The Geographic Regions Of The World

The geographic regions of the world can be divided into: Africa, Asia, Central America, Eastern Europe, European Union, Middle East, North America, Oceania, South America, and the Caribbean.

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There are many ways to organize the world and every single country in it. One of the ways in which to do that is by geographic regions. So, what are the geographic regions of the world?

What Are The Geographic Regions of the World?

The world can be divided into the following geographical regions:

  • Africa.
  • Asia.
  • Central America.
  • Eastern Europe.
  • European Union.
  • Middle East.
  • North America.
  • Oceania.
  • South America.
  • The Caribbean.

Africa

With each new day in Africa, a gazelle wakes up knowing he must outrun the fastest lion or perish. At the same time, a lion stirs and stretches, knowing he must outrun the fastest gazelle or starve. It’s no different for the human race. Whether you consider yourself a gazalle or a lion, you have to run faster than others to survive. – Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Africa can be divided into 5 geographical regions:

  • Eastern Africa.
  • Middle Africa.
  • Northern Africa.
  • Southern Africa.
  • Western Africa.
Image source: Wikipedia

Here are the countries in Eastern Africa:

  • Burundi.
  • Comoros.
  • Djibouti.
  • Eritrea.
  • Ethiopia.
  • Kenya.
  • Madagascar.
  • Malawi.
  • Mauritius.
  • Mayotte.
  • Mozambique.
  • Reunion.
  • Rwanda.
  • Seychelles.
  • Somalia.
  • Tanzania.
  • Uganda.
  • Zambia.
  • Zimbabwe.

Here are the countries in Middle Africa:

  • Angola.
  • Cameroon.
  • Central African Republic.
  • Chad.
  • Congo (Brazzaville).
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Equatorial Guinea.
  • Gabon.
  • Sao Tome and Principe.

Here are the countries in Northern Africa:

  • Algeria.
  • The Canary Islands.
  • Egypt.
  • Libya.
  • Morocco.
  • South Sudan.
  • Tunisia.
  • Western Sahara.

Here are the countries in Southern Africa:

  • Bostwana.
  • Lesotho.
  • Namibia.
  • South Africa.
  • Swaziland.

Here are the countries in Western Africa:

  • Benin.
  • Burkina Faso.
  • Cape Verde.
  • Cote D’Ivoire.
  • Gambia.
  • Ghana.
  • Guinea.
  • Guinea-Bissau.
  • Liberia.
  • Mali.
  • Mauritania.
  • Niger.
  • Nigeria.
  • Saint Helena.
  • Senegal.
  • Sierra Leone.
  • Togo.

The Americas

A new bubble will replace the old one. A new technology will come along to fix the messes we made with the last one. In a way, that is the story of the settling of the Americas, the supposedly inexhaustible frontier to which Europeans escaped. – Naomi Klein

Although the Americas are just divided in two continents (North and South America), the Americas can be further divided into four separate geographical regions:

  • North America.
  • Central America.
  • South America.
  • The Caribbean.
Image source: Wikipedia

Here are countries in North America:

  • Bermuda.
  • Canada.
  • Greenland.
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
  • The United States.

Here are the countries of Central America:

  • Belize.
  • Costa Rica.
  • El Salvador.
  • Guatemala.
  • Honduras.
  • Mexico.
  • Nicaragua.
  • Panama.

Here are the countries in South America:

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  • Argentina.
  • Bolivia.
  • Brazil.
  • Chile.
  • Colombia.
  • Ecuador.
  • Falkland Islands.
  • French Guiana.
  • Guyana.
  • Paraguay.
  • Peru.
  • Suriname.
  • Uruguay.
  • Venezuela.

The geographical regions of Central America and the Caribbean are part of the continent of North America.

Asia

In Asia, red is the color of joy; red is the color of festivities and of celebration. In Chinese culture, blue is the color of mourning. – Vincent Tan

Image source: Wikipedia

Here are the countries in the geographical region of Asia:

  • Afghanistan.
  • Armenia.
  • Azerbaijan.
  • Bangladesh.
  • Bhutan.
  • Brunei Darussalam.
  • Cambodia.
  • China.
  • Georgia.
  • Hong Kong.
  • India.
  • Indonesia.
  • Japan.
  • Kazakhastan.
  • North Korea.
  • South Korea.
  • Kyrgyzstan.
  • Laos.
  • Macao.
  • Malaysia.
  • Maldives.
  • Mongolia.
  • Myanmar.
  • Nepal.
  • Pakistan.
  • Philippines.
  • Singapore.
  • Sri Lanka.
  • Taiwan.
  • Tajikistan.
  • Thailand.
  • Timor Leste.
  • Turkmenistan.
  • Uzbekistan.
  • Vietnam.

Asia is one of the few continents that are not divided into further geographical regions, although some people talk about West and East Asia or near east and far east from a historically Eurocentric perspective.

Europe

The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries. – James Madison

Here is the list of countries in the European geographical region:

  • Albania.
  • Andorra.
  • Belarus.
  • Bosnia.
  • European Union.
  • Faroe Islands.
  • Gibraltar.
  • Guerney and Aderney.
  • Iceland.
  • Jersey.
  • Kosovo.
  • Liectenstein.
  • Macedonia.
  • The Isle of Man.
  • Moldova.
  • Monaco.
  • Montenegro.
  • Norway.
  • Russia.
  • San Marino.
  • Serbia.
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands.
  • Switzerland.
  • Turkey (most of Turkey’s landmass is in Asia and the country is sometimes referred to as part of the Middle East).
  • United Kingdom (as of March 2019).
  • Ukraine.
  • Vatican City (Holy See).

European Union:

Here are the member states of the European Union:

  • Austria.
  • Belgium.
  • Bulgaria.
  • Croatia.
  • Cyprus.
  • The Czech Republic.
  • Denmark.
  • Estonia.
  • Finland.
  • France.
  • Germany.
  • Greece.
  • Hungary.
  • Ireland.
  • Italy.
  • Latvia.
  • Lithuania.
  • Luxembourg.
  • Malta.
  • Netherlands.
  • Poland.
  • Portugal.
  • Romania.
  • Solvakia.
  • Slovenia.
  • Spain.
  • Sweden.
  • United Kingdom (leaving in March 2019).

These days Europe is divided into the European Union and the rest of countries. An older division that is still sometimes used but has gradually become more irrelevant since the 1990s is that between Western and Eastern Europe. Western Europe used to refer to the capitalist countries in the continent, while the communist states used to be referred to as Eastern Europe but this distinction became irrelevant after the collapse of the USSR, the fall of communism in Europe and the reunification of Germany.

Middle East

I love the Middle East. My earliest childhood memories are of Jerusalem. I love the colors and smells and cadence of Arabic spoken in the streets of Cairo or Beirut. I also love the modernity and verve of Tel Aviv. – Kai Bird

Here are the countries in the geographical region of Middle East:

  • Bahrain.
  • Iraq.
  • Iran.
  • Israel.
  • Jordan.
  • Kuwait.
  • Lebanon.
  • Oman.
  • Palestine.
  • Qatar.
  • Saudi Arabia.
  • Syria.
  • United Arab Emirates.
  • Yemen.

Oceania

Image source: Wikipedia

Here are the countries in the geographical region of Oceania:

  • Australia.
  • Fiji.
  • French Polynesia.
  • Guam.
  • Kiribati.
  • The Marshall Islands.
  • Micronesia.
  • New Caledonia.
  • New Zealand.
  • Papua New Guinea.
  • Samoa.
  • American Samoa.
  • Solomon Islands.
  • Vanuatu.
Juan Ramos

When people ask me why I write, I tell them that I do it so I can learn. The main reason I became a writer is my insatiable curiosity. My favorite part of writing is researching and learning about new topics.

I hold a BA in English Studies from the University of La Laguna and an MA in English literature from the Open University.

Cite this article as:
Juan Ramos. The Geographic Regions Of The World, Science Trends, 2018.
DOI: 10.31988/SciTrends.20669
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