Oceania

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Stretched across the Eastern and Western hemispheres, Oceania is the smallest continent by area and the second smallest by population. The region is divided into Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Inhabited since 6,000 years ago, the continent is a culturally and socially diverse unit. 

Quick Facts About Oceania

Here is a rundown of Oceania’s main characteristics: 

Area

8,525,989 km²

Number of countries

14

Biggest country (by area)

Australia

Population (2021)

43.2 million

Most populated country

Australia

Number of languages spoken

Over 1,000 languages across the continent 

Largest Island

New Guinea 

Highest mountain 

Mount Wilhelm in Papua New Guinea

Longest river

Murray River

How Many Countries Are There in Oceania?

There are 14 sovereign countries in Oceania as listed below:

There are several other countries and territories geographically located in Oceania, however, politically they are under other states. For example, French Polynesia is a French overseas territory. 

Map of Oceania 

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