A M A Z I N G
Africa (30,3 million km²) is larger than the combination of China (9,6 million km²), the US (9,4 million km²), Western Europe (4,9 million km²), India (3,2 million km²) and Argentina (2,8 million km²), three Scandinavian countries and the British Isles (map gives no surface for these last two areas; rounded figures for the aforementioned regions).
One way to measure the size of Africa is from the North—the coast of Tunisia—to the South—the tip of South Africa, which is a total of 4,989 miles. The distance from East to West, Somalia to Gabon, is 4,655 miles. The total population of the continent is about one billion.
Africa remains the least developed continent, and the most plagued by disease, poverty and malnutrition. The ‘dark continent’ also largely remains off the news radar in the developed world.