is the world's second smallest continent, with an area of 10,400,000
km² (4,000,000 square miles), making it slightly larger than
terms of population it is the third largest continent after Asia
and Africa. The population of Europe in 2001 was estimated to be
666,498,000: roughly one seventh of the world's population.
Middle East (Arabic:
Hebrew: המזרח התיכון)
has been at the centre of world affairs
since the middle of the 20th century, and is probably the modern
world's most strategically, economically, politically and culturally
sensitive area. It possesses huge stocks of crude oil, is the birthplace
and spiritual centre of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
is the world's second-largest continent in both area and population,
after Asia. At c. 30,244,050 km2 (11,677,240 mi2) including the
islands, it covers 20.3% of the total land area on Earth, and with
over 800 million human inhabitants it accounts for around one seventh
of Earth's human population.
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