One of the most fascinating things I discovered when I started traveling when young is that, depending on the country of your birth, you would have been taught there are different number of Continents.
Did you know that? Crazy right?
According to Wiki (hey don’t judge my source…I am lazy) there are indeed different models to teach this. Check out this animated graph with the different models or the chart below.
- The seven-continent model is usually taught in China, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, parts of Western Europe and most English-speaking countries including Australia and the UK.
- The six-continent combined-Eurasia model is mostly used in Russia, Eastern Europe and Japan.
- The six-continent combined-America model is used in France and its former colonies, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Romania, Latin America and Greece.
- A five-continent model is obtained from the six-continent combined-America model by excluding Antarctica as uninhabited. This is used, for example, in the Olympic Charter.
“The terms Oceania or Australasia are sometimes substituted for Australia to denote a region encompassing the Australian continent and various islands in the Pacific Ocean that are not included in the seven-continent model. For example, the Atlas of Canada names Oceania, as does the model taught in France, Italy and Greece, the Ibero-American countries (Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Spanish-speaking Latin America), China and South Korea.”
See why Latin people look so confused when you explain about North America? And let’s not even get into the debate of Central America being a region, etc.
There you have it. Your random post of the day and something to bust out next time you find yourself with a group of people from different countries and want to spark up conversation. Be warned it may lead to hours of cultural exchange, so get some coffee!