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According to the Romans, Africa lay to the west of Egypt, while "Asia" was used to refer to Anatolia and lands to the east.
The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos.
It contains 54 fully recognized sovereign states (countries), nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition.
At about 30.3 million km² (11.7 million square miles) including adjacent islands, it covers six per cent of Earth's total surface area and 20.4 per cent of its total land area.
The Latin suffix -ica can sometimes be used to denote a land (e.g., in Celtica from Celtae, as used by Julius Caesar).The later Muslim kingdom of Ifriqiya, modern-day Tunisia, also preserved a form of the name.