No, Mr President. Africa is not the biggest continent.

In 2015, President Zuma stated that all of the countries in the world would fit into Africa. Here is a visual proof that this is not true."


In a speech to members of the African Business Leaders Forum in December 2015, South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma told them that Africa is the “biggest continent in the world”. (No, the honours goes to Asia – as the presidency said in a correction of Zuma’s statement in January 2016.)

Zuma then added: “All continents put together will fit into Africa.”

Would they? Our colleagues here at OpenUp tried to… and needed at least four Africas, excluding Antarctica.

Additional reading:

ANALYSIS - Why Africa is larger than maps cause us to think it is