Trans-Continental Countries in The World

Geopolitical Map of the Caucasus Region - the transcontinental border between Europe and Asia

Geopolitical Map of the Caucasus Region – the transcontinental border between Europe and Asia (image: Jeroencommons)

This page includes multiple lists of transcontinental nations and countries around the World.

First of all we have the contiguous transcontinental countries – which are the true geographic transcontinental nations with areas of their main landmass widely-agreed to be situated on two continents.

Then we have a list of nations which we consider transcontinental in a geopolitical sense.

Finally we have a list of all other nations that could potentially be considered transcontinental – which, for example, includes nations with overseas dependencies.

At the end of the page we have also provided a list of nations which we treat as transcontinental throughout the different sections of this website, and our reasoning for doing so.

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100% Contiguous Transcontinental Countries
Full List of Geo-Political Transcontinental Countries & Nations
Other Possible Transcontinental Countries & Nations
Transcontinental in Blatant World Sections/Datasets


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100% Contiguous Transcontinental Countries

The following countries have parts of their main landmass within two continents, according to all of the widely-recognised methods of dividing up the continents. Therefore, these can be classified as true geographic transcontinental nations, or contiguous transcontinental nations. No other nations around the World fulfill this criteria.

CountryContinents
AzerbaijanAsia / Europe
EgyptAfrica / Asia
GeorgiaAsia / Europe
KazakhstanAsia / Europe
PanamaNorth America / South America
RussiaAsia / Europe
TurkeyAsia / Europe

Full List of Geo-Political Transcontinental Countries & Nations

We currently consider the following nations as being transcontinental, however, as the geo-political climate is ever-changing, this list may be adjusted accordingly – for example, if West Papua were to gain independence from Indonesia, it would be best to group that as a fully Oceanian nation, and it would therefore loose it’s transcontinental status.
We base our criteria for selection to this list mainly on a combination of (1) geo location, (2) local cultural, economic, political and social ties, and (3) how nations are perceived by the global public, and categorised by governments, the media and international organisations.
Some nations are not actually situated on one of the main continental plates, therefore their grouping within continents can differ within different published lists – for example, many nations on the Pacific Plate are grouped with Oceania, but some may be grouped within Asia. This is what makes this kind of list relative to the list-creators own perspective – nothing is set in stone as such.
Please also see Major Tectonic Plates in The World (list, info and maps) to get a basic idea of the actual physical boundaries of the continents, and of the plates.

Country/NationContinentsAdditional Notes
Abkhazia (currently officially part of Georgia, but excercising autonomy)Asia / EuropeAbkhazia is situated on the south-western flank of the Caucasus, which divide Asia from Europe, and which forms a somewhat broad bordering region between the continents, that has been interpreted differently by different people. This mainly unrecognised nation is currently officially part of Georgia – itself a contiguous transcontinental country – from whom it is attempting to gain independence, and from whom it is forcefully excercising it’s own autonomy. According to some estimations as to where the continents begin and end, 4% of Georgia’s total claimed landmass could be considered to be in Europe, with the rest in Asia. Due to Abkhazia’s geographical position, it’s political, cultural and social ties to both Asia and Europe, and also due to Georgia being a transcontinental nation, and Abkhazia’s internationally-recognised position within that nation, we have included Abkhazia as both a European and Asian nation, alongside Georgia and another breakaway region of Georgia, South Ossetia, across this website. (Abkhazia Territorial Dispute info)
ArmeniaAsia / EuropeThe assumption that Armenia is a transcontinental country is disputed by some others, but in our case, we have decided to include it on this list of transcontinental nations because parts of Armenia are located in the area of the Caucasus that is deemed to be the border between Europe and Asia. It is also almost completely surrounded by three nations that are both European/Asian transcontinental nations – Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia – and one disputed territory which is also transcontinental – Nagorno-Karabakh – with only 44 km out of 1,570 km of it’s borders bordering Iran, a 100% Asian nation. That geographical positioning, plus the historical, geographical, social, economic and cultural ties between Armenia and both nearby Asian and European countries, make Armenia a transcontinental nation to some, including ourselves, and that is why we include Armenian-related posts in both European and Asian sections.
AzerbaijanAsia / EuropeAs one of the 100% nailed-on transcontinental countries, by widely-regarded standards, Azerbaijan has areas of its main landmass within both Europe and Asia. The majority of the country is part of Transcaucasia, which spans the southern portion of the Caucasus Mountains and its lowlands, straddling the border between the continents of Europe and Asia, but widely considered to be Asian land. However, five of it’s districts – and an estimated 2% of the Azerbaijan population – lives in the North Caucasus, which are regarded to be situated within Europe. Azerbaijan also has historical, geographical, social, economic and cultural ties to both neighbouring European and Asian nations, and we consider it, along with it’s breakaway republic Nagorno-Karabakh, as being a European/Asian transcontintal nation. (Nagorno-Karabakh Territorial Dispute info)
Cyprus, Republic ofAsia / EuropeCyprus – the island in its entirety comprising of the Republic of Cyprus and the disputed Northern Cyprus/Turkish Cyprus – was originally formed at a convergent boundary between the African and Eurasian plates. Nowadays, whilst the island is mainly considered European, geographical and cultural ties have it, at times, considered an Asian island also. It is also widely regarded as being included as part of the Middle East, which furthers it’s ties to Asian nations. Wilst the Republic of Cyprus is majority Greek-Cypriot, and heavily linked to Greece and the EU, of which it is a member since 2004, Northern Cyprus is majority Turkish-Cypriot, and more heavily linked to Turkey and Middle Eastern nations. Due to this mix of cultures on the island, its geographical position, and it’s relation to neighbouring nations, we believe that both parts of the island should be considered both Asian and European. (Northern Cyprus Territorial Dispute info)
EgyptAsia / AfricaThe small portion of Egypt to the east of the Suez Canal is geographically part of the Arabian Peninsula, and on the Arabian Plate, with the remainder – the majority of Egypt – situated on the African continental shelf, making Egypt a true contiguous transcontinental country. It is also transcontinental in the political and cultural sense, having strong ties with both African nations, and Asian nations – mainly in the Middle East. Egypt is also considered a Middle Eastern nation itself, of which it is the only African nation that is considered so. Most of the World’s governments and international organisations consider Egypt an African nation solely, that just happens to have a tiny plot of land on the Asian continental plate.
GeorgiaAsia / EuropeGeorgia is a contiguous transcontinental country, meaning it’s main landmass is officially regarded as being situated on two different continents. According to some estimations as to where the continents begin and end, 4% of Georgia’s total claimed landmass could be considered to be in Europe, with the rest in Asia. It’s European districts are in the central part of the northern border areas, with less than 1% of the Georgian population widely-regarded as living on European land. Georgia has increasing ties with European nations, but it also has strong ties to Asian nations too, as do it’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. We believe that due to it’s connections to both continents, and it’s geo location, Georgia (along with it’s dissputed regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia) is a transcontinental nation. (Abkhazia Territorial Dispute info, South Ossetia Territorial Dispute info)
IndonesiaAsia / OceaniaIndonesia is generally considered an Asian nation, and many of its main islands are firmly in Asia, according to all of the main methods to create oceanic borders between Asia and Oceania (including the Melanesian, Wallace, Lydekker and Weber Lines), but it has some islands which can be unequivocally considered within Oceania, not least it’s disputed territory of West Papua, which is situated on the western approximately half of New Guinea island – the other half making up the independent state, Papua New Guinea. (West Papua Territorial Dispute info)
KazakhstanAsia / EuropeKazakhstan is a contiguous transcontinental country with most of it’s territory regarded as being situated within Asia, apart from a relatively small overall slice of it’s land – west of the Urals – considered European. This gigantic country, whose borders stretch along Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan to the tune of 6,846 kilometres, covers 2,700,000 sq km, which is around equivalent in size to the whole of Western Europe. We regard Kazakhstan as more of a geographical transcontinental nation, as opposed to being transcontental in a geo-political sense, because whilst many Kazakhs do have strong cultural ties to European nations, they are probably – overall – much closer to Asian nations in a socio-economic or geo-political sense.
Nagorno-Karabakh (currently officially part of Azerbaijan, but excercising autonomy)Asia / EuropeNagorno-Karabakh is a breakaway republic in the South Caucasus, that claims independence, but is currently regarded by our governments and international bodies as being part of Azerbaijan – itself a contiguous transcontinental nation. However, it forcefully excercises autonomy over most of the lands it claims, and the landlocked nation borders only Armenia and Azerbaijan, both European/Asian transcontinental countries, apart from a tiny border with Iran. It is situated in the area of the Caucasus that is defined slightly differently, by different entities, as being the end/beginning of Europe and Asia. Due to Nagorno-Karabakh’s geographical position, it’s political, cultural and social ties to both Asia and Europe, and also due to Azerbaijan being a transcontinental nation, and Nagorno-Karabakh’s internationally-recognised position within that nation, we have included Nagorno-Karabakh as both a European and Asian nation, alongside Azerbaijan, across this website. (Nagorno-Karabakh Territorial Dispute info)
Northern Cyprus / Turkish Cyprus (currently officially part of the Republic of Cyprus, but excercising autonomy)Asia / EuropeCyprus – the island in its entirety comprising of the Republic of Cyprus and the disputed Northern Cyprus/Turkish Cyprus – was originally formed at a convergent boundary between the African and Eurasian plates. Nowadays, whilst the island is mainly considered European, geographical and cultural ties have it, at times, considered an Asian island also. It is also widely regarded as being included as part of the Middle East, which furthers it’s ties to Asian nations. Wilst the Republic of Cyprus is majority Greek-Cypriot, and heavily linked to Greece and the EU, of which it is a member since 2004, Northern Cyprus is majority Turkish-Cypriot, and more heavily linked to Turkey and Middle Eastern nations. Due to this mix of cultures on the island, its geographical position, and it’s relation to neighbouring nations, we believe that both parts of the island should be considered both Asian and European. (Northern Cyprus Territorial Dispute info)
RussiaAsia / EuropeWhilst over three-quarters of Russians live within European territory, by widely-regarded standards, a large percentage of it’s land lies within Asia, making it a truely contiguous transcontinental nation. A major portion of the generally-agreed border between Europe and Asia – along the Ural Mountains via the Ural River, from the Caspian Sea to the Arctic Ocean – is situated within Russia. It is also, due to it’s geography, tied locally and internationally to both European and Asian nations in a cultural, economic, social and a political sense. Russia is a member of international organisations that represent both continents, for example; the Council of Europe and the Asia Cooperation Dialogue.
South Ossetia (currently officially part of Georgia, but excercising autonomy)Asia / EuropeSouth Ossetia is situated on the southern region of the Caucasus, which divide Asia from Europe, and which forms a somewhat broad bordering region between the continents, that has been interpreted differently by different people. This mainly unrecognised nation is currently officially part of Georgia – itself a contiguous transcontinental country – from whom it is attempting to gain independence, and from whom it is forcefully excercising it’s own autonomy. According to some estimations as to where the continents begin and end, 4% of Georgia’s total claimed landmass could be considered to be in Europe, with the rest in Asia. Due to South Ossetia’s geographical position, it’s political, cultural and social ties to both Asia and Europe, and also due to Georgia being a transcontinental nation, and South Ossetia’s internationally-recognised position within that nation, we have included South Ossetia as both a European and Asian nation, alongside Georgia and another breakaway region of Georgia, Abkhazia, across this website. (South Ossetia Territorial Dispute info)
TurkeyAsia / EuropeIn a geographical sense, Turkey is mainly widely-regarded to be situated in Asia, with a small portion in the north west of the country, everything north of the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits, situated on the European continent. Almost 90% of Turks are considered to be living on Asian soil, with the rest living in Europe proper. Turkey has close ties to both Asian – mainly Middle Eastern – and European nations in every sense, including economically, politically, socially, and culturally. Turkey is widely-regarded as a contiguous transcontinental nation. (Turkish Kurdistan Territorial Dispute info)
Turkish Kurdistan / Northern Kurdistan (currently officially part of Turkey, but many Turkish Kurds desire independence)Asia / EuropeTurkey is a true contiguous transcontinental nation, which also has vast ties – in every sense – with both Asian and European nations, so it is very much a geo-political transcontinental nation too, therefore we believe that it’s disputed territory of Turkish Kurdistan should indeed be treated similarly. This is because all of our governments and international organisations regard it as comprising of part of Turkey. Turkish Kurdistan – about a third of Turkey’s main landmass – was handed over to Turkey at the end of World War I, it was culturally repressed, made a no-visitor zone by Turkey between 1925 to 1965, however 18% of all Turkish nationals remain Kurdish, and comprise of half of all Kurds. (Turkish Kurdistan Territorial Dispute info)
West Papua (currently officially part of Indonesia, but attempting to gain independence)Asia / OceaniaWest Papua is officially the combined Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua, which together make up around half of the island of New Guinea. The other half of the island is the independent nation of Papua New Guinea. The entire island of New Guinea is generally considered to be situated within Oceania, according to the main methods to divide up the oceans’ continental borders, therefore West Papua should really be a Oceanian nation unequivocally, however due to it being controlled by Indonesia, and amalgamated into Indonesia, a mainly Asian nation, we could easily consider this a transcontinental nation as it stands. The United Nations, for statistical purposes, counts West Papuan stats in an Asian context – as part of Indonesia’s stats – but if it were independent, it would be counted along with Oceanian nations, as Papua New Guinea currently is. You could consider West Papua transcontinental in a political sense, rather than a geographical sense. (West Papua Territorial Dispute info)

Other Possible Transcontinental Countries & Nations

Due to different interpretations, and for differing reasons, these countries and nations may be deemed transcontinental to at least some degree.
Along with other possible transcontinental nations, any fully recognised countries that have overseas dependencies on other continents are included in this list, whereas those dependencies are not listed as being transcontinental by that virtue alone. However, there are many overseas dependencies that you could consider as being transcontinental to a degree, due to being controlled – to some extent – by a nation from another continent. Also see: List of Overseas Territories in The World.

Country/NationContinentsAdditional Notes
ArubaNorth America / South AmericaDutch overseas dependency which is geographically on the South American plate, but it is most often grouped politically, socially and culturally with it’s nearby Central American neighbours, who are considered part of North America.
AustraliaAntarctica / Asia / OceaniaAustralia has many associated islands which it considers part of it’s nation, some of which are situated within it’s home continental region, Oceania, whilst others are situated in Asia – including Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Australia also claims land on the Antarctican continent.
BonaireNorth America / South AmericaSimilar to Curacao – which was also formerly part of the now broken-up Netherlands Antilles, but still remains an overseas territory of the Netherlands – Bonaire sits on the South American continental shelf, but it is most often grouped with other Caribbean nations, as a North American or Central American nation.
BruneiAsia / OceaniaBrunei, generally-considered an Asian nation, is situated within the Malay Archipelago, which can be included in Oceania according to some definitions, although this is not very common. However, if this was the case, Brunei would be considered a geographically-Oceanian nation, whilst being politically grouped with Asian nations. The Malay Achipelago is situated on the Asian continental shelf.
ChileOceania / South AmericaChile is almost all exclusively situated on the South American continent, however it’s overseas dependency, Easter Island, is situated in Polynesia, which is generally considered part of Oceania.
ColombiaNorth America / South AmericaThe main Colombian landmass is in South America, but it’s overseas territory of San Andrés and Providencia is situated in North America, and likewise are it’s disputed (with the United States) uninhabited territories of the Seranilla Bank and Bajo Nuevo Bank (aka the Petrel Islands).
CuracaoNorth America / South AmericaSimilar to Bonaire – which was also formerly part of the now broken-up Netherlands Antilles, but still remains an overseas territory of the Netherlands – Curacao sits on the South American continental shelf, but it is most often grouped with other Caribbean nations, as a North American or Central American nation.
DenmarkEurope / North AmericaThe Danish mainland is situated within Europe, however it’s overseas territory, Greenland, is situated on the North American plate, close to the North American mainland. Greenland is geo-politically linked to Europe, with Denmark representing it within various the international and European bodies, including the Council of Europe, but it’s indigenous population are culturally more linked to the indigenous people of North America. In the past, the EU included Greenland as a region within Denmark, but it voted for more autonomy, and was then excluded.
East TimorAsia / OceaniaA former Indonesian province that struggled for independence for many years, East Timor has been an independent country since 2002, forming around half of the island of Timor, with the Indonesian province of West Timor covering the remainder. Depending on which model of borders you follow, the entire Malay Archipelago – conprising of the following nations; Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore and West Papua – could be considered to be in either Asia or Oceania.
FranceAfrica / Antarctica / Asia / Europe / North America / Oceania / South AmericaAlongside the UK, France is about as transcontinental as it gets, in a theoretical sense. It has overseas dependencies, territories and claimed lands on every other continent outside it’s home continent of Europe, including Africa, Antarctica, Asia, North America, Oceania and South America. This stockpiling of overseas territories is a residue of past colonial practices. Please read our full list of overseas territories for more information.
GreeceAsia / EuropeGreece is generally considered a European nation, with it’s mainland’s borders all falling within the main European landmass, by all widely-used methods, however it has many islands which are just off the coast of the portion of Turkey that is considered to be in Asia. This would make these islands Asian by any standards, if they were in the possession of Turkey instead of Greece. They are currently only considered European islands by the virtue that they are controlled by Greece. The islands in question include Chios, Kastellorizo, Rhodes and Samos.
GreenlandEurope / North AmericaGreenland is an overseas territory in North America, controlled by Denmark, a European nation. By virute of this fact alone, Greenland could be considered to be part of Europe in some aspects, however it is mainly grouped with North American nations. The huge land and it’s associated islands are situated on the North American plate, close to the North American mainland, but Greenland has always been geo-politically linked to Europe, with Denmark representing it within various the international and European bodies, including the Council of Europe. Greenland’s indigenous population are culturally more linked to the indigenous people of North America, and after voting for more autonomy from Denmark, Greenland is no longer included within the EU, as it had been previously.
IcelandEurope / North AmericaThe island of Iceland sits right on the border of the North American plate and the Eurasian plate, therefore, geographically-speaking, it could easily be considered a true transcontiental nation, in it’s purest form. However, geo-politically, Iceland has always been considered a European nation alone, and whilst it is a distance north from the continent, it is in fact a lot closer to the European mainland than it is to the North American mainland.
ItalyAfrica / EuropeThe Italian island of Pantelleria and the Pelagie Islands are on the African shelf, and are geographically closet to the Tunisian coast, but are administered within districts in Sicily, as part of Italy. Sicily is on the edge of the African plate. The remainder of Italy is in Europe according to all widely-used definitions of borders/oceanic borders, including it’s other Mediterranean islands.
JapanAsia / OceaniaAlmost all of Japan is geographically situated on the Asian plate, including the majority of it’s major and minor islands, although the remote and mostly-uninhabited Bonin Islands are in the Pacific Ocean, and can be grouped with Oceania. The most easterly of those is Minami-Tori-shima (aka Marcus Island), which is situated on the Pacific Plate – the only Japanese territory to be situated past the Japan Trench.
MalaysiaAsia / OceaniaMalaysia, generally-considered an Asian nation, is situated within the Malay Archipelago, which can be included in Oceania according to some definitions, although this is not very common. However, if this was the case, Malaysia would be considered a geographically-Oceanian nation, whilst being politically grouped with Asian nations. The Malay Achipelago is situated on the Asian continental shelf.
MaltaAfrica / EuropeThe independent island nation of Malta is located on the very edge of the African tectonic plate, but is usually considered as part of Europe in a geographical, political, historical and economical sense. It’s islands are situated on the Malta plateau, which is a shallow underwater shelf that used to be a land bridge between Sicily and Africa prior to the last Ice Age
NetherlandsEurope / North America / South AmericaThe Netherlands – a distinctly European nation – has a bunch of overseas territories in North America, including many islands which used to be part of the now-disbanded island nation collective, the Netherlands Antilles. Those islands are geographically split between the North and South American shelf’s, but are generally grouped geo-politically with North American nations. Foreign dependencies of the Netherlands in the Americas include Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten.
PanamaNorth America / South AmericaPanama lies almost entirely on the Caribbean Plate (generally grouped within North America), with a small portion on the South American Plate, making Panama a true contiguous transcontinental nation. Usually considered as a Central American nation, within the North American continent, some prefer to describe the lands to the South-East of the Panama Canal as South American, and the geologists generally agree. In almost all maps and reference books, the division between North and South America is within Panama.
Papua New GuineaAsia / OceaniaThe entire island of New Guinea – including the independent nation of Papua New Guinea on the eastern side of the island, and the Indonesian-controlled west side of the island which seeks independence as the Republic of West Papua – lies on the border of Asia and Oceania, and like other islands and island groups within the Malay Archipelago, Papua New Guinea could be considered either Asian or Oceanian. If it were to be considered Asian, Papua New Guinea would remain a geographically-Oceanian nation, situated on the Australian Plate, whilst being politically grouped with Asian nations. The Malay Achipelago is situated on the Asian continental shelf. Papua New Guinea is actively seeking to become closer politically/economically with local Asian nations, but we have considered it to be geographically Oceanian, as most data providors do also.
PhilippinesAsia / OceaniaThe Philippines, generally-considered an Asian nation, is situated within the Malay Archipelago, which can be included in Oceania according to some definitions, although this is not very common. However, if this was the case, the Philippines would be considered a geographically-Oceanian nation, whilst being politically grouped with Asian nations. The Malay Achipelago is situated on the Asian continental shelf. Whilst some Filipinos consider themselves as Pacific islanders, the country is generally thought of as an Asian nation. Most of the country is situated on neither the Eurasian or Australian plates, as it sits on a special region called the Philippine Mobile Belt – which is seperate to the Philippine Sea Plate.
PortugalAfrica / Europe / North AmericaWhilst the main Portuguese territory is situated within Europe, however, it’s overseas dependency of Madeira is situated on the African Plate. Portugal also controls the Azores Autonomous Region, which is actually a group of islands that are situated above the meeting point of the North American Plate, the Eurasian Plate and the African Plate.
SingaporeAsia / OceaniaSingapore, generally-considered an Asian nation, is situated within the Malay Archipelago, which can be included in Oceania according to some definitions, although this is not very common. However, if this was the case, Singapore would be considered a geographically-Oceanian nation, whilst being politically grouped with Asian nations. The Malay Achipelago is situated on the Asian continental shelf.
SpainAfrica / EuropeSpain is mainly a European nation, however it does have islands which are geographically much more connected to Africa, including the Canary Islands, and also some city states along the coast of the African mainland – Cueta and Melilla – which are disputed by Morocco. (Spanish North Africa Territorial Dispute info)
Trinidad & TobagoNorth America / South AmericaThe island nation of Trinidad & Tobago is geographically located on the South American shelf, but it is generally geopolitically linked with other Caribbean nations, as being part of Central America, and therefore, belonging to the continent of North America.
United StatesAsia / North America / OceaniaThe United States of America is primarily situated on the North American continent mainland, with some overseas territories in Oceania, including most notably Hawaii. However, there are also some Alaskan islands which are situated fully on the Asian plate, and some which are on the boundary between the Americas and Asia.
United KingdomAfrica / Antarctica / Asia / Europe / North America / Oceania / South AmericaAlongside France, the UK is about as transcontinental as it gets, in a theoretical sense. It has overseas dependencies, territories and claimed lands on every other continent outside it’s home continent of Europe, including Africa, Antarctica, Asia, North America, Oceania and South America. The UK outdoes France in one sense though, as it also has overseas dependencies within it’s home continent too. This stockpiling of overseas territories is a residue of past colonial practices. Please read our full list of overseas territories for more information.
VenezuelaNorth America / South AmericaVenezuela is situated mostly on the South American continental mainland, but it also has a number of island dependencies on the North American plate, the most prominent of which is Isla Alves, a Federal dependency of Caracas.
YemenAsia / AfricaYemen controls the Hanish Islands (located in the Red Sea) and the island of Socotra, both of which are just on the African continental shelf. However they are situated close to the Yemeni coast and are administered as part of Yemen, an Asian nation.

Transcontinental in Blatant World Sections/Datasets

In the Facts + Figures section of this website, we have included the following countries/nations within both relevant continents’ datasets, whenever it is possible.
In all other sections on this website (Video, Podcasts, Images, Documents, Articles, Disputed Territories, and within the Locations categories) we have included posts related to the following countries/nations, within both relevant continents.
One very notable exclusion from the following list is Egypt, as we only include this within the African sections (common practice), and not within the Asian sections, even though it has land widely-regarded as being in both Africa and Asia, however we do include it within the Middle Eastern sections. All other Middle Eastern nations are Asian, with some others also being considered European/Asian transcontinental nations (Turkey, Republic of Cyprus, Northern Cyprus).
Another notable exclusion is Panama, which like Egypt, is a true contiguous transcontinental nation, however it is almost always generally grouped geo-politically with North American nations, and we follow this practice.
Reasoning for including some nations within two continents’ sections/datasets: For example, if we have published an article about an incident in Turkey, we believe that it should be included in both Asian and European news feeds, because it is relevant to both of those continents, geo-politically. Also, if web visitors are searching for Turkish news, they may search within either of those sections, depending on their own perspective, culture, or location. The same criteria applies to including these nations in two different continents’ datasets within the Facts + Figures sections.

Country/NationContinentsNation StatusOur Reasoning
AbkhaziaAsia / EuropePartially-Recognised / Disputed TerritoryDue to Abkhazia being considered part of Georgia by our governments and international organisations, and Georgia itself widely-considered to be a contiguous transcontinental country, we deem Abkhazian news and events as being relevant to both Asia and Europe, geo-politically.
ArmeniaAsia / EuropeUN Member StateDue to Armenia being almost completely surrounded by three nations that are both European/Asian transcontinental nations – Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia – and one disputed territory which is also transcontinental – Nagorno-Karabakh – with only 44 km out of 1,570 km of it’s borders bordering Iran, a 100% Asian nation, we deem Armenian news and events as being relevant to both Asia and Europe, geo-politically.
AzerbaijanAsia / EuropeUN Member StateDue to Azerbaijan having districts within both the European and Asian continents, by widely-regarded standards, and due to it’s historical, geographical, social, economic and cultural ties to both neighbouring European and Asian nations, we deem Azerbaijani news and events as being relevant to both Asia and Europe, geo-politically – including posts related to the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Cyprus, Republic ofAsia / EuropeUN Member State

Due to the mix of cultures on the island of Cyprus, its geographical position, and it’s relation to neighbouring nations, we believe that news and events related to both parts of the island – the Republic of Cyprus and the disputed Turkish Cyprus – as being relevant to both Asia and Europe, geo-politically.

GeorgiaAsia / EuropeUN Member StateDue to Georgia having districts within both the European and Asian continents, by widely-regarded standards, and due to it’s historical, geographical, social, economic and cultural ties to both neighbouring European and Asian nations, we deem Georgian news and events as being relevant to both Asia and Europe, geo-politically – including posts related to the disputed regions of Abkhazia and South Osettia.
IndonesiaAsia / OceaniaUN Member StateDue to Indonesia having islands within both the Asian and Oceanian continents, by widely-regarded standards, and due to it’s historical, geographical, social, economic and cultural ties to both neighbouring Asian and Oceanian nations, we deem Indonesian news and events as being relevant to both Asia and Oceania, geo-politically. We also include any news about the disputed territory of the proposed Republic of West Papua (officially, the combined Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua) in both Asian and Oceanian sections, due to its position within Oceania, but its amalgamation into Indonesia.
KazakhstanAsia / EuropeUN Member StateDue to Kazakhstan having districts within both the European and Asian continents, by widely-regarded standards, and it’s ties to neighbouring nations, we deem Kazakh news and events as being relevant to both Asia and Europe, geo-politically.
Nagorno-KarabakhAsia / EuropePartially-Recognised / Disputed TerritoryDue to Nagorno-Karabakh being considered part of Azerbaijan by our governments and international organisations, and Azerbaijan itself widely-considered to be an Asian/European contiguous transcontinental country, we deem Nagorno-Karabakh news and events as being relevant to both Asia and Europe, geo-politically.
Northern CyprusAsia / EuropePartially-Recognised / Disputed TerritoryDue to the mix of cultures on the island of Cyprus, its geographical position, and it’s relation to neighbouring nations, we believe that news and events related to both parts of the island – the Republic of Cyprus and the disputed Northern Cyprus/Turkish Cyprus – as being relevant to both Asia and Europe, geo-politically.
RussiaAsia / EuropeUN Member StateDue to Russia having districts within both the European and Asian continents, by widely-regarded standards, and it’s ties to neighbouring nations, we deem Russian news and events as being relevant to both Asia and Europe, geo-politically.
South OssetiaAsia / EuropePartially-Recognised / Disputed TerritoryDue to South Ossetia being considered part of Georgia by our governments and international organisations, and Georgia itself widely-considered to be a contiguous transcontinental country, we deem South Ossetian news and events as being relevant to both Asia and Europe, geo-politically.
TurkeyAsia / EuropeUN Member StateDue to Turkey having districts within both the European and Asian continents, by widely-regarded standards, and it’s ties to neighbouring nations, we deem Turkish news and events as being relevant to both Asia and Europe, geo-politically. We also include news and events linked to the Turkish Kurdistan disputed territory in this.
Turkish KurdistanAsia / EuropePartially-Recognised / Disputed TerritoryDue to Turkish Kurdistan being considered part of Turkey by our governments and international organisations, and Turkey itself widely-considered to be a European/Asian contiguous transcontinental country, we deem Turkish Kurdistan news and events as being relevant to both Asia and Europe, geo-politically.
West PapuaAsia / OceaniaPartially-Recognised / Disputed TerritoryDue to West Papua being considered part of Indonesia by our governments and international organisations, and Indonesia itself being an Asian/Oceanian transcontinental country, we deem West Papuan news and events as being relevant to both Asia and Oceania, geo-politically.

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