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Difference Between Country and Continent

Country vs Continent

Every person presumably knows what the terms country and continent mean. A country is part of a continent, which itself is part of the earth. Australia and Antarctica are the two exceptions, since both countries are continents as well. In total  there are seven continents: Asia, Australia, Antarctica, Africa, North America, South America and Europe and in most continents one can come across hundreds of countries.

A country is a region that has a separate geographic territory. Countries are separated geographically, politically and culturally. A country will have its own government, laws, constitution, military, police and a number of other institutions. A country will almost always have a unique culture and tradition.

A continent is just a separation in the geographical boundaries whereas many other factors are involved when it comes to defining countries. The people from the same continent may have certain similarities. The first distinction of the land masses was made by the mariners of Ancient Greece.

Continents are large land masses that are separated by oceans whereas the countries around the world have geo-political boundaries.

Continents are home to numerous countries in this world and countries in turn are home to many cities and towns.

The word country has its roots in the Latin word ‘Contra’, which means that lies opposite or against the view. Continent was derived from the word ‘continent land’, which means connected or continuous land, which has been translated from Latin ‘terra continens.’

Summary

  1. A country is part of a continent, which itself is part of the whole earth.
  2. Asia, Australia, Antarctica, Africa, North America, South America, Europe are the seven land masses that are called continents. There are over 190 countries in the world.
  3. Countries are separated geographically, politically and culturally. A country will have its own government, laws, constitution, military, police and a number of other institutions. A country will almost always have a unique culture and tradition. People from the same continent may have certain similarities.
  4. Continents are large land masses that are separated by oceans, whereas the countries around the world have geo-political boundaries.
  5. The word country is derived from the Latin ‘Contra’, which means that lies opposite or against the view. Continent was derived from the word ‘continent land’, which means connected or continuous land, which has been translated from Latin terra continens.

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  1. Please note that Antarctica is a continent BUT not a country – rather parts of it are claimed and “ruled” by various countries from around the world. In general a “continent” is a geographical unit of landmass, but a “country” is a political unit with borders, governing structures and economic structures, as well as citizens.

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