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The following list of countries are widely-considered to be situated on more than a single continent. Often this is due to the nation in question being situated geographically on two different continental plates, but all of these nations may also have economic, political, genetical and historical links to close geographic neighbours which happen to be situated on another continent. Arguments can be made for and against all of these assumptions, so please use this list as a general guide only.
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Asian Countries Widely-Considered To Be Trans-Continental

Throughout the rest of this website, we have considered all of these nations as belonging to more than one continent.

Cyprus, Republic of
East Timor
Atyrau, Oral
Northern Cyprus
South Ossetia
Istanbul, Çanakkale
Other Possible Trans-Continental Countries In Asia

We have not considered these nations as trans-continental throughout this website.

The small portion of Egypt to the right of the Suez Canal is geographically part of the Middle East, and on the Asian plate. The remainder - the majority of Egypt - is situated on the African continental shelf. Throughout this website, we consider Egypt as an African nation.

Almost all of Japan is geographically situated on the Asian plate, including the majority of it's major and minor islands, although the remote and uninhabited Minami Torishima island is situated in Oceania. We consider Japan as a fully Asian country throughout this website.

Papua New Guinea

The entire island of New Guinea - including the nation of Papua New Guinea on the western side of the island - lies on the border of Asia and Oceania. Papua New Guinea is actively seeking to become closer politically/economically with local Asian nations, but we have considered it to be geographically Oceanian.


The Philippines sits right within the Mariana Trench, which officially spans the borders of Oceania and Asia. Whilst some Filipinos consider themselves as Pacific islanders, the country is generally thought of as a 100% Asian nation, as we have done throughout this website.

United States
The United States of America is primarily situated on the North American continent mainland, with some overseas territories in Oceania. However, there are also some Alaskan islands which are situated fully on the Asian plate. We consider the United States as being a wholly North American nation.
Yemen controls 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. We consider Yemen an Asian nation.
Asian Trans-Continental Overseas Dependencies

We have not considered these nations as trans-continental throughout this website.

United Kingdom
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