The total area of land on the globe stands at 57.5 million square miles. The total area taken up by water is 139.43 million square miles. The total area of the earth itself is 196.94 million square miles. The portion of the earth's entire land mass that is arable, meaning that it is able to be farmed and produce crops, is 10.4%. Crops that are permanent take up 1.1%.
The largest contiguous masses of land are (in million square miles) Asia 17.2, Africa 11.6, North America 9.44, South America 6.87 and Antarctica 5.4. The next five biggest masses are Europe, Australia, Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo.
The biggest islands on the entire planet include (in square miles) Greenland 836,330, New Guinea (Indonesia, Papua New Guinea) 303,380, Borneo (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia) 290,321, Madagascar 226,917 and in fifth place Baffin Island (Canada) 195,927. The next five huge pieces of land surrounded by water are Sumatra (Indonesia), Honshu (Japan), Victoria Island (Canada), Great Britain (United Kingdom), and in the tenth spot Ellesmere Island (Canada).
A doubly-landlocked country is one that is separated from an ocean, or a body of water that leads to the ocean, by two countries. The only two doubly-landlocked nations are Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein.
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The United States has several territories, not part of any state, that are overseen by the federal government. Some of these are: Guam, Samoa, Johnston Atoll, Midway Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Island.
The world's small state is Vatican City.
There are 43,794 airports on earth.
The age structure of people on earth are the following (2013 estimate).
- 0 to 14 years: 26%
- 15 to 64 years: 65.9%
- 65 years and over: 8.2%
The religions - religious beliefs with the most adherents are, in descending order, Christianity, Muslims (Islam), Hindus, Buddhists, Sikh, Jews, Baha'i.
There are 2.1 billion internet users around the world as well as 6 billion cellular phones in existence.