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Quick facts about North America

When it comes to travel chat around the dinner table or at any social event, it is always a plus to know your facts. Particularly if you want to impress. Without being boring of course. Therefore, we compiled a short but informative list of interesting facts about North America.  With these facts in the background of your mind, you can relax, impress, and enjoy the party!

      1. Bordering Bodies of Water: Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico
      2. Continent Ranking: This is the third-largest continent after Asia and Africa.
      3. Countries: 23
      4. Geographical Features: Rocky Mountains, Sierra Madres, Appalachian Mountains, Coastal Range, Great Plains, Canadian Shield, Coastal Plain
      5. Highest Peak: the USA’s Denali rises to 6,168 meters (20,237 feet) above sea level.
      6. Land Mass: 24,680,330 square kilometres (or 95,29,130 square miles).
      7. Languages: English, Spanish, and French are most commonly spoken.
      8. Population: More than half a billion people!
NORTH AMERICA Continent POPULATION LOCATION
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Interesting facts about North America

        1. Canada is the largest country in North America by land area at close to 10 million square kilometres in size. The UK could fit inside its borders forty times over!
        2. Death valley receives less than a coffee cup of rainfall annually. For example, the average annual rainfall, around 2.36 inches, would barely fill a coffee cup.
        3. Greenland, a country of North America, is the largest island on the planet.
        4. Jimmy Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital.
        5. Lake Superior Is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, with a surface area of 31,700 square miles or 82,100 square kilometres (31,700 square miles) in area. Similarly, about the size of the country of Panama.
        6. Mexico City is the largest city in North America.
        7. Mexico is one of the most earthquake-prone areas of the continent.
        8. Mississippi River is the longest river in North America at 5,960 kilometres (3,700 miles) long.
NORTH AMERICA Mississippi River
NORTH AMERICA Mississippi River
      1. Mount McKinley Is the highest mountain in North America. In short, it summits at 20, 237 feet above sea level.
      2. Olympic games are nothing new to this continent since they have hosted the Olympics twelve times.
      3. St Kitts and Nevis, a two-island nation in the Caribbean, is the smallest country in the continent by land area and by population.
      4. Vancouver was voted the best place to live on the continent, in 2014. High-quality medical care, cultural diversity, and over 200 parks resulted in the award.
      5. Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta is larger than Switzerland. The park was created in 1922.
NORTH AMERICA Vancouver Skyline
NORTH AMERICA Vancouver Skyline

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