includes the world’s longest non-polar glacier, Fedchenko Glacier, in Tajikistan. (Source)
  33. There are six landfalls in Asia of the ten largest waste sites in the world. (Source)
  34. There are two Asian countries among the top 5 countries that produce the most waste per capita in the world. Kuwait is at the top spot in this list, while Sri Lanka holds the 5th position. (Source)
  35. The flag of Nepal is the only national flag in the world not have a quadrilateral shape. 
    Flag of Nepal
    Nepal's flag is most unique in the world

  36. The world’s tallest flagpole in Saudi Arabia is 560 ft (170 m) tall. Asian countries have nine flagpoles in the list of 10 tallest flagpoles in the world. (Source)
  37. Cox’s bazaar in Bangladesh is the world’s longest natural sea beach. (Source)
  38. There are six countries in Asia on the list of 11 countries with the lowest public debt. (Source)
  39. 10 of the 14 oldest continuously inhabited cities are in Asia. (Source)
  40. Asian countries have the highest number of public holidays in the world. Cambodia tops with 28 holidays. It is followed by Sri Lanka with 25, while India and Kazakhstan with 21 holidays each. (Source)
  41. In 2010, Bhutan became the world’s first country where selling, smoking, and chewing tobacco was forbidden. (Source
  42. The top 5 tallest buildings in the world are in Asia (Burj Khalifa, Shanghai Tower, Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower, Ping An Finance Centre, and Lotte World tower).
  43. The world’s largest hotel is in Asia. The First World Hotel in Malaysia has 7,351 rooms.
  44. The top 4 countries with the highest average elevation (Bhutan, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan) are in Asia. There are 6 Asian countries in the list of 10 countries with the highest average elevation. (Source)
  45. The top 5 wealthiest world leaders belong to countries in Asia (Thailand, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, and UAE). (Source)
  46. The four most expensive currencies in the world belong to Asian countries. These include Kuwaiti Dinar, Bahrain Dinar, Oman Rial, and Jordan Dinar. (Source)
  47. The world’s first oil paintings have been discovered in the caves of Afghanistan. (Source)
  48. In May 2019, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. (Source)
  49. Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country in Asia (and also in the world among completely sovereign states), with a population density of just around two people per square km.
  50. The top 5 countries with the highest number of executions are in Asia. China had thousands of hanging in 2017, followed by Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Pakistan. Out of the 993 known executions in 2017, at least 84% were carried out in Asia. (Source)
  51. Myanmar (Burma) is the only country in Asia and one of the three countries in the world (along with the USA and Liberia) that has not adopted the International System of Units. (Source)
  52. The world’s tallest indoor Ferris wheel is present in Turkmenistan. This wheel is 156.2 feet (47.6 meters) tall with a diameter of 57 meters. (Source)
  53. Hong Kong (China), Singapore (Singapore), and Shanghai (China) are the three most expensive housing markets in the world. (Source)
  54. The two biggest gold mines in the world are in Asia. These gold mines are present in Indonesia and Uzbekistan, respectively. (Source)
  55. Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore was the first Asian to receive Nobel Prize. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.
  56. East Timor was the first country to gain independence in the 21st Century. This Southeast Asian country gained independence from Indonesia in 2002. (Source)
    Satellite image of Caspian Sea
    World's largest lake is in Asia

  57. Asia is also home to the world’s largest lake (the Caspian Sea). It is called the sea due to its salinity. This world’s largest inland water body is bordered by five countries (Russia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan). (Source)
  58. Egypt is the largest country in Africa. But the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt is considered to be in Asia.
  59. The world’s only carbon-negative country is also in Asia – Bhutan.
  60. Syria and Iraq have the worst record for press freedom. There are eight Asian countries among the ten worst for press freedom. (Source)
  61. In the Central Asian country Turkmenistan, a desert pit has been on fire since 1971. The name of this crater, formed due to an accident, is Darvaza Crater, also known as the Door to Hell. (Source)

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